Governments around the world are trying to forge data cultures and democratize data throughout their agencies. In the middle of 2020, the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan was released, outlining a multiyear, holistic approach to government information that includes building a culture that values data, growing data skills, and promoting efficient and appropriate use of data in decision making. In this discussion, we sit down with Major Bryan Fagan, Chief - Community Outreach Branch at the United States Air Force - Analytics Community to discuss the importance of building data culture and skills in government agencies, and some of the challenges and opportunities of democratizing data skills and data culture in a government setting.
Adel is a Data Science educator, speaker, and Evangelist at DataCamp, where he has released various courses and live training on data analysis, machine learning, and data engineering. Adel is passionate about spreading data skills and data literacy throughout organizations and the intersection of technology and society. He has an MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics. In his free time, you can find him hanging out with his cat Louis.
Major Bryan Fagan is currently the community outreach branch chief for the Air Force Operations Research career field management team at the Pentagon. The Air Force Analytic Community consists of over 1,200 operations research officers and civilians. Within his current role, Bryan is responsible for the Air Force Analytic Community Cloud Environment, managing multiple collaboration programs, the annual awards program, a monthly community synchronization meeting, and the annual Air Force Operations Research Symposium. In particular, for the cloud environment, Bryan works to provide the community with the right tools and training to conduct cutting-edge operations research, data science, and data analytics.