Article: CDC announces the launch of Access Insights Platform, democratizing open-source data

Access, Geospatial, Open Data, Open Decision-Support

CDC announces the launch of Access Insights Platform, democratizing open-source data

CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution (DFI) and impact investor, is pleased to announce the Access Insights Platform (AIP) launch – an open-source data visualisation tool delivering key insights that enable businesses across multiple sectors to make data-informed decisions. The platform has been developed by Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors and is funded by CDC Plus, CDC Group’s technical assistance and support facility.

Tackling the challenge of handling data effectively and efficiently – the AIP aggregates key data sets, including geospatial mapping, census data, and business intelligence, on an easy-to-use public-facing tool. AIP’s geospatial module contains statistics that observe economic activity, population density, demographics, household assets and more.

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Article: Crowdfunding for children’s programming language Hedy

Language, Open Data, Open Source

Crowdfunding for children’s programming language Hedy

The easy-to-learn programming language Hedy is a huge worldwide success. To develop the language further, Felienne Hermans, associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), started a crowdfunding.

Hedy was introduced to make programming more accessible for children. ‘There was a big gap between Scratch, the block-based language to introduce children to programming, and real programming languages like Python,’ Hermans explains.

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Article: Experian & Neonomics to streamline access to data and affordability calculations

Access, Money, Open Decision-Support, Open Governance

Experian & Neonomics to streamline access to data and affordability calculations

Neonomics and Experian have teamed up to offer lenders up-to-date credit information by classifying raw transactional data into predefined categories of income and expenditure. The collaboration will boost Experian’s Open Data strategy, thus enabling lenders to improve their decision-making processes and user experiences for effective management of portfolios.

Experian will bring Trusso, their open banking machine-learning categorization engine, and Neonomics, as a licensed third-party provider with close to 100% live fully operational coverage across the Nordics, is enabling pure API based account-to-account payments and account data. Experian will boost the expansion of its Open Banking solution across the Nordics, following the launch in Denmark.

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Article: How is the UK cleaning up its energy?

Access, Energy, Open Decision-Support, Open Provisioning

How is the UK cleaning up its energy?

Open Access Government discuss UK Energy Policy and the priorities that the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP has set out for 2021 in his new role as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP was appointed Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 8 January 2021, taking over from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP.

In assuming this role, Mr Kwarteng will oversee developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business, ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. It is vital to ensure the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation, and most important of all, tackling climate change.

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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: LocalGov Drupal: a successful story of open cooperation between and within UK Councils

Free, Open Software, Open Source

LocalGov Drupal: a successful story of open cooperation between and within UK Councils

In the span of a year, the council of Brighton and Hove has fully open sourced its publishing platform. By sharing knowledge and skills, Croydon (and others) could do the same – but in one-third of the time.

The process of digital transformation that the city council of Brighton and Hove (BHCC) has gone through proves once again the benefits produced by using open source. In 2017, the council upgraded its content management system (CMS) from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, as part of its digitization programmed. As a result, the new council website was launched the year after.

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Article: Startup WhiteSource gets $75 million to find and fix buggy open source components

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Startup WhiteSource gets $75 million to find and fix buggy open source components

Cybersecurity startup WhiteSource announced it has raised $75 million in Series D funding, highlighting how tech and security investors are increasingly focusing on the open source software security market.

The latest investment of $75 million, drawn mostly from Pitango Growth and existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North, is significantly more than the approximately $46 million the company raised combined through previous funding rounds. As part of the deal, Pitango Growth managing partner Isaac Hillel will join WhiteSource’s board of directors.

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Article: Bank-FinTech Tie-Ups Eye Open Banking Adoption

Money, Open Governance

Bank-FinTech Tie-Ups Eye Open Banking Adoption

Bank-FinTech tie-ups continue to emerge, with an eye on driving open banking adoption. As the U.K.’s Tide considers a new way to encourage banks to embrace the model, other collaborators seek ways to strengthen the small business banking experience.

With an eye on boosting its presence with its corporate and small business customers, France’s La Banque Postale has tapped Ebury to enhance its own offerings via open banking. In a recent press release, the companies said that the bank’s business customers will be able to open a foreign currency account via Ebury’s technology.

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Article: New Report: Open Banking Is More Than Ready For Its Full US Debut

Money, Open Governance

New Report: Open Banking Is More Than Ready For Its Full US Debut

Open banking is a reality in the United Kingdom, and coming soon to American shores in its digital-first dazzle, in no small part built on foundational work done in markets like the U.K.

“Open banking usage in the U.K. doubled in 2020, and open banking technology powered 6 billion calls through FinTech APIs and more than 4 million consumer transactions, according to the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE), the body overseeing open banking in the country,” according to PYMNTS March 2021 Open Banking Report, a TrueLayer collaboration.

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Article: Open banking is big. Here’s why open finance is bigger.

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Open banking is big. Here’s why open finance is bigger.

The open banking movement is part of a much larger open finance trend. In this VB Live event, learn how open finance and access to alternative data can revolutionize customer experiences, spur innovation, improve efficiencies, increase demand, and more.

Open banking starts with the premise that consumers have the right to access the data that’s  held by their financial institutions — and permit that data to be used by third-parties for the consumers’ benefit. But this is only the beginning, says Brian Costello, VP, Data Strategy & Governance at Envestnet | Yodlee, as the open banking movement becomes part of a much larger open finance trend.

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