Article: Mozilla winds down DeepSpeech development, announces grant program

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Mozilla winds down DeepSpeech development, announces grant program

In 2017, Mozilla launched DeepSpeech, an initiative incubated within the machine learning team at Mozilla Research focused on open sourcing an automatic speech recognition model. Over the next four years, the DeepSpeech team released newer versions of the model capable of transcribing lectures, phone conversations, television programs, radio shows, and other live streams with “human accuracy.”

But in the coming months, Mozilla plans to cease development and maintenance of DeepSpeech as the company transitions into an advisory role, which will include the launch of a grant program to fund a number of initiatives demonstrating applications for DeepSpeech.

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Article: Pinterest open-sources big data analytics tool Querybook

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Pinterest open-sources big data analytics tool Querybook

Pinterest today open-sourced Querybook, a data management solution for enterprise-scale remote engineering collaboration. The company says the tool, which it uses internally, can help engineers compose queries, create analyses, and collaborate with one another via a notebook interface.

Querybook started in 2017 as an intern project at Pinterest. The development team early on decided on a document-like interface where users could write queries and analyses in one place, with collocated metadata and the simplicity of a note-taking app. Released internally in March 2018, Querybook became the go-to solution for big data analytics at Pinterest. It now averages 500 daily active users and 7,000 daily query runs.

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Article: Open Mobility Foundation seeks to improve transportation with open source tools

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Open Mobility Foundation seeks to improve transportation with open source tools

Founded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, OMF partnered with open source software and standards body OASIS and is supported by such advisors as the NewCities Foundation, an international philanthropic organization dedicated to improving life in metropolitan areas. It will chiefly govern the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), a project originated at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) that manages shared escooters and other  “micro-mobility” programs.

(It has already been adopted by over 50 cities in the U.S. and dozens internationally.) It will also serve as a public-private forum to engage experts, companies, municipalities, and the public on issues ranging from pedestrian safety and privacy to equity.

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