I saw this article in last week's Economist - Building with big data - its basically a review of a McKinsey Global Institute report that makes the claim that big data is the "the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity". The report is focussed on the private sector but it got me thinking about local government and how it uses the data that it collects. My impression is that local government collects data mostly for compliance purposes and it got me wondering whether or not there were any municipalities making use of this data for other purposes such as improving their development planning activities, or enhancing service delivery.
I know that Breede Valley is using their GIS system loaded with property and service use data to identify areas where they should be collecting revenue but are not. Are there any other examples of innovative uses of data for non-compliance purposes?