“Data by itself is useless”

We’ve been doing a lot of work on data topics recently and just came across the following quote — one of our favorites about data use in the public sector.


Todd Park

“Data by itself is useless . . . You can’t pour data on a broken bone and heal it. You can’t pour data on the street and fix it.  Data is only useful if it is applied for useful public benefit.”


Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer, March 1, 2012 to August 28, 2014. From a speech on February 27, 2013, at a federal Geographic Information System (GIS) conference.

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