Article: Abu Dhabi and Singapore join forces to accelerate smart city development

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Abu Dhabi and Singapore join forces to accelerate smart city development

Abu Dhabi Investment Office joined forces with Enterprise Singapore (ESG), a government agency championing enterprise development, and its subsidiary IPI Singapore to accelerate smart city development in the emirate. Under the agreement, Singaporean companies will submit solutions to address challenges outlined by the Abu Dhabi-based entities.

Eligible companies will also receive funding from ESG to develop smart city solutions. This will increase “collaboration, connect innovation ecosystems and promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise between both sides”, Adio and ESG said in a joint statement on Thursday.

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Article: The future of farming could be based on Linux

Food, Open Provisioning

The future of farming could be based on Linux

The Linux Foundation has just launched an open source digital infrastructure project specifically designed to tackle the challenges of the global agriculture sector. The AgStack Foundation looks to promote collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture ecosystem, including private business, governments, and academia.

It also hopes to build free and open digital infrastructure for data and applications tailored to enhance the efficiency of agriculture across the world. “The global Agriculture ecosystem desperately needs a digital makeover. There is too much loss of productivity and innovation due to the absence of re-usable tools and data…. AgStack will help every stakeholder in global agriculture with free and open digital tools and data,” said Sumer Johal, Executive Director of AgStack.

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Article: 6 examples of open source best practices in knowledge-sharing projects

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

6 examples of open source best practices in knowledge-sharing projects

As someone who has watched my fair share of projects and initiatives come and go, I value the follow-on effects of good knowledge sharing. Even knowledge from bygone projects is available to learn from the past; such is the benefit and the curse of an internet that never forgets—all the practices good, no-longer-good, and never-were-good are out there to be found.

As the head of Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office (OSPO), I both appreciate and benefit from the myriad ways different communities create and share knowledge about open source. The very effort of creating open source software is a massive knowledge-sharing experience, covering all the domains of software development with many methods and practices.

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Article: Google Arts & Culture’s open source Woolaroo app uses AI to help preserve endangered languages

Language, Open Data

Google Arts & Culture’s open source Woolaroo app uses AI to help preserve endangered languages

There are thousands of different languages spoken around the planet, but a sizable number of these are at risk of disappearing. In fact, of the over 7,000 native languages currently in use, some 3,000 are in danger, and on average, a language becomes extinct every fourteen days.

Google Arts & Culture is taking action to help preserve these endangered languages. Its new Woolaroo app is an open-source photo-translation platform powered by Google Cloud that makes use of machine learning and image recognition.

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Article: PROFORGE 3 open source 3D printer launches via Kickstarter

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

PROFORGE 3 open source 3D printer launches via Kickstarter

Makertech 3D has launched their new third generation 3D printer this week via Kickstarter in the form of the high-performance and open source PROFORGE 3, equipped with a second-generation dual switching hot end.

We rigorously test and quality control to ensure you receive high quality components that function the way they were intended to, right out of the box. However in the slim case you do receive a faulty part or one that was damaged in transit we’ll send out a replacement for you right away for up to an entire year after your purchase!”

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Article: Now is the time to realize the potential of open banking

Money, Open Governance

Now is the time to realize the potential of open banking

We should roll out open banking to open everything, setting the new global standards for simple, safe data sharing in future and establishing a strong digital image of a new post-Brexit global Britain. When was the last time you switched to a different bank? This week? This decade? Ever?

For most of us, no matter how much we may grumble about unexpected account fees or lousy foreign currency rates, the answer is ‘never’. And that’s not so bad if we’re broadly happy with what we’re getting. For lots of us, life is too short to spend time worrying about a service that’s fairly trouble free, and which lets you manage your finances from your phone wherever you are.

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Article: Linux Foundation launches open source agriculture infrastructure project

Food, Open Provisioning

Linux Foundation launches open source agriculture infrastructure project

The Linux Foundation has lifted the lid on a new open source digital infrastructure project aimed at the agriculture industry. The AgStack Foundation, as the new project will be known, is designed to foster collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture space, spanning private business, governments, and academia.

As with just about every other industry in recent years, there has been a growing digital transformation across the agriculture sector that has ushered in new connected devices for farmers and myriad AI and automated tools to optimize crop growth and circumvent critical obstacles, such as labor shortages.

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Article: Improving Economic Opportunities in Cities can Build Sustainable Futures: ADB

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Improving Economic Opportunities in Cities can Build Sustainable Futures: ADB

A new book released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has stated that improving the quality of life, and social and economic opportunities in Asia’s fast-growing cities are instrumental in fulfilling their potential as engines of economic prosperity and hubs for sustainability.

Creating Livable Asian Cities’ examines the region’s urbanization challenges and presents solutions across five priority areas: smart and inclusive urban planning; sustainable transport that provides equitable access to services and opportunities; sustainable energy sources that are less polluting; innovative finance to bridge resource gaps; and greater climate and disaster resilience.

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Article: Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

Free, Libre, Open Software, Open Source

Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

Open source software is now the de facto choice for most businesses, but it’s been a long time coming. We asked Marc Linster, CTO at EDB, a company that provides software and services based on the database PostgreSQL (Postgres) – one of the very earliest open source projects – for his take on the current state of enterprise open source.

For many years, open source software was the domain of academics and hobbyists. What was the tipping point that convinced businesses and public sector organizations to take it seriously? It’s not so much a tipping point but rather a confluence of events, said Linster, addressing Postgres as an example.

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Article: A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma

Drugs, Open Health

A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma

Thirty years ago, a 21-year-old student at the University of Helsinki put out a message on a bulletin board, “i am doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big or professional..),” and asked for feedback.

Little did he know that these few words would be the beginning of a gigantic revolution that would transform digital life around the world. This was the birth of the free operating system that came to be known as Linux, named after the kid, Linus Torvalds, who invented it.

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