Seventeen teams spent the weekend building apps, models and other innovations as part of the province’s second annual open data contest at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The top prize was awarded to Daniel Arantes, Rodolfo Garcia, Mohannad Hameed, Jennifer LaPlante and Duane Malone for using immigration and population data to build an app helping immigrants to Nova Scotia find communities and networks based on their interests. Cory MacRae and Priyanka Kochhar earned second place for their analysis of long-term care in Nova Scotia using census and waitlist data. Third place went to Ryan Gorringe, Keara Leibovitz and Yuanyuan Shi who analyzed groundwater and climate change data to predict severity of flood seasons across Nova Scotia. Teams voted for their favorite innovation and selected Chris Adams’ app determining how road closures affect traffic patterns to receive the People’s Choice Award. The app uses boundary and road network data to create an interactive, visual tool. The team of Benjamin DeLong and Stewart Rand received honourable mention for their app created using Crown land, wildlife management and hunting license vendor data to show hunters what game can be hunted when and where. Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab congratulated the teams for using data from Nova Scotia’s open data portal to create opportunities or tackle problems in new and interesting ways. “Data in the hands of curious and creative people spurs innovation – and that benefits everyone,” said Ms. Arab. “The teams went above and beyond when we asked them to show us what was possible. I am impressed by the products and solutions created using open data.” The portal has been continually updated since it was launched in 2016. There are more than 670 data collections and views publicly available, including some information previously only available for a fee. The data is in easy-to-work-with formats so everyone can use and share it to discover something new. The website is data.novascotia.ca .
Alert neighbours of Recht-Door-Zee Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara prevented a robbery from being executed as they got wind of what was transpiring and alerted the home owner.Sheila Griffith, 58, the owner of the home, related that she was returning home in the early afternoon hours when a neighbour alerted her that someone was inside her house.By the time this information was verified and calls were made to the Police, the suspect had escaped through a window in the kitchen.“I came home around 01:00h, and the neighbour told me not to go into my yard because someone is in my house. I called the Police, but by then they already escaped through the kitchen window,” Griffith detailed.When she entered the home, she discovered it completely ransacked, and the bandits had accumulated some items which they were attempting to steal.“My whole house was tumbled up. They empty my wardrobe and break down my bedroom door. They done had things pack up, like the TV and computer and so; but they didn’t get to carry anything,” she detailed.Griffith is convinced that she could have been harmed had she entered the home unknowingly.The traumatised woman has said that while nothing was stolen from her home, many robberies have occurred in the area because of the lack of Police presence.“I know other persons in the area who have been robbed. I came home and I was traumatised, because if they didn’t call, I would’ve come in the house and he could have done me anything. I think we need more policing groups in these areas,” she declared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits invade home of NA woman in robberyJanuary 8, 2019In “Crime”Fire destroys house in Agricola – female occupant appeals for helpMay 11, 2016In “latest news”Bandits targeting Eccles housing scheme – as residents cry out for helpSeptember 25, 2016In “Crime”