The state of Florida has hired its first-ever chief data officer, one of two related positions it will fill by year's end.
Nancy Sampson, the former Information Technology Services director for the state Department of Financial Services (DFS), Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation, took over her new position on Friday, Oct. 27, a state official said. She’ll be responsible for defining a vision and strategy for state data management and governance.
Erin Choy, spokesperson for Florida's Agency for State Technology (AST), said Sampson’s core mission will be to develop an enterprisewide catalog of data streams generated by state agencies, aggregating structured and unstructured data and ultimately making it readable and usable to staff and citizens alike.
Sampson will have until June 30, 2018, to “create an enterprise data inventory,” Choy said. But she’ll also be tasked with creating one centralized listing of all that information, and then using it to recommend options for developing and maintaining publicly accessible state data portals.
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