Tuesday May 23, 2017

Innovating education and educating for innovation: the power of digital technologies and skills is a 2016 publication by the OECD.

Education systems are critically important for innovation through the development of skills that nurture new ideas and technologies. However, whereas digital technologies are profoundly changing the way we work, communication and enjoy ourselves, the world of education and learning is not yet going through the same technology-driven innovation process as other sectors.

This report discusses the available evidence on innovation in education, the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, the role of digital skills and the role of educational industries in the process of innovation.

(Source: OECD)

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Thursday May 18, 2017

Water risk hot spots for agriculture: the case of southwest United States is a 2016 report by the OECD.

This report analyses trends in agriculture for the US Southwest region, one of the most water stressed and productive agricultural regions in the world expected to face further water shortages in the future due to climate change and continued growth.

It examines projected water risks by mid-century without additional policy action, and discusses the expected implications for the agriculture sector, based on a review of existing data and available publications.

Policy options can help mitigate these projected water risks, such as agricultural and urban water efficiency improvements, refined groundwater management, investment in water banks and recycled wastewater systems, and well-defined water transfers.

(Source: OECD)

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Tuesday May 16, 2017

Mapping population density in functional urban areas: a method to downscale population statistics to urban atlas polygons is a 2016 report by the European Union.

Urban Atlas 2012 is a powerful geographical dataset that describes land use/land cover at high spatial resolution for nearly 700 European Functional Urban Areas of more than 50,000 inhabitants in 31 European countries.

The objective of the work described in this report was to enrich the Urban Atlas dataset by including estimates of residential population at the vector polygon level.

For numerous Functional Urban Areas for which population data were previously only available at coarse resolution, these newly released estimates represent a significant increase in spatial resolution, enabling diverse fine scale analyses for the whole Urban Atlas dataset.

(Source: European Union)

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