Article: Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof

People migrate to cities in search of employment. Due to their low paying jobs, they find it difficult to spend money on housing. As a result, slums, squalor, and informal settlements result with poor conditions that lack basic services. Hence, affordable housing with a respectable standard of living becomes imperative to improve the livability, workability and sustainability in a city,

India has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the scale and pace of urbanization. As per the last census, the country has 31 per cent urban population residing in more than 4,000 cities and towns. The High Power Expert Committee Report (2011)1 has estimated that by the year 2031 the country will have more than 87 metropolitan areas and 600 million people will be living in urban areas, and that migration to urban areas accounts for 20-25 per cent increase in urban population

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Article: Virtual Panel: How Open-Source is Helping to Change the World

Innovation, Open Space

Virtual Panel: How Open-Source is Helping to Change the World

Open-source is not only at the heart of the Cloud and the enterprise as we know them today, it also powers many initiatives around the globe that aim to change how technology is leveraged to solve real-world issues and strive to make it accessible in a more equitable way. InfoQ has taken the chance to speak with several companies that are helping make it happen.

There are many initiatives and projects for social good that include open-source software among their tools. Their goals are diverse and span from reducing domestic and gender-based violence to empowering the LGBT+ community through the tech sector, from helping other nonprofit organizations to fight racial discrimination in technology.

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Article: Ushering Smart Cities to the Next Level

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Ushering Smart Cities to the Next Level

Globally cities are accelerating their efforts to harness technology convergence for smart solutions to automate decision-making and scale urban experience to the next level. As a part of their transformational journeys, cities are strengthening their geospatial infrastructure to unleash the power of spatial analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the quality of life for their citizens and strengthen resilience.

Launched in 2015, the first phase of Smart Cities Mission (SCM) set the ball rolling for a new chapter in the Indian urban scenario. With an objective of providing core infrastructure, good quality of life and a clean, sustainable environment through ‘Smart’ solutions and services, 100 cities across the country launched citizen-centric programs to address their local challenges.

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Article: SAGE launches open-access journal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open

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SAGE launches open-access journal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open

SAGE, one of the world’s leading independent and academic publishers, has launched a new open access journal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open (CTO). Aimed at surgeons and medical professionals alike, this international, open access, peer-reviewed journal will publish research from around the world pertaining to cardiovascular and thoracic medicine.

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open provides a platform for rapid publication for cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and allied health care professionals globally – an international forum to discuss the diagnoses and treatment of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases. This OA journal will be available globally, powered by HighWire.

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