Article: NLPCloud.io helps devs add language processing smarts to their apps

Language, Open Data, Open Source

NLPCloud.io helps devs add language processing smarts to their apps

While visual ‘no code‘ tools are helping businesses get more out of computing without the need for armies of in-house techies to configure software on behalf of other staff, access to the most powerful tech tools — at the ‘deep tech’ AI coal face — still requires some expert help (and/or costly in-house expertise).

This is where bootstrapping French startup, NLPCloud.io, is plying a trade in MLOps/AIOps — or ‘compute platform as a service’ (being as it runs the queries on its own servers) — with a focus on natural language processing (NLP), as its name suggests.

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Article: Open source cloud platforms and tools to consider

Open Software, Open Source

Open source cloud platforms and tools to consider

Many cloud strategies rely heavily on proprietary platforms and services. There’s no open source equivalent of a public cloud like AWS or Microsoft Azure, for instance, and it is unlikely that major public cloud vendors will open source their own services. However, there is a variety of open source cloud computing platforms, as well as tools, available.

Open source technologies provide more flexibility and less dependence on proprietary platforms, as well as cost savings. With open source, developers can inspect and modify the source code to fit their needs and requirements.

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Article: A new collaboration demonstrates how tech can help understand rare diseases

Cures, Open Health

A new collaboration demonstrates how tech can help understand rare diseases

The Linux Foundation’s open source software will be used to develop gene therapies for rare genetic diseases in the newly announced RareCamp project. Gene therapies for rare genetic diseases is the goal of the newly founded RareCamp software project from the collaboration of The Linux Foundation and the OpenTreatments Foundation.

There are 400 million patients worldwide affected by more than 7,000 rare diseases, yet treatments for rare genetic diseases are an underserved area. More than 95% of rare diseases do not have an approved treatment, and new treatments are estimated to cost more than $1 billion.

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Article: Tech-savvy dad launches open-source platform to save children with rare diseases – including his son

Cures, Open Health
Sanath Kumar Ramesh with his son, Raghav

Tech-savvy dad launches open-source platform to save children with rare diseases – including his son

This special series focuses on important community issues, innovative solutions to societal challenges, and people and non-profit groups making an impact through technology. On a beautiful August day in a Bellevue park, just as he was getting ready to cut the cake for his little boy’s first birthday, Sanath Kumar Ramesh got a call from his son’s doctor.

At last he knew what was making his child sick, what was preventing Raghav from being able to eat on his own, raise his head or hold a toy. It was a mutation at a single spot in his genetic code.

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Article: The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

Geospatial, Open Data

The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

OpenStreetMap.org is a project that creates and distributes free geographic data to the world. Major corporations like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc. utilize the services of OpenStreetMap (OSM).

It is a free and editable map of the world built up by volunteer users from around the world. Naturally, the editable nature of the map has led to some users propagating the strategic territorial interests of their own countries in the form of OSM edits, demarcating any disputed or non-disputed territory in favour of their own particular country.

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Article: Data, analytics, machine learning, and AI in healthcare in 2021

Innovation, Open Health, Open Space, Procedures (Medical)

Data, analytics, machine learning, and AI in healthcare in 2021

The survey was conducted by Lorica and Paco Nathan, and sponsored by John Snow Labs. A total of 373 respondents from 49 countries participated. A quarter of respondents (27%) held Technical Leadership roles. Here are some key findings, with additional insights from Lorica and Talby.

When asked what technologies they plan to have in place by the end of 2021, almost half of respondents cited data integration. About one-third cited natural language processing (NLP) and business intelligence (BI) among the technologies they are currently using or plan to use by the end of the year.

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Article: The mysterious user editing a global open-source map in China’s favor

Geospatial, Open Data

The mysterious user editing a global open-source map in China’s favor

Late last year, Nick Doiron spotted an article in The New York Times, detailing how China had built a village along the contested border with neighboring Bhutan. Doiron is a mapping aficionado and longtime contributor to OpenStreetMap (OSM), an open-source mapping platform that relies on an army of unpaid volunteers, just as Wikipedia does.

Governments, universities, humanitarian groups, and companies like Amazon, Grab, Baidu, and Facebook all use data from OSM, making it an important tool that underpins ride-hailing apps and other technologies used by millions of people.

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Article: Presto users detail what’s next for open source SQL engine

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Presto users detail what’s next for open source SQL engine

The open source Presto project is gaining adoption beyond just Uber and Facebook as the need to connect and query disparate sources of data continues to be in demand. At the PrestoCon Day virtual event on March 24, Presto users and developers gathered to discuss how the technology is being used and where it is headed in the future.

Presto is a SQL query engine originally developed by Facebook and currently run as an open source project under the governance of the Presto Software Foundation, which itself is operated by the Linux Foundation.

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Article: Top open source database advantages for enterprises

Open Source

Top open source database advantages for enterprises

Many IT industry professionals use DB-Engines to track the popularity of database products. The ranking criteria includes measuring the number of references to different products on industry websites, Google searches, job postings, user profiles, and professional and social networks.

It’s important to note that web popularity does not equate to market share and industry-leading sales revenues. Top commercial products such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle’s Autonomous Database continue to lead all vendors, including open source database products. But there has been a rise in open source database adoption, creating some competition for proprietary databases.

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Article: Amazon Echo Gets Open Source Brain Transplant

Open Provisioning, Open Software, Open Source

Amazon Echo Gets Open Source Brain Transplant

There’s little debate that Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem makes it easy to add voice control to your smart home, but not everyone is thrilled with how it works.

The fact that all of your commands are bounced off of Amazon’s servers instead of staying internal to the network is an absolute no-go for the more privacy minded among us, and honestly, it’s hard to blame them. The whole thing is pretty creepy when you think about it.

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