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: Want a level playing field between tech and insurance? How open banking might help

Money, Open Governance

Want a level playing field between tech and insurance? How open banking might help

Open banking rules could help create a level playing field between technology companies and the insurance industry, speakers suggested at a recent virtual conference.

Bringing in “consumer-directed finance” will help consumers benefit from a broader range of financial products and services, the federal government-appointed Advisory Committee on Open Banking recommended in January 2020.

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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: Advancing adoption of digital twin technology

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Advancing adoption of digital twin technology

It seems digital twin is the new buzzword, even though the concept has existed for several years. Looking back, we saw the first digital twin concepts being deployed in manufacturing to fulfil the needs of service engineers to possess adequate information on an entire product or parts of a product for maintenance.

As practical examples, French navy ships developed in the last decade would only set sail once the digital twin was completed. Airplanes are documented according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) specifications to support maintenance and repairs by engineers with basic training.

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Article: FDX,Reports 16 Million Consumers Using API,Claims Canada,US lead in Open Banking Adoption

Money, Open Governance

FDX, Reports 16 Million Consumers Using API, Claims Canada, US lead in Open Banking Adoption

The Financial Data Exchange (FDX), an organization that aims to bring the financial industry under a common standard for financial data access, has claimed Canada and the United States are “global leaders” in open banking adoption.

FDX, which only operates in the United States and Canada, recently reported 16 million consumers in Canada and the United States are using its FDX API for open banking and open finance data sharing. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, FDX aims to bring together financial institutions, FinTech firms, and other stakeholders around a common standard for data sharing across the entire financial industry.

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Article: Ushering in the age of greater data demand

Geospatial, Open Data

Ushering in the age of greater data demand

The availability of marine open data infrastructure has significant economic and societal potential for coastal nations to facilitate marine domain interoperability and the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) best practices for marine spatial data publishing on the Web.

With the recent Indian directive on open data and the reuse of public sector information, IIC Technologies is ideally positioned to serve the Indian coastal and inland waterway segments in facilitating a continuous data capturing of spatial-temporal physical phenomena and human activities in coastal areas and riverbanks, doing the corresponding data analysis, and the decision- making for achieving continual improvement in the marine planning and management processes.

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Article: Is Canada falling behind global peers with open banking?

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Is Canada falling behind global peers with open banking?

There is a risk that it will says financial services industry group as it publishes an open banking manifesto. Several countries have already gone some way along the route to open banking but is Canada at risk of falling behind its global peers?

The benefits of adopting open banking has been laid out in a new publication from the non-profit Open Banking Initiative Canada (OBIC) which brings together thought leaders from finance, technology, and regulation in partnership with CIO Strategy Council and others.

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Article: The not-so-secret value of sharing commercial geospatial and open-source information

Geospatial, Open Data, Open Source

The not-so-secret value of sharing commercial geospatial and open-source information

Two years ago, reports surfaced that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was detaining hundreds of thousands of China’s Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in so-called “re-education” camps. Chinese authorities initially denied the existence of these camps until human rights organizations and media sources provided indisputable evidence that they do exist.

Discovering human rights abuses such as this would be nearly impossible without access to commercial geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) provided by satellite imagery that established visual evidence of the camps. Beyond the discovery of the camps, GEOINT also provided the ability to track developments at the camps by comparing images taken over time.

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Article: Bridging the gap between AI and the clinic

Cures, Drugs, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Bridging the gap between AI and the clinic

The power of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine lies in its ability to find important statistical patterns in large datasets. A recently published study is an important proof of concept for how AI can help doctors and brain tumour patients make better treatment decisions.

Meningiomas – tumours that arise from the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord – are the most common primary central nervous system tumour, with an incidence of 8.14 per 100,000 population. While they generally have better outcomes than other brain tumours, there is a great deal of variability in aggressiveness. Being able to predict malignancy and accurately estimate survival is therefore incredibly important in deciding whether surgery is the best option for the patient.

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