疫情為本地創科帶來機遇 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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和新上任的創新及科技局局長薛永恒認識已有20多年,他一向以實幹見稱,任職機電工程署署長時,推出了一個創科網上配對平台(E&M InnoPortal),專門為政府和公營機構對新科技需求配對大學及初創企業的創科項目,該署同時更為機電項目做成效驗證,推動研發成果落地,令人印象深刻。 繼續閱讀

Spatial data ecosystem key to unleash data potential – EJ Insight

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The Legislative Council’s Establishment Subcommittee Meeting held in January discussed the Development Bureau’s request for additional staff to oversee the promotion of the common spatial data infrastructure (CSDl). The participating councillors have prepared well for the meeting and raised very specific questions. One pointed out that the data should be connected to the geographic location, so that different information related to the same location can be connected for the convenience of research and development of applications.

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Efficient coordination inside and outside the government is the key to open data – Harbour Times

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The first global COVID-19 dashboard by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) of the United States has received enthusiastic response around the world. The dashboard attracts an average of 1.2 billion views per day. It is an exemplar of the benefits of open data – and how quickly it can be deployed to good effect when the will is there. Hong Kong cannot use the COVID-19 crisis or other pettier considerations stand in its way to securing the obvious benefits of open data. 繼續閱讀

協調開放數據拓智慧城市 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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美國約翰.霍普金斯大學(John Hopkins University)今年1月下旬推出首個全球新冠疫情儀表板,反應熱烈,每天瀏覽次數平均達12億。不說不知,這儀表板最初是由一位中國博士生開發,他早已留意內地疫情,其研究方向正是以數學模型探討傳染病學趨勢和公共健康的問題,加上大學本身備有所需軟硬件,因此他在導師、系統科學和工程中心總監勞倫.加德納(Lauren Gardner)支援下,儀表板很快便面世。 繼續閱讀

How to keep calm amid the pandemic – EJ Insight

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We don’t know when the Covid-19 pandemic will end, but many experts are asking us to be prepared for a long lasting war. David Ho, the world’s famous AIDS researcher who is currently developing a treatment for Covid-19, confessed that the virus would be troubling us for longer than envisaged, just like the widespread of smallpox in the past which took 20 years for humans to completely wipe it out.

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Criteria for scarce resource allocation – EJ Insight

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Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus. According to the figures from the mainland China, the mortality rate at the age of 50 or above reaches 1.3% while the death rate at the age of 80 or above reaches 14.8%, more than 10 times. That may explain the reason why Italy has the highest mortality rate under the current pandemic that 23% of its citizens are over 65 years old. 繼續閱讀

【新冠肺炎】呼吸機應該如何分配 只由數據決定? – 香港經濟日報

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不少人認為意大利的新冠肺炎疫情之所以死亡率超過12%,是因為它的人口嚴重老化,有23%國民是超過65歲的長者;而眾所皆知,這個病毒對長者特別不利:根據內地數字,50歲或以上的死亡率達1.3,80歲以上的更飈升10多倍至14.8%。 繼續閱讀

Crisis revives moral questions about survival – South China Morning Post

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The Covid-19 mortality rate in Italy is over 12 per cent, the world’s highest, partly due to its rapidly ageing population, with 23 per cent of citizens aged 65 or older. Yet Japan, the world’s No. 1 ageing country, has a Covid-19 mortality rate of only over 2 per cent. The reason may be that the countries allocate treatment resources differently. 繼續閱讀

Hydroponics: a smart way to stablise food supply – Harbour Times

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Food of the future

We have enjoyed the convenience brought by the globalisation of food and grain. Almost all of Hong Kong’s foods are imported. More than half of its rice is from Thailand, while Vietnam supplies 25 percent. As for pork, since the outbreak of African Swine Fever last year, Hong Kong has imported more frozen meat from Brazil, Thailand, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, and France, instead of live pigs from the mainland. 繼續閱讀