What is big data?

According to the Gartner’s definition, circa 2001, “Big data is data that contains greater variety arriving in increasing volumes and with ever-higher velocity.”

Sofor non-tech reading this post, big data is a bulk of data that can be structured or unstructured, which submerges daily from businesses. It proves to be a helping hand in making sensible business decisions in the future using the information extracted and reformed from this data.

Big data is been successful in numerous industries andthe government sector is no different in this regard. Juggling up with a range of problems, the government sector needs to work in making sense of data for significant decisions that can add value to lives of millions of people.

Besides making it tough to go through the data within the public sector and its departments, it is also hard to cross-check the truth upholding the data. Nonetheless, inadequate information can lead to some serious consequences like not realizing how many patients suffered from a disease last year in any specific city and taking critical decision to do something about it.

The government can use big data to get huge knowledge necessary to perform its operations more efficiently and effectively – specially for people being serviced on daily basis. However, it is a big list of benefits for the state. An eminent feature of big data is that it showcases the loopholes of the government, highlighting the sectors that need specialized attention along with the real-time reports of the scenario. Though we all agree to the fact that real-time report for our society (which is always on a roll) is utterly significant. To simplify it for you, big data empowers the administration to implement decisions, monitor them, and modify in case obliged. So, without dragging it further, let us gets down to the elephant of the room.

Use Cases In Government


There is no end to the growing population of drivers on the roads. Besides, it is getting tough to monitor every factor that might lead to a mishap due to the ratio of refinements to driver safety, be it roads or police officers, weather conditions or vehicle safety. So what’s the solution? This is where big data rescues, enabling authorities to have a strong command over transport with modified roads, safer roadways, secure and new routes.


None of us can deny the significance of education in our lives, but the question is how to make it better for us? Big dataenables the government to analyze the educational needs of local and federal regions. Moreover, making sure that the new generation of the country is taking the utmost advantage of the academic facilities in the country.


Our Government is struggling with the growing poverty for years now. Big Data highlights the areas with a maximum ratio of poverty following by means to overcome it. Following a studies by Howard university, the authorities dig up the times; locations and trials of mobile phones activities from phone metadata through the texts and calls and categorize them as “hallmarks of socioeconomic status”. Later, they use specialized software to extract information from these big data sets to estimate an idea about life style and financial activities, leading to an estimate of financial condition of people in an area.


The administration sustaining the records of immense number of livestock and agricultural land is an arduous task. Monitoring the number of the different crop, agricultural lands, and relevant issues is not a piece of cake. However, big data solutions(big data alone is nothing without a good solution)can surely help you in this regard, offering means to smartly handle the farmers and their means. The ability to gather huge data leading to analyzing it is the real game-changer.

To conclude, big data can be a real game-changer for the government. Besides highlighting the issues in the society it also leads to the direction of adequate measures of eradicating it, thus benefiting the public and our future generations. Also, how actually big data is used on ground, we will discuss in our next article.