Millennium Development Goals & Measuring Progress

26 07 2013

 

I was reading Mr. Bill Gates’ latest blog, from Gates Notes & the Annual Newsletter and wanted to highlight Mr. Gates’ comment about measuring progress-

“I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal-in a feedback loop”

Bill Gates

You can read more about “Measuring Progress” here.

 

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Also, an infographic of the development goals- it would be good to gain access to the data that we can use to measure the progress of these goals, through various tools- Big Data, intuitive Visual Tools, predictive analytics, open data and open source intelligence (OSINT), including social media (and analytics); though these tools are available now, it seems like we are slow to leverage & exploit their power:

“Eight goals- Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)- aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people have brought new focus to the highest priorities in health and development”

You can read more about the Millennium Development Goals through the Annual Letter by Bill Gates here.

 

Bill Gates- getting a closer look at charts documenting rural health progress at the Germana Gale Health Post in Ethiopia. Over the past year I’ve been impressed with progress in using data and measurement to improve the human condition (Dalocha, Ethiopia, 2012).

 

ciao

mags

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Global Identity Ecosystem

10 04 2013

NSTIC on the Global Identity Stage:
http://nstic.blogs.govdelivery.com/2013/04/09/nstic-on-the-global-identity-stage-2/

More about ID Ecosystem- created to administer the development of policy, standards, and accreditation processes for the Identity Ecosystem Framework:
http://www.idecosystem.org/

 

ciao

jsmags





Windows 8 Consumer Preview

29 02 2012

February 29th 2012

Microsoft today kicked off the launch of its Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Windows head kicked off the event and he revealed that Microsoft has made over 100,000 major code changes to Windows 8 since the Developer Preview was released in September 2011.

Learn more about Windows 8 Consumer Preview here.

Download and test drive Windows 7 Consumer Preview at this link.

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See what’s new

Swipe, slide, and zoom

Touch a full-powered PC. It’s fast and it’s fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control.

  • More
  • Apps, front and center

    Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store.

    • More
    • Your Windows, everywhere

      Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.

Wall-to-wall web

Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview brings you immersive web browsing on screens big and small.

The familiar, made better

Still devoted to your mouse and keyboard? Windows 8 makes the tried-and-true feel brand new.

The Windows Experience Blog

Read this Windows Experience Blog entry for some tips on getting started with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Behind the scenes

Meet the engineering team

Check out a short video for an informal look at Windows 8 from one of the teams that built it.

Building Windows 8

Get the latest news and the inside scoop on the development process from the Windows 8 engineering team blog.

The product guide

Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for more in-depth, detailed info on this release.

 

ciao

mags





Gates Foundation’s New Campus

31 10 2011

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In June 2011, the foundation will consolidate its operations on a new campus at 500 Fifth Avenue North, across from the Seattle Center, in the heart of the city.

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We want the campus to be a place that inspires and creates optimism and hope, and a hub for innovation and gatherings of experts from many fields, perspectives, and countries who are dedicated to improving lives here and around the world.

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“Our campus will be built to reflect our values and mission– to reduce iniquity, to promote health and opportunity and to ensure that every person, regardless of his or her life circumstances, can live up to his or her true potential. This work may span the globe, but it will always remain rooted in our home of Seattle and the valleys of the Pacific Northwest ”

William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

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Read more about Gates Foundation’s guiding principles here.

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Melinda Gates, Bill Gates and Bill Gates Sr.

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“The headquarters will reflect our values and beliefs”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

 

Downtown Seattle, Washington

This video spotlights our new campus near the Seattle Center, where we will move in the spring of 2011. Sustainable design elements, including water- and energy-saving features and over half an acre of green roofs, will help reduce our energy consumption while making the campus a beautiful and welcome addition to the community. The campus will also have a visitor center housing interactive exhibits that showcase the work of our grantees and partners.

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“…it will be built sustainably with water and energy saving features throughout”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

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“This work may span the globe, but it will always remain rooted in our home of Seattle and the valleys of the Pacific Northwest ”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

 

ciao

mags





“Adventures of Tintin” the movie

25 10 2011

New trailer has just been posted at Apple trailers– looks amazing!

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And more recently a BBC article celebrated the upcoming movie:

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ciao

mags





World’s 1st Virtual Oil & Gas Summit

18 10 2011

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Digital Oilfield Virtual Summit, October 18-19th 2011

Though I have moved on from Oil & Gas space to Public Safety, National Security & Defense (PS&NS) space, I joined the virtual summit because the technologies and many of the concepts, the learning and the thought processes used in O&G is cutting edge and hence applicable across Industries, including PS&NS industry. Beyond the content, I was also interested to learn more about how the virtual summit was presented as it is unique to be applied in such a grand scale- especially for an Industry summit. So far, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the summit; great job- I really see a new standard & bench mark in such virtual events.

Lobby:

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Quick access to common tools:

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Contents stored in a virtual briefcase:

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Virtual Auditorium:

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Session listing/content:

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Discussion board:

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Exhibit Hall:

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Exhibit Halls:

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ciao

mags





Steve Jobs

5 10 2011

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You have left behind a great legacy- you have lived well- you will be greatly missed; thank you for your inspiration and for being an amazing human being- God bless!

Oct 5th 2011

 

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Mr. Bill Gates’ statement about Mr. Steve Jobs