Article: Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Ends With Successes And Shortfalls

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Ends With Successes And Shortfalls

Columbus city leaders and local researchers are touting the benefits of the Smart City Challenge, an effort to make technological advances in transportation. While there were some gains made in the now-expired five-year effort, there were also some failures.

“Every technology demonstration that Smart Columbus pursued, whether it was autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, electric vehicles, charging infrastructure or share mobility navigation tools, it was deployed with the prosperity of our city in mind, and equity in particular in mind,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

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Article: What’s peer review? 5 things you should know before covering research

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

What’s peer review? 5 things you should know before covering research

As scholars and other experts rush to release new research aimed at better understanding the coronavirus pandemic, newsrooms must be more careful than ever in vetting the biomedical studies they choose to cover. One of the first steps journalists should take to gauge the quality of all types of research is answering this important question: Has the paper undergone peer review?

Peer review is a formal process through which researchers evaluate and provide feedback on one another’s work, ideally filtering out flawed and low-quality studies while strengthening others. Academic journals generally do not publish papers that have not survived the process.

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Article: How Advances In Open-Sourced Data Can End Police Brutality

Access, Open Data, Open Decision-Support

How Advances In Open-Sourced Data Can End Police Brutality

The first three months of 2021 have already accounted for 213 deaths at the hands of law enforcement, and because of the work of data scientists, we know that the rate of fatal police shootings for Black Americans remains much higher than that of any other race.

In the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police brutality, leading data scientists believe the solution is improved open-sourced social data science — an interdisciplinary field that uses processes, algorithms and systems to answer complex social questions and make objective decisions.

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Article: Weaviate is an open-source search engine powered by ML, vectors, graphs, and GraphQL

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Weaviate is an open-source search engine powered by ML, vectors, graphs, and GraphQL

Bob van Luijt’s career in technology started at age 15, building websites to help people sell toothbrushes online. Not many 15 year-olds do that. Apparently, this gave van Luijt enough of a head start to arrive at the confluence of technology trends today.

Van Luijt went on to study arts but ended up working full time in technology anyway. In 2015, when Google introduced its RankBrain algorithm, the quality of search results jumped up. It was a watershed moment, as it introduced machine learning in search. A few people noticed, including van Luijt, who saw a business opportunity and decided to bring this to the masses.

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Article: Raspberry Pi CM4 powers 7-inch panel PC and 10.1-inch AiO system

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Raspberry Pi CM4 powers 7-inch panel PC and 10.1-inch AiO system

When covering Win Enterprises’ Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 based, 7-inch IP67 Panel PC yesterday we saw that another CM4-based panel PC was announced in January called the Industrial Pi. Since there has not been much media coverage of Chipsee’s announcement.

We will cover it here along with an unpriced 10.1-inch All-In-One Pi desktop system announced in February. The AiO system runs on a 1.5GHz, quad -A72 Raspberry Pi CM4, but with a different mainboard (see farther below).

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Article: To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

Energy, Open Provisioning

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

THE EUROPEAN UNION aims to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. Former California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order last year calling for the state, the fifth-largest economy in the world, to go carbon neutral by 2045.

Meeting these goals, or even the less ambitious goals set by other governments, will require utilities to buy more energy from sustainable sources like wind and solar power. That shift is already creating logistical challenges for utilities.

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