AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

AWS and Chile Launch the Data Observatory Project

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been selected as a founding member of Chile’s Data Observatory project, an innovative public-private alliance with the Chilean Government. The alliance is being created to consolidate, analyze real-time, and archive astronomy data streams from all wavelengths across all Chilean observatories in the Atacama Desert, where 70 percent of the world’s telescopes are located due to the ideal observation conditions that the geographical area provides. AWS will host the images and data that are recorded and downloaded from Chile’s world-renowned telescopes, which are continuously studying space.

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Geo-Diverse Open Training Data as a Global Public Good

Radiant Earth Foundation is a nonprofit focused on delivering open geospatial data and analytics to the global development community (GDC) in support of their missions to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key targets. Radiant Earth supports GDC by aggregating open geospatial data and providing access through its cloud-based platform, generating open Earth Observation (EO) machine learning tools and training data libraries, and creating new metadata standards through its MLHub Earth initiative. Additionally, the organization offers training resources to support capacity development and expertise in the geospatial and remote sensing sciences.

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University of California, Berkeley uses AWS Educate and Amazon FPGA Instances in Undergraduate Computer Architecture Course

As the spring 2019 semester began, 60 plus junior and senior computer science students at the University of California, Berkeley started their “Computer Science 152” course. An elective within the Computer Science (CS) division, the class consists of a series of lab assignments aimed to teach computer architecture and major concepts used in modern microprocessors. In CS152, students study real RISC-V microprocessor designs implemented in the Chisel hardware description language, and simulate them with FireSim, which runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) F1 instances in the cloud.

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Episode 4: Code is Not Static – App Care

DevOps isn’t just a buzz word. Ok, it’s a little buzzwordy, but the movement is real. The purpose of DevOps is to provide a framework through which organizations can approach application development and operational excellence. It’s part of a strategy to help align culture, people, and processes for success with digital transformation.

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How technology and the cloud bring transparency to citizen data

As technology makes it easier to connect with constituents, state and local governments are looking to build systems centered around and empowered by the citizen experience. This is especially the case with health and social services agencies. Public health systems often struggle to connect data across agencies and systems—leaving some communities without the insights they need to optimally allocate resources or to take action in the face of emerging epidemics. In a keynote address to over 800 government health IT leaders, Taha Kass-Hout, senior leader of healthcare and artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services (AWS), said, “It’s not for a lack of technology, and it’s not for a lack of passion. It’s about the difficulty alleviating the heavy lifting that leaves agencies extremely resource constrained.”

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President of Colombia joins AWS in Bogota, talks innovation across the region

AWS hosted its first-ever Latin America AWS Public Sector Summit in Bogota on Thursday, March 28th, 2019. More than 800 attendees from Colombia and the region joined us to learn about innovation across the public sector, sustainability, database migrations, and the next generation of tech talent. The President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, helped kick off the keynote presentation with a fireside chat discussing the technology opportunities and initiatives that Colombia is pursuing.

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Training Turkish Organizations to Build Public Sector Solutions on AWS

Iron Arrow Consulting (IAC) is collaborating with AWS through AWS CloudStart to help organizations in Turkey build their public sector solutions. AWS CloudStart supports Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) by providing resources to educate, train, and embrace the cost-effective options that AWS cloud computing services can offer to firms whose products, solutions, and services are for the public good.

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Episode 3: Building Secure Code

Writing code and deploying an application can expose you to security vulnerabilities. This means your security woes don’t end after architecting. This post reviews common application security vulnerabilities, as well as how to build, test, and deploy code to catch vulnerabilities early.

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