Data Management

Metadata catalog refreshes one state’s water use insights

A metadata catalog is helping Arizona water resource managers quickly find and analyze the data needed by water users, planners and decision-makers.

How agencies can clean up criminal records to automate expungement

Automatic record clearance is a growing priority for states as criminal records delay individuals’ ability to reenter society and fill open job slots.

Virginia joins Republican states pulling out of multi-state voter list program

Once a founding member of the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nationwide data-sharing initiative to maintain voter roll accuracy, Virginia plans to leave the organization and establish its own maintenance system.

Cloud security gap: Shadow, orphan and democratized data

When agencies can’t keep track of data across their cloud environment, they expose even more entry points to attackers.

Don't call it data literacy, it's data proficiency

States can get employees successfully working with data by making the training process more approachable, data experts said.

What early adopters get wrong

Long-term smart city success is more likely when leaders take the time to establish data and tech governance frameworks with community input, one expert says.

How one city transformed its approach to data

COMMENTARY | Carlsbad, California, had siloed data streams and didn’t effectively communicate between departments. It changed that and is using its smart city status to tackle today's biggest problems.

Analysis paralysis: When too much data reduces decision-making

The growing volume of data, expanding number of sources and its increasing complexity is undermining leaders’ ability to confidently use it to make decisions, a new report finds.

Virginia election officials change process for removing dead people from voter rolls

A computer coding error in Virginia's Department of Elections voting system failed to flag less obvious death records, leading to deceased people remaining on voter lists. But now registrars can submit obituaries to clean up voter rolls.

Reducing health disparities through effective data management

COMMENTARY | Data management solutions can help public health agencies effectively organize, analyze and optimize the value of their data.

Treating public health disconnects with interoperable data

Standardized state and local health data supports disease surveillance and will allow a quick response to health emergencies.

How to build a trustworthy election system

Data frameworks, poll books and audit trails can help election offices maintain election security, integrity and accuracy.

Public safety data officer wants to break silos, make data more transparent

Better use of data can help the business community work with the city to reduce crime, according to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s new public safety data officer.

Where states can learn to turn data into decisions

The Data Labs program helps participating states design data projects that deliver operational efficiency and improved services.

Michigan embraces ‘Clean Slate’ program without applications

State officials aim to automatically expunge certain criminal records to remove hurdles to jobs and housing.

New Hampshire could play ‘leading role’ in promoting blockchain, report says

A governor’s commission said it is an “important technological innovation,” and recommended the state play a robust regulatory role to support its growth.

How states integrate GIS and elections

Despite accelerated timelines and lack of GIS-trained staff, states have geocoded voter addresses, assigned voters to newly redrawn precincts and improved transparency for voters and elections officials.