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Latency issues in the Edmonton region – resolved

The service in the Edmonton region has been restored by AXIA. The root cause of the issue was AXIA making a capacity change to their link. Their technical team has now reverted that change, and will run further analysis.

Cybera helps oil and gas workers find a new start in data science

When Cybera launched its Data Science Industry Fellowship program, we were amazed by how oversubscribed it quickly became. We expected many post-secondary students or recent grads to apply for the program, which was certainly the case for most of the applicants from Edmonton. What stood out in Calgary was the number of individuals re-tooling their …

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Data transfers and consumer privacy: Cybera’s response to Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Earlier this month, Cybera submitted its response to a consultation issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) on transfers for processing. Specifically, the OPC is reviewing how consent and accountability should apply when a “controller” of an individual’s data transfers it to a third party for “processing”. For example, online stores routinely send …

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How Cybera is helping emerging data scientists and adding value for businesses

When you last went to Tim Hortons, you might have used their new app to get one step closer to a free coffee. The app allows consumers to digitally pay for their purchases, or redeem a coupon, in return for the chance to earn a free drink. To you, there was value in using a …

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The Road To 100

This week, Cybera celebrated an impressive milestone: surpassing our 100th member. This may not seem remarkable to others, but considering we began in 1994 with just two members, and a decade ago were hovering around 20 members, our exponential growth feels pretty remarkable to us. One reason for the major influx of members over the …

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Building a realtor recommendation tool with the help of data science

In the fiercely competitive property market, “location, location, location” is not the only factor that influences success. Having the right realtor can also make the difference between a big gain or a big loss (or a long sell time versus a short sell time). Like many other industries, real estate covers a broad range of …

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Data Science Industry Fellowships

This program is for budding data scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry, and for companies that would like to investigate an in-house data science challenge, at no cost. Cybera’s Data Science Industry Fellowships will help aspiring data scientists gain valuable industry experience by working on a company-specific challenge. This programs …

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Cybera Edmonton Maintenance Notification

Cybera will be performing maintenance on its Edmonton router. Members should expect a few short duration outages (15 minutes) during the maintenance window. 

Emergency network maintenance – tonight

As a follow up to today’s outage, we require an emergency maintenance window later tonight that will result in a few short duration outages as we resolve a related outstanding configuration issue.

How Amii plans to build Alberta’s AI and machine learning capabilities

[This blog is adapted from a post that originally appeared on Digital Alberta in February 2019.] In 2018, after eight years with Cybera, our intrepid vice president of technology, John Shillington, stepped away from his role at our organization to pursue new adventures. John has always been on the vanguard of new ideas and digital challenges, …

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The rise of online education in Alberta (and how administrators are keeping up)

Education administrators in Alberta today face a host of challenges and responsibilities that were unheard of 20 years ago: from managing multiple learning platforms and technologies, to protecting staff and students from cyber threats and privacy intrusions. But what about the administrators at schools that have no physical buildings, but are completely online? Do they …

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An Introduction to Google Secure LDAP

More and more schools and organizations are taking advantage of sign-in tools from Microsoft Azure and Google for their authentication needs. These cloud-based services are often easier to manage than in-house systems, and don’t require any on-premise equipment. And with the increase in web services supporting logins from Google and Microsoft, there seems to be …

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The Origins of Canadian Supercomputing: The Visionary Role of Alberta

As part of Cybera’s 25th Anniversary, we will be publishing stories throughout the year looking back at the major milestones of Alberta computing. This week, we explore the early days of supercomputing in Canada, and how the University of Calgary’s investment in supercomputers helped set the stage for Compute Canada and the National Research and …

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March 8 Outage Assessment

On Friday March 8, Cybera experienced an outage that impacted several of our members. On Friday at 4:50 pm we began maintenance work on the DWDM in Edmonton to reset a backup power supply. This work was successfully completed by 5:00 pm. Shortly after (at 5:10 pm), we started receiving alerts notifying us that the …

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In places with no internet connectivity, Alberta libraries offer a lifeline

When you look at the total geographic region that the Peace Library System covers, you get a good sense of some of the challenges faced by its IT Services Manager, Janet Ayles. Peace Library basically serves the entire top-left corner of Alberta. With 46 libraries spread over 238,000 square kilometres, Ayles sees a broad range …

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Edmonton DWDM issue and subsequent outage – resolved

Category:          Network failure Start Time:        2019-03-08  05:06pm Local time. End Time:          2019-03-08  07:45pm Local time. Status update: Service via Edmonton DWDM is restored. It was found out that the DWDM power supply failed and replacement is done.