The role of Computing Research in Sustainability

Research in computer and information science and engineering (CISE) is the focus of the CCC report on “Science, Engineering, and Education of Sustainability: The Role of Information Sciences and Engineering” Adequatly adressing sustainability problems from the perspective of CISE are critical for addressing core problems, in which CISE researchers must be central to interdisciplinary teams. The report depicts an ecosystem for sustainable research, focused on BigData as the foremost challenge in sustainability science and engineering

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Open Data in Science is more sustainable

Open Knowledge FoundationOpening content implies a sustainable use and re-use of information  and status validation within the scientific community. Open Data in Science would avoid duplication efforts and thus be more sustainable. Even if there is a default mechanism of sharing knowledge already practiced by scientific researchers, this system needs to be changed and made functional. More information in this Open Knowledge Foundation blog post about Rufus Pollock’s interview.

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TSRI becomes a new Organic.Balkanet silent partner

TSRI has been be approved by the Organic.Balkanet Leonardo da Vinci  Transfer of Innovation project consortium as a new silent partner. This decision was taken by unanimity by representatives of all partner institutions in the last Organic.Balkanet meeting in Maribor, Slovenia. As in other EU funded initiatives, TSRI  will provide studies and solutions for sustainability issues related to the project outcomes.

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Sustainable Agriculture Urgently Needed

Food Futures Now reportThere is now widespread recognition that a rapid shift from industrial monoculture to sustainable farming is needed to save the climate and guarantee food security for all. See source from UN Agencies

Dr Mae-Wan Ho and collagues explain in the Food Futures Now report how organic agriculture and localised food and energy systems can potentially compensate for all greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities and free us from fossil fuels.

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Sustainable models in the digital age

FCForum.net

The FCForum has published a declaration and how-to on Sustainable models for creativity in the digital age. The declaration enacts a re-thinking of the economic structures that have been financing culture up until now, which may have become anachronistic and detrimental to civil society. The report deals with several fields of observation, from music to publishing to film-making to software. It describes new sources of sustainability and a general framework based in cooperation versus competition. It also provides a handful bibliography related with sustainability in the digital creation sector.

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Programmed obsolescence

Why electronic products lifetime is so short? Is it compatible an ilimited production system with a finite resource planet?
An extremely interesting doc about programmed obsolescence.
Hoping it not be deprecated.

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New Organic.Mednet silent partner

TSRI has been be approved by the Organic.Mednet project consortium as a new silent partner. TSRI  will provide studies and solutions for sustainability issues related to the project outcomes. The decision was taken by the project consortium during the 3rd project meeting taking place on Dec 9th in Athens, Greece. Further agreements with the Organic.Balkanet project consortium are under way.


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