Article: Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

“I was up all last night,” says Nnaemeka Ndodo, a molecular bioengineer at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Abuja. He sequences coronavirus genomes during the day, and then analyses and uploads the results to an online database at night, working tirelessly alongside his colleagues. “We don’t know Saturday, we don’t know Sunday,” he says.

Researchers around the world are racing to spot variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 so that they can determine whether the mutated viruses will evade vaccines or make COVID-19 deadlier. Like many scientists, Ndodo shares SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in a popular data repository, GISAID, that requires users to sign in and to credit those whose data they analyse.

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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: Use the Fizo Open-Source Project to Build Toy Cars Out of Recyclable Materials

Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Use the Fizo Open-Source Project to Build Toy Cars Out of Recyclable Materials

What you’re about to witness is known as Fizo. While some designers are busy planning next year’s toys, some designers are hard at work cleaning up last year’s leftovers and transforming them into accessible and easy-to-build projects for children of all ages. Best of all, the Fizo experience is an open-source one.

It all started when three designers, Arthur Murcia, Danilo Makio Saito, and Cauê Oliveira decided to create a toy-making project aimed at raising awareness regarding production processes of common everyday tools and objects. To do so, the team decided to create a recyclable toy project.

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