Article: How Data Analytics Software is Helping Fight COVID-19

Cures, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

How Data Analytics Software is Helping Fight COVID-19

As we grapple with all of the issues surrounding COVID-19, society has been faced with a number of unprecedented challenges in the public health sector as well as the economy. Businesses are rushing to re-align themselves with this new reality, and business intelligence technology has been a great help.

In particular, data analytics are proving to be indispensable, as they have helped data scientists surmount the sheer scale of the pandemic. The desire of the public for more information has led to the need for the creation of open-source data sets and visualizations. This, in turn, led to the conception of what has come to be known as pandemic analytics.

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Article: The Future of Finance: How to Cope With Open Banking In Emerging Asia

Money, Open Governance

The Future of Finance: How to Cope With Open Banking In Emerging Asia

For more than a decade, Asia has been the largest regional banking market and as the continent’s massive middle class continues to grow, McKinsey expects personal financial assets in the region to reach US$69 trillion by 2025, or 75% of the global total.

However, in recent years, traditional banks have been disrupted or have faced stiff competition from fintech startups — be they pure-play digital banks or e-commerce platforms offering quasi-banking services. These players have catered to largely ignored, low-margin, high-risk customer bases, namely those in rural areas of emerging markets.

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Article: Inspur, China’s largest cloud hardware vendor, joins open-source patent protection consortium

Innovation, Open Space

Inspur, China’s largest cloud hardware vendor, joins open-source patent protection consortium

The Open Invention Network (OIN) defends the intellectual property (IP) rights of Linux and open-source software developers from patent trolls and the like. This is a global fight and now the OIN has a new, powerful allied member in China: Inspur.

Inspur is a leading worldwide provider and China’s leading data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI) server providers. While not a household name like Lenovo, Inspur ranks among the world’s top-three server manufacturers.

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Article: How banks can leverage technology to explore the digital economy

Money, Open Governance

How banks can leverage technology to explore the digital economy

The classical banking world is in a state of radical change. Interest rates are low and revenues are dwindling. Challenger and neobanks are dominating the customer interface. Traditional players design their digital opportunities primarily from their viewpoint, focusing on their banking products, and becoming financial superstores for customers.

With open banking and open finance, financial institutions are now required to work more closely with non-banking players, often outside the world of finance. Digitization of key spheres of a customer’s lifestyle provides a plethora of opportunities for both banks and non-banks to create value services across shopping, housing, recreation, and healthcare. A winning strategy will be to surround end-customers with convenient digital services with easy access and the right pricing.

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Article: Singapore Deep-Tech Alliance announces XNode-powered venture builder

Innovation, Open Space

Singapore Deep-Tech Alliance announces XNode-powered venture builder

THE SINGAPORE Deep-Tech Alliance (SDTA) has announced the launch of its venture builder, SDTA22. The venture builder is powered by XNode, which is notably Enterprise Singapore’s Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) partner in Shanghai and Shenzhen. According to a statement by SDTA, XNode has its roots in the advanced manufacturing ecosystem in China and works with startup founders to scale and with large corporations to innovate.

Besides establishing the China-Singapore Innovation Launchpad as a GIA partner, the accelerator has partnered with the Australian, Japanese, Korean and Italian governments to form landing pads for international startups to gain access to China.

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Article: Global Open Source Services Market Research Report 2021- Coherentmarketinsights.com

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

Global Open Source Services Market Research Report 2021- Coherentmarketinsights.com

The Global Open Source Services Market study offers important upgrades of industry, business scope, international competition also improvements research on revenue growth sectors. The report contains intelligence on the strategic activities of product scope, sales, mergers, acquisitions, and collaborations.

The major factors to drive the businesses are recent trends, technology, revenue, sales, price structure, business scope, and developing strategy analysis. In addition, the research provides a complex scenario on Abc Market Outlook 2021-Industry detailed analysis 2027. The objective of this report is to define, describe and forecast the different services across regions such as North America, Japan, China, Brazil, and India.

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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: Open-Source Versus Patent Monopoly Financing of Drug Development

Cures, Open Governance, Open Health, Standards

Open-Source Versus Patent Monopoly Financing of Drug Development

It is often said that intellectuals have a hard time dealing with new ideas. Unfortunately, for purposes of public debate, open-source government funding of drug development is a new idea, and people in policy positions seem to be having a very hard time understanding it. So, I will try to write this post in a way that even a policy wonk can figure it out.

The basic idea of government-funded research should not be hard to grasp since the government already funds a large share of biomedical research.

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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: 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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