Article: Geoscience BC research project shows open-access seismic data near Kiskatinaw

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Geoscience BC research project shows open-access seismic data near Kiskatinaw

Geoscience BC has created a network of seismographs in the Kiskatinaw area to understand how, and why earthquakes can be caused by hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal during natural gas development. The project installed a dense network of 15 seismographs in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area in 2020. Data gathered by the project will help inform regulatory practice for British Columbia’s natural gas sector.

Researchers have concluded that real-time, continuous data from a dense array of stations can generate shakemaps, identifying local and seasonal variations in ground motion from seismic events. The seismic data can also identify subsurface structures, aiding in analyzing geological sensitivity to induced seismicity.

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Article: UK Catapult Project: Wing on Network ID and “an Open Access Drone Traffic Management System”

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 UK Catapult Project: Wing on Network ID and “an Open Access Drone Traffic Management System”

The UK Catapult Project shows a path for wide-scale drone adoption, as participant Wing explains: demonstrating safe, scalable, and secure management of drone traffic – using Network ID.

Wing’s blog post announces the publication of results for the six month simulation project: and makes clear their support of the U.K.’s philosophy on Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), a federated system that leverages network ID (NET-RID) technology for Remote ID for drones.  The UK system differs significantly with the published Remote ID rule in the U.S., which is focused only on broadcast technology.

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Article: Rubin Observatory Goes Open Source to Capture Galactic Data

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Rubin Observatory Goes Open Source to Capture Galactic Data

Faced with a long-term project to gather and process vast amounts of visual data from the universe, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in the mountains of Chile turned to an open source, time series database, InfluxDB, developed by InfluxData.

The observatory and its 8.4-meter optical telescope are being built to survey the region of space viewable from the southern hemisphere for 10 years, capture about 1,000 images of the sky on a nightly basis. The project, called the Legacy Survey of Space and Time, is expected to generate 500 petabytes of visual data astronomers should be able to use to better understand the cosmos.

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Article: How Do We Know Which Invasive Plant Pests Will Be the Next Big Threats?

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How Do We Know Which Invasive Plant Pests Will Be the Next Big Threats?

Invasive plant pests have caused major losses to agriculture and natural resources, and they pose an increasing threat as the world becomes more interconnected with trade and travel. Emerald ash borer, European gypsy moth, and Japanese beetle are a few examples of invasive pests that have been introduced into the United States, where they have wreaked ecological havoc and required expensive eradication and management programs.

To deal with the growing threat of invasive plant pest introductions, many countries have enacted trade regulations such as inspecting commodities at international ports or limiting trade of high-risk plants. Targeting inspections to where they are most needed can help countries spend limited resources for plant protection and quarantine more efficiently. The big question is: How can we predict where that might be?

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Article: The Future of Business Is Open: How Open Data Is Changing Established Industries

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The Future of Business Is Open: How Open Data Is Changing Established Industries

The open office concept reshaped much of working life — and was largely driven by a desire to improve collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness. A similar drive for collaboration is reshaping some bedrock industries of the American economy, albeit in the context of quickly evolving digital platforms.

Different industry sectors have treated concepts of openness with a range of responses, and the factors pushing them toward the “open industry” concept also differ. But there are definite similarities, as increased openness is seen as a key to digital success and customer satisfaction, one that quickly accelerating digital platforms make not only smart but necessary.

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Article: Data-driven environmental decision-making and action in armed conflict

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Data-driven environmental decision-making and action in armed conflict

*A digital revolution through a myriad of earth observation data and open-source investigations is reshaping our understanding of the environmental causes and consequences of armed conflicts. From spatio-temporal analysis to near-real time monitoring of conflicts and resulting harm from scorched earth tactics, environmental data can quickly be incorporated in humanitarian action and reconstruction efforts.

In other words, the scope and severity of environmental damage in conflict is now better understood and more foreseeable. How can this transformative development influence military conduct to strengthen the protection of civilians and the environment in armed conflict?

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Article: Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

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Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

The future of hybrid work that Microsoft sees as people start to return to offices and workplaces — at least some of the time — still includes remote collaboration, some of it asynchronous and some of it real time.

“During the pandemic, what’s really come to the fore is team productivity: enabling a group of people to work together,” Microsoft executive vice president for experiences and devices Rhajesh Jha said at the recent Build conference. “We think this is the era of collaborative apps where collaboration is at this centre, whether it be synchronous in the context of a video meeting, whether it be asynchronous with documents and chat.” “Collaboration is going to have to be the core of new applications,” Jha added. The technology Microsoft is pinning its hopes on to deliver this new group productivity is open-source framework Fluid.

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Article: Have I Been Pwned: Collaborating with FBI and Open Source Publishing

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Have I Been Pwned: Collaborating with FBI and Open Source Publishing

The free project for checking leaked access data Have I Been Pwned is now receiving considerable support from the US secret service FBI: The agency will provide the project with leaked data from its own inventory. In addition, the source code of the HIBP service is to be made accessible as open source software. The project operator Troy Hunt writes on his blog.

FBI wants to incorporate data from its own findings. Hunt had spoken to the FBI about ways of further cooperation, he writes in his blog post. It had been agreed that the authority would allow leaked passwords from its own investigations to flow into the HIBP project. As recently as April, when the Emotet Trojan was broken up, the FBI sent Hunt over 4 million e-mail addresses, which were then incorporated into HIBP.

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Article: A decade of digital evolution to help reporting revolutions at ICIJ

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A decade of digital evolution to help reporting revolutions at ICIJ

Five years ago, on May 9, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the details of more than 200,000 offshore entities from the Panama Papers to the Offshore Leaks Database. The addition of so much previously secret tax haven data was the culmination of more than 12 months of rigorous analysis and processing of one of the world’s largest data leaks.

But it wasn’t ICIJ’s first time working with data sets on a scale unseen in traditional journalism. Five years prior, even before ICIJ officially had a data team, director Gerard Ryle obtained a set of 2.5 million files — at the time the largest of its kind in history — that would eventually become the Offshore Leaks investigation, published in 2013.

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Article: Open-Source Data Could Fix Fashion’s Supply Chains. Here’s How

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Open-Source Data Could Fix Fashion’s Supply Chains. Here’s How

Nobody should die for fashion. Yet apparel supply chains continue to make headlines for their shocking treatment of staff. Reports suggest that workers for global brand suppliers have been locked in factoriessexually harassed by managers and, in the case of Jayasre Kathirvel, murdered.

Mending the fragmented structure of fashion’s multi-tiered production networks requires unilateral thinking across all stakeholder groups. How can organisations strive to improve the environmental and social conditions of their suppliers’ facilities, if they lack even the basic knowledge of where these factories are located?

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