Transportation Department Paves Road for Future Data

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Maria Roat, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Chief Technology Officer since August, is currently looking at how the department’s data is being collected, protected, utilized and stored.

The data inventory is part of a two-year plan to overhaul how USDOT governs its data, with the aim of harnessing the data in ways that are most useful to the department and the public. Equally important is figuring out what data is not necessary.

“This has been an enlightening process,” Roat said Thursday at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C. “We constantly get batches and batches of data from a wide variety of sources that is only going to continue to grow. Our key is finding out how to manage all of this so we can most benefit from it.”

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