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    remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy It plans to focus on appropriate pedagogy for e learning providing facility of performing experiments through virtual laboratories on line testing and certification on line availability of teachers to guide and mentor learners utilization of available Education Satellite EduSAT and Direct to Home DTH platform training and empowerment of teachers to effectively use new methods of teaching and learning etc he added The Mission will work in close cooperation and collaboration with other missions such as the National Translation Mission Vocational Education Mission National Knowledge Network and Scheme of ICT Schools etc to avoid any duplication and attain synergy It would operate through inter departmental and multi disciplinary approach and create high quality e content for the target groups On the other it would also simultaneously extend computer infrastructure and connectivity to over 18000 colleges in the country including each of the departments of 419 universities deemed universities and institutions of national importance on a single point rental basis through the Department of Telecommunications DOT in a manner that would permit their seamless interaction with a integrated National Knowledge Network The advent of very low cost low power consuming access cum computing devices would further enhance the reach of the network The peer group assisted content development would utilize the Wikipedia type of collaborative platform under the supervision of a content advisory committee responsible for vetting the content Interactivity and problem solving approach would be addressed through Talk to a Teacher segment The Mission would also have a component of Teacher Empowerment through proper training and digital literacy of teachers to be able to use the e contents Renowned institutions would anchor various activities in their areas of excellence It seeks

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/govt-nod-to-ict-scheme-for-personalised-knowledge-to-students/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    levels in cellular bodies and provides results within half an hour Toronto In a major breakthrough in the detection of cancers and other deadly diseases Canadian researchers have developed an inexpensive microchip that is sensitive enough to detect the type and severity of the illness The microchip has been successfully tested on prostate cancer and head and neck cancer models It can also be used to diagnose other cancers as well as infectious diseases such as HIV and the H1N1 flu The remarkable innovation is an indication that the age of nanomedicine is dawning Researchers at the University of Toronto here used nanomaterials for the first time to build the sensitive microchip In their work reported in Nature Nanotechnology this week the researchers say the new device will make sophisticated molecular diagnostics easily available soon The remarkable innovation is an indication that the age of nanomedicine is dawning President of the University of Toronto and Professor of medicine David Naylor was quoted as saying in a university statement The device quickly picks up the biomarkers that hint at the presence of cancer at the cellular level even though these biomolecules genes that indicate aggressive or benign forms of the disease are generally present at low levels in biological samples the statement said Analysis can be completed in 30 minutes compared to days taken by the current diagnostic procedures Today it takes a room filled with computers to evaluate a clinically relevant sample of cancer biomarkers and the results aren t quickly available research leader and medicine Professor Shana Kelley said Our team was able to measure biomolecules on an electronic chip the size of your fingertip and analyse the sample within half an hour The instrumentation required for this analysis can be contained within a unit the size of a

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/microchip-to-detect-cancer-other-diseases/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info US hospital webcasts brain surgery to promote services 01 June 2009 Robin Hicks Hospitals in the United States are using non conventional ways to connect with stakeholders including social networking platforms and webcasts Image credits FutureGov US hospital webcasts brain surgery A hospital in the United States has webcast an operation to remove a brain cancer as part of a promotional campaign to educate patients entice donors and recruit top doctors The film of an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour that threatened to paralyse a patient of the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis has been seen by more than 21 000 viewers on YouTube The webcast has resulted in a number of requested appointments Faced with economic pressures hospitals in the US have been using non conventional ways to connect with stakeholders including the use of Twitter from operating rooms and having patients blog about their procedures According to Ed Bennett web strategy director for the University of Maryland Medical System more than 250 hospitals across US now use YouTube Twitter blogs

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/us-hospital-webcasts-brain-surgery-to-promote-services/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    ruled out some types of software that rely heavily on the transfer of large data files The only option therefore was to develop new open source software and a local company ICT Development Centre IDC provided the solution IDC developed a platform that the hospital staff involved in the teleradiology project could use to transmit examine and archive responses to specialist requests The software also encodes the data to protect the patient s privacy When one of the regional hospitals needs a consultation the staff member simply creates a new patient file in the system adds the clinical data and x ray images and transfers all the information via the internet At Point G hospital the radiologist opens the file using the OpenYalim software analyses the images and writes a report that same day The original doctor who requested the diagnosis is then able to read the report as soon as the consultant adds it to the patient s file In an emergency the consultant can send back a report within one hour of receiving the x ray Local support Bagna Touré is just one of many patients who has benefited from the new teleradiology service Within the first year of the pilot project in 2006 the three hospitals sent 338 x rays to Point G an average of 30 x rays per month Out of these x rays 17 were urgent In 2007 the project suffered problems with their internet connection resulting in a drop in the number of x rays sent to Bamako Only 166 were sent that year The project team then invested in more robust modems for the regional hospitals that could cope with the irregular power supply The new equipment solved the problems resulting in a marked increase in x ray transmissions up to 479 The growth in number of transmissions indicates that using the teleradiology platform has become part of the hospitals daily routine Despite the increase in demand on the time of such a limited number of trained radiologists the doctors replied to 96 of requests from the regional hospitals within 24 hours Out of the 983 x rays that the regional hospitals sent for a second opinion in the past three years 7 were considered urgent and were dealt with in a period of 10 15 minutes In a recent evaluation the teleradiology service proved to be popular with both staff and patients Only one patient was not very satisfied at the length of time he had to wait for his report From the medical staff only 7 indicated that they were not very satisfied with the teleradiology service Their main complaint was that they would prefer to handle the whole process of scanning and sending the x rays themselves It was clear from the early stages of the project that success of the service would depend on the availability of local technical experts to maintain the system and develop the relevant software Similar electronic health e health initiatives have failed in

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/extending-x-ray-vision/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Gozzer a doctor who specialises in public health Image credits BBC Project Masiluleke has been successful in encouraging people to get tested for HIV and Aids He spoke to BBC World Service s technology programme Digital Planet about the success of the project so far This project provides the Peruvian navy with a tool to improve the surveillance and facilities that they run he said If you are a medical doctor or a nurse working in a health facility far away and you have a suspect case of ebola what you do is call into a toll free number enter your personal identification number and then your password The system will then ask you what you want to do You say you want to send a report and the system will ask you what disease you want to report You will enter the code of that particular disease and then the system will ask you specific data like the age the gender and how many days ago did symptoms start Once you send the case the report goes to a database that can be seen online by a specialist he added Monitoring trends The mobile project is a way of alerting doctors ahead of an epidemic so that medical provision can be put in place early We can get the information from the source in real time and we can help the people who are dealing with the problem in the field Dr Ernesto Gozzer Crucially medical problems and entire disease outbreaks are flagged up in real time and the Peruvian navy says that this is what saves lives The system also triggers a notification by SMS so the person will get the notification even if that doctor is at the beach on vacation or out of the office said

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/texting-disease-away/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    infoDev Cover page of the report In many countries Information Technology IT Parks which are also referred to as Techno Parks Cyber Parks and Science Parks have been established to facilitate the development of IT industries that foster new business development and technological innovation by leveraging synergies within a cluster environment Given the potential complexity of these projects and scope of required investments the growing interest of governments in developing and transition economies in designing and promoting such projects and their needs for policy advice and financial support from the donor community there is a pressing need for a synthesis of best practices and lessons learned both from success and failure To address this need info Dev in cooperation with the World Bank Group commissioned a global best practice study on IT Parks The study identifies five countries from which a total of six IT Parks were selected to get a representative sample covering both i successfull and not so successful IT parks and ii IT goods as well as IT and BPO Business Process Outsourcing services The study analysis has been based on the CLIP framework Capital Linkages Infrastructure People IT Parks of Countries of Analysis Based on this

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/establishing-sustainable-it-parks/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    related to energy consumption on the rise CIOs have also embraced Virtualisation with a vengeance Virtualisation technologies enable enterprises to consolidate the number of servers in a data center In India enterprises such as HDFC Bank and Reliance Capital have used the power of virtualisation technologies to aggressively boost efficiencies and reduce costs Reliance Capital for instance has consolidated 94 development and production servers on just 15 servers using virtualisation solutions from VMware Similarly HDFC Bank has consolidated and virtualised servers which has helped the Bank in pooling an average of 20 to 30 spare capacity available in various standalone systems and application solutions The impact on the environment is huge as every physical server reduced through virtualisation helps in cutting power and cooling costs Virtualisation major VMware estimates that every server virtualised saves 7000 kWh of electricity annually or about USD 700 in energy costs The firm also estimates that for every server virtualised 4 tons of CO2 are eliminated which is equivalent to taking 1 5 cars off the highway Another stellar example is Hexaware Technologies By embracing virtualisation technologies and driving the consolidation of data processing and storage we have been able to reduce the utilisation of floor space by 80 and energy consumption in data centres by 40 explains N Nataraj CIO Hexaware Technologies Every physical server reduced results in lower energy costs For example in a server consolidation initiative Infosys Technologies has undertaken an aggressive plan to replace more than 200 smaller systems with equivalent high capacity Blade Servers equipped with Quad core CPUs Hexaware Technologies is creating a green campus that is designed to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment The plan has been executed successfully using just eight high capacity servers As a result costs associated with maintenance monitoring and energy consumption of over 200 servers have been reduced drastically Additionally the consolidation of 200 core infrastructure servers to less than 100 is expected to reduce the power demand of these servers by around 80 The estimated impact on the environment due to these virtualisation initiatives is equivalent to planting 4 000 trees and getting 244 cars off the road A world of green buildings Traditionally most enterprises have looked at data centers to cut down energy related costs This includes undertaking initiatives such as Virtualisation or consolidation or building new efficient data centres with better power management techniques Having exhausted all possible avenues to squeeze out more energy savings from data centres Indian enterprises are now looking at optimising the energy consumption of the entire building or campus Hexaware Technologies for instance is creating a green campus that is designed to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment The operations and maintenance at the campus is designed to reduce energy consumption by 30 Similarly Infosys has engaged in a meticulous level of planning to make its buildings energy efficient For example the company has challenged its architects to come up with

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/new-frontier-for-the-adoption-of-green-it/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    But the Internet has lagged partly due to government dithering over international contracts and security challenges say critics The project of fiber was supposed to last 18 months and it is now seven years And the fiber they are putting down will not be sufficient for users of Afghanistan says Mohammad Rahim Yousufi managing director of a Kabul based Internet service provider ISP called Afghan ICT Solution The project funded through the World Bank loops the country s major cities along a giant ring with spurs heading off to neighboring nations But vital chunks lie incomplete because of the fighting across the region The new Tajik line completed recently delivered the critical first outside connection The second connection to Uzbekistan was completed earlier this month Internet access can bring political awareness It s still not uncommon for countries to be as digitally isolated as Afghanistan dozens of countries have no known cable connections to the Internet A list provided by the Packet Clearing House PCH in San Francisco includes many poor landlocked countries and isolated island nations On the Indian subcontinent alone Nepal Bangladesh and Bhutan all got their first outside cable links only within the past three years says Gaurab Upadhaya a PCH analyst Prices fell in Nepal big time with the move That touched off much wider usage of technologies like YouTube blogging and online phone services The faster access and cheaper Internet has done more in terms of political awareness and spreading news outside the country very fast says Mr Upadhaya He sees less of a business effect though it is now easier for Nepalese to work abroad thanks to quicker wire transfers and cheap international phone rates online Afghanistan s minister of communications has high hopes for the country s new fiber optic backbone We are going to bring the cost down to one fifth of what the cost is by satellite says Amirzai Sangin He talks excitedly about interest not just from ISPs but from banks and television stations It s like a national information highway and all who want to submit proposals should be able to use it The arrival of a fiber optic network could entice companies to consider opening call centers in Afghanistan says Muhammad Aslam a consultant who has worked on Afghanistan s Internet infrastructure Will the new network be enough But getting a fiber link won t mean Afghanistan will experience its own dot com bubble It may not even rapidly expand Internet users Some of the most pessimistic voices on this front are the ISPs themselves There are some doubts that the network will provide enough bandwidth Mr Yousafzai worries that traffic traversing Afghanistan from other countries will use up the available capacity Mr Aslam says the ministry should have been more ambitious For a 2 percent increase in the cost of the current contract value we could have had world class fiber of great capacity There s also disillusionment over the price the ministry is offering ISPs for

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/new-fiber-optic-network-brings-digital-era-to-afghanistan/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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