Radical Open Innovation News week 2-2019

Welcome to our weekly selection of digital innovation news. Created using our opinionated automated selection algorithm with a twisted text rank summary creator. We present some top innovation news to get you thinking, debating and collaboration on making our world better.

1 NLP Architect

NLP Architect is an open-source Python library for exploring the state-of-the-art deep learning topologies and techniques for natural language processing and natural language understanding. It is intended to be a platform for future research and collaboration. It got a some updates end of 2018 so keep watching this library, since knowing how to explain, analyze and improve TensorFlow models will become rapidly more important . This library can of course also be found in the Free and Open Machine Learning Book.

(NLP Architect)

2 Lessons Learned for Project Managers

In 2019 we all should take some time to learn form lessons learned. Most problems are not completely new and good solutions already exist. Since our projects are not that more complex as NASA projects, take a look at this NASA lessons learned. With some nice quotes of course:

  • Experience may be fine but testing is better.
  • Talk is not cheap. The best way to understand a personnel or technical problem is to talk to the right people. Lack of talk at the right levels is deadly.
  • Reviews, meetings, and reality have little in common.

(Lessons Learned for Project Managers)

3 Groovy 3.0.0-alpha-4 Released

Apache Groovy is a multi-faceted programming language for the JVM. Further details can be found at the http://groovy.apache.org website. We expect this to be the last “alpha” release of Groovy 3.0.0 as we shift our focus to releasing this next version of Groovy. 2018 was an exciting year for Groovy with download numbers going over 100M in 2018 for the first time. This is a pre- release of a new version of Groovy.

(Apache Foundation)

4 Jono Bacon: Using The ‘IKEA Effect’ To Improve Collaboration

Integrate identity and team spirit into collaboration Our sense of identity plays a primary role in the Ikea Effect. The core of the Ikea Effect is based on our relationship to labor. Harnessed well, the Ikea Effect can produce pride in creation. Teachers do this when kids reach new academic achievements. We all need great work to be celebrated ; it builds our confidence.. As such, temper the “over-value” element of the Ikea Effect with my other suggestions, but bolster the pride component by highlighting great work when it occurs.

(Planet Ubuntu)

5 AWS ParallelCluster is now available in AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

AWS ParallelCluster’s source code is hosted under the Amazon Web Services repository on GitHub at AWS ParallelCluster is now available in AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region. AWS ParallelCluster is available at no additional charge, and you pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your applications. AWS ParallelCluster reduces the operational overhead of cluster management and simplifies running HPC workloads on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster facilitates both quick-start proof of concepts (POCs) and production deployments. AWS ParallelCluster is released via the Python Package Index (PyPI). AWS ParallelCluster is a fully supported and maintained open source cluster management tool that makes it easy for scientists, researchers, and IT administrators to deploy and manage High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters in the AWS cloud.

(Amazon Web Services)

6 A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think

But what if we don’t know what to ask — what if we want the AI system to explain itself? That’s fine for computers, but humans don’t think that way. If your concept doesn’t pass this test, then the TCAV will say, “I don’t know. That’s what the TCAV work is about. TCAV lets humans ask an AI if certain concepts matter to it. They don’t want to be given a set of concepts — they want to tell the model the concepts that they are interested in.

(Quanta Magazine)

7 A Python package to facilitate the user-friendly submission of plant and fungal DNA barcoding sequences to ENA

A user-friendly software tool is needed that streamlines the file preparation for database submissions of DNA sequences that are commonly generated in plant and fungal DNA barcoding. Despite the centrality of database submissions to biological research, the range of available software tools that facilitate the preparation of sequence data for database submissions is low, especially for sequences generated via plant and fungal DNA barcoding. A Python package was developed that converts DNA sequences from the common EMBL and GenBank flat file formats to submission-ready, tab-delimited spreadsheets (so-called ‘checklists’) for a subsequent upload to the annotated sequence section of the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA).

(PLOS ONE)

8 Agile research

In this paper we ask: “how might we take the ideas, the methods and the underlying philosophy behind agile software development and explore applying them in the context of doing research — even research that does not involve software development?” We look at some examples of agile research methods and think about how they might inspire the design of even better methods. We also try to address some potential criticisms of an approach that aims to minimize a need for Big Design Up Front by developing tighter iteration cycles, coupled with reflection and learning as part of a process for doing research.

(First Monday)

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