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The Association of Industry Data for Society (IDSP) is born to promote the opening of data by the private sector

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Last Wednesday, December 7, IDSP, acronym for the Association of Industry Data for Society, was born. A historic initiative which has been endorsed by large technology companies such as UK Power Networks, GitHub, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Northumbrian Water Group, and R2 Factory among others.

It’s about the first intersectoral association which aims to help promote more open and accessible data from the private sector for the good of society.

With the birth of IDSP, its founding members agree provide greater access to your data when needed in order to help address some of society’s most important challenges. Above all, in areas such as sustainability and inclusive economic growth.

And there is no doubt that in recent years open data has played a fundamental role in enabling faster research and collaboration between different industries and the public sector.

In fact, the vastness of data created in the Covid-19 pandemic was more open data, allowing researchers to move faster and provide citizens with more information about their progress and studies. However, the goal of the IDSP does not end there.

The objectives of the IDSP

This Association of Industry Data for Society is also born with the intention of serving as a forum for participating companies to foster collaboration. As well as a resource for other entities working on related issues.

IDSP members have also engaged in train a broad class of professionals so they use data effectively and responsibly for social impact. In addition to protecting the privacy of people in all these activities and attracting other organizations with experience in social issues.

In fact, at its launch event, it had two exceptional affiliates. The GovLab Data Program based at New York University and the Open Data Institute. In the case of the latter, the IDSP companies will launch the so-called `Data Challenge for Local Environments´ with the Open Data Institute.

Using publicly available data sets and data sets shared or curated by the private sector, participants will explore how city, county and municipal officials can use these data sets to generate ideas and solutions to improve their local environments, such as achieving their goals. net zero emission targets.

The IDSP also foster connections between industry and the public sector, researchers and academics to better understand how industry data can improve their work.

The association’s first engagement is with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the United States National Committee for CODATA (USNC/CODATA) to plan a summit that will bring together academics, governments, industry and non-profit research organizations to discover opportunities to work together across disciplines, build on the strengths of individual organizations, and advance common agendas more quickly.

“Making data more open and accessible can help progress in solving today’s most pressing societal challenges, which is why we are a founding member of the Industry Data for Society Partnership. More than two years ago, Microsoft launched the Open Data Campaign to help close the data gap and extend the benefits of open data to organizations of all sizes. We know we can get there by working together and making real progress to address today’s most pressing societal challenges,” said Burton Davis, Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel.

“The power of data for any organization is to look beyond its own limits and combine it with information from other sectors and develop new insights that will ultimately lead to action and lasting change. At a time when the global energy crisis is affecting us all, especially the most vulnerable, the IDSP has the potential to be a powerful tool for positive change,” said Matt Webb, UK Head of Enterprise Data Management. Power Networks.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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