by Chuck Paone
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
10/26/2012 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Enhanced
information sharing and partnership are among the benefits expected to
stem from an early-October forum co-sponsored by Hanscom Air Force Base
and the Department of Transportation's Volpe Transportation Center.
The forum held at the Volpe Center brought together a number of experts
from various organizations. All were on hand to discuss a topic known as
"big data analytics."
The term "big data" is used to describe the exponential growth,
availability and use of information, both structured and unstructured,
according to Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technology officer for the Command,
Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks program executive
office here. Rudolph organized and co-sponsored the event with Robert
John, director of The Volpe Center.
Discussion focused on the ever-increasing use of information in
organizations, especially in digitized processes and operations, and the
role of information technology in supporting that use. Forum organizers
sought to heighten participants' understanding of the challenges and
opportunities related to big data.
"Events such as this, which foster collaboration and leveraging of
resources among government agencies in tackling cross-cutting issues,
demonstrate that system development and support should not be
accomplished in a vacuum," said Rudolph.
Ongoing dialogue and follow-on action should help ensure more
inter-agency partnership. In addition to the Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center at Hanscom and the Volpe Center, other participants,
including Air Force Research Laboratory, academic institutions such as
MIT, and various industrial entities, are now already on that path.
"This event better positioned our respective federal and state
organizations to consider how we may better leverage our collective
resources for improved and timelier decision making among the agencies,"
Rudolph said. "Participants engaged in dialogue detailing their
specific use-case environments, challenges and solutions."
The forum was considered so successful that a follow-on event is already
being scheduled. That one will focus on human factors issues in command
and control environments relevant to multiple modes of transportation
and to defense situations. It will take place here in March 2013.