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How Can Hadoop Increase Governmental Efficiency? | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

Hadoop's organizational, storage, and collection capabilities, take government efficiency to a whole new level

From federal to state-level agencies, the functions and responsibilities of government are vast, ranging from maintaining infrastructure to neutralizing security threats. In light of recent budget cuts and refocused spending, agencies are under pressure to do more with fewer resources.

Fortunately, Apache Hadoop can help. With its organizational, storage, and collection capabilities, the platform allows government, defense, and intelligence agencies and contractors to obtain the information they need to protect and represent citizens.

Below are just a few of the ways that Hadoop can help the government meet its mandates and conserve resources.

Gauging Public Sentiment

It's difficult to gauge public opinion. Surveys and outreach programs tend to be ineffective with representative samples of the electorate. By leveraging Hadoop, agencies can scan social media content and live chat messages, gathering quantitative and qualitative data on public perception of the government. By storing large amounts of this data, Hadoop gives government agencies a more up-to-date and accurate picture of public opinion, so they can adjust their policies accordingly.

Identifying Terrorist Threats by Analyzing Social Media

Terrorist organizations often assume that their social media communications will go undetected. Hadoop can help to ensure that they are mistaken, scanning social media sites on behalf of intelligence agencies. The platform can even identify accomplices through social media. The retrieved data is thoroughly analyzed, and any actionable evidence is used to identify malicious users.

Crowdsourcing Public Infrastructure Maintenance

Local infrastructure must be maintained not just for aesthetics, but for the safety of the citizens who use it. Damage often snowballs. With the increasingly prevalent use of cell phone cameras and social media, local governments often learn about damage from citizens. Street sensors and cameras also alert local agencies to potholes, broken signs, nonfunctioning street lights, and other potential hazards. By monitoring damage to city infrastructure, governments can plan and execute policies to prevent or lessen it. Hadoop stores all of this data that can enable analytics to ensure rapid responses and keep constituents happy and safe.

Providing Data for "Open Records" Requests

Open records acts empower citizens to promptly view public information on request. This means that, for government agencies, compliance with the law means shortening data retrieval times. Even so, data is often disorganized or spread across multiple platforms, making it difficult to access in a timely manner, if at all. By being able to integrate data from various sources and preserve data going back in time Hadoop keeps all information organized and accessible for freedom of information requests.

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Sameer Nori is currently the Sr. Product Marketing Manager at MapR Technologies. He has 10+ years of experience in the technology industry in marketing, sales and consulting. He has an executive MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. His domain of expertise is in business intelligence and analytics.