HK$500 million City I&T Grand Challenge opens unlimited business opportunities in geospatial information – Harbour Times

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Spatial data has great commercial and practical value which Hong Kong has yet to realise. Why doesn’t the government consider making use of the HK$500 million hackathon proposed two years ago by the Chief Executive to encourage real-life application of this data?

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Geographic information is both valuable and marketable – EJ Insight

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When we grade the major events in the map industry within the first half of the year, Facebook’s acquisition of a startup Mapillary is definitely one of them. What is Mapillary? Many drivers have such experience: The road that was still clear not long ago was obstructed, and the driver was forced to change to another route, causing unforeseen delay. This seven-year-old Swedish startup has been working with the public to collect and bring together hundreds of millions of street images from around the world to update city maps continuously.

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How to add one million niches? – EJ Insight

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In a place where land is scarce like Hong Kong, the housing problem not only exists for people alive, but also for those after death. Everyone is resistant to the setting up of funeral area near their homes, afraid of the bad “feng shui" and their property price being adversely affected. These make it difficult to set up columbarium niches.

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如何發展生態旅遊 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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自2016年開始,香港不少中小學參加了Map in Learning(MiL)計劃,運用免費的地理資訊系統(GlS)軟件從事專題研習,至今已有二百多間學校、超過1500師生曾參與相關活動。當中研究過的課題非常多元化,由熱島效應、休憩用地、貧富和人口特徵的關係,以至親身到新界進行田野考察土地用途變化等。5年來,這個軟件協助同學利用電子地圖連結多種空間數據,整理歸納後發掘出多種可能性。有時他們提出的解決方案也許有待完善,但在過程中學習如何應對難題,經驗肯定終身受用。令人欣喜的是,MiL這個原本今年完結的計劃會延續多5年,令更多年輕人受惠。

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香港最危險路段 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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過去半年大中小學停課, 但不少人停課不停學,一群大專學生便以所思所學,以地理資訊系統(GlS)分析自選的議題並尋求解決方案,參加今年的「Esri青年學人大賽」。看到他們的得獎作品,你不能不佩服年輕人廣闊的視野、對社會的關懷和勇於創新的思維。

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Get ready for the typhoon season – EJ Insight

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According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2019 was the second warmest year on record, with the five years from 2015 to 2019 being the five warmest since recording. The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) also confirmed that May of 2020 was much hotter than usual. The monthly mean temperature of 27.7 degrees in May was 1.8 degrees above the normal figures. Moreover, the annual mean temperature this year is expected to be above normal, very likely to be among the top 10 warmest on record.

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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