In 2015 the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) decided to invest in a mobile solution for data collection. Now, two years later, the ACIAR is getting ready to complete a study with a body of knowledge on the impact of digital data collection apps in agriculture projects. This Q&A with Jack Hetherington, research program coordinator at ACIAR, tells us more about the nine projects used in the evaluation, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
What we are seeing is a diversity between the projects. Some projects are spending significant amounts of time on learning the system with available online resources, while others had to get their surveys completed in a very short time. These results will be documented and publicly shared to help inform the design of future projects.”
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HOW TO PREPARE EMPLOYEES TO WORK WITH AI
Artificial intelligence technologies are advancing at a surprisingly fast rate, and if we want to make the most of its potential, early adoption is key. This article highlights the challenges we might face when utilizing AI in the future, and what we can do today to mitigate these challenges.
But, what does this mean for the workforce? For software developers, data scientists, engineers and the full spectrum of information technology workers, AI is perceived to either be putting their jobs at risk, or changing their responsibilities to accommodate its rapid advancement. While it’s difficult to predict the pace of AI adoption, some of the technology’s most influential leaders and early adopters agree that it’s advancing faster than anticipated. As AI’s development accelerates and implementations spread, it raises the question for workers in tech and other industries: Are my skills still relevant?”
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DIMAGI INC. AND MOUNT SINAI’S ARNHOLD INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH RECEIVE GRAND CHALLENGES EXPLORATIONS GRANT FOR GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH IN GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
We are proud to announce that we received a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award with The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Together we will create an integrated platform that can detect regions that have no available data and are deemed high-risk for malaria, otherwise known as “cold spots.”
Because this approach leverages existing data in a novel way, Dimagi and The Arnhold Institute for Global Health are confident that this solution will be game changing for malaria surveillance. Countries are increasingly deploying digital solutions at the frontline for malaria supply chain management. As these digital solutions are more commonly deployed on smartphones, GPS data is increasingly recorded as part of digital interactions. By combining this frontline data with geospatial analysis from recent satellite imagery, Dimagi and The Arnhold Institute will provide new analytical insights that require no changes to existing frontline digital services — a key ingredient for rapid adoption.”
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Dimagi and Mount Sinai a Grand Challenges award for a similar project, Combating Zika and Future Threats. You can find out more about this project here.
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