When I tell people at cocktail parties that I work with “data,” I almost immediately see the look of overwhelm on their faces, and the rows and columns of ones and zeros flying through their minds. Every day we hear IT executives and datacenter administrators saying they are drowning in that data. On the other hand, program managers, department directors, policy analysts and everyone else in government does not see those ones and zeros. They see (or are looking for) the information they need residing in Word documents, spreadsheets and Power Point presentations, videos and audio files. Often their data is compiled in a variety of siloed databases that in a perfect world would all ‘speak’ to each other and make processes more efficient.