Open Data Effort Maturing With Standardized, Interoperable Models

The General Services Administration announced the formation of the U.S. Data Federation and has taken one giant step forward in the open data movement. The federation will provide a source for data providers to reference and determine whether data corresponds with a set of standards commonly used by other agencies. Coordinating datasets with standardized formats will improve interoperability and the ability to search for, analyze, and use data.

Data.gov is a catalogue of federal agency data, which has also received datasets from many state and local levels of government. While this site may seem like a treasure trove of valuable data, the datasets are published using different software and formats, limiting efforts to compare or contrast information or gain valuable insights. As noted in “Meet the U.S. Data Federation: A new hub for standardized coordinated open data,” posted by Samantha Ehlinger on FedScoop.com, simply publishing data is an advancement in transparency and shows support for the open data movement. However, there is room for improvement. The U.S. Data Federation is now focused on standardizing data, making it interoperable and easier to mine for insights. Specifications or even best practices can be used by agencies as they publish information on the U.S. Data Federations hub. With a standard structure or format, agencies can more easily compare data that was published by other agencies or offices.

Capture Data in ERP and Use It to Improve Operations and Citizen Services

Until such standards are defined, government agencies can employ an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to capture data more efficiently. Federal, state or local agencies can use ERP to capture operational and financial data, inventory and supplier or vendor information, and manage other operations within this single, integrated solution. Modern ERP can be used and shared between multiple offices within a municipality, for example, making it easier for each department to enter, analyze and share data. Built-in business intelligence and reporting features also provide different ways to visualize data, enabling leaders an opportunity to identify and respond faster to deviations in plans, budgets or services.

Support the open data movement, show transparency and achieve greater interoperability within your governmental agency by replacing aging legacy systems with a more efficient, affordable ERP solution. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions for more information about using ERP to capture, analyze and standardize data and use it improve operations and citizen services.

By AKA Enterprise Solutions, a Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP Partner for Public Sector

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