Article: Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Geospatial, Open Data

Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Cities all over the Midwest and the country are going through changes, finding their unique identities amid an ever-changing, tech-focused economy. St. Louis is no exception to this trend and has created an environment ripe for innovation. The economy in this growing Missouri city is booming for businesses, entrepreneurs, tech workers, millennials, and more.

One sector that is seeing unprecedented growth and significant investment from the public and private sectors is geospatial technology. St. Louis is predicted to become a leader in geospatial technology, but this rise did not happen overnight.

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Article: Google Woolaroo: How to use the indigenous language tool

Language, Open Data

Google Woolaroo: How to use the indigenous language tool

Google has launched a new tool called Woolaroo to compile and preserve indigenous languages.The company announced the tool on 5 May. It features indigenous languages from all over the world, including Yugambeh — the first Australian Aboriginal language to be featured on the app.

“Crucial to Indigenous communities is that Woolaroo puts the power to add, edit and delete entries completely in their hands,” Yugambeh Museum CEO, Rory O’Connor, said in a statement.

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Article: Smart Newry Project wins £5K from Open Data Innovation and Outreach Fund

Innovation, Open Data, Open Space

Smart Newry Project wins £5K from Open Data Innovation and Outreach Fund

A Newry 2020 organization Smart Newry has been awarded almost £5000 for the development and enhancement of the Smart Newry Project, a community-based open environmental data platform.

“It is great to see how the Open Data Fund has expanded to include a Covid-19 specific category and to see the innovative projects which have come forward in this category.  “These include a real-time analytics dashboard on the vaccine roll-out, a project to tackle online disinformation about Covid as well as funding a Masters student analyzing the use of Belfast Bikes before and during the pandemic.”

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Article: Integrating open data, open source, cloud drives efficiency

Open Data, Open Governance, Standards

Integrating open data, open source, cloud drives efficiency

Better integration of three of the federal government’s main strategies — use of cloud, open source software (OSS) and open data – would collectively benefit their progress, a new report found.

“Integrating strategies around open government data, OSS, and cloud computing will help make government information more available to the American public, ensure that government decisions are driven by evidence, and increase the efficiency and lower the costs of government operations,” according to “Aligning Open Data, Open Source, and Hybrid Cloud Adoption in Government,” a report the IBM Center for The Business of Government released May 5 in collaboration with the Center for Open Data Enterprise.

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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: Astraea Announces Partnership With Cuebiq

Geospatial, Open Data

Astraea Announces Partnership With Cuebiq

Astraea, developer of the EarthAI geospatial analytics platform, today announced a partnership with Cuebiq, a leader in mobility intelligence and offline consumer insights. Fusing geospatial and mobility datasets give organizations a comprehensive understanding of the Earth’s surface and those who live on it.

By combining Cuebiq’s innovative, flexible tools and vast mobility data catalog with Astraea’s end-to-end AIOps platform, the partnership brings together two important and growing data sets, giving consumers secure, accurate intelligence.

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Article: HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Geospatial, Open Data

HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Resolution of the COVID-19 crisis has come down to how quickly governments can vaccinate individuals before more contagious variants of the virus evolve and spread. One platform playing a critical role in helping health care organizations win that race is a geographic information system (GIS) platform created by Health Solutions Research (HSR.health) and accessed as a cloud service.

The GeoHealth Platform HSR.health developed combines social determinants of health with social media data and estimated health care costs to surface potential hot spots. Created prior to the pandemic, the platform relies on a Health Risk Index model created using geospatial mapping software from Esri and open source Geoserver software for sharing geospatial data, HSR.health CEO Ajay Gupta told VentureBeat. “We wanted to track social determinants of health,” he said.

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Article: Participatory Geomatics Network for Coastal Mapping and Monitoring

Access, Geospatial, Open Data, Open Decision-Support

Participatory Geomatics Network for Coastal Mapping and Monitoring

Capacity-building and empowerment using low-cost geomatics equipment, easy-to-use field protocols and semi-automated processing algorithms provide a resilience pathway for coastal communities facing the effects of climate change.

This article presents a participative geomatics project with the goal of increasing southern Québec’s coastal communities’ ability to map and monitor changes in their coastal environment. This co-constructed project aims to develop a participatory network of individuals and groups capable of acquiring, processing and interpreting coastal geospatial data of the Estuary and Gulf of St Lawrence (eastern Canada).

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Article: OGC and CRN partner to establish a Unique Geospatial Real Property Identifier

Geospatial, Open Data

OGC and CRN partner to establish a Unique Geospatial Real Property Identifier

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the non-profit Collateral Risk Network (CRN). Under the MoU, OGC and CRN will work together to develop a unique geospatial real property identifier (PUID) that has applications in housing finance and beyond.

OGC Chief Standards Officer, Scott Simmons, commented: “OGC is encouraged by the vision CRN has for real property identifiers that take advantage of modern IT practices for better integration with users at all levels: from housing finance participants to consumers. The work being undertaken by CRN and OGC will ensure that location information associated with property adheres to the best industry practices for accuracy and information sharing.”

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Article: Geospatial and AI are able to asses disaster damage sooner

Geospatial, Open Data

Geospatial and AI are able to asses disaster damage sooner

It wasn’t long ago when people could only dream of AI and geospatial technology, yet it’s here. On top of that, it can do more than folks could have imagined. This technology could also reinvent disaster relief efforts.

Disasters happen all the time, and this reality makes it impossible to deny the need to address them faster. People have gotten good at predicting potential natural disasters, but dealing with the aftermath is another story. What is worse is that disasters seem to be happening more frequently. Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other things keep hitting different parts of the country. Climate change could be to blame for the rise in disasters, and hopefully, that is addressed, but the pressing matter is the disasters. These affect families in unimaginable ways.

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