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Composite Software Construction By Jean-Jacques Dubray
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Composite Software offers a new level of granularity when compared to SaaS (Software as a Service). Composite Software is about enabling "right-sourcing", i.e. move (or keep) arbitrary... More > small or large elements of functionality wherever it is the most cost effective to operate them, not just entire systems. Economically, "right-sourcing" is far more efficient than "outsourcing" and SaaS. Despite the tremendous benefits of composite software, the software industry is holding back the development of a composite programming model though major pieces of the model have been realized recently. The goal of this book is start by understanding today’s software construction processes and technologies and explore why and how it should be evolved to support core composition mechanisms.< Less
My Creativity Reader, A Critique of Creative Industries By Geert Lovink & Ned Rossiter
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about the book: The MyCreativity Reader is a collection of critical research into the creative industries. The material develops out of the MyCreativity Convention on Int. Creative Industries... More > Research held in Amsterdam, November 2006. This two-day conference sought to bring the trends and tendencies around the creative industries into critical question. The “creative industries” concept was initiated by the UK Blair government in 1997 to revitalise de-industrialised urban zones. Gathering momentum after being celebrated in Richard Florida’s best-seller The Creative Class (2002), the concept mobilised around the world as the zeitgeist of creative entrepreneurs and policy-makers. Despite the euphoria surrounding the creative industries, there has been very little critical research that pays attention to local and national and variations, working conditions, the impact of restrictive intellectual property regimes and questions of economic sustainability.< Less
Information Societies and Digital Divides By Bernardo Sorj
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The book argues ICT are part of the set of goods and services that determine quality of life, social inequality and the chances for economic development. Therefore understanding the digital divide... More > demands a broader discussion of the place of ICT within each society and in the international system. The author argues against the perspectives that either isolates ICT from other basic social goods (in particular education and employment) as well as those that argue that new technologies are luxury of a consumer society. Though the author accepts that new technologies are not a panacea for the problems of inequality, access to them become a condition of full integration of social life. Using examples mainly from Latin America, the work presents some general policy proposals on the fight against the digital divide which take in consideration other dimensions of social inequality and access to public goods.< Less
My Creativity Reader, A Critique of Creative Industries By Geert Lovink & Ned Rossiter
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about the book: The MyCreativity Reader is a collection of critical research into the creative industries. The material develops out of the MyCreativity Convention on Int. Creative Industries... More > Research held in Amsterdam, November 2006. This two-day conference sought to bring the trends and tendencies around the creative industries into critical question. The “creative industries” concept was initiated by the UK Blair government in 1997 to revitalise de-industrialised urban zones. Gathering momentum after being celebrated in Richard Florida’s best-seller The Creative Class (2002), the concept mobilised around the world as the zeitgeist of creative entrepreneurs and policy-makers. Despite the euphoria surrounding the creative industries, there has been very little critical research that pays attention to local and national and variations, working conditions, the impact of restrictive intellectual property regimes and questions of economic sustainability.< Less
Practical Artificial Intelligence By Humberto Contreras
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Computers and robots will become intelligent and smart computers will change society. A timeline will show you when to expect these paradigm changes. This is a tale of the forced evolution of... More > computers and robots by means of scientific research, technological design and engineering so that they are able to learn, to interact with people and the environment, and to become conscious without necessarily becoming human-like. Creating Artificial Intelligence is the toughest challenge that technology has ever confronted. However, there is no doubt of achieving this goal of developing AI in the near future. The question is up to what point human technology can advance machine intelligence. Will it be surpass human intelligence? No matter what the answer is, smart computers and robots will be increasingly more important in our lives. Not only the technology is discussed. also social, political and economic effects that they will bring along. Our lives will change, be prepared.< Less
Natural Enemies of the Southwest : A field guide to the arthropod natural enemies of southwestern field crops By Lydia M. Brown et al.
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This guide is designed to familiarize the grower, pest manager, and others with some of the important arthropod natural enemies in southwestern agroecosystems. The ability to identify which insects... More > are present in fields and to understand their roles in the system can help the pest manager develop an integrated pest management (IPM) plan that considers and incorporates these beneficial species into their decision making process. Natural enemy conservation is central to the efficient and economic management of arthropod pests. Assembled by experts from Cooperative Extension and USDA in four states and complete with diagnostic tips and full color photography, this field guide should be useful to any student of natural enemies and IPM, especially in the arid and semi-arid regions of Arizona, southern California, New Mexico, West Texas, the Southern Plains of Texas, and the northern regions of Mexico in Baja California, Sonora, and Chihuahua.< Less
On the Structure of Complex Networks By Daniel Grady
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Large-scale complex networks in natural, social, and technological systems exhibit an abundance of rich information, and extracting meaningful structural features from network data is one of the most... More > challenging tasks in network theory. Nonetheless, understanding these networks is essential to explaining phenomena in transportation, epidemiology, sociology, economics, and other fields. This book presents three novel analyses of large-scale empirical networks. First, a comparison of two world-wide transportation systems reveals many statistical similarities despite extremely different operational and geographic constraints. Second, we develop a new method for determining geographic borders based on human mobility. Finally, we demonstrate how measuring networks in terms of shortest-path trees can identify a robust network skeleton, and its relevance in predicting dynamical processes.< Less
The Role of Identity in Patient Healthcare Provider Relationships By Emily Berrier
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In a society stratified by social and economic hierarchies, gender, race, age, and socioeconomic status significantly shape our interactions. Through social interaction, we engage in “identity... More > work". Drawing from research on the relationship between status characteristics and cultural health capital, this study examines how identity shapes interactions between patients and healthcare providers. Specifically, I am seeking to answer the question: How does a college student’s identity influence the way she acquires and utilizes cultural health capital? Research on college students’ healthcare experiences is under-developed. To address this gap, I designed a focus group study with female college students to gather data about their healthcare experiences. The acquisition of Cultural Health Capital among female college students was seen to be a gendered and racialized process.< Less
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND FOUNDATIONS OF BIOSAFETY AND LABORATORY SECURITY IN A TUBERCULOSIS AND HIV/AIDS REFERENCE LABORATORY. By PHILIP IFESINACHI ANOCHIE
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This book examines the biological safety principles, characterization of four biosafety levels, areas of research needs , safety management programme profile, key tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS reference... More > laboratory security protocols and the socio-economic implications of poor safety practices in a tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS reference laboratory. Laboratory safety programmes are plans for preventing sickness and injury to personnel and damage or destruction of physical assets. The fundamental objectives of a meaningful laboratory safety programme include improvement of safety skills and attitude of all personnel , and development of a surveillance programme for prompt identification of hazards. It also explains fully, the term “containment” which describes safe methods for managing infectious materials in the laboratory environment where they are being handled or maintained.< Less
Saudi Arabia: Islamic Threat, Political Reform, And The Global War On Terror By Sherifa Zuhur & Strategic Studies Institute
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U.S. foreign policy and the domestic concerns of Middle Eastern states are influencing the pursuit of the global war on terror in the Middle East. A close view of Saudi Arabia reveals the complex... More > interaction of these forces. The U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and the global war on terror are important challenges to the U.S. administration that have region-wide ramifications. Saudi Arabia has been facing down Islamist insurgency along with other challenges since September 11, 2001, and with even more urgency since May 2003. The Kingdom clearly remains a major political and economic force in the region. The income from its vast oil resources primarily has funded its strong influence, and the Kingdom has, in turn, sponsored poorer developing Arab nations. Furthermore, its Islamic influence has been apparent in the broader Muslim world, and the United States has maintained a strong relationship with the Kingdom for many decades.< Less

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