AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Government

The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative: Driving Sustainability Innovation with Open Data and Cloud Technology

Amazon today announced the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative to promote sustainability research, innovation, and problem solving by making key data easily accessible and even more widely available. The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative leverages Amazon Web Services’ technology and scalable infrastructure to stage, analyze, and distribute data, and is a joint effort between the AWS Open Data and Amazon Sustainability teams.

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How to Apply the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Programs on AWS

Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) is an important part of the federal government’s cybersecurity strategy, and it’s getting a boost in visibility since the House passed the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443). Among other things, this Act directs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and provide the capability to collect, analyze, and visualize government-wide information relating to security data and cybersecurity risks and to make these program capabilities available for use by any federal agency.

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StormSense: Automated Flood Alerts Using Integrated Real-Time IoT Sensors

Coastal communities in the Southern United States are frequently impacted by flooding from storm surge, rain, and tides. To help monitor and enhance flood emergency preparedness, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at the College of William & Mary has been providing tidal forecasts since 2012 for a dozen locations in the lower Chesapeake Bay through its VIMS TideWatch Network. To expand and enhance these capabilities along Virginia’s seaside Eastern Shore, VIMS developed StormSense. The StormSense project works closely with coastal local governments leveraging a network of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled water level sensors, VIMS’s hydrodynamic flood modeling and forecasting capabilities, and the VIMS TideWatch Network to improve flood resilience in the region.

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Announcing ATO on AWS

We announced the Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS program, which provides resources to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who aspire to achieve a compliance authorization, such as FedRAMP, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Payment Card Industry (PCI), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and many other compliance programs.

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How to Share Data (Hint: “Thoughtfully”)

Sharing data requires more than just making it available for download or creating an API to access it. In many ways, sharing data is similar to shipping a software product. Just like software; data is made up of digital information; it requires documentation; it will be used by groups of users who may require support; and it may become vital to those users’ work. Another common characteristic of software is that it often gets updated over time as software developers learn from their users and adapt to new technologies.

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5 Ways the Cloud Can Drive Economic Development

Government agencies often look to promote new technology for cost-savings and efficiency – but it doesn’t stop there. The second and third-tier effects of technology can be long-lasting for citizens, businesses, and economies. Our recent whitepaper, 5 Ways the Cloud Can Drive Economic Development, outlines the internal transformation most public institutions experience as a first benefit of cloud adoption. In other words, the cloud drives greater accessibility of data, information sharing, increased productivity, and smarter resource allocation inside the organization.

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Best Practices to Accelerate Cloud Adoption and Migration in the Public Sector

Public sector customers work on transformative and high-impact projects, but each organization is unique. Although their geography, mission, or size varies widely, their big thinking about how the cloud can improve or modernize services is a constant. From state and local GIS departments storing and analyzing spatial data in AWS to universities developing cloud capabilities to meet the needs of students on campus, our customers are realizing the benefits of the AWS Cloud. Learn from some of the cloud pioneers here.

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The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics Explores the Universe with the Cloud

The National Institute for Astrophysics (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica or INAF) is an Italian institution that conducts scientific research in astronomy and astrophysics. INAF research ranges from the study of the planets and minor bodies of the solar system to the large-scale structure of the Universe. Recently, INAF has been involved in two large projects where they turned to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud: the ESO Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

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