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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Infographic: Manage the Surge in Unstructured Data

March 31, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies and businesses have big plans for big data, but dealing with massive swaths of data from multiple sources can prove challenging. Unstructured data accounts for more than 90 percent of data in organizations today. To figure out the best way to deal with the coming data surge, check out ...

Infographic: What's Your Organization's Greatest Cyber Threat?

March 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the average cybersecurity incident costing an average of $2.7 million, it's important for organizations to determine their cyber weak spots. For both public and private organizations, information and finances are at risk. To see how your security measures stack up, check out this infographic from Modis, to help determine ...

Video: How Open Data Improves Government Collaboration

March 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kansas City, Missouri, has begun expanding into the field of open data with its 311 data set, which was automated and pushed out to the public. WIth that project, the city government discovered it was its own best consumer, said Kate Bender, a senior analyst with the Kansas City Office ...

Timeline: Rise of the Chief Data Officer

March 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over the past few years, a growing number of federal agencies have appointed a chief data officer, or CDO, to help them manage their data as an asset -- releasing it to citizens and entrepreneurs alike and scrutinizing it internally to derive new insights and drive efficiencies. The timeline below ...

VIdeo: Open Data, Collaboration and Coalescence

March 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With government and private industry fundamentally different, why should both sectors take the same approach to open data? "The digital government environment today is really being defined by the Web and the interface that governments are trying to use to create an experience for constituents," Bob Runge said. Runge, a ...

Video: Open Data and Improving Quality of Life

March 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Like many local governments, Florida's Miami-Dade County relies on open data to help its citizens. Mike Hernandez, director of communications for Miami-Dade County, hopes to make the data easily accessible, and not just for those who submit public records requests. "We need to educate our public, and we need to ...

Video: Open Data in the UK

March 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How does local government prove it's making a difference with taxpayers' money? The leaders of West Sussex, U.K., found the answer was open data. "One of the real key drivers for me about publishing our data was about making sure we had a really strong contract with our taxpayers," Samantha ...

Video: Open Data and Citizen Engagement

March 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The city of Gainesville, Florida, is using its open data portal to both connect citizens to government and government departments to each other. Becky Rountree, the administrative services director for Gainesville, sees this as an opportunity to foster trust. "Just putting the raw data out there, it shows our constituents ...

Video: Open Data and a More Effective, More Efficient Government

March 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though David Eaves, co-founder of app maker ReCollect, has helped foster open data as a tool for both private enterprise and nonprofits, he has a passion for government's use of open data. "There's just an enormous deficiency in just getting governments to share more effectively," Eaves said. "And that for ...

FISMA by the Numbers: The Biggest Cyber Threats at These 5 Agencies

March 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You don’t have to look any further than the headlines to know that cybersecurity incidents against federal agencies are on the rise. But the annual Federal Information Security Management Act report, a scorecard of agencies’ progress on cybersecurity measures, provides a unique opportunity to examine the threats each agency faces. ...