by Angela Guess According to a recent press release, ?Atmosera, a premier Tier-I Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), today announced its Azure Migration Assessment Program for organizations focused on transitioning website infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. The new program includes the only free assessment of its kind to evaluate website workloads and performance data to develop [?]
Click to learn more about author Cathy Nolan. What is a Privacy Impact Assessment? A Privacy Impact Assessment, or PIA, is an analysis of how personally identifiable information (PII) is collected, used, shared, and maintained. Why do it? If your organization needs to comply with the GDPR, a PIA will demonstrate that program managers and system [?]
Habitat loss is the most important threat to species survival, and the efficient selection of priority areas is fundamental for good systematic conservation planning. Using amphibians as a conservation target, we designed an innovative assessment strategy, showing that prioritization models focused on functional, phylogenetic, and taxonomic diversity can include cost-effectiveness?based assessments of land values. We report new key conservation sites within the Brazilian Atlantic Forest hot spot, revealing a congruence of ecological and evolutionary patterns. We suggest payment for ecosystem services through environmental set-asides on private land, establishing potential trade-offs for ecological and evolutionary processes. Our findings introduce additional effective area-based conservation parameters that set new priorities for biodiversity assessment in the Atlantic Forest, validating the usefulness of a novel approach to cost-effectiveness?based assessments of conservation value for other species-rich regions.
Data-Ed Webinar: Implementing the Data Management Maturity Model (DMM) ? Within, Without, With-Shake-It-All-About from DATAVERSITY To view the On Demand recording of this presentation, click HERE>> About the Webinar The Data Management Maturity (DMM) model is a framework for the evaluation and assessment of an organization?s data management capabilities. This model?based on the Capability Maturity ?
Information about weather and climate is vital for many areas of decision-making, particularly under conditions of increasing vulnerability and uncertainty related to climate change. We have quantified the global commercial supply of weather and climate information services. Although government data are sometimes freely available, the interpretation and analysis of those data, alongside additional data collection, are required to formulate responses to specific challenges in areas such as health, agriculture, and the built environment. Using transactional data, we analyzed annual spending by private and public organizations on commercial weather and climate information in more than 180 countries by industrial sector, region, per capita, and percentage of GDP (gross domestic product) and against the country?s climate and extreme weather risk. There are major imbalances regarding access to these essential services between different countries based on region and development status. There is also no relationship between the level of climate and weather risks that a country faces and the level of per capita spending on commercial weather and climate information in that country. At the international level, action is being taken to improve access to information services. With a better understanding of the flows of commercial weather and climate information, as explored in this study, it will be possible to tackle these regional and development-related disparities and thus to increase resilience to climate and weather risks.
As the human population grows and increasingly encroaches on remaining wildlife habitat, hunting threatens many species. Benítez-López et al. conducted a large-scale meta-analysis of hunting trends and impacts across the tropics (see the Perspective by Brashares and Gaynor). Bird and mammal populations were considerably lower in areas where hunting occurred. Although commercial hunting and proximity to roads and urban centers were the most damaging factors, all hunting had worrying impacts, even in protected areas. Protection and alternative approaches for sustainable subsistence hunting must be implemented soon if we are to prevent further, rapid defaunation.
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Of all the banned persistent organic pollutants listed under the Stockholm Convention ([ 1 ]), the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) pose the greatest difficulty in remediation because of their relative abundance, toxicity, and environmental persistence, even relative to other organochlorines ([ 2
We?ve all heard of the many horrors of poor Data Quality. Companies with millions of records with ?(000)000-0000? as customer contact numbers, ?99/99/99? as date of purchase, 12 different gender values, shipping addresses with no state information etc.
by Angela Guess A recent press release reports, ?Extreme Networks, Inc. today introduced the Information Governance Engine, an optional add-on to the ExtremeManagement? product portfolio, enabling CISOs and CIOs to establish and maintain a clinical baseline that demonstrates compliance with HIPAA and PCI standards for their mission-critical networks. The Information Governance Engine provides an automated ?
Click to learn more about author Tejasvi Addagada. Data Management and Data Governance enables us to harness the right data fit for raising an organization?s confidence and trust in its data. There is definite value associated by leveraging the right data and at the same time, there is also risk associated with data and its operations. Risk and Value are ?
Deep coral reefs (that is, mesophotic coral ecosystems) can act as refuges against major disturbances affecting shallow reefs. It has been proposed that, through the provision of coral propagules, such deep refuges may aid in shallow reef recovery; however, this ?reseeding? hypothesis remains largely untested. We conducted a genome-wide assessment of two scleractinian coral species with contrasting reproductive modes, to assess the potential for connectivity between mesophotic (40 m) and shallow (12 m) depths on an isolated reef system in the Western Atlantic (Bermuda). To overcome the pervasive issue of endosymbiont contamination associated with de novo sequencing of corals, we used a novel subtraction reference approach. We have demonstrated that strong depth-associated selection has led to genome-wide divergence in the brooding species Agaricia fragilis (with divergence by depth exceeding divergence by location). Despite introgression from shallow into deep populations, a lack of first-generation migrants indicates that effective connectivity over ecological time scales is extremely limited for this species and thus precludes reseeding of shallow reefs from deep refuges. In contrast, no genetic structuring between depths (or locations) was observed for the broadcasting species Stephanocoenia intersepta , indicating substantial potential for vertical connectivity. Our findings demonstrate that vertical connectivity within the same reef system can differ greatly between species and that the reseeding potential of deep reefs in Bermuda may apply to only a small number of scleractinian species. Overall, we argue that the ?deep reef refuge hypothesis? holds for individual coral species during episodic disturbances but should not be assumed as a broader ecosystem-wide phenomenon.
People with hemophilia?a chronic genetic bleeding disorder?manage their disease with blood-clotting protein replacement therapy. But in some patients, these protein drugs?factor VIII (FVIII) and factor IX (FIX)?can spur production of antibodies that block the factors? functions and thwart successful management of disease. Now, Lamberth and colleagues devise a way to predict a protein?s immunogenicity during drug development.
New, or neo, antigens can form during the engineering of a protein analog, and this can affect the immunogenicity of a protein drug. For example, a clinical trial testing a recombinant FVIIa (rFVIIa) analog in hemophilia patients had to be discontinued in phase 3 because of the development of anti-rFVIIa antibodies. The authors used a computational approach coupled with wet-lab experiments to show that anti-rFVIIa antibodies were likely elicited by neo-epitopes in the engineered rFVIIa protein analog. Patients with certain human leucocyte antigen (HLA) types produced anti-drug antibodies, which implies a neo-epitope?driven immune response and a possible screening procedure for recombinant therapeutic proteins.