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Data visu­al­iz­a­tions en­hance trans­par­ency, says IRS of­fi­cial

Providing ac­cess to a data set only goes halfway in de­liv­er­ing trans­par­ency; in­fograph­ics and data visu­al­iz­a­tions are the second phase of open gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to one Internal Revenue Service of­fi­cial.

“We’re try­ing to re­define what we mean by data user,” said Wayne Kei, chief of com­mu­nic­a­tions and data dis­sem­in­a­tion at the IRS’s stat­ist­ics of in­come di­vi­sion.

Traditionally, SOI data is used by tech­nic­al ex­perts at the Treasury Department’s of­fice of tax ana­lys­is, the Commerce Department’s bur­eau of eco­nom­ic ana­lys­is and the Joint Committee on Taxation, said Kei dur­ing an Oct.9 we­bin­ar hos­ted by the General Services Administration’s DigitalGov University.

But the Open Government Directive re­quires agen­cies to take their data a step fur­ther – bey­ond the users who can eas­ily make heads and tails of tax data, he said.

“By provid­ing our data in a more en­ga­ging way, we can get people more in­ter­ested,” said Kei. “They can see the value of our stat­ist­ics and be­come more edu­cated on what we do at the IRS.”

Engaging with a broad­er audi­ence is also easi­er than ever, he said. Through so­cial me­dia IRS is able to in­ter­act dir­ectly with cus­tom­ers. Social me­dia plat­forms such as Tumblr and Facebook are well suited for post­ing and shar­ing in­fograph­ics and data visu­al­iz­a­tions.

Big data to cre­ate 1.9M IT jobs in U.S. by 2015, says Gartner

There were a lot of reas­ons for Gartner re­search­ers to give a gloomy eco­nom­ic out­look at its Symposium/ITxpo con­fer­ence , es­pe­cially af­ter the latest round of quarterly re­ports from Intel, IBM and oth­ers. But the pic­ture painted by Peter Sondergaard, Gartner’s head of re­search, was up­beat in a sur­pris­ing way.

Gartner isn’t re­vis­ing its glob­al IT growth fore­cast sig­ni­fic­antly, which re­mains down from the ini­tial ex­pect­a­tions for this year. But Garter’s re­l­at­ively flat rev­en­ue fore­cast isn’t be­ing car­ried over to jobs, at least in one sec­tor of IT: big data.

Big data, which refers to data col­lec­ted and ana­lyzed from every ima­gin­able source, is be­com­ing an en­gine of job cre­ation as busi­nesses dis­cov­er ways to turn data in­to rev­en­ue, says Gartner. By 2015, it is ex­pec­ted to cre­ate 4.4 mil­lion IT jobs glob­ally, of which 1.9 mil­lion will be in the U.S.

Big data could trans­form staff man­age­ment 

Big data will trans­form the way busi­nesses de­velop the tal­ent in their work­for­ce over the next five years, ac­cord­ing to ana­lysts.

Data ana­lyt­ics has the po­ten­tial to help busi­nesses make dra­mat­ic re­turns by man­aging their work­for­ce more ef­fect­ively, said hu­man re­sources (HR) tech­no­logy ana­lyst Josh Bersin.

“This is the next big thing that is go­ing to hap­pen in HR,” he told del­eg­ates at the HR Tech Europe con­fer­ence.

Data ana­lyt­ics tech­no­lo­gies have the po­ten­tial to of­fer busi­nesses in­sights in­to their em­ploy­ees that could have a real im­pact on com­pany profits, the HR con­fer­ence heard.

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