All posts on June, 2017


Task Force finds open data’s 2 biggest challenges are finding it and using it when you do find it

Two of the greatest challenges to effectively using open research data are that: even when it is notionally accessible researchers often simply cannot find that data, and if they do find it they cannot use it because of frustrating format variabilities and other compatibility issues, the first report of the Open Research Data Task Force has found.

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VA Gives Thumbs Up to Commercial IT Software

A Veterans Affairs decision to pursue a new direction in processing health records has created a highly visible endorsement of the use of COTS information technology by federal agencies. President Trump cited the VA’s action as an example of the administration’s commitment to vastly improve federal IT management. The sheer size of the VA makes the decision to use an outside contractor noteworthy.

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The paranoid Mac traveler’s 10-point data protection checklist

Here’s an increasingly common scenario: You’re on a business trip, either entering a foreign country or returning home. As you go through customs, a border-control agent asks you to turn on and hand over your iPhone, then starts poking around, looking at your text messages, call logs and apps. The agent then asks you to wake your MacBook, log into your social media accounts and open your email. After the agent reads your tweets and posts for a few minutes, your phone and laptop are taken “for further inspection” — and returned some time later.

Alternatively, the equivalent of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a foreign country declares that all laptops on international flights must be put in checked baggage — a scenario only narrowly averted a few weeks ago. Your company laptop is properly checked in, but when you arrive at your destination, you discover that not only has your bag been searched, but your laptop appears to have been opened and powered on.

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Beach reads for techies 2017

As summer kicks in and professionals get a chance to kick back, some may find their thoughts turning to… books? That’s right: Compiling a summer reading list is an important ritual for many — from diehard bibliophiles to those just looking to escape while relaxing on the beach.

We’re here to help. For the fifth year in a row, Computerworld asked technology professionals from around the country in various positions and industries what books they’re reading right now, what books everybody should read in 2017, and which ones top their lists of all-time great reads for techies. Here’s their take on best-bet books for IT pros this summer and beyond.

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