The Data Briefing: Harnessing the Internet of Things and Synthetic Data to Provide Better Flood Warnings and Prevent Veterans Suicides
Two significant items in federal government data in the last few weeks:
The Department of Commerce releases the National Water Model. The National Water Model provides a comprehensive model of river flows so local communities can better prepare for possible flooding events. What is especially amazing about the National Water Model is that it pulls data from over 8,000 stream gauges. Stream gauges are automated measuring stations that measure water flow, height, surface runoff, and other hydrological data. The National Water Model is a great example of data being produced from an Internet of Things: here, a nationwide network of scientific sensors.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Innovations (VASPI). A community of experts assembled on September 9 and September 10 to find solutions to the growing problem of suicide among veterans. The themes for VASPI included:
“1) Improving VA predictive analytic methods for identifying suicide risk.”
“2) Accessing Veterans at risk for suicide who are not receiving VA care.”
“3) Enhancing VA resources and interventions for suicide prevention.”
Synthetic datasets can also train machine learning algorithms. Machine learning algorithms need a great amount of data to find patterns and build the prediction model. Many synthetic datasets can be created from the original dataset and then distributed to developers and researchers to find the most effective machine learning algorithms. The best machine learning algorithms can then be applied to the original dataset to aid in suicide prevention programs.
Each week, The Data Briefing showcases the latest federal data news and trends. Visit this blog every week to learn how data is transforming government and improving government services for the American people. If you have ideas for a topic or have questions about government data, please contact me via email. Dr. William Brantley is the Training Administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. You can find out more about his personal work in open data, analytics, and related topics at BillBrantley.com. All opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the USPTO or GSA.