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    expertise and infrastructural support Millions of teachers worldwide will be trained annually under the programme An alliance bringing together Silicon Valley UN agencies and the educational community is taking measured aim at the digital divide in global education avoiding the errors of early attempts to force feed personal computers on schools ill equipped to put them to use Image credits Google Teachers and technology The action plan was adopted recently at a global forum on ICT information and communication technologies in education in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey an industrial and high tech powerhouse in its own right Train and certify one million teachers annually at the knowledge deepening level and at the level of knowledge creation Among the objectives of the partnership are to train and certify one million teachers annually at the technology literacy level one quarter of a million at the knowledge deepening level and 100 000 teachers per year at the level of knowledge creation The first generation of digital aid to education concentrated on shipping as much hardware as possible to developing world institutions said Talal Abu Ghazaleh chairman of the UN s Global Alliance for ICT Development UN GAID But in many cases computers are under utilised by educators without necessary training or tech support and or are discarded because of technical glitches creating hazardous waste situations While continuing to find ways to make hardware available where it is of most benefit the partnership will stress sustainability in terms of helping governments to develop supportive infrastructure and human resource development said Abu Ghazaleh This approach is in line with our philosophy that the drivers of development must be grassroots populations local governments local institutions and local businesses Among the partners joining GAID in the Monterrey Consensus on ICT in Education are the Global

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/making-million-teachers-techsavvy-annually/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    works by that artist can be rebuilt using varying proportions of those simple elements while imitators works cannot The work is reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The mathematical analysis of artworks is a relatively new discipline which gained worldwide attention when it emerged in 1999 that Jackson Pollock s drip paintings could be cast in the mathematics of fractals patterns that repeat at ever smaller scales However the claim that a fractal analysis could be used to identify Pollock like paintings of unknown provenance remains a subject of some controversy Sparse richness Since that time a number of approaches to identify the origins of artworks have been attempted yielding varying degrees of certainty in the results Now Daniel Rockmore of Dartmouth College in the US and his colleagues have shown a straightforward method known as sparse coding that so far appears to be significantly more accurate than previous attempts The method works by dividing digital versions of all of an artist s confirmed works into 144 squares 12 columns of 12 rows each Then a set of basis functions is constructed initially a set of random shapes and forms in black and white A computer then modifies them until for any given cut down piece of the artist s work some subset of the basis functions can be combined in some proportion to recreate the piece The basis functions are refined further to ensure that the smallest possible number of them is required to generate any given piece they are the sparsest set of functions that reproduces the artist s work Image credits BBC Each of an artist s works is cut into 144 pieces 12 rows and 12 columns The team tried the approach on the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder a 16th century

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/computer-coding-helps-spot-art-fakes/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    told the Journal Enabling a mobile phone set for a language however involves more than just printing letters on the number keys Keying in the message is cumbersome on a 12 key handset requiring multiple taps on keys to select some letters It is even harder in languages with more than the 26 letters of English In Hindi spoken by 40 per cent of India s billion plus population texting Namaste can take 21 key presses as the language has 11 vowels and 34 consonants That is where the role of predictive text a user friendly technology that reduces the number of key taps necessary to type in a word when using a limited keypad comes into play Typing Namaste with predictive text takes just six key taps Nuance Corp of Burlington Massachusetts which dominates the predictive text market says that in 2006 cellphone users in India with predictive text in their handsets averaged 70 messages a week those without it averaged 18 The majority of users activate predictive text capability on their phones because according to calculations by Nuance unit Tegic Corp it is 30 per cent faster than using the traditional method of hitting the 2 key once for a twice for b or three times for c with a Roman alphabet Michael Cahill linguistics coordinator for SIL International a Dallas based organisation working to preserve languages said that there were cases where texting was helping to preserve languages by encouraging young people to write in their native tongue Native language boosters in Ireland and Britain have successfully pushed for development of the Gaelic and Welsh languages on mobile phones for texting so they remain relevant for youngsters the Journal said Breandan Mac Craith marketing director for Dublin based Foras na Gaeilge which promotes Gaelic said It s

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/how-sms-can-be-sos-for-endangered-languages/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Endangered Languages a nonprofit that devotes much of its efforts to building searchable talking online dictionaries of rare and endangered languages By studying these real outliers as Harrison calls them he says we get incrementally closer to understanding how language itself works The results of the research are not only on view in the documentary which premiered at Sundance in 2008 but samples of the audio recordings of Kallawaya taken during filming also already appear on the Living Tongues Institute website Moreover Anderson has built online dictionaries with accompanying audio devoted to the Siberian language of Tuvan and the North American Indian language of Siletz Dee ni which is password protected Only members of the tribe can access it Currently the institute is building a new online library of the Indian Munda Ho language a sister language to Sora one of the languages featured in the film Harrison says his goal is to assist small and underrepresented languages in crossing the digital divide Recording the languages and giving them a presence on the Internet helps maintain and grow the number of speakers he says and lends some prestige to speaking a minority language In a particularly powerful moment in the documentary Harrison and Anderson use a laptop to show elderly Chulym speakers video footage of themselves speaking that they ve edited together via iMovie software While sitting around the computer as if it were a campfire the Chulym speakers express a sense of delight at seeing and hearing their recorded voices for the first time To see themselves represented in a high tech way says Anderson in the film says to them that maybe our language isn t so backward maybe I have a knowledge that really is special For Harrison and Anderson documenting languages doesn t always involve Bolivian healing ceremonies with live chicken sacrifices as the film might suggest In fact Harrison says it s much more effective rather than have an outsider linguist going in to train local people to do the documentation With that in mind the Living Tongues Institute has so far given two communities language technology kits which include a laptop computer a digital camera a digital audio recorder and a still camera A University of Oregon graduate student went to the University of Ranchi in eastern India to work with speakers of Ho recording thousands of words from elders that will feed into its corresponding online language dictionary Another kit went to a team of researchers at Gauhati University in Assam in northeastern India to document students in their linguistic department who speak dozens of indigenous languages The tech tools of recent decades like text messaging web pages chat rooms and YouTube are finding use among speakers of indigenous languages says Anderson Margaret Noori a colleague of Anderson s and a professor of literature and linguistics at the University of Michigan is part of a network of Native American Ojibwe speakers who have Facebook networks a website Ojibwe net with easy to download

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/preserving-dying-languages-for-posterity/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    around about five to 10 seconds In tune For users without the original music to hand tech firm Melodis has created a desktop and mobile application called Midomi that aims to work out a tune from the crudest of renditions When someone sings into a phone for instance the program works by listening to the basic melody going in it does not matter whether a person is singing humming or even playing an instrument Image credits BBC Midomi site can work out a tune from someone s singing Melodis chief executive Keyvan Mohajer said the key and tempo is also irrelevant But you do have to be in tune and provide us enough information to be able to match the song he explained For people near tone deaf their singing attempts can also be matched to those of other vocally challenged people If a song is not in our database you can sing or hum that song and save your voice then your voice becomes a fingerprint said Mr Mohajer Next time somebody searches for a song you match their voice to your voice to find the song Musican DNA But humans are still much better at musical matching than computers for instance we can recognise a song even if it is played in a different way Computers are not so sophisticated yet but there are projects aiming to break music down into their constituent building blocks or musical DNA Pandora s Music Genome Project has created a collection of music analysis by analysing the musical qualities of songs These have their musical DNA charted by humans who identify musical chromosomes such as twangy guitars or interesting horn arrangements Machines are then able to provide the user with recommendations based on the results and hopefully to their musical taste Charting

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/technology-develops-a-musical-ear/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    equipped ESPANYA a secondary school based in Nyanza district with 36 computers a one year free internet connection and other accessories valued at Frw 16 million Zulphat Mukarubega MTN board member explained that the donation was arranged through MTN Foundation Rwanda that commits to give back to community as part of their corporate social responsibility She said that supporting education by promoting ICT has been one of the major activities of the giant telecom company in line with the government agenda to achieve a knowledge based economy It s impossible to expect the sustainable development without education she said ICT is a key tool to achieve that and MTN was established to support such an agenda For the MTN board member the foundation s ideal is to reach as many schools as possible across the country by providing them with such ICT tools so as to make easy knowledge upgrade for both students and their teachers by browsing relevant materials on internet With access to internet you can easily do your research online and be updated on different topics that can help you broaden your knowledge she told ESPANYA students urging them to take advantage of the opportunity that will

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    technology ICT sector as well as the opportunities arising from it Participants met in Dubai United Arab Emirates 14 18 October and included Heads of State government ministers corporate CEOs from across the industry ecosystem heads of international agencies thought leaders consultants and academics A dynamic agenda examined the impact of new market players and business models emerging across the ecosystem Debates centred on the roll out of broadband connectivity the challenges of cyberthreats and the need to beef up cybersecurity as well as the vast opportunities unleashed by smart applications in such critical sectors as health education and government services and their role in achieving sustainable development ITU Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré welcomed the diversity of delegates themes and solutions at ITU Telecom World 2012 reminding the audience that this event embraces diversity and celebrates and learns from that diversity Together we are diverse but we are stronger as one and will strive together to meet the challenges of the industry and of the world today Dr Touré said The word World is rightly a part of the name of this event We were hosted this year by the magnificent connected city of the future that is Dubai and look forward to celebrating ITU Telecom World 2013 in the ASEAN gateway city of Bangkok he added The Director General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Mohamed Al Ghanim hailed the many important conclusions reached at ITU Telecom World 2012 on themes as diverse as universal connectivity broadband deployment cybersecurity child online protection and privacy themes which touch upon our daily lives and work everywhere This event represents a sound basis for the exchange of experience at the national regional and international levels that is necessary to deal with these subjects Al Ghanim said ITU Telecom World 2012 was

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    automation Planning Ahead Is Asia s Healthcare Sector Ready for the Future Source Future Gov 2009 In this report researchers sought responses from public sector IT Executives in The People s Republic of China Hong Kong Malaysia The Philippines Singapore Thailand South Korea and Taiwan The survey attracted 169 complete responses in total Image credits Future Gov Cover page of the report The majority of respondents reported that Electronic Record Management ERM of patient information over the coming years will be Very Important or Somewhat Important Hence both frontline staff and the executive office are taking ERM very seriously Most respondents agreed on the importance of Quality Management in ERM especially over data collection and institutional transparency Where outsourcing of IT processes hasn t been fully adopted this may be due to a lack of outsourcing agents that if there are agents they have had difficulties with integrating into the country system or as in the case for China s particular context the survey wasn t able to capture the details of the organisations outsourcing behaviour In areas like Hong Kong Malaysia Singapore and Thailand outsourcing activity has been used for in house printing facilities printer management and document scanning Deciding how to identify and then fill the gaps is a challenge that is especially pressing in the healthcare sector and IT Departments have generally been given autonomy and responsibility to decide how IT budgets will be spent The study also measured the length of time that departments were required to keep patient records even after they were stored digitally The majority of respondents reported that they were legally bound to keep the records from 4 to 10 years In all 172 responses were received before the study was closed in early October 2009 However not all questions were answered

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