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Category: Public Sector

City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: Partners in Innovation and Cloud Innovation Leadership Award Winners

Last week we highlighted the 2016 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Award Winners. We showcased the five winners for the Best Practices Award and the five winners for the Dream Big Award. In addition, Appriss, GRIDSMART, OpenDataSoft, SmartProcure, and Utility, Inc. were this year’s Partners in Innovation Award recipients, recognizing applications that solve local […]

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Automating Governance on AWS

IT governance identifies risk and determines the identity controls to mitigate that risk. Traditionally, IT governance has required long, detailed documents and hours of work for IT managers, security or audit professionals, and admins. Automating governance on AWS offers a better way. Let’s consider a world where only two things matter: customer trust and cost […]

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Developing an Emergency Communications Plan with Georgia Tech

A guest post by Adam Arrowood, Georgia Tech Cyber Security, Georgia Institute of Technology The Georgia Tech Office of Information Technology has taken a first step into cloud computing and emergency preparedness by deciding to host our crucial emergency communications website on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Georgia Tech maintains an on-premises main campus website that […]

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A Minimalistic Way to Tackle Big Data Produced by Earth Observation Satellites

The explosion of Earth Observation (EO) data has driven the need to find innovative ways for using that data. We sat down with Grega Milcinski from Sinergise to discuss Sentinel-2. During its six month pre-operational phase, Sentintel-2 has already produced more than 200 TB of data, more than 250 trillion pixels, yet the major part […]

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Smart City Data Analysis: Pushing Data into the Cloud

Cloud computing can help cities use big data and analytics to analyze and gain intelligence from data. In the previous smart cities posts, we mentioned how cities can acquire data from different sources, such as IoT devices, sensors, mobile applications, and interactions with citizens (read the past blogs here and here). This data, after it […]

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TaxBrain: A platform for accessing open-source tax models

What should we be spending tax money on? How much revenue are we going to raise? How does this impact the economy? To answer these questions and determine which policies to enact, policymakers rely on a predictive economic simulation model. Historically, specialized teams in government have used proprietary tools to help guide which policies become […]

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Zooniverse’s Open Source Answer to Disaster Relief

Zooniverse created the Planetary Response Network (PRN) to support relief efforts helping crisis victims. Beginning with the Nepal earthquake in 2015, the Zooniverse team knew the PRN would be helpful. The PRN takes satellite data pre-and-post disaster and uses that data to inform ground-based rescue teams where they need to go to be the most […]

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