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Future of Information Alliance

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Location: Annapolis, MD

Thank you Allison and Ira for making today possible,… welcome to Maryland's State House. To some of you this is a welcome back. Bryan Sivak, our recovering Chief Innovation Officer, now Chief Technology Officer at the federal Department of Health and Human Services, is with us. Zoe Pagonis, our former, rock star Director of Digital Strategy is on loan to us as well from the Democratic National Committee.

Special thanks to Vice President Pat O'Shea of the University of Maryland,… and to Neil Nidriksen and Mac MacLure of the Deutsch Foundation,…

"Big Data" is forever changing the way we manage, market, and move information and ideas. In states like Maryland it is also changing the way we govern. Better choices; better results.

Open Sourced Problems; Crowd Sourced Solutions

There is a wholesale shift going on now in public administration and governments across our country -- and in fact, our world.

You see it coming up from American cities. New York showed the way -- with Bill Bratton and Jack Maple pioneering the use of open data at the New York City Police Department. Timely accurate information shared by all, rapid deployment of resources, effective tactics and strategies, and relentless follow-up and assessment -- we took these core tenets with us to the City of Baltimore and now the State of Maryland.

We set public goals. We relentless measure government performance on a weekly bases. We broadly share information rather than hording it -- and we put it on the internet for all to see.

We open source and publicly identify our problems. And we crowd source the solutions with open access to data, available to all on the internet.
It's all made possible with Big Data.

Big data gives us the tools to deploy our strategic resources where the opportunities lie. We are now doing so, with a precision never before imagined.

We use a Public Safety Dashboard to integrate big data sets that cover things like criminal history, parole and probation, open warrants, motor vehicles, and gun registration.

We use a Workforce Dashboard to aggregate information and better understand why our citizens are unemployed and how we can best help put them in open jobs.

We use GIS smart maps to guide our efforts to restore the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

But this, admittedly is only scratching the surface of what is possible, and what will be possible. And so we created an "open data portal" -- data.maryland.gov. Any citizen can access our Big Data to map it, chart it, or graph it. To use it to develop apps,… use it for commerce,…use it for education,… use it to "show me my house."
GIS, smart maps, dashboards, these, modern tools have only been available to us relatively recently in human history. And they are game changers.

Conclusion

Ultimately, however, it still comes down to our own willingness to embrace change. There's always a fear of sharing information openly. We become very comfortable in our silos. But the era of silos is giving way to a new era of connection.

You are all part of a movement away from the sort of leadership, managerial models of the past -- in government, academia and business alike. It's a movement away from ideological, hierarchal, bureaucratic models and toward information-age models that are fundamentally entrepreneurial, collaborative, relentlessly interactive and performance driven.

That's a big shift. The common platforms make it possible, but people make it happen. You make it happen. People are now more powerful than their governments.

The hope of Big Data is Big Action, Life-saving action; the sort of intelligent actions that can save a City -- that can save a planet.

I very much look forward to seeing you at Government House tonight.


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