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Smart government starts with metadata


September 2, 2016

This is not a post about government collection of metadata. It’s about the need for smart metadata management in the execution of smart government projects.

Previous entries have argued that Public Financial Management is at the core of smart government and that smart city technology is complicated. But, that was only half of the complexity problem. Smart government requires the integration of many actors in order to succeed.

Actor Complexity

Therefore, smart requires an overwhelming number of technologies combined with coordinating institutions and citizens. How can governments create a framework to communicate complex ideas to so many stakeholders?

Through metadata.

Through the integration of budget classifications and performance classifications.

Smart Metadata

This is all about “smart metadata.” It’s about the integration of budget and accounting classifications with performance structures. At best, it’s about codifying government priorities in a “logic map” integrated within budget classifications or the “chart of accounts.” This provides the structure for transparency and open government. It ties objectives to expenditures to assets to results. Metadata enables communicating with so many stakeholders.

And, smart metadata makes sense of sensor and other technologies in decision-making and governance. No, we haven’t given up metadata in this era of “data lakes.”

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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