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14 July 2022

Policy Cloud has published a report on methods for Cloud use by public authorities.The document is part of a series aiming to realise the overall goal of policy modelling, making and implementation, enabling the analysis of data to be directly exploited in different phases of the policy lifecycle.

This report proposes a methodology and a set of adaptable techniques for the creation of policies using Cloud infrastructures and big data technologies. The proposed methodology specifies how to best take advantage of the value of different mechanisms (e.g., data modelling, semantic representation and interoperability, analytics, etc.) during the policy lifecycle (from modelling to implementation) in the scope of Cloud environments.

Included in the report is an overview of the main characteristics and benefits of the Cloud and big data and Policy Cloud itself as a service, the data lifecycle of public policies, as well as concrete examples of good practices and success stories related to the use of Cloud and big data in the public sector in different countries, such as OpenTraffic, a global platform providing open data on traffic built using fully open-source software, and the Global Terrorism Database, containing information on more than 200,000 terrorist attacks between 1970-2015.

The overall objective of the report is to bring more context to the Policy Cloud project, to raise awareness and serve as an inspiration regarding the capabilities and the value of Cloud and big data in the public sector, and at the same time to serve as a basis for the development of adaptable approaches for the examination of public authorities’ policy-making structures and their systems maturity and ability to absorb and analyse data in common Cloud infrastructures.

Read the report now