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Informing Science Volume One: Concepts and Systems

By T. Grandon Gill
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The two volume Informing Science series is the first attempt to survey and synthesize research in the informing science transdiscipline. Part textbook, part collection of readings, the two volumes present both important research findings relating to the field and highlight fertile directions for future research. Volume One: Concepts and Systems focuses on the key building blocks of informing science. It begins with an overview of the transdiscipline, tracing its evolution from Cohen’s original proposal to its present state. Next, it considers a series of concepts that frequently elude attempts at rigorous definition. Among these: theory, research, information, knowledge and complexity. With working definitions established, it goes on to explore basic systems theory, introducing the concept of an informing system. The key elements of such systems—the channel, the sender/informer, and the receiver/client—are then examined individually. The volume concludes with two overview chapters. The first of these looks at the analysis of a basic informing system, in which a single informer interacts directly with a clearly specified client or set of clients. The last chapter extends these ideas to the more complex topologies (e.g., multiple channels, multiple informers, multiple clients, layers of informing) that are more typical in real world informing contexts.

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  • Pdf File: e-systems-for-the-21st-century.pdf

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E-based systems and computer networks are becoming standard practice across all sectors, including health, engineering, business, education, security, and citizen interaction with local and national government. With contributions from researchers and practitioners from around the world, this two-volume book discusses and reports on new and important developments in the field of e-systems, covering a wide range of current issues in the design, engineering, and adoption of e-systems.

Learning Objects

By Keith Harman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Informing Science
  • Book Code : 8392233751
  • Total of Pages : 395
  • Category : Education, Higher
  • Members : 575
  • Pdf File: learning-objects.pdf

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Gaming and Simulations: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications

By Management Association, Information Resources
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Book Code : 1609601963
  • Total of Pages : 2164
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Members : 709
  • Pdf File: gaming-and-simulations.pdf

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"This book set unites fundamental research on the history, current directions, and implications of gaming at individual and organizational levels, exploring all facets of game design and application and describing how this emerging discipline informs and is informed by society and culture"--Provided by publisher.

Information and Beyond: Part II

By Eli Cohen
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  • Publisher : Informing Science
  • Book Code : 1932886044
  • Total of Pages : 376
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 359
  • Pdf File: information-and-beyond.pdf

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Unsettled

By Steven E. Koonin
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  • Publisher : BenBella Books
  • Book Code : 195329524X
  • Total of Pages : 321
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 307
  • Pdf File: unsettled.pdf

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"Unsettled is a remarkable book—probably the best book on climate change for the intelligent layperson—that achieves the feat of conveying complex information clearly and in depth." —Claremont Review of Books "Surging sea levels are inundating the coasts." "Hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming fiercer and more frequent." "Climate change will be an economic disaster." You've heard all this presented as fact. But according to science, all of these statements are profoundly misleading. When it comes to climate change, the media, politicians, and other prominent voices have declared that "the science is settled." In reality, the long game of telephone from research to reports to the popular media is corrupted by misunderstanding and misinformation. Core questions—about the way the climate is responding to our influence, and what the impacts will be—remain largely unanswered. The climate is changing, but the why and how aren't as clear as you've probably been led to believe. Now, one of America's most distinguished scientists is clearing away the fog to explain what science really says (and doesn't say) about our changing climate. In Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters, Steven Koonin draws upon his decades of experience—including as a top science advisor to the Obama administration—to provide up-to-date insights and expert perspective free from political agendas. Fascinating, clear-headed, and full of surprises, this book gives readers the tools to both understand the climate issue and be savvier consumers of science media in general. Koonin takes readers behind the headlines to the more nuanced science itself, showing us where it comes from and guiding us through the implications of the evidence. He dispels popular myths and unveils little-known truths: despite a dramatic rise in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures actually decreased from 1940 to 1970. What's more, the models we use to predict the future aren't able to accurately describe the climate of the past, suggesting they are deeply flawed. Koonin also tackles society's response to a changing climate, using data-driven analysis to explain why many proposed "solutions" would be ineffective, and discussing how alternatives like adaptation and, if necessary, geoengineering will ensure humanity continues to prosper. Unsettled is a reality check buoyed by hope, offering the truth about climate science that you aren't getting elsewhere—what we know, what we don't, and what it all means for our future.

Library Automation: Core Concepts and Practical Systems Analysis, 3rd Edition

By Dania Bilal
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1591589231
  • Total of Pages : 279
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 182
  • Pdf File: library-automation.pdf

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Recent advances in technology such as cloud computing, recent industry standards such as RFID, bibliographic standards like RDA and BIBFRAME, the increased adoption of open source integrated library systems (ILS), and continued shift in users' expectations have increased the complexity of the decision regarding ILS for all types of libraries. • Addresses a key question: Should media centers and small libraries focus only on commercially available software, or would it be advantageous to choose open source software? • Provides an in-depth treatment of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC) and a six-phase systems analysis and design approach • Covers a wide range of topics, including open source software selection and evaluation, joining consortia, designing and developing in-house integrated automated library systems (ILS), usability principles and assessment methods, and project management