The NSW government is going to use big data to fight crime, obesity and housing affordability

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The NSW state government today announced it plans to launch a big data analytics centre which will span every agency.

The “whole-of-government” data centre will be used to gain insights into a number of areas including crime, health and housing, state innovation minister Victor Dominello says.

“Data is one of the greatest assets held by government, but when it’s buried away in bureaucracy it is of little value,” Dominello said.

“Whether it’s tackling crime, combating obesity or addressing housing affordability, we cannot hope to develop solutions to the long-term challenges that our state faces without an effective whole-of-government data sharing platform.

“Data analytics has been used successfully in jurisdictions like New Zealand, New York City and the State of Michigan to improve the lives of citizens through better targeted and more coordinated government service delivery.”

The government hopes the centre will link data from multiple sources to improve innovation and provide better insights.

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