Data of all kinds is coming to city hall, and government IT and data teams are adjusting. They are beginning work to find creative ways to handle high volumes of data newly available from sensors and open databases, according to academics and government leaders who gathered recently at Boston University.
Local government officials said they hope they can leverage the new data sources to improve services. They need especially to work smart, given tight budget constraints and aging infrastructure.
"Big data and the power of computation gives us the ability to look at our challenges a little bit differently," Bill Oates, CIO, the City of Boston, told attendees at a forum entitled "Smarter Cities: A Roadmap for the Future."