This report, published by U.S. Government Accountability Office, presents the results of a forum on recent developments in the area of data, analysis, and innovation’”and key implications for related economic opportunities, challenges to realizing such opportunities, new pathways to societal benefits, and privacy concerns.
Forum discussions considered the implications of new data-related technologies and developments that are revolutionizing the basic three-step innovation process in the figure below. As massive amounts of varied data become available in many fields, data generation (step 1 in the process) is transformed. Continuing technological advances are bringing more powerful analytics and changing analysis possibilities (step 2 in the process). And approaches to new decision making include intelligent machines that may, for example, guide human decision makers. Additionally, data may be automatically generated on actions taken in response to data analytic results, creating an evaluative feedback loop.