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Alaska State Library and OMB Awarded Grant in Support of Statewide Data Hub Project

Jan 3, 2019 | Education, Monitor

A September 2016 view of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK), Home of the Alaska State Museum, Alaska State Archives and Alaska State Library.

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JUNEAU – The Alaska State Library and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are one of nine partnerships nationwide awarded a Field Project grant from Civic Switchboard. The $9,000 grant will support data valuation work for Alaska’s Statewide Data Hub project. During the valuation process, the partnership will survey stakeholders to create a statewide data ecosystem map. The map will identify sources of data within state government, and how that data is currently accessed and used. When the map is complete, the project will convene state, community and business representatives to analyze the ecosystem, identify missing connections or perspectives, deficient resources and infrastructures, and other gaps and weaknesses, as well as strengths and opportunities. 

This will be the first step in understanding the true value of Alaska’s data and information assets, and how they can be used for improved government efficiency, economic development and civic engagement. The grant recipients will also contribute details about their work back to Civic Switchboard, informing case studies that will become part of the Civic Switchboard Guide.

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