Government agencies are releasing data in quantities never seen before. At the federal level the Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the EPA, the CDC, the Weather Bureau, the USGS and dozens of other agencies are releasing hundreds of millions of records annually, each. State and local government agencies are following suit. Private industry, as well, is making data more accessible than ever before. Just think about the map and image data that is available through Google Maps, Bing Maps or OpenStreetMaps. Inexpensive access to Big Data will take the availability of information to the next level.

Moonshadow COO/CTO Eimar Boesjes delivers a presentation about Big Data and Open Government at the Software Association of Oregon’s “Ignite SAO” event on March 15, 2012. Watch the video below: