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The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will be held from 13 to 17 April 2014 in Sharm el-Sheikh. This event will be an extended version of the WSIS Forum. It is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years based on reports of WSIS Stakeholders, including those submitted by countries, Action Line Facilitators and other stakeholders.

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Spider ICT4D seminar series

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The Spider ICT4D seminar series aims to collect and share ICT4D knowledge from around the world. Speakers in the series are well established scholars, practitioners or activists, who share their views and experiences on a broad range of topics, including Spider's thematic areas of democracy, education, and health.

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UNESCO’s Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development moves into a second phase in its open consultation with all stakeholders on the new concept of “Internet Universality”, with the release this week of a second version of a concept paper.
 

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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) will play an active role in the United Nations Private Sector Forum 2013 to be held on September 20 in New York.

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According to an article published on iSGTW, over the last decade, a number of coordinated and complementary e-infrastructure initiatives have been crucial for enabling high-quality research and ICT developments in south-east Europe (SEE), and have supported the European vision of inclusive and smart growth, based on knowledge and innovation. These initiatives have reduced the digital divide and ‘brain drain’ within Europe, by ensuring access to state-of-the-art e-infrastructures for both new EU member states and those on path to ascension — in total 15 countries.

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The revision of the PSI Directive is one of the key actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Governments can stimulate content markets by making public sector information available on transparent, effective and non-discriminatory terms. As demonstrated by a number of studies analysing the sector (e.g. the 2008 Cambridge Study or the 2011 review by G. Vickery), public data is an important source of growth of innovative online services.

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Α map has been created that shows the distribution of researchers per million inhabitants, latest available year.

Researchers are professionals engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge, products, processes, methods and systems and also in the management of the projects concerned.

Click here to see the map

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According to an article published on Rensselaer's site, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor and Council co-Chair of the international Research Data Alliance Francine Berman joined with Google Vice President Vint Cerf to discuss the future of public access to research data in a Science magazine Op Ed appearing Aug 9.

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Hacking into Canada's aid data

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Accordig to an article published on Devex, Canada agreed two years to publish its aid data, but most development professionals lack the technological expertise to sift through the pile of information.

That’s why a team of computer programmers, software developers and international development experts met last weekend in Ottawa to work on applications to better analyze the data and thus improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Canadian foreign aid.

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According to an article published on eI4Africa, the EIROforum IT working group on the future of e-infrastructures has recently published a paper entitled “Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century”.

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The Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed the agreement reached last June between the Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament representatives on the "Horizon 2020" programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020.

The agreement paves the way for the formal adoption of the "Horizon 2020" legislative package by the European Parliament and the Council through a vote in the coming months. Horizon 2020 will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation.
Horizon 2020, which has a budget of around 70 billion euros, will underpin the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, as well as the goal of strengthening the scientific and technological bases by contributing to achieving a European Research Area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely.
Horizon 2020 focuses on three priorities, namely generating excellent sci
ence in order to strengthen the Union's world-class scientific excellence and make the Union research and innovation system more competitive, fostering industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support businesses and innovation, including for small companies, and tackling societal challenges in order to respond to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire chain from research to market.

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CHAIN REDS Demo at EGI TF13

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The CHAIN-REDS project will contribute to the EGI Technical Forum 2013 with the demo "Managing and using interoperable DCIs through a standard-based Science Gateway".

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DANTE has completed a major network upgrade to GEANT, the superfast pan-European data communications infrastructure that interconnects National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). GEANT is relied on by more than 50 million of Europe's research and education users and this 2Tbps (terabits per second) upgrade is set to further boost the research, innovation and education that is driving Europe's recovery.

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According to an article published on Primeur Weekly Magazine, Big Data is a rather broad and sometimes confusing area. However, there are some aspects of Big Data on which everyone seems to agree. First, the biggest Big Data can be found in science. Second, HPC and to a lesser extent Cloud computing provide the engines to access and process Big Data. And third, Big Data can provide a good ROI in industry for well chosen applications. Hence, a conference that combines these three aspects, provides a convenient way to absorb the latest developments in Big Data. This is exactly what the ISC Big Data Conference, September 25-26, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany will do. Being chaired by Sverre Jarp from CERN - one of the largest scientific Big Data producers, and with Felix Wortmann, from Bosch Internet of Things Lab and Intel's Stephan Gillich & Girish Juneja providing keynotes, the conference will start with a solid scientific and industrial foundation. Being part of the ISC family of conferences - with the yearly ISC supercomputing event as its flagship - the new conference provides a deep link into the HPC community.

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Ushahidi: Where in the World

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According to an article publshed on Ushahidi, Ushahidians often say that there are map projects in 156 countries/places. Where in the world by country or place has there been a map? We thought we share some quick stats for you:

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According to an article published on eI4Africa, on the 10th and 11th of July 2013, the LionGrid initiative ran a Grid Computing Workshop at the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) located in South East Nigeria.

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According to an article published on the African Development Bank(AfDB) website, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group chaired by Emmanuel Mbi, First Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer,on Wednesday July 24, 2013 in Tunis, approved five projects covering the following:

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According to an article published on the African Development Bank(AfDB) website, the AfDB's Board of Executive Directors approved on Wednesday, July 24 an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of US$ 45 million to support the creation of a Pan African University (PAU). The new university consisting of fivePan African Institutes will focus mainly on science, technology and innovation.

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Redesigning Data with Ushahidi v3.0

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As a team, Ushahidi made the conscious decision to redirect its approach to building its core services and products. Ushahidi team collectively declared that design must be involved from the beginning to the end of every lifecycle of everything they launched. Design when stripped bare is the art of communication. Being in the business of crowd source data across the globe there are many challenges constructing an application that will intuitively serve in a diverse range of uses cases, across cultures and varying degrees of accessibility to technology.

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According to an article on iSGTW, over 100 delegates gathered in Dublin, Ireland, on 22 and 23 May for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) bi-annual workshop. Representatives from 23 countries met to deliberate on the best policies for coordination of a European-wide open and innovative e-infrastructure.

During the welcome address, Sverker Holmgren, current chair of the e-IRG, introduced some of the highlights from their latest strategy white paper. While the internet provides a common user interface and access to common services and networks, this is not the case with e-infrastructures: integration is needed. Holmgren emphasises that users will need to become more directly involved, and be both prepared and empowered to pay for the services.

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