Big Data May Be in Demand in Transport, Energy, Health Care, and Education Sectors

16 january 2017 | TASS

The implementation of digital government principles, the use of big data and other technologies can yield good economic benefits, experts note. “As for prospects for the use of bid data in the public sector not just in the two capitals but countrywide as well, typically, we have neither data volume nor data reliability,” believes Alexander Malakhov, Head of the Department for Information Technologies of the Analytical Center. The reason is that paper still remains a traditional communication medium between the Russian government authorities, writes TASS, citing an expert.

Alexander Malakhov
Alexander Malakhov
Department for Information Technologies

According to Mr. Malakhov, the use of hard copies removes another basic criterion from the definition of big data, namely: new data augmentation. Regions, even if they generate large data volumes, do not keep them in systems, Malakhov shared, noting that, on the other hand, data forms are fairly diverse. “My experience in the public sector informatization shows that data at the federal, regional and municipal level simultaneously is non-existent in Russia,” Mr. Malakhov said. However, from the expert’s point of view, the prospects for bid data use in public administration do exist. Big data may be in demand in transport, energy, health care, and education sectors.

“Unless we have competencies in the area of interest, unless we are capable of using big data instruments, we will never be able to analyze anything even if all data are available,” Mr. Malakhov added. Today, it is only Yandex, Beeline or, for example, the Higher School of Economics, who teach how to work with big data in Russia, the expert clarified.