Article: HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Geospatial, Open Data

HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Resolution of the COVID-19 crisis has come down to how quickly governments can vaccinate individuals before more contagious variants of the virus evolve and spread. One platform playing a critical role in helping health care organizations win that race is a geographic information system (GIS) platform created by Health Solutions Research (HSR.health) and accessed as a cloud service.

The GeoHealth Platform HSR.health developed combines social determinants of health with social media data and estimated health care costs to surface potential hot spots. Created prior to the pandemic, the platform relies on a Health Risk Index model created using geospatial mapping software from Esri and open source Geoserver software for sharing geospatial data, HSR.health CEO Ajay Gupta told VentureBeat. “We wanted to track social determinants of health,” he said.

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Article: CyberArk Unveils Open Source Pen Testing Tool for Kubernetes

Code, Open Software, Open Source

CyberArk Unveils Open Source Pen Testing Tool for Kubernetes

CyberArk today launched an open source penetration testing framework, dubbed Kubesploit, for testing Kubernetes environments. Eviatar Gerzi, a cybersecurity researcher at CyberArk Labs, says that as more instances of Kubernetes clusters are deployed in production environments, it’s clear that cybersecurity teams lack the tools required to mimic real-world attack clusters against Kubernetes environments.

Kubesploit makes it possible for so-called red teams to stress-test cybersecurity against a platform that legacy penetration tools don’t support, Gerzi adds.

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Article: AlmaLinux Foundation Delivers on CentOS Promise

Free, Libre, Open Software, Open Source

AlmaLinux Foundation Delivers on CentOS Promise

A nonprofit organization launched this week to oversee future development of AlmaLinux, a distribution of Linux based on code originally contributed to the open source CentOS project.

At the same time, CloudLinux, which created AlmaLinux in response to a decision by Red Hat to pull financial support for CentOS, announced that a stable version of the operating system is now available. CentOS itself was based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution that is made available via a subscription.

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Article: Open Source Advocates Want Share of Wealth

Code, Open Governance, Open Software, Open Source, Standards

Open Source Advocates Want Share of Wealth

survey of 4,440 developers who actively participated in open source projects in 2020 finds more than half (54%) of respondents said they feel that individuals should be paid for their contributions to open source projects. The report, conducted by DigitalOcean, a cloud service provider, finds only 14% of respondents are currently paid for their contributions.

Developer opinions vary, depending on age group, about whether individuals should be paid for their contributions to open source, with those between the ages of 18-25 being more likely to be in favor (60%), while only 34% of those aged 55 or above agreed.

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Article: Divide Narrows Between Open Source Community, Standards Bodies

Open Governance, Open Source, Standards

Divide Narrows Between Open Source Community, Standards Bodies

ISO and IEC previously came together to create a unified process for submitting proposals to establish technology standards. The JDF was created to provide a consistent corporate and legal framework for launching open source projects being advanced under the auspices of The Linux Foundation.

Mike Dolan, vice president of strategic programs at the Linux Foundation, said now that the JDF has been recognized as an official submitter by ISO and IEC, it can represent open source projects that also want to establish a formal international standard. The first open source project to be submitted by the JDF is OpenChain, which provides a specification for achieving compliance using open source software within the context of a software supply chain.

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