PR Newswire: NASA Invites Media to Briefing on New Water Data Platform (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: NASA Invites Media to Briefing on New Water Data Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 21, to share a powerful, new, web-based platform to help those who rely on water resources across the drought-stricken western U.S. Building on more than two decades of research, OpenET puts NASA data into the hands of farmers, water managers, conservation groups, and others to accelerate improvements and innovations in water management.”

Women Love Tech: Why COVID-19 Has Accelerated The Need For Open Data Sources

Women Love Tech: Why COVID-19 Has Accelerated The Need For Open Data Sources. “Open banking guru and Head of Product for Envestnet | Yodlee, Tonia Berglund and Jamie Leach from global open banking industry body FData, are leading the way for Australia’s open banking sector. We sat down with both Tonia and Jamie to discuss the recent developments in Australia’s open banking regime, including the recent change by the Treasury to amend the Consumer Data Right (CDR), giving consumers greater access to, and control over, their data.”

Indiana University: ERI launches platform to boost accessibility of environmental change data

Indiana University: ERI launches platform to boost accessibility of environmental change data. “This fall, Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI), part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, launched the ERI Data Platform, an open-data tool that allows users to explore environmental change data in new ways. The platform gives users the ability to overlay national, global, and Indiana-specific datasets, add new data, and navigate to geographic areas of interest.”

Open Data in U.S. States: An Untapped Resource (BSA TechPost)

BSA TechPost: Open Data in U.S. States: An Untapped Resource. “As the past few months have demonstrated, ensuring that the public has access to trustworthy and dependable open government data can be a matter of life and death. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and policymakers have used open data to learn more about the virus and plan effective responses to it, examining everything from mobile phone mobility data to information about health system capacities. Our communities at large- from small business owners to K-12 schools, universities to sports programs- are relying on this information to make critical decisions about bringing people back into the office or sending kids back into the classroom this fall.”

Open Data Science: 7 Top Data Science Trends in 2020 to Be Excited About

Open Data Science: 7 Top Data Science Trends in 2020 to Be Excited About. “As a practicing data scientist, educator, and tech journalist, I automatically have three big motivations for keeping a constant pulse of the industry. Staying in tune with what’s happening, consuming all the news from the movers and shakers, and evaluating new and updated tools as they arrive, I can simultaneously fuel my ability to service my clients, teach my students, and also have fresh content to communicate with my readers. In this article, I’m happy to layout the data science trends I’m seeing in the near term, namely 2020, in terms of important trends in data science, machine learning, and AI. I’m impressed by what I’m seeing, and I’m looking forward to being down in the trenches with data science in 2020!”

Florida Museum: New Data Platform Illuminates History Of Humans’ Environmental Impact

Florida Museum: New Data Platform Illuminates History Of Humans’ Environmental Impact. “The human environmental footprint is not only deep, but old. Ancient traces of this footprint can be found in animal bones, shells, scales and antlers at archaeological sites. Together, these specimens tell the millennia-long story of how humans have hunted, domesticated and transported animals, altered landscapes and responded to environmental changes such as shifting temperatures and sea levels. Now, that story is available digitally through a new open-access data platform known as ZooArchNet, which links records of animals across biological and archaeological databases.”

Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities

Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities. “In this article we’ve catalogued some of the best data resources for charities, looking at the partners and educational hubs that charities can use to get a step up into the world of data, and some of the best sources of open data to start exploring once they get a grasp on the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’.” Extensive list, mostly well-annotated.

Bing Blogs: Microsoft Releases 12 million Canadian building footprints as Open Data

Bing Blogs: Microsoft Releases 12 million Canadian building footprints as Open Data. “Bing continues to invest and innovate in the space of computer vision and geospatial intelligence. Following our release of US buildings footprints last year, we’ve been looking for new markets to apply our techniques, and opportunities to continue our commitment to the open data community. As a result, the Bing Maps Team collaborated with Statistics Canada to deliver these 12 million building footprints, released as Open Data!”

Google Blog: Doing our part to share open data responsibly

Google Blog: Doing our part to share open data responsibly. “This past weekend marked Open Data Day, an annual celebration of making data freely available to everyone. Communities around the world organized events, and we’re taking a moment here at Google to share our own perspective on the importance of open data. More accessible data can meaningfully help people and organizations, and we’re doing our part by opening datasets, providing access to APIs and aggregated product data, and developing tools to make data more accessible and useful.”

E Pluribus Unum: Congress votes to make open government data the default in the United States

E Pluribus Unum: Congress votes to make open government data the default in the United States. “On December 21, 2018, the United States House of Representatives voted to enact H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, in a historic win for open government in the United States of America. The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act (AKA the OPEN Government Data Act) is about to become law as a result. “

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data. “For Cypher Philly founder Jess Mason, the copious amounts of open data produced every year by OpenDataPhilly needed another layer that could maximize their potential impact. It’s why he set out — alongside cofounder Jason Cox and about 40 volunteers — to build an application that can connect the dots between data sets meant for transparency and higher government efficiency.”

Fedscoop: Why we need a federal data strategy

Fedscoop: Why we need a federal data strategy. “Three months ago, the White House released the President’s Management Agenda with ambitious plans for upgrading the federal government’s technical and data capabilities and the workforce to support them. A key part of that agenda was the commitment to develop an integrated Federal Data Strategy ‘that encompasses all relevant governance, standards, infrastructure and commercialization challenges of operating in a data-driven world.’ To drive progress in this area, the President’s Management Agenda established a cross-agency priority (CAP) goal, Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset, for all federal agencies to follow.”