[CODATA-international] Open Science at ITU
hp at hans-pfeiffenberger.de
Wed May 13 11:23:54 EDT 2020
as I "attended" EGU2020, three observations which might be of relevance:
a) As to transparency: This presentation
on "satellite datasets for automated agricultural land discrimination
in Afghanistan" by an author from a UK university shows that, on a
probably increasing number of issues, deliberate in-transparency is
not going to work any longer.
b) As to cloud-based access to data, there is a continuing (and
disturbing?) trend towards dominance of a very few cloud providers:
Significantly, NOAA seems to copy all of their data to the Microsoft-,
Amazon- and Google-Clouds, expecting third parties to access them
And authors have yet another pyramid, which incorporates this approach.
c) All kinds of application of machine learning abound. Most of these
can certainly not be trained on a desktop, and on institutional
infrastructures only if those are quite rich. (And then, there is of
course a scarcity of experts to apply these methods properly). This
clearly evokes questions about equitable access ...
P.S.: I read ("diagonally", as I must admit) the attachment to your
message below, but could not find how to access the AIS data, and
whether that access is open (cost-free).
With commercial providers, such as https://www.vesselfinder.com,
access to "historic data" is quite costly.
Am 06.05.20 um 23:46 schrieb Berkman, Paul A:
> Hi Geoffrey,
> Two stimulating messages…
> In a significant manner, a globally open science cloud already
> exists, as discovered with geospatial analyses involving Google
> BigQuery and space-time cube innovations. As an example, rapid
> processing at nominal costs in the cloud are being delivered with
> big data from the oldest and longest continuous satellite Automatic
> Identification System (AIS) record of maritime ship traffic north of
> the Arctic Circle (please see attached).
> I look forward to your next message 😊and hope all is going well.
> Stay healthy!!!
> With best regards,
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> [mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org] *On Behalf Of
> *BOULTON Geoffrey
> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:24 AM
> *To:* h sherief <hussein.sherief at gmail.com>
> *Cc:* BOULTON Geoffrey <Geoff.Boulton at ed.ac.uk>;
> codata-international at lists.codata.org
> *Subject:* Re: [CODATA-international] Open Science at ITU
> Dear Hussein Sherief
> The International Science Council’s report to UNESCO will include a
> recommendation on the potential for a Global Open Science Commons,
> to which a globally open science cloud could be of considerable
> support. It would also be of great interest to emerging regional
> open science platforms, including the African Open Science Platform.
> I will come back to you with ideas of potential linkage between ITU
> and these initiatives.
> Many thanks for making contact.
> All good wishes
> Geoffrey Boulton
> Geoffrey Boulton OBE FRS FRSE
> Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus
> University of Edinburgh
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> On 6 May 2020, at 11:55, h sherief <hussein.sherief at gmail.com
> <mailto:hussein.sherief at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Dear Geoffrey Boulton,
> I noticed that UNITAR’s contribution to Open Science was being
> considered for the report to UNESCO . At ITU, we have submitted
> documents requesting that Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) be
> considered as a new tool for SDG’s Disaster Risk. If the ITU-D
> Study Group adapts GOSC at its coming October meeting in Geneva,
> then GOSC will be available as a new Globally Open Science Cloud
> tool for its member states. From there, a global framework and
> guidelines will be worked out by the study group leading to ISO
> Here are the link to the submitted documents:
> Utilizing telecommunications/ICTs for disaster risk reduction
> and management
> Submission to ITU-D Study Group 2
> I do not know if this information is of any use with respect to
> the report to UNESCO, if you think it is , you can further
> contact ITU-D Study Group 2.
> Hussein Sherief
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