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How the Dutch government uses data to predict the weather and prepare for natural disasters


Have you ever wondered what’s behind the weather forecast TV reports? Or who is managing government satellites? Perhaps you’ve wandered across a sensor — where does that data go? In the Netherlands, that data is collected and managed by the KNMI, or the Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut — a.k.a., the government’s meteorological branch. The KNMI forecasts weather, researches climate change, and monitors seismic activity. Their reach goes far beyond the Netherlands. In 2017, the KNMI-built TROPOMI was launched into the atmosphere aboard the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite. Recently, the TROPOMI measured and mapped the decline in nitrogen dioxide concentration over China from…

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Government developers aren’t just nerds


What comes to mind when you think of government developers? Let me guess: Boring, burned-out men who pack the same little sandwiches in tinfoil every day, and talk about the morning traffic during breaks. They sit in grey cubicles, behind two large monitors, fondling their ergonomic mouses until the clock strikes five. Perhaps you think of super nerds — you know, the ones with glasses with tape in the middle, and painfully shy personalities who play Dungeons & Dragons on the weekends. Enter Esmerelda, one of the most outgoing developers you’ll ever meet. When she was little, she wanted to be an…

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How developers will work in 2020


Software development is perpetually in a state of flux. Coders are constantly fighting a battle to keep their skills relevant. Each year brings new methodologies, frameworks, and languages to learn. Within the context of a highly-complex and rapidly changing industry, it’s important to find out which skills, tools, and trends are worthy of your time. Each year, TNW asks the leaders in the software development world for their take. Let’s face it, if anyone’s going to be a fortune-teller for the industry, it’s those working on the front lines. Here’s what they had to say. Automated code analysis will get…

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5 cybersecurity trends that will dominate 2020, according to experts


Just about everyone agrees cybersecurity will be paramount in 2020, and governments and regulatory bodies are already taking action. While GDPR allows citizens in Europe to manage their digital footprint and data, the EU’s Cybersecurity Act provides strong support for member nations to alert one another and act against bad actors. Still, cybersecurity is a difficult line of work. It’s dynamic, and IT pros often feel harrowed by the amount of ground they’re expected to cover. Instead of seeing what new cybersecurity trends will develop in 2020, we thought we’d ask the experts. We polled a massive number of CTOs,…

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