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Freedom Of Information Requests? Are you mad?

by host on 05 November 2015 22:00

It was a terrible game, scratching, fighting, spitting – and that was just the parents!!  How many times have you heard people moaning about, Local Authorities or Government Department, complaining bitterly about their difficulty in getting information, the perceived intransigence and their belief that there is a secrecy policy at work?

Well spare a thought for the much maligned Government Authority.

The Freedom of Information requests have been trending upwards at a steady rate- Estimates vary from between 20-50% per year. The weight of data is increasing at eye watering rates- IBM reckon that half the world’s data has been created in the last two years.

The ICO has recently issued guidelines to help people get what they want- however it recognises that there are reasons why it may not happen- Some of these are Vexatious requests, No public Interest, disproportionate or unjustified levels of disruption, and of course cost.

Most Authorities actually want to help. They are not sinister organisations, they have no issue disclosing appropriate information – but often they just cannot find the information easily. In the past year alone, most authorities have had devolved to it extra responsibilities, many have merged with other bodies- Previously separate departments are now often part of the main body, and many people have retired or left- taking with them the only index regarding some topics -in their heads!

DataCube can help. The DataCube utilises its remarkable conceptual content analytic capability to interrogate structured and unstructured data. It examines each individual document’s ‘concepts’ and indexes it relative to all the other data.  This allows similar topics to be automatically gathered regardless of how they may have been expressed in different documents. In other words, they have been identified as being conceptually related based on their semantic positioning.  The LSI technology searches the data conceptually and gives highly accurate and consistent results across vast volumes of data.

Freedom of Information queries can now be much more efficiently dealt with by extremely rapidly collating all conceptually relevant documentation and, having collated it, formulate an accurate and timely response. The organisation is less exposed to errors in responding (and potential fines) by providing an accurate declaration of the unstructured as well as structured data.

People can now concentrate on the Game and its results and not the people watching from the side-lines.

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