Article: CitizenLab Goes Open Source to Encourage Participation

Access, Cities, Innovation, Open Decision-Support, Open Space

CitizenLab Goes Open Source to Encourage Participation

Platforms like CitizenLab offer solutions for government entities to make data-driven decisions with greater transparency. CitizenLab has expanded its reach in recent years to better serve U.S. cities, and now it is open to all civic organizations.

blog post written by co-founder and CEO Wietse Van Ransbeeck on March 30 explained the company’s decision to shift to an open source model. The use of open source software in government can provide many benefits for agencies, like the ability to tailor base code to fit a community’s specific needs. As Van Ransbeeck described in the blog, the main goals in this shift are to lower the threshold to participation and increase transparency.

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Article: Swarthmore Ought to Commit to Open Access Research

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Open Source, Research

Swarthmore Ought to Commit to Open Access Research

Search Cell or The Lancet, two globally renowned biology and medical science journals, respectively, on Tripod, and they immediately appear under the search results. “Available online,” the search results read. At Swarthmore, institutional affiliation grants students, faculty, and alums free access to countless prominent academic journals.

Students often take for granted institutional access to the breadth of information and scholarship available to us with a few clicks. What we often don’t see is the shady, greedy underbelly of academic publishing and access policies. In the United States, tax-payers spend up to $140 billion each year to fund research, the results of which they cannot access for free.

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Article: Understand Buyer Motivations to Build More Opportunities

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

Understand Buyer Motivations to Build More Opportunities

We are at a tipping point in the U.S. economy following the coronavirus pandemic that caused severe economic disruptions over the last year. However, the most recent projections from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office are encouraging. And, Gartner predicts that worldwide IT spending in 2021 should increase by 6.2% over the previous year.

These predictions help those of us delivering consulting and services feel more comfortable about the future, but this growth will depend on customers making investments. For the partner ecosystem, customers will want help deciding what to do next, and where their enterprises should focus. It will be an even more competitive market for everyone.

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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: The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

BTS, Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

6G is different. While historical advances in the cellular communication standards have changed the way consumers use their mobile devices, the legal ramifications of those advances have largely been cabined to the telecommunications industry. 6G technology will usher in a revolution in innovation, unleashing artificial intelligence, revolutionizing the health care and data-transmission sectors, and creating never-before-seen privacy issues.

6G offers the potential for transmission speeds 100 times greater than 5G, near-zero latency, and connection density as high as 10 million devices per square kilometer. These advances will create a network where almost every device can be simultaneously connected, enabling a range of technologies that are not possible today.

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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: What’s next for Open Banking?

Money, Open Governance

What’s next for Open Banking?

Appetite for “Open Banking”, where consumers allow third-party providers to use the financial information held by their bank to inform new products, is growing; Progress in the sector differs by region, but demand for and use of Open Banking services has been further expedited by the COVID-19 pandemic;

To make Open Banking successful and sustainable, however, more banks need to embrace an end-to-end digital architecture. In recent years, technology has facilitated a progressive opening up of the banking industry. It has ushered in an era of collaboration not just competition between incumbent banks and fintech.

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Article: CBRS and open source software power wireless networks in national parks

BTS, Open Infrastructure, Open Source

CBRS and open source software power wireless networks in national parks

A company that has built dozens of CBRS networks is now working with FreedomFi to deploy private LTE using open source software. AccessParks says it has already established almost 100 CBRS LTE networks, and by the end of this year it expects to have 200 live sites at national parks and private RV parks around the country.

The company has worked with a number of radio and core network vendors, but going forward AccessParks will standardize on FreedomFi’s core network solution while continuing to use multiple radio vendors.

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Article: Artifex Releases Ghostscript 9.54.0

Open Software, Open Source

Artifex Releases Ghostscript 9.54.0

Artifex Software, Inc. developer of Ghostscript is pleased to announce the release of Ghostscript 9.54.0. Artifex is a trusted developer, partner, and provider of core technologies that drive print, file conversion, and document management solutions. We provide essential software tools to major printer manufacturers, SaaS and Cloud developers, and PDF tools/creation companies. Our latest release introduces new features, enhancements to functionality, product demos, and more.

In this latest release of Ghostscript, all output devices are now capable of simulating overprinting and spot colors, regardless of the capabilities of the target device. In prior versions of Ghostscript, only specific devices could provide proper rendering of overprinting and its interactions with spot colors. With this option, Ghostscript will if necessary make use of an intermediate buffer to render any overprint/spot color content, prior to sending the data to the target device.

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Article: Strong data governance frameworks are fuel for analytics

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Governance

Strong data governance frameworks are fuel for analytics

As organizations become more data-driven, implementing a data governance framework is integral to their success with analytics.

Data governance is critical to keeping compliant with government regulations and avoiding the penalties that come with violating such rules. But beyond preventing potential problems, a good data governance framework can serve as an enabler of analytics success and empower more employees within an organization to confidently work with data.

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