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Creating a playground for Finnish data centre students

The highly specialised programme on data centre education of the University of Kajaani is considered Finland’s best data centre learning environment and has been shortlisted for Best Programme for Data Centre Training and Professional Development 2018 by the Datacloud Europe… Continue Reading →

Fighting cybercrime in the research and education sector

Universities are attractive targets for threat actors interested in obtaining intellectual property. In addition to being more difficult to secure than heavily regulated finance or healthcare organisations, universities are known to develop cutting-edge research and attract global researchers and students…. Continue Reading →

The Big Pixel Initiative: using satellite data to map urbanisation, schools, and refugee camps

Urbanisation is a fundamental force that shapes many dimensions of the modern world, from land cover and land use around cities to economics and policy-making. However, the rate and magnitude of these changes have not yet been mapped globally with… Continue Reading →

Integrating the data of life

It is well known that people react differently to medications. The reason for this could be the patient’s physical characteristics, his or her genetic makeup, or the influence of other medication. The goal of Professor Mikko Niemi’s (University of Helsinki)… Continue Reading →

Tracking cuckoos from space – building the Animal Internet

The Animal Internet: “decoding the intelligence of global animal behaviour”, to help protect animals and humans. Scientists describe it as a quantum leap for ecology and behavioural science, similar to what happened in genetics in the mid-90’s with the launch… Continue Reading →

IoT solution may help in the treatment of obese children

Global rates of childhood obesity have jumped dramatically in the past four decades. Obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems. In Brazil, to help break this vicious cycle, an Internet of… Continue Reading →

Cable damage? How an international backup saved a national network

Why are cross-border fibres important? Investing in international connectivity can give NRENs the possibility to quickly set up a backup solution in case of necessity. This is what happened in Italy on 9 January, when a large number of cables… Continue Reading →

Connecting rural campuses addresses challenges faced by researchers

In 2018,  the University of Cape Town segment of the Rural Campuses Connection (RCC) project, part of a national initiative to connect the country’s rural research facilities, was completed, significantly improving connectivity for rural campuses. “The RCC project was very… Continue Reading →

Why should weather forecasts be presented by ‘official’ weather stations only?

Observations from the ‘Internet of things’, such as intelligent cars, phones, buildings and personal weather stations could be added to the mix, to provide even more detailed information on local to hyper-local meteorological phenomena. That is exactly what the Nordic… Continue Reading →

From farm to table: the Sweeper robot has got your peppers covered

Let us introduce you to the Sweeper! A robot that autonomously roams a greenhouse, ‘eye-balls’ sweet peppers to check if they have reached optimal ripeness, and then plucks them off the plant and places them in a vat – all… Continue Reading →

Scientists use machine learning to prevent senior falls

Researchers are developing intelligent devices that predict and prevent deadly falls among the elderly, by using machine learning that is supported by the cyberinfrastructure of the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) over the California Research and Education Network (CENIC). Wearable gadgets,… Continue Reading →

Future-proofing access to educational resources for a school in regional Australia

Calrossy, an independent day and boarding school in Tamworth, New South Wales, enjoys a reputation for excellent academic development. However, being located in rural Australia, more than four hundred kilometres from the nearest urban centre – Sydney – Calrossy is… Continue Reading →

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