Bringing Information (And Knowledge) Together At The 2018 OECD Forum
By Ryan Mayfield, Yewno Global Affairs
Government information is incredibly valuable, but it is fragmented, overwhelming, and challenging to grasp: this is the vital topic that brought Yewno to the 2018 OECD Forum in Paris. Alongside Toby Green (OECD) and Professor Kim Normann Andersen (Copenhagen Business School), I discussed the challenges of bringing government information together and unlocking the richness within. Both unstructured text and structured data document government activity; the former establishes the terms of service of citizenship and creates opportunity and risk for individuals and businesses, while the latter chronicles the evidence of these activities and societal progress. Professor Andersen, who specializes in the implementation and impact of eGovernment, and I spoke about how both types of data are vital: each drives, explains the value of, and helps individuals locate, the other. The sheer scope of government typically means that information is scattered in multiple silos, something that Yewno’s conceptual knowledge discovery tools are uniquely suited to address. Toby, who helped build the first born-digital publishing wing at OECD, advanced this idea with anecdotes from both local (multiple agencies involved with planning permits) and international (overlapping priorities between entities) government. This is something that occurs across all governments: at the U.S. Federal Level, virtually every topic crosses at least two branches of government and multiple sub-offices. This complexity is one of the reasons we are working on making content from organizations like the United Nations and OECD, as well as from the United States Federal Government, accessible with Yewno Discover.