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Since the recent recession governments in the many parts of world have been under the pressure to provide high-level service with tight budget control And it is critical for them to find ways to improve productivity and working efficiency This memo is aim to introduce big data as the answer The memo will first introduce 5 critical values big data creates for the government through 3 examples in the US and Germany government And secondly the memo will also point out risks associated with using big data in government and make recommendation to current application of big data What is big dataBig data refers to things one can do at a large scale that cannot be done at a smaller one to extract new insights or create new forms of value in ways that change markets organization the relationship between citizens and governments In this memo the focus will be on how the big data the capture of analytic of large scale of data transform how government operates Case 1 NYPD use big data to fight crime When William Bratton took the job of NYPD Commissioner in 1994 crime rate were spiraling out of control Murder and robbery have broken the record number Businesses were moving out the city and tourism was down Bratton soon turned the situation around and achieved double-digit crime reduction by applying big data in the police department Bratton established an information unit called CompStat under the NYPD and ordered NYCs each precincts police service areas and transit districts to turn in a complete record of complaints arrests and summons activities with specific locations and times on a weekly basis After colleting the latest records the unit pours in historical datasets and maps to generate critical information to guide police activities such as crime trends and hot spots Police Headquarters hold crime strategy meetings twice a week And commanders will discuss their crime strategy based on the updated statistic from CompStat
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