Article: North Cumbria Integrated Care chooses Better solution for e-prescribing

Open Governance, Open Health, Procedures (Medical), Standards

North Cumbria Integrated Care chooses Better solution for e-prescribing

The platform will be operational across the trust’s acute and community hospitals and will be implemented in partnership with CGI. The Better Meds solution will support the immediate integration of the trust’s existing decision support systems as well as its pharmacy and Omnicell automated dispensing cabinets.

The solution is built on an openEHR platform to allow further integration with new systems in the future. It marks the next step in the trust’s ambition to move away from paper-based systems towards a central EPR model, intended to improve the delivery of hospital and community health services to more than half a million people.

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Article: Canadian digital identity strategy to emphasize open standards for interoperability

Open Governance, Standards

Canadian digital identity strategy to emphasize open standards for interoperability

Canada has launched a new strategy for its digital operations, which focusses significantly on the need for trusted digital identities built in open standards for public and private sector interoperability, and upgraded authentication methods for citizens and government workers alike.

The ‘Digital Operations Strategic Plan: 2021-2024’ outlines the context, strategy and priorities of the government, emphasizing the importance of trusted digital identity to the country’s future delivery of government services. Strategic pillars are identified, along with priorities for each, and actions to implement those priorities.

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Article: Digital Currency: The Future Of Your Money

Money, Open Governance, Standards

Digital Currency: The Future Of Your Money

Digital currency has the potential to completely change how society thinks about money. The rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum and thousands of other cryptocurrencies that exist only in electronic form has led global central banks to research how national digital currencies might work.

Digital currency is any currency that’s available exclusively in electronic form. Electronic versions of currency already predominate most countries’ financial systems. In the U.S., for instance, the physical U.S. currency in circulation is only about one-tenth of the overall money supply; the remainder is held in various bank deposits in electronic form.

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Article: Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake

API, Open Governance, Open Infrastructure, Standards

Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake

The relative merits of “open” have been hotly debated in our industry for years. There is a sense in some quarters that being open is beneficial by default, but this view does not always fully consider the objectives being served. What matters most to the vast majority of organizations are security, performance, costs, simplicity, and innovation. Open should always be employed in service of those goals, not as the goal in itself.

When we develop products at Snowflake, we evaluate where open standards, open formats, and open source can create the best outcome for our customers. We believe strongly in the positive impact of open and we are grateful for the open source community’s efforts, which have propelled the big data revolution and much more

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Article: The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

API, Innovation, Open Governance, Open Space, Standards

The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

India has a vibrant and growing open-source community. In March, Microsoft’s GitHub, which has 5.8 million Indian contributors, announced a grant of Rs.1 crore to support India-based open-source maintainers and contributors who build world-class software using open-source tools. As per GitHub COO Erica Brescia, India is the fastest-growing country in terms of new developers contributing to open-source projects.

Open-source software development has a lot of potential in India and could become the best in the world under the right circumstances. The government of India can play a major role here. Introducing policy-level changes to open-source development could encourage a mutually beneficial relationship for both the government and the developers and give ‘Digital India’ a much needed push.

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Article: How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

Open Governance, Standards

How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

In 1973, then-Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger argued that policymaking could be reduced to a process of “making complicated bets about the future,” noting that it would be helpful if he could be supplied with “estimates of the relevant betting odds.”

Despite Kissinger’s plea for betting odds, forecasting efforts in the government today remain underdeveloped. The early failure to anticipate and prepare for the coronavirus, despite indicators that a pandemic was likely, has cost hundreds of thousands of American lives.

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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: Why open source adoption in federal IT is poised to accelerate

Open Governance, Standards

Why open source adoption in federal IT is poised to accelerate

In the private sector, adoption of open standards-based technology has been on a roll for years. Federal agencies have been slower to embrace these models, though adoption has been climbing steadily.

Embrace of standards-based technology may be about to accelerate amid increasing recognition in Washington about the need to modernize federal IT systems. The government still heavily relies on proprietary legacy systems that can be expensive to maintain, more vulnerable to cyberattacks and often struggle to meet the expectations of digital-savvy citizens.

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Article: Wenco expands on a more open digital mining future – in architecture, analytics and autonomy

Open Governance, Standards

Wenco expands on a more open digital mining future – in architecture, analytics and autonomy

The future of autonomy in mining is set to include much more open and interoperable platforms than exist today. And the evolution of fleet management systems or FMS as they are known in the industry is a key part of that – enabling mining customers to get the elusive “single source of the truth” across the on the ground reality of mixed fleets and contractor machines.

Ahead of an in-depth article on the future of FMS in the May 2021 edition of IM, Editorial Director Paul Moore caught up with Wenco’s Reid Given, Senior Product Manager & Patrick Ligthart, Principal Product Manager to explore the topic of Open Autonomy and where the latest FMS functionality.

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Article: Are Developers Responsible for Open Source Governance?

Open Governance, Standards

Are Developers Responsible for Open Source Governance?

There are lots of factors in the open source software world converging to make it a big year for “shift left” in software development. Heightened security concerns, an increasing need for software supply chain visibility and the growth and complexity of open source ecosystems will continue to push the responsibility for ensuring code is secure earlier in the engineering process as far left as the request and design phases.

This means 2021 will be yet another year in which developers are challenged to take on more responsibility, and pushed further onto the front lines of open source governance. Developers will need access to the right training, resources and tools to do this job.

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