"THE idea that representative governments ought make their data open to the public for reuse is by now well established. But what about the processing power of the state? Less consideration has been given to what role and responsibility the nation has to crunch its own numbers. A report released this week by the British think tank Policy Exchange, sponsored by the digital-storage company EMC, takes a few steps forward.
"It calls for the British government to develop an analytics unit in the Cabinet Office to undertake 'big data' projects across government departments. 'Fully capturing the big data opportunity to drive up efficiency and cut out waste in the UK public sector could be worth a total of between £16 billion and £33 billion a year,' Policy Exchange estimates."