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Building a Unified Government Big Data Platform, Lanzhou New Area Releases Digital Transformation Dividends

By Shen Siji, Shen Yao's Scientific Observation

In August 2012, Lanzhou New Area (LNA) became a state-level new area, the first state-level new area in northwestern China, and the fifth in the country. This modern new area, featuring industry-city integration, has begun to take shape over the past six years. LNA is now the engine that leads social and economic development, reform, and innovation, plus serves as the gateway for access to Gansu Province.

LNA is now building a government big data sharing and exchange platform for government information resource integration and data services, such as data sharing and exchange. This platform will connect information silos and achieve inter-city interconnection. In this way, the data is "running errands" for the citizens. Lanzhou New Area Science & Technology Culture Tourism Group and its wholly owned subsidiary, Data Investment, play a major role in project construction. This project will greatly improve the quality and efficiency of government services, and has important strategic significance for the informatization development, government model transformation, and innovation of LNA.

The 13th Five-Year Plan for e-Government Development has specified to "guide e-Government development with a network-based strategy", which means to manage a "big system", share "big data", and build and use a "big platform" in a collaborative and unified manner. In this way, using big data to promote economic and social transformation has become social consensus.

LNA invited Huawei to establish a new, big data–based service model, due to Huawei's experience in developing and using government big data. This will undoubtedly improve administration, people's livelihood, and industry development. This service model will also be a reference for other governments to implement a big data strategy and develop a digital economy.

Breaking Siloed e-Government Construction

As an industrial base and transportation hub, LNA connects the east and west. As a significant location on both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the New Eurasian Continental Bridge, LNA has irreplaceable geographic advantages.

LNA is one of the National Smart City Pilot Cities, Information for Public Well-being Pilot Cities, first batch of Information Consumption Pilot Cities, and e-Commerce Demonstration Cities. LNA is the first state-level new area in northwest China, and great importance is realized due to its strategic location and Smart City construction.

LNA has limited capabilities in constructing its own information-based infrastructure. Most governmental agencies have no equipment room, which led to limited network coverage. Lacking proprietary applications and information-based systems, many governmental agencies used state-level or province-level information systems when processing key service information. These systems could not be customized to meet local requirements.

An additional challenge was that parts of the government's data was not stored locally, and various agencies built their systems separately. Information systems of different government agencies were not planned and developed in a unified manner, impeding cross-agency data sharing and limiting efficiencies. Services that involve multiple agencies or departments could not be processed smoothly.

Aware of these deficiencies, LNA urgently needed a unified government big data platform. The party working and administrative committees of LNA specified the requirements for constructing a government big data platform.

To realize government information resource sharing, the platform must be able to support cross-departmental, cross-regional, cross-level, cross-system, and cross-business services. Additionally, the platform should be able to support a city ecosystem, featuring full-process, full-coverage, full-model, and all-response intelligent management and service.

The platform should generate standards and systems for government openness and information sharing. This includes building a catalog system, improving standard systems, regulations, and laws, and establishing evaluation, exam, and security review systems.

The platform must support the interconnection of government information resources, which means to connect sharing and open platforms to the national e-Government network, so as to realize data concentration, sharing, and integrated management.

The platform must have flexible, open service support capabilities. The platform provides LNA with resource management and service capabilities to centrally collect, store, analyze, and compute various government data resources. It must also support public information resource sharing, exchange, integration, and services.

LNA hopes to leverage the platform to coordinate and share data resources, realizing cross-departmental service collaboration and efficiency improvements. On this basis, LNA can implement the objectives of the "streamlining, delegating, and optimizing" reform, and the service principles of "letting the data run errands for the citizens".

Establishing a Unified Government Big Data Platform

The Data Investment of New Area Science & Technology, Culture, Tourism Group worked with Huawei to plan and develop a government big data sharing and exchange platform. Combining Huawei's experience accrued from over 500 success projects, and the basic network and ICT-based construction in LNA, Data Investment and Huawei produced a future-proof platform deployment solution.

In the data governance phase, Data Investment and Huawei built data governance tools, such as data integration management, quality evaluation and improvement, cleansing rules, and management and convergence, in LNA.

In the data migration phase, Data Investment and Huawei followed the standard of the government-based logical data model to build the city data resource library. The two companies established a data model for the LNA. This included building a data buffer, a source area, an integration area (the basic library), and themed, historical, and non-structural databases, and implementing installed base data import into the library, as well as incremental data import through an automated scheduling process, so as to support smooth data migration and exchange.

In the data support phase, Data Investment leveraged Huawei's proprietary big data service solutions to develop a support system on the LNA government's platform. The system supports the reliable, stable, accurate operations of the platform.

Huawei played an important role in constructing the LNA government's big data platform. It enabled the platform to collaborate and integrate the service process, unified the data model, and ensured intelligence development. Huawei also supported the sustainable, on-going evolution of the architecture. LNA now has a unified big data platform which serves as the foundation of a data-driven modern government.

LNA Releases Digital Transformation Dividends

Constructing the LNA government big data platform has improved the quality and efficiency of the service-oriented government. It has brought value and strategic significance to informatization development and government model transformation in LNA. Our observations focus on the following three dimensions.

The LNA government big data platform has set a benchmark in e-Government resource centralization and security management.

Constructing a unified data platform can reduce the government's one-time investment, which has become an inevitable trend for e-Government compact construction. In this project, Huawei fully utilized cloud computing that features on-demand use and dynamic expansion to provide computing, storage, and information resource services for all departments in LNA. Huawei implemented centralized deployment of software and hardware, unified construction and sharing, and information sharing. This avoided repeated investments in hardware and software, and data collection and input, realizing resource centralization at multiple layers. In addition, key service systems and data are now managed and maintained in a centralized and efficient manner to support the security and reliability of the ICT-based system.

The LNA government big data platform has improved the government's efficiency and quality, reduced management costs, and promoted service collaboration.

Different from the traditional government model, the LNA government has improved its efficiency, reduced management costs, and simplified service handling processes by using the big data sharing and exchange platform. The government has fundamentally transformed from a management-oriented government to a service-oriented government which provides benefits and convenience for citizens.

The LNA government big data platform will lead to the development of a service-oriented government and digital economy.

LNA has developed a unified information platform, which supports extensive information resource service capabilities. The platform can provide comprehensive information resource services, enabling LNA to develop a new, innovative service model to improve the administration, people's livelihood, and industry development. The platform promotes the government to realize digital transformation, prepares the city for Smart City construction, boosts regional industry upgrade and evolution, and assists LNA in releasing digital transformation dividends.

As a leader in the government big data field, Huawei has extensive experience and technologies in constructing government data platforms within China. The government big data platform, jointly launched by Huawei and Data Investment, has set a benchmark and become a sample in government big data platform construction. It can be promoted and replicated across China to construct a new level of government big data.

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