In all the various occupations, engineers are at or near the top of the list of being data junkies. They are analytical by nature. That means they not only like data and analytics, they understand its intrinsic value. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Data Transparency and Civil Engineers.”

Engineers depend on data from a multitude of sources to conduct their research. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been creating and releasing Data Availability Statements to enable data reusability. This comes as part of their effort to support data transparency.

It is important to easily access and work with data no matter where they are located or what application created them. This assures that the data being reported are accurate and are coming from the official source.

Researchers have long seen the benefit and now the government and society are beginning to embrace data formats that equip insight-driven decisions and reduce compliance burdens.

Melody K. Smith

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