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.
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
The central government has recently issued a master plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development to spur growth in Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in Guangdong province including Guangzhou and Shenzhen — China’s Silicon Valley. The Bay Area is home to some 70 million people and has a combined GDP of about 10 trillion yuan ($1.49 trillion) in 2017, roughly equivalent to that of South Korea. 繼續閱讀
My trip to the United States to participate in the Esri User Conference in July was very fruitful. The five-day conference showcased new geographic information system (GlS) applications for 18,000 GIS users around the world. Some countries are taking advantage of information technology to gap-jump their development, which is very impressive. 繼續閱讀
Artificial intelligence (Al) is regarded as a key to drive the world’s future development. Although Europe and the United States are dominated by private enterprises, while the Mainland China is led by national entities, the core of AI formation, in fact, is rested on available top-notch talent. The 2017 Global AI Talent White Paper released by the Tencent Research Institute in December last year stated that there are approximately 300,000 AI researchers and practitioners in the world, while the market demand for AI talent is in millions. In the first 10 months of 2017, the demand for AI talent was twice of that in 2016. The report suggests that the bottleneck is education – though there are 20,000 graduates from related disciplines each year, the number is far from adequate to meet the demand. 繼續閱讀