AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Public Sector

Urban Climates: Calculating the Sky View Factor for the Netherlands

Imagine you are on a city street surrounded by skyscrapers. When you look up to the stars, you will only see the part of the sky that is not blocked by buildings. This type of vision is called sky view factor (SVF). The SVF denotes the ratio between the radiation received at a point on Earth and the available radiation for a hemisphere over that point. Dr. Andrea Pagani, a data scientist at the DataLab of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, has been looking at how to efficiently compute the SVF for the Netherlands. Read on to learn more about Dr. Pagani’s work to help us understand what’s between us and the sky – and why that matters.

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Fishackathon: Supporting the Sustainability of our Oceans and Fisheries

According to the World Wildlife Fund, approximately three billion people in the world rely on both wild-caught and farmed seafood as their primary source of protein; yet the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that eighty-five percent of marine fish stocks are either fully exploited or overfished. To combat this, the annual Fishackathon, first organized by the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships in 2014 and organized this year in partnership with HackerNest, took place in over 40 cities around the globe.

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The Opioid Council: Public Health Leaders Address Addiction

To kick off the AWS Opioid Crisis Council’s inaugural meeting, AWS public health leader, Michael Jackson, convened a panel of healthcare experts at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. Government health officials, research scientists, pharmacy executives, and industry pioneers examined proposed solutions with open data, and shared ideas for attacking this complex issue. All stakeholders rallied around a common customer: our community.

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A Cloud Timeline: U.S. Government’s Modernization Journey

Over the past decade, consecutive administrations and the U.S. Congress have focused on IT modernization, issuing policies, directives, and passing legislation to help agencies move from legacy systems to modern commercial technologies. Policies that embrace cloud help save the government and taxpayer money and become more efficient, customer-focused, and secure. The following is a brief timeline of the U.S. government’s continued journey to the cloud.

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How to Support Your Nonprofit’s Goals with AWS Credits

The AWS Credit Program for Nonprofits offers $2,000 of AWS Promotional Credits annually to 501c3 organizations or global equivalents. With diverse missions to promote health and welfare, achieve medical breakthroughs, protect wildlife, and support many other causes, nonprofits around the world have unique needs. In collaboration with TechSoup Global, this program provides organizations in 50 countries with subsidized access to on-demand services to more easily store large files, keep data secure, and deliver engaging content to local communities.

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AWS Cloud Migration Guide: Methodology for Migration Readiness and Cloud Adoption

There are many reasons why public sector customers are migrating to the cloud. Some are migrating to increase the productivity of their workforce. Others are looking to consolidate data centers or minimize costly infrastructure sprawl and modernize legacy applications that have lost value over time. Additionally, visionary organizations are re-imagining their missions by upgrading to cloud-hosted technologies that drive digital transformation.

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Digital Transformation: A Guide to Transforming Your Organization with the Cloud

As public sector organizations seek to enhance their technology to respond to the growing demand for digital services, public sector organizations can face budgetary and operational challenges. Here’s where the cloud comes in. It can expedite the path from idea to execution, helping you step beyond the IT office to communicate value and build consensus among your stakeholders.

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Connect with Citizens Using the Cloud

Many state and local governments are increasingly focused on expanding their digital services to increase citizen engagement. However, the rapid pace of technological advancement can challenge many agencies as they pursue innovation. To learn how many agencies are transitioning to digital services, GovLoop sat down with Jamie Butler and Brian Tracy, Solutions Architect Managers at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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