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Managing Risk and Information Security
Managing Risk and Information Security

by Malcolm Harkins

Examine the evolving enterprise security landscape and discover how to manage and survive risk. While based primarily on the author's experience and insights at major companies where he has served as CISO and CSPO, the book also includes many examples from other well-known companies and provides guidance for a management-level audience. Managing...

Entity-Oriented Search
Entity-Oriented Search

by Krisztian Balog

This book covers all facets of entity-oriented search—where "search" can be interpreted in the broadest sense of information access—from a unified point of view, and provides a coherent and comprehensive overview of the state of the art. It represents the first synthesis of research in this broad and rapidly developing area. Selected ...

The InfoSec Handbook
The InfoSec Handbook

by Umesh Hodeghatta Rao, Umesha Nayak

The InfoSec Handbook offers the reader an organized layout of information that is easily read and understood. Allowing beginners to enter the field and understand the key concepts and ideas, while still keeping the experienced readers updated on topics and concepts. It is intended mainly for beginners to the field of information security, writte...

Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South
Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South

by Arul Chib, Julian May, Roxana Barrantes

The second volume in the SIRCA book series investigates the impact of information society initiatives by extending the boundaries of academic research into the realm of practice. Global in scope, it includes contributions and research projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The international scholarly community has taken a variety of approach...

Managing Risk and Information Security
Managing Risk and Information Security

by Malcolm Harkins

Managing Risk and Information Security: Protect to Enable, an ApressOpen title, describes the changing risk environment and why a fresh approach to information security is needed. Because almost every aspect of an enterprise is now dependent on technology, the focus of IT security must shift from locking down assets to enabling the business while m...

Library and Information Sciences
Library and Information Sciences

by Chuanfu Chen, Ronald Larsen

This book explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age. Inside, readers will find research and case studies written by LIS experts, educators and theorists, most of whom have visited China, delivered presentations there and drafted their articles based on feedback they received. As a res...

Preparing for Life in a Digital Age
Preparing for Life in a Digital Age

by Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, Eveline Gebhardt

Ability to use information and communication technologies (ICT) is an imperative for effective participation in today's digital age. Schools worldwide are responding to the need to provide young people with that ability. But how effective are they in this regard? The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) responded to thi...

Computer and Information Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences

by Tadeusz Czachórski, Erol Gelenbe, Krzysztof Grochla, Ricardo Lent

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, ISCIS 2016, held in Krakow, Poland, in October 2016. The 29 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 65 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on smart algorithms; data classific...

Gender Differences in Computer and Information Literacy
Gender Differences in Computer and Information Literacy

by Eveline Gebhardt, Sue Thomson, John Ainley, Kylie Hillman

This book presents a systematic investigation into internationally comparable data gathered in ICILS 2013. It identifies differences in female and male students' use of, perceptions about, and proficiency in using computer technologies. Teachers' use of computers, and their perceptions regarding the benefits of computer use in education, are also a...

Enabling Things to Talk
Enabling Things to Talk

by Alessandro Bassi, Martin Bauer, Martin Fiedler, Thorsten Kramp, Rob van Kranenburg, Sebastian Lange, Stefan Meissner

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging network superstructure that will connect physical resources and actual users. It will support an ecosystem of smart applications and services bringing hyper-connectivity to our society by using augmented and rich interfaces. Whereas in the beginning IoT referred to the advent of barcodes and Radio Freque...

Information-Consciousness-Reality
Information-Consciousness-Reality

by James Glattfelder

This book chronicles the rise of a new scientific paradigm offering novel insights into the age-old enigmas of existence. Over 300 years ago, the human mind discovered the machine code of reality: mathematics. By utilizing abstract thought systems, humans began to decode the workings of the cosmos. From this understanding, the current scientific pa...

IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study 2018 Assessment Framework
IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study 2018 Assessment Framework

by Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Daniel Duckworth, Tim Friedman

This free book presents the assessment framework for IEA's International Computer an Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2018, which is designed to assess how well students are prepared for study, work and life in a digital world. The study measures international differences in students' computer and information literacy (CIL): their ability to use ...

Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services
Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services

by Ivan Ganchev, R. van der Mei, Hans van den Berg

This free book was prepared as a Final Publication of the COST Action IC1304 "Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services (ACROSS)". The book contains 14 chapters and constitutes a show-case of the main outcome of the Action in line with its scientific goals. It will serve as a valuable reference for undergraduate and post-grad...

Internet of Things
Internet of Things

by Leon Strous, Vinton Cerf

First IFIP International Cross-Domain Conference, IFIPIoT 2018, Held at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018, Poznan, Poland, September 18-19, 2018, Revised Selected Papers...

Information Infrastructures within European Health Care
Information Infrastructures within European Health Care

by Margunn Aanestad, Miria Grisot, Ole Hanseth, Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou

This book consolidates experiences from across Europe on the design, development, implementation and evolution of inter-organisational information infrastructures for healthcare. It provides insights with practical relevance for those involved or interested in the planning and implementation of such infrastructures and includes 11 empirical cases o...

Clinical Text Mining
Clinical Text Mining

by Hercules Dalianis

This book describes the results of natural language processing and machine learning methods applied to clinical text from electronic patient records.It is divided into twelve chapters. Chapters 1-4 discuss the history and background of the original paper-based patient records, their purpose, and how they are written and structured. These initial ch...

Special Topics in Information Technology
Special Topics in Information Technology

by Barbara Pernici

This book presents nine outstanding doctoral dissertations in Information Technology from the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Information Technology has always been highly interdisciplinary, as many aspects have to be considered in IT systems. The doctoral studies program in IT at Politecnico...

Manual of Digital Earth
Manual of Digital Earth

by Huadong Guo, Michael F. Goodchild, Alessandro Annoni

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital Earth is beco...

Semantic Systems. The Power of AI and Knowledge Graphs
Semantic Systems. The Power of AI and Knowledge Graphs

by Maribel Acosta, Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, Maria Maleshkova, Tassilo Pellegrini, Harald Sack, York Sure-Vetter

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Semantic Systems, SEMANTiCS 2019, held in Karlsruhe, Germany, in September 2019.The 20 full papers and 8 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 88 submissions. They cover topics such as: web semantics and linked (open) dat...

Collaboration in Designing a Pedagogical Approach in Information Literacy
Collaboration in Designing a Pedagogical Approach in Information Literacy

by Ane Landøy, Daniela Popa, Angela Repanovici

This Open Access book combines expertise in information literacy with expertise in education and teaching to share tips and tricks for the development of good information literacy teaching and training in universities and libraries. It draws on research, knowledge and pedagogical practice from academia, to teach students how to sift through informa...

Evolution, Monitoring and Predicting Models of Rockburst
Evolution, Monitoring and Predicting Models of Rockburst

by Chunlai Wang

This open book focuses on investigating predicting precursor information and key points of rockburst in mining engineering through laboratory experiment, theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and case studies. Understanding the evolution patterns for the microstructure instability of rock is a prerequisite for rockburst prediction. The book pr...

Preparing for Life in a Digital World
Preparing for Life in a Digital World

by Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, Daniel Duckworth

This book summarizes the key findings from the second cycle of IEA's International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), conducted in 2018. ICILS seeks to establish how well schools around the globe are responding to the need to provide young people with the necessary digital participatory competencies. Effective use of information and c...

The Onlife Manifesto
The Onlife Manifesto

by Luciano Floridi

What is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the human condition? In order to address this question, in 2012 the European Commission organized a research project entitled The Onlife Initiative: concept reengineering for rethinking societal concerns in the digital transition. This volume collects the work of the Onlife ...

Designing Digital Work
Designing Digital Work

by Stefan Oppl, Christian Stary

"This book could well be the most comprehensive collection to date of integrated ideas on the elicitation, representation, integration and digitization of work processes and collaboration. The authors take a heavily human-centered approach while never losing sight of engineering aspects involved. Rooted in relevant theories, they present a set...

The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto
The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto

by Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Jonathan Fox, Thomas R. Finneran

The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value is the first book of its kind, offering industry-proven solutions that go beyond mere theory and adding lucid perspectives on the challenges and opportunities raised with the emerging "personal" information economy. The authors, a uniquely skilled team of long...

Security in Computer and Information Sciences
Security in Computer and Information Sciences

by Erol Gelenbe, Paolo Campegiani, Tadeusz Czachórski, Sokratis Katsikas, Ioannis Komnios, Luigi Romano, Dimitrios Tzovaras

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the First International ISCIS Security Workshop 2018, Euro-CYBERSEC 2018, held in London, UK, in February 2018.The 12 full papers presented together with an overview paper were carefully reviewed and selected from 31 submissions. Security of distributed interconnected systems, software sy...

3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology
3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology

by John McCarthy, Jonathan Benjamin, Trevor Winton, Wendy van Duivenvoorde

This book was inspired by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology International Workshop held at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia in November 2016. Content is based on, but not limited to, the work presented at the workshop which was dedicated to 3D recording and interpretation for maritime archaeology. The volume consists of ...

New Horizons for a Data-Driven Economy
New Horizons for a Data-Driven Economy

by José María Cavanillas, Edward Curry, Wolfgang Wahlster

In this book readers will find technological discussions on the existing and emerging technologies across the different stages of the big data value chain. They will learn about legal aspects of big data, the social impact, and about education needs and requirements. And they will discover the business perspective and how big data technology can be...

Open Source Systems: Towards Robust Practices
Open Source Systems: Towards Robust Practices

by Federico Balaguer, Roberto Di Cosmo, Alejandra Garrido, Fabio Kon, Gregorio Robles, Stefano Zacchiroli

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 13th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2017, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in May 2017. The 16 revised full papers and 3 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 32 submissions. The papers cover a wide range of topics related to free, l...

Enhanced Living Environments
Enhanced Living Environments

by Ivan Ganchev, Nuno Garcia, Ciprian Dobre, Constandinos Mavromoustakis, Rossitza Goleva

This book is the final publication of the COST Action IC1303 "Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)" project.Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is an area of research based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), medical research, and sociological research. AAL is based on the notion tha...

S-BPM Illustrated
S-BPM Illustrated

by Albert Fleischmann, Stefan Raß, Robert Singer

S-BPM stands for "subject-oriented business process management" and focuses on subjects that represent the entities (people, programs etc.) that are actively engaged in processes. S-BPM has become one of the most widely discussed approaches for process professionals. Its potential particularly lies in the integration of advanced informati...

Dynamics of Long-Life Assets
Dynamics of Long-Life Assets

by Stefan N. Grösser, Arcadio Reyes-Lecuona, Göran Granholm

The editors present essential methods and tools to support a holistic approach to the challenge of system upgrades and innovation in the context of high-value products and services. The approach presented here is based on three main pillars: an adaptation mechanism based on a broad understanding of system dependencies; efficient use of system knowl...

Martin Waldseemüller's 'Carta marina' of 1516
Martin Waldseemüller's 'Carta marina' of 1516

by Chet Van Duzer

This book presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography, Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina of 1516. By transcribing, translating into English, and detailing the sources of all of the descriptive texts on the map, as well as the sources of many of the images, the book makes the map availabl...

Reality Lost
Reality Lost

by Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard

This book looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state.The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be convert...

The Ethics of Medical Data Donation
The Ethics of Medical Data Donation

by Jenny Krutzinna, Luciano Floridi

This book presents an ethical approach to utilizing personal medical data. It features essays that combine academic argument with practical application of ethical principles. The contributors are experts in ethics and law. They address the challenges in the re-use of medical data of the deceased on a voluntary basis. This pioneering study looks at ...

Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy
Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy

by Jeffrey Johnson, Andrzej Nowak, Paul Ormerod, Bridget Rosewell, Yi-Cheng Zhang

The overall aim of this book, an outcome of the European FP7 FET Open NESS project, is to contribute to the ongoing effort to put the quantitative social sciences on a proper footing for the 21st century. A key focus is economics, and its implications on policy making, where the still dominant traditional approach increasingly struggles to capture ...

Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law
Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law

by Alison Bone, Paul Maharg

The Assessment in Legal Education book series offers perspectives on assessment in legal education across a range of Common Law jurisdictions. Each volume in the series provides: Information on assessment practices and cultures within a jurisdiction.A sample of innovative assessment practices and designs in a jurisdiction.Insights into how assessm...

Learning Neo4j
Learning Neo4j

by Rik Van Bruggen

Neo4j is the world's leading graph database and offers users a radical new way of dealing with connected data. This book has been created to help you get to grips with it, providing you with an accessible route through a tool built to contend with the complexity of modern data. Learn the fundamental concepts behind Neo4j, and put them into practice...

Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment
Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment

by Bruno Daniotti, Marco Gianinetto, Stefano Della Torre

This open access book focuses on the development of methods, interoperable and integrated ICT tools, and survey techniques for optimal management of the building process. The construction sector is facing an increasing demand for major innovations in terms of digital dematerialization and technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data, advan...

Buildings for Education
Buildings for Education

by Stefano Della Torre, Massimiliano Bocciarelli, Laura Daglio, Raffaella Neri

This book presents theoretical and practical research relating to the vast, publicly financed program for the construction of new schools and the reorganization of existing educational buildings in Italy. This transformative process aims to give old buildings a fresh identity, to ensure that facilities are compliant with the new educational and tea...

Communicating, Networking: Interacting
Communicating, Networking: Interacting

by Margaret E. Robertson

This book illustrates the benefits to be gained from digitally networked communication for health, education and transitioning economies in developing nations (Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea) and developed nations. Growing powers of e-citizenship can help build sustainable futures. This small volume provides a collection of examples and ideas fr...

Contextual Process Digitalization
Contextual Process Digitalization

by Albert Fleischmann, Stefan Oppl, Werner Schmidt, Christian Stary

This free book presents an overview and step-by-step explanation of process management. It starts with the individual participants' perspectives on their work in a process and its structuring and harmonization, and then moves on to its specification in a model and how it is embedded in the organizational and IT environment of the company. Lastly, t...

CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology
CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology

by Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Ina Šuklje Erjavec, Therese Kenna, Michiel de Lange, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Gabriela Maksymiuk, Martijn de Waal

This book is about public open spaces, about people, and about the relationship between them and the role of technology in this relationship. It is about different approaches, methods, empirical studies, and concerns about a phenomenon that is increasingly being in the centre of sciences and strategies – the penetration of digital technologies in...

CS Unplugged
CS Unplugged

by Tim Bell, Ian H. Witten, Mike Fellows

Computers are everywhere. We all need to learn how to use them, and many of us use them every day. But how do they work? How do they think? And how can people write software that is fast and easy to use? Computer science is a fascinating subject that explores these very questions. The easy and fun activities in this book, designed for studentren of...

Security Infrastructure Technology for Integrated Utilization of Big Data
Security Infrastructure Technology for Integrated Utilization of Big Data

by Atsuko Miyaji, Tomoaki Mimoto

This open access book describes the technologies needed to construct a secure big data infrastructure that connects data owners, analytical institutions, and user institutions in a circle of trust. It begins by discussing the most relevant technical issues involved in creating safe and privacy-preserving big data distribution platforms, and especia...

Media and Digital Management
Media and Digital Management

by Eli M. Noam

Being a successful manager or entrepreneur in the media and digital sector requires creativity, innovation, and performance. It also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. Aimed at the college market, this book is a short, foundational volume on media management. It summarizes the major dimensions of a business school ...

Guide to Computer Network Security
Guide to Computer Network Security

by Joseph Migga Kizza

This definitive text/reference on computer network and information security presents a comprehensive guide to the repertoire of security tools, algorithms and best practices mandated by the rapidly evolving ubiquitous technology we are increasingly dependent on. Fully revised and updated, this timely new edition encompasses the latest developments ...

Managing Media and Digital Organizations
Managing Media and Digital Organizations

by Eli M. Noam

What does it take for success in the media business? Creativity, innovation, and performance, of course. Plus experience and good judgment. However, it also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. This book summarizes the major dimensions of a business school curriculum and applies them to the entire media, media-tech, ...

SQL Server Metadata Succinctly
SQL Server Metadata Succinctly

by Joseph D. Booth

SQL Server is a very complex and powerful product, but it provides tremendous amounts of data about itself. You can use this metadata to improve your database design, increase performance, review security, and more. Joseph D. Booth will show readers sample scripts and queries using information schema views as well as SQL Server-specific views in SQ...

Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development
Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development

by Anwar Ludin

Learn how to leverage the BlackBerry 10 Cascades framework to create rich native applications. Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development gives you a solid foundation for creating BlackBerry 10 apps efficiently. Along the way, you will learn how to use QML and JavaScript for designing your app's UI, and C++/Qt for the application logic. No prior knowledge...

Manifesto of the New Economy
Manifesto of the New Economy

by Alexander Dolgin

How do social networking services earn money?What is the "second hand of the market" and how does it operate? Why does society need so many different kinds of goods? What does happiness economics not reveal about happiness?What is the link between talent, success and "stardom"? What is the business development model for the ent...

Higher Education Reforms in Romania
Higher Education Reforms in Romania

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Eva Egron-Polak, Jamil Salmi

Romania is an active player in various international higher education areas, while undergoing a series of higher education reforms within its national framework. The Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania project was implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development ...

Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future
Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future

by Tomoyuki Takahashi

This book overviews environmental issues 4 years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, covering a wide range of areas related to radiation and radioactivity. The topics discussed are necessary to make clear the relationship between the results of research and Fukushima's revitalized future. The chapters are divided into four parts: Part 1 presents ...

Networks in the Russian Market Economy
Networks in the Russian Market Economy

by Markku Lonkila

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book examines the significance of networks among the firms operative in the contemporary Russian software industry in the St. Petersburg region....

Stable Isotopes to Trace Migratory Birds and to Identify Harmful Diseases
Stable Isotopes to Trace Migratory Birds and to Identify Harmful Diseases

by G.J. Viljoen, A.G. Luckins, I. Naletoski

This manuscript discusses the potentials of the approaches as mentioned below to monitor the AIVs in WMW. Molecular diagnostic platforms enable for accurate detection of the AIVs in the feces of infected birds. Similar technologies can be used to determine the bird species through DNA barcoding, enabling non-invasive research on the epidemiology of...

Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education
Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education

by Brian R. Belland

This book uses meta-analysis to synthesize research on scaffolding and scaffolding-related interventions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Specifically, the volume examines the extent to which study quality, assessment type, and scaffolding characteristics (strategy, intended outcome, fading schedule, scaffoldin...

Trade Unions on YouTube
Trade Unions on YouTube

by Jenny Jansson, Katrin Uba

This book investigates how trade unions representing different social classes use YouTube videos for renewal purposes. Information and communication technology has undoubtedly offered new opportunities for social movements, but while research suggests that these new means of communication can be used for trade union revitalization, few studies hav...

Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, a large volume of monitoring data has been collected about the soil, air, dust, and seawater, along with data about an immense number of foods supplied to the market. Little is known, however, about the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture, information about which is vital. Although more than 80% of...

Equitable Research Partnerships
Equitable Research Partnerships

by Doris Schroeder, Kate Chatfield, Michelle Singh, Roger Chennells, Peter Herissone-Kelly

This book offers insights into the development of the ground-breaking Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) and the San Code of Research Ethics. Using a new, intuitive moral framework predicated on fairness, respect, care and honesty, both codes target ethics dumping - the export of unethical research practices from a ...

Cultural Heritage in a Changing World
Cultural Heritage in a Changing World

by Karol Jan Borowiecki, Neil Forbes, Antonella Fresa

The central purpose of this collection of essays is to make a creative addition to the debates surrounding the cultural heritage domain. In the 21st century the world faces epochal changes which affect every part of society, including the arenas in which cultural heritage is made, held, collected, curated, exhibited, or simply exists. The book is a...

Anti-fragile ICT Systems
Anti-fragile ICT Systems

by Kjell Jørgen Hole

This book introduces a novel approach to the design and operation of large ICT systems. It views the technical solutions and their stakeholders as complex adaptive systems and argues that traditional risk analyses cannot predict all future incidents with major impacts. To avoid unacceptable events, it is necessary to establish and operate anti-frag...

The Essence of Software Engineering
The Essence of Software Engineering

by Volker Gruhn, Rüdiger Striemer

This book includes contributions by leading researchers and industry thought leaders on various topics related to the essence of software engineering and their application in industrial projects. It offers a broad overview of research findings dealing with current practical software engineering issues and also pointers to potential future developme...

Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough
Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough

by Anne-Greet Keizer, Will Tiemeijer, Mark Bovens

This book sets out to explain the reasons for the gap between "knowing" and "doing" in view of self-reliance, which is more and more often expected of citizens. In today's society, people are expected to take responsibility for their own lives and be self-reliant. This is no easy feat. They must be on constant high alert in area...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Juan Garbajosa, Xiaofeng Wang, Ademar Aguiar

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2018, held in Porto, Portugal, in May 2018. XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice, and XP 2018 provided a playful and informal environment to learn and trigger discussions around its main th...

Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy
Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy

by Masami Onoda, Oran R Young

The result of a workshop bringing together an international advisory board of experts in science, satellite technologies, industry innovations, and public policy, this book addresses the current and future roles of satellite Earth observations in solving large-scale environmental problems. The book showcases the results of engaging distinct communi...

Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools
Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools

by Frans Van Assche, Luis Anido, David Griffiths, Cathy Lewin, Sarah McNicol

This book reports on a novel and comprehensive approach to the uptake of ICT in Schools. It focuses on key questions, pedagogically sound ways of introducing ICT, new technical artifacts supporting the approach, the evaluation in a large-scale validator, and future work. While many innovations in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) have emerged over...

Rethinking Productivity in Software Engineering
Rethinking Productivity in Software Engineering

by Caitlin Sadowski, Thomas Zimmermann

Get the most out of this foundational reference and improve the productivity of your software teams. This book collects the wisdom of the 2017 "Dagstuhl" seminar on productivity in software engineering, a meeting of community leaders, who came together with the goal of rethinking traditional definitions and measures of productivity. The ...

Science of Societal Safety
Science of Societal Safety

by Seiji Abe, Mamoru Ozawa, Yoshiaki Kawata

This book covers comprehensive but fundamental principles and concepts of disaster and accident prevention and mitigation, countermeasures, and recovery from disasters or accidents including treatment and care of the victims. Safety and security problems in our society involve not only engineering but also social, legal, economic, cultural, and psy...

Technologies for Development
Technologies for Development

by Silvia Hostettler, Samira Najih Besson, Jean-Claude Bolay

This book presents 18 case studies that explore current scientific and technological efforts to address global development issues, such as poverty, from a holistic and interdisciplinary point of view, putting actual impacts at the centre of its analysis. It illustrates the use of technologies for development in various fields of research, such as h...

Disrupting Finance
Disrupting Finance

by Theo Lynn, John G. Mooney, Pierangelo Rosati, Mark Cummins

This open access Pivot demonstrates how a variety of technologies act as innovation catalysts within the banking and financial services sector. Traditional banks and financial services are under increasing competition from global IT companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and PayPal whilst facing pressure from investors to reduce costs, increase ag...

Data and Text Processing for Health and Life Sciences
Data and Text Processing for Health and Life Sciences

by Francisco Couto

This book is a step-by-step introduction on how shell scripting can help solve many of the data processing tasks that Health and Life specialists face everyday with minimal software dependencies. The examples presented in the book show how simple command line tools can be used and combined to retrieve data and text from web resources, to filter and...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Hubert Baumeister, Horst Lichter, Matthias Riebisch

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2017, held in Cologne, Germany, in May 2017. The 14 full and 6 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 46 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: improving agile processes; agile i...

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities
Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities

by Davide Geneletti, Chiara Cortinovis, Linda Zardo, Blal Adem Esmail

This book presents current knowledge about ecosystem services (ES) in urban planning, and discusses various urban ES topics such as spatial distribution of urban ecosystems, population distribution, and physical infrastructure properties. The book addresses all these issues by: i) investigating to what extent ecosystem services are currently includ...

Informatics in the Future
Informatics in the Future

by Hannes Werthner, Frank van Harmelen

This volume discusses the prospects and evolution of informatics (or computer science), which has become the operating system of our world, and is today seen as the science of the information society. Its artifacts change the world and its methods have an impact on how we think about and perceive the world. Classical computer science is built on th...

Observing the Volcano World
Observing the Volcano World

by Carina Fearnley, Deanne Bird, Katharine Haynes, William McGuire, Gill Jolly

This book provides a comprehensive overview of volcanic crisis research, the goal being to establish ways of successfully applying volcanology in practice and to identify areas that need to be addressed for future progress. It shows how volcano crises are managed in practice, and helps to establish best practices. Consequently the book brings toge...

Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers
Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers

by Piotr Prokopowicz, Jacek Czerniak, Dariusz Mikołajewski, Łukasz Apiecionek, Dominik Ślȩzak

This book offers comprehensive coverage on Ordered Fuzzy Numbers, providing readers with both the basic information and the necessary expertise to use them in a variety of real-world applications. The respective chapters, written by leading researchers, discuss the main techniques and applications, together with the advantages and shortcomings of t...

Alternatives to Animal Testing
Alternatives to Animal Testing

by Hajime Kojima, Troy Seidle, Horst Spielmann

This book presents recent advances in the pure sciences that are of significance in the quest for alternatives to the use of animals in research and describes a variety of practical applications of the three key guiding principles for the more ethical use of animals in experiments – replacement, reduction, and refinement, collectively known as th...

Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Agriculture

by Leslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, David Zilberman, Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca

The book uses an economic lens to identify the main features of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), its likely impact, and the challenges associated with its implementation. Drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional, and resource economics, this book expands and formalizes the conceptual foundations of CSA. Focusing...

Office 365
Office 365

by Matthew Katzer, Don Crawford

Written for the IT professional and business owner, this book provides the business and technical insight necessary to migrate your business to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365. This is a practical look at cloud migration and the use of different technologies to support that migration. Numerous examples of cloud migration with technical migrati...

Variant Construction from Theoretical Foundation to Applications
Variant Construction from Theoretical Foundation to Applications

by Jeffrey Zheng

This book presents theoretical framework and sample applications of variant construction. The first part includes the components variant logic, variant measurements, and variant maps, while the second part covers sample applications such as variation with functions, variant stream ciphers, quantum interference, classical/quantum random sequences, w...

Radiation Monitoring and Dose Estimation of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Radiation Monitoring and Dose Estimation of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

by Sentaro Takahashi

This book provides comprehensive research findings related to the environmental monitoring of radiation, levels of radioactive nuclides in various environments, and dose estimation in residents after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident caused severe environmental contamination with radioactive nuclides. At the beginning of the book, a techni...

Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches
Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches

by Gilbert Ritschard, Matthias Studer

This open access book provides innovative methods and original applications of sequence analysis (SA) and related methods for analysing longitudinal data describing life trajectories such as professional careers, family paths, the succession of health statuses, or the time use. The applications as well as the methodological contributions propo...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Philippe Kruchten, Steven Fraser, François Coallier

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2019, held in Montreal, QC, Canada, in May 2019. XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a hybrid forum where agile researchers, academics, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and...

Investigations Into the Phenomenology and the Ontology of the Work of Art
Investigations Into the Phenomenology and the Ontology of the Work of Art

by Peer Bundgaard, Frederik Stjernfelt

This book investigates the nature of aesthetic experience and aesthetic objects. Written by leading philosophers, psychologists, literary scholars and semioticians, the book addresses two intertwined issues. The first is related to the phenomenology of aesthetic experience: The understanding of how human beings respond to artworks, how we process l...

The Huawei and Snowden Questions
The Huawei and Snowden Questions

by Olav Lysne

PreliminaryThis book answers two central questions: firstly, is it at all possible to verify electronic equipment procured from untrusted vendors? Secondly, can I build trust into my products in such a way that I support verification by untrusting customers? In separate chapters the book takes readers through the state of the art in fields of comp...

The European Blood and Marrow Transplantation Textbook for Nurses
The European Blood and Marrow Transplantation Textbook for Nurses

by Michelle Kenyon, Aleksandra Babic

This textbook, endorsed by the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), provides adult and paediatric nurses with a full and informative guide covering all aspects of transplant nursing, from basic principles to advanced concepts. It takes the reader on a journey through the history of transplant nursing, including essential an...

High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications
High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

by Joanna Kołodziej, Horacio González-Vélez

This book is the final compendium of case studies emanated from the 4-year COST Action IC1406 "High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications" (cHiPSet). Funded by the European Commission from 2015, cHiPSet has created a sustainable reference network linking applied research in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Mod...

Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics
Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics

by Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas

Phylogenetic diversity is now a key concept for biodiversity conservation due to its link to option value, evolutionary potential and to the possibility of guiding conservation across scales. Present facilities for obtaining molecular sequences and metagenomes are powering this research field, rendering available detailed information of phylogeneti...

Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture
Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture

by Todd S. Rosenstock, Mariana C. Rufino, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, Lini Wollenberg, Meryl Richards

​​This book provides standards and guidelines for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and removals in smallholder agricultural systems and comparing options for climate change mitigation based on emission reductions and livelihood trade-offs. Globally, agriculture is directly responsible for about 11% of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a...

Managed Software Evolution
Managed Software Evolution

by Ralf Reussner, Michael Goedicke, Wilhelm Hasselbring, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Jan Keim, Lukas Märtin

This book presents the outcomes of the "Design for Future - Managed Software Evolution" priority program 1593, which was launched by the German Research Foundation ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)") to develop new approaches to software engineering with a specific focus on long-lived software systems. The different lifecy...

Cyber-Physical Systems of Systems
Cyber-Physical Systems of Systems

by Andrea Bondavalli, Sara Bouchenak, Hermann Kopetz

Technical Systems-of-Systems (SoS) – in the form of networked, independent constituent computing systems temporarily collaborating to achieve a well-defined objective – form the backbone of most of today's infrastructure. The energy grid, most transportation systems, the global banking industry, the water-supply system, the military equipment, ...

Linked Democracy
Linked Democracy

by Marta Poblet, Pompeu Casanovas, Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel

This book shows the factors linking information flow, social intelligence, rights management and modelling with epistemic democracy, offering licensed linked data along with information about the rights involved. This model of democracy for the web of data brings new challenges for the social organisation of knowledge, collective innovation, and th...

S-BPM in the Wild
S-BPM in the Wild

by Albert Fleischmann, Werner Schmidt, Christian Stary

This is the first book to present field studies on the application of subject-oriented business process management (S-BPM). Each case presents a specific story and focuses on an essential modeling or implementation issue, and most end with implications or suggestions for further studies. Significant variables and success factors are identified that...

Rethinking the Internet of Things
Rethinking the Internet of Things

by Francis daCosta, Byron Henderson

Rethinking the Internet of Things was a 2014 Jolt Award Finalist, the highest honor for a programming book. And the amazing part is that there is no code in the book. Over the next decade, most devices connected to the Internet will not be used by people in the familiar way that personal computers, tablets and smart phones are. Billions of inter...

Do Exclusionary Rules Ensure a Fair Trial?
Do Exclusionary Rules Ensure a Fair Trial?

by Sabine Gless, Thomas Richter

This open access publication discusses exclusionary rules in different criminal justice systems. It is based on the findings of a research project in comparative law with a focus on the question of whether or not a fair trial can be secured through evidence exclusion. Part I explains the legal framework in which exclusionary rules function in six l...

Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age
Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age

by Georg Rehm, Thierry Declerck

This open access volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 27th biennial conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, GSCL 2017, held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2017, which focused on language technologies for the digital age. The 16 full papers and 10 short papers included in the proceeding...

Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Security
Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Security

by Raghu Yeluri, Enrique Castro-Leon

For cloud users and providers alike, security is an everyday concern, yet there are very few books covering cloud security as a main subject. This book will help address this information gap from an Information Technology solution and usage-centric view of cloud infrastructure security. The book highlights the fundamental technology components nece...

Nanoinformatics
Nanoinformatics

by Isao Tanaka

This book brings out the state of the art on how informatics-based tools are used and expected to be used in nanomaterials research. There has been great progress in the area in which "big-data" generated by experiments or computations are fully utilized to accelerate discovery of new materials, key factors, and design rules. Data-intensi...

Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry
Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry

by Alberto Troccoli

This book showcases the burgeoning area of applied research at the intersection between weather and climate science and the energy industry. It illustrates how better communication between science and industry can help both sides. By opening a dialogue, scientists can understand the broader context for their work and the energy industry is able to ...

The Beauty of Geology
The Beauty of Geology

by Chenyang Li, Liqiong Jia, Xuan Wu

This book contains a collection of rare geologic maps and figures made by Chinese geologists in the last century. Preserved in National Geological Archives of China, these artworks demonstrate the development and innovation of geological mapping technology in China in the past 100 years. The collections are highly scientific and artistic, with most...

Error-Correction Coding and Decoding
Error-Correction Coding and Decoding

by Martin Tomlinson, Cen Jung Tjhai, Marcel Ambroze, Mohammed Ahmed, Mubarak Jibril

This book discusses both the theory and practical applications of self-correcting data, commonly known as error-correcting codes. The applications included demonstrate the importance of these codes in a wide range of everyday technologies, from smartphones to secure communications and transactions. Written in a readily understandable style, the boo...

eIoT
eIoT

by Steffi O. Muhanji, Alison E. Flint, Amro M. Farid

This book explores the collision between the sustainable energy transition and the Internet of Things (IoT). In that regard, this book's arrival is timely. Not only is the Internet of Things for energy applications, herein called the energy Internet of Things (eIoT), rapidly developing but also the transition towards sustainable energy to abate glo...

Maritime Spatial Planning
Maritime Spatial Planning

by Jacek Zaucha, Kira Gee

Maritime or marine spatial planning has gained increasing prominence as an integrated, common-sense approach to promoting sustainable maritime development. A growing number of countries are engaged in preparing and implementing maritime spatial plans: however, questions are emerging from the growing body of MSP experience. How can maritime spatial ...

Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries
Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries

by Tony Bertram, Chris Pascal

This report provides an overview of policy strategies on early childhood education settings (from birth to primary schooling) in eight countries. Data were collected using a policy questionnaire addressed to and completed by the National Research Coordinator(s) (NRC) of Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Poland, the Russian Federat...

New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology
New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology

by Naoko Sonoda

This book presents up-to-date information about museums and museology in present-day Asia, focusing on Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Thailand.Asian countries today have developed or are developing their own museology and museums, which are not simple copies of European or North American models. This book provides readers with carefully chosen examp...

Opening Science
Opening Science

by Sönke Bartling, Sascha Friesike

Modern information and communication technologies, together with a cultural upheaval within the research community, have profoundly changed research in nearly every aspect. Ranging from sharing and discussing ideas in social networks for scientists to new collaborative environments and novel publication formats, knowledge creation and dissemination...

Android on x86
Android on x86

by Iggy Krajci, Darren Cummings

Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel® Architecture serves two main purposes. First, it makes the case for adapting your applications onto Intel's x86 architecture, including discussions of the business potential, the changing landscape of the Android marketplace, and the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from x86 de...

Efficient Learning Machines
Efficient Learning Machines

by Mariette Awad, Rahul Khanna

Machine learning techniques provide cost-effective alternatives to traditional methods for extracting underlying relationships between information and data and for predicting future events by processing existing information to train models. Efficient Learning Machines explores the major topics of machine learning, including knowledge discovery, cla...

S-BPM in the Production Industry
S-BPM in the Production Industry

by Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary

This volume presents several case studies highlighting the latest findings in Industry 4.0 projects utilizing S-BPM features. Their potential is explored in detail, while the limits of engineering a company from a communication-centred perspective are also discussed. After a general introduction and an overview of the book in chapter 1, chapter 2 ...

Access to Online Resources
Access to Online Resources

by Kristina Botyriute

The book offers a concise guide for librarians, helping them understand the challenges, processes and technologies involved in managing access to online resources. After an introduction the book presents cases of general authentication and authorisation. It helps readers understand web based authentication and provides the fundamentals of IP addres...

Energy Efficient Servers
Energy Efficient Servers

by Corey Gough, Ian Steiner, Winston Saunders

Energy Efficient Servers: Blueprints for Data Center Optimization introduces engineers and IT professionals to the power management technologies and techniques used in energy efficient servers. The book includes a deep examination of different features used in processors, memory, interconnects, I/O devices, and other platform components. It outline...

Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis
Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis

by Håkan Gunneriusson

This book uses Pierre Bourdieu's field theory as a lens through which to examine military operations. Novel in its approach, this innovative text provides a better, more nuanced understanding of the modern 'battlespace', particularly in instances of prolonged low-intensity conflict. Formed in two parts, this book primarily explores the scope of Bou...

Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector
Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector

by Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta

With technology standards becoming increasingly common, particularly in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, the complexities and contradictions at the interface of intellectual property law and competition law have emerged strongly. This book talks about how the regulatory agencies and courts in the United States, European U...

Transforms in CSS
Transforms in CSS

by Eric A. Meyer

Present information in stunning new ways by transforming CSS elements in two- and three-dimensional space. Whether you're rotating a photo, doing some interesting perspective tricks, or creating an interface that lets you reveal information on an element's backside, this practical guide shows you how to use them to great effect....

The Psychology of Silicon Valley
The Psychology of Silicon Valley

by Katy Cook

This book explores the conscious and unconscious norms, values, and characteristics that drive behaviors within the high-tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley, and the sector it represents. In an era where the reach and influence of a single industry has the potential to define the future of our world, it has become apparent just how little we ...

Agile Development for Serverless Platforms
Agile Development for Serverless Platforms

by Danilo Poccia

You need more than great dev tools to release great software; you need an efficient pipeline that takes advantage of modern Agile development practices. Serverless platforms like AWS offer the basic building blocks you need to run code, store data, or process streaming information so you can focus on the features you want to provide, not get bogged...

Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research
Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research

by Jennifer Edmond

How does technology impact research practices in the humanities? How does digitisation shape scholarly identity? How do we negotiate trust in the digital realm? What is scholarship, what forms can it take, and how does it acquire authority? This diverse set of essays demonstrate the importance of asking such questions, bringing together establis...

Human and Machine Consciousness
Human and Machine Consciousness

by David Gamez

Consciousness is widely perceived as one of the most fundamental, interesting and difficult problems of our time. However, we still know next to nothing about the relationship between consciousness and the brain and we can only speculate about the consciousness of animals and machines. Human and Machine Consciousness presents a new foundation fo...

Graph Algorithms
Graph Algorithms

by Mark Needham, Amy Hodler

Learn how graph algorithms can help you leverage relationships within your data to develop intelligent solutions and enhance your machine learning models. With this practical guide, developers and data scientists will discover how graph analytics deliver value, whether they're used for building dynamic network models or forecasting real-world behav...

Open Government
Open Government

by Laurel Ruma, Daniel Lathrop

In a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to...

Models, Methods and Tools for Product Service Design
Models, Methods and Tools for Product Service Design

by Laura Cattaneo, Sergio Terzi

This free book summarizes research being pursued within the Manutelligence project, the goal of which is to help enterprises develop smart, social and flexible products with high value added services. Manutelligence has improved Product and Service Design by developing suitable models and methods, and connecting them through a modular, collaborativ...

Data Collection in Fragile States
Data Collection in Fragile States

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape

'This free book addresses an urgent issue on which little organized information exists. It reflects experience in Africa but is highly relevant to other fragile states as well.'—Constantine Michalopoulos, John Hopkins University, USA and former Director of Economic Policy and Co-ordination at the World BankFragile countries face a triple data cha...

The Future of Election Administration
The Future of Election Administration

by Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale, Bridgett A. King

As the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. This Open Access title presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical response...

Spationomy
Spationomy

by Vít Pászto, Carsten Jürgens, Polona Tominc, Jaroslav Burian

This open access book is based on "Spationomy – Spatial Exploration of Economic Data", an interdisciplinary and international project in the frame of ERASMUS+ funded by the European Union. The project aims to exchange interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of economics and geomatics. For the newly introduced courses, interdisciplinar...

The Amazing Journey of Reason
The Amazing Journey of Reason

by Mario Alemi

This free book explores questions such as why and how did the first biological cells appear? And then complex organisms, brains, societies and –now– connected human societies? Physicists have good models for describing the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang, but can we apply the same concepts to the evolution of aggregated matter –l...

Heterogeneity, High Performance Computing, Self-Organization and the Cloud
Heterogeneity, High Performance Computing, Self-Organization and the Cloud

by Theo Lynn, John P. Morrison, David Kenny

This book addresses the most recent developments in cloud computing such as HPC in the Cloud, heterogeneous cloud, self-organising and self-management, and discusses the business implications of cloud computing adoption. Establishing the need for a new architecture for cloud computing, it discusses a novel cloud management and delivery architecture...

European E-Democracy in Practice
European E-Democracy in Practice

by Leonhard Hennen, Ira van Keulen, Iris Korthagen, Georg Aichholzer, Ralf Lindner, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen

This free book explores how digital tools and social media technologies can contribute to better participation and involvement of EU citizens in European politics. By analyzing selected representative e-participation projects at the local, national and European governmental levels, it identifies the preconditions, best practices and shortcomings of...

Dynamic Spectrum Management
Dynamic Spectrum Management

by Ying-Chang Liang

This open access book, authored by a world-leading researcher in this field, describes fundamentals of dynamic spectrum management, provides a systematic overview on the enabling technologies covering cognitive radio, blockchain, and artificial intelligence, and offers valuable guidance for designing advanced wireless communications systems. This b...

Agile Processes, in Software Engineering, and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes, in Software Engineering, and Extreme Programming

by Helen Sharp, Tracy Hall

This book contains the refereed proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2016, held in Edinburgh, UK, in May 2016.While agile development has already become mainstream in industry, this field is still constantly evolving and continues to spur an enormous interest both in industry and academia. To this end, ...

Digital Video Concepts, Methods, and Metrics
Digital Video Concepts, Methods, and Metrics

by Shahriar Akramullah

Digital Video Concepts, Methods, and Metrics: Quality, Compression, Performance, and Power Trade-off Analysis is a concise reference for professionals in a wide range of applications and vocations. It focuses on giving the reader mastery over the concepts, methods and metrics of digital video coding, so that readers have sufficient understanding to...

Guideline for Salinity Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation Using Nuclear and Related Techniques
Guideline for Salinity Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation Using Nuclear and Related Techniques

by Mohammad Zaman, Shabbir A. Shahid, Lee Heng

This book is an outcome of the collaboration between the Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, and the International Center for Biosaline Agricultur...

Your Post has been Removed
Your Post has been Removed

by Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen

This open access monograph argues established democratic norms for freedom of expression should be implemented on the internet. Moderating policies of tech companies as Facebook, Twitter and Google have resulted in posts being removed on an industrial scale. While this moderation is often encouraged by governments - on the pretext that terrorism, b...

Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories
Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories

by Konstantinos Tserpes, Chiara Renso, Stan Matwin

This free book constitutes the refereed post-conference proceedings of the First International Workshop on Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories, MASTER 2019, held in conjunction with the 19th European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases, ECML PKDD 2019, in Würzburg, Germany, in September 2019. The 8 ful...

Good Research Practice in Non-Clinical Pharmacology and Biomedicine
Good Research Practice in Non-Clinical Pharmacology and Biomedicine

by Anton Bespalov, Martin C. Michel, Thomas Steckler

This free book provides up-to-date information on best practice to improve experimental design and quality of research in non-clinical pharmacology and biomedicine....

Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views
Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

by Louis Davidson, Tim Ford

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions. Why, then, aren't all DBAs using them? Why do many DBAs continue to ignore them in favour of "tried an...

802.11ac: A Survival Guide
802.11ac: A Survival Guide

by Matthew Gast

The next frontier for wireless LANs is 802.11ac, a standard that increases throughput beyond one gigabit per second. This concise guide provides in-depth information to help you plan for 802.11ac, with technical details on design, network operations, deployment, and monitoring. Author Matthew Gast - an industry expert who led the development of ...

Rexx Programmer's Reference
Rexx Programmer's Reference

by Howard Fosdick

Originally developed for mainframes but highly portable across platforms-from servers to desktops to handhelds-Rexx is an easy yet powerful scripting language that's widely used for rapid application development. Covers Rexx interpreters for specialized functions-object-oriented, mainframe, and handheld. There are 8 different free Rexx interp...

Signal Computing
Signal Computing

by Michael Stiber, Bilin Zhang Stiber, Eric C. Larson

In this book, you will learn how digital signals are captured, represented, processed, communicated, and stored in computers. The specific topics we will cover include: physical properties of the source information (such as sound or images), devices for information capture (microphones, cameras), digitization, compression, digital signal representa...

Why Should I Care? Mobile Security for The Rest of Us
Why Should I Care? Mobile Security for The Rest of Us

by Veracode

I've already accepted the fact that Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is a business trend that's here to stay. According to one report I recently read, just 23 percent of enterprise employees use company-sanctioned mobile devices only - meaning 77 percent of employees are using their own devices in some capacity to do their job. 1 As the Chief Informati...

Blown to Bits
Blown to Bits

by Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis

For thousands of years, people have been saying that the world is changing and will never again be the same. Yet the profound changes happening today are different, because they result from a specific technological development. It is now possible, in principle, to remember everything that anyone says, writes, sings, draws, or photographs. Everythi...

Fundamentals of Business
Fundamentals of Business

by Stephen J. Skripak

Fundamentals of Business, 2nd Edition is an 372-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organi...

GIS Succinctly
GIS Succinctly

by Peter Shaw

Geographic information systems (GIS) use a complex mix of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology to provide everything from web-based interfaces, such as Bing Maps and Google Maps, to tracking applications for delivery services. With GIS Succinctly, author Peter Shaw guides you through it all, starting with a detailed examinatio...

D3 Tips and Tricks v3.x
D3 Tips and Tricks v3.x

by Malcolm Maclean

D3 Tips and Tricks is a book written to help those who may be unfamiliar with JavaScript or web page creation get started turning information into visualization. Data is the new medium of choice for telling a story or presenting compelling information on the Internet and d3.js is an extraordinary framework for presentation of data on a web page....

Business Communication for Success
Business Communication for Success

by UMN

Business Communication for Success is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. Business Communication for Success (BCS) provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to the study and application of written and oral business communication to serve both student and pro...

Exploring Business
Exploring Business

by UMN

Exploring Business introduces students to business roles and concepts in an exciting way. This text will help you decide whether business is right for you and, if so, what areas of business you'd like to study further. Exploring Business is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receiv...

Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting

by UMN

This book is intended for an undergraduate or MBA level Financial Accounting course. It covers the standard topics in a standard sequence, utilizing the Socratic method of asking and answering questions....

The SysAdmin Handbook
The SysAdmin Handbook

by Various

Over the past two years, Simple-Talk has published articles on a variety of SysAdmin topics, from Exchange to Virtualization, and including everything from Powershell to Unified Messaging. We have brought the best of these articles together to form The SysAdmin Handbook. With over fifty articles packed into this book, it will be an essential refere...

Blockchain and Crypt Currency
Blockchain and Crypt Currency

by Makoto Yano, Chris Dai, Kenichi Masuda, Yoshio Kishimoto

This book contributes to the creation of a cyber ecosystem supported by blockchain technology in which technology and people can coexist in harmony. Blockchains have shown that trusted records, or ledgers, of permanent data can be stored on the Internet in a decentralized manner. The decentralization of the recording process is expected to signific...

Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment

by Michael Z. Hauschild, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Stig Irving Olsen

This book is a uniquely pedagogical while still comprehensive state-of-the-art description of LCA-methodology and its broad range of applications. The five parts of the book conveniently provide: I) the history and context of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with its central role as quantitative and scientifically-based tool supporting society’s trans...

Digital Business Models
Digital Business Models

by Bernd W. Wirtz

The spread of the Internet into all areas of business activities has put a particular focus on business models. The digitalization of business processes is the driver of changes in company strategies and management practices alike. This textbook provides a structured and conceptual approach, allowing students and other readers to understand the com...

Eye Tracking Methodology
Eye Tracking Methodology

by Andrew T. Duchowski

Focusing on recent advances in analytical techniques, this third edition of Andrew Duchowski’s successful guide has been revised and extended. It includes new chapters on calibration accuracy, precision and correction; advanced eye movement analysis; binocular eye movement analysis; practical gaze analytics; eye movement synthesis. Eye Tracking ...

Fundamentals of Business Process Management
Fundamentals of Business Process Management

by Marlon Dumas, Marcello La Rosa, Jan Mendling, Hajo A. Reijers

This book covers the entire Business Process Management (BPM) lifecycle, from process identification to process monitoring, covering along the way process modelling, analysis, redesign and automation. Concepts, methods and tools from business management, computer science and industrial engineering are blended into one comprehensive and inter-discip...

Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, Mike Wasson

This book walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. Developers who are curious about developing for the cloud, are considering a move to the cloud, or are new to cloud development will find here a concise overv...

Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials: Support Secrets
Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials: Support Secrets

by Ed Bott

That group includes full-time professional trainers, of course, but it also includes IT pros and those brave souls who staff the help desk in corporations. Most of all, it includes the incredibly large population of people who have earned a reputation for being "the person who knows Windows." With that knowledge comes a seemingly endle...

Introducing Microsoft Power BI
Introducing Microsoft Power BI

by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

Introducing Microsoft Power BI enables you to evaluate when and how to use Power BI. Get inspired to improve business processes in your company by leveraging the available analytical and collaborative features of this environment. This book is targeted to a variety of readers. There are information workers and people who are totally new to the B...

Introducing Windows Server 2016
Introducing Windows Server 2016

by John McCabe

Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed you that have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or at very least you have seen it from afar! This book introduces you to Windows Server 2016, which is the next version of Windo...

HTML5 Notes for Professionals
HTML5 Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

The HTML5 Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....

PostgreSQL for Beginners
PostgreSQL for Beginners

by Pavel Luzanov, Egor Rogov, Igor Levshin

PostgreSQL for Beginners book is intended for those who only start getting acquainted with the world of PostgreSQL. It contains some basic information about this DBMS and its main features, history of its creation and development roadmap, step-by-step installation instructions and a getting started guide....

Pro Git
Pro Git

by Scott Chacon, Ben Straub

Pro Git, 2nd Edition is your fully-updated guide to Git and its usage in the modern world. Git has come a long way since it was first developed by Linus Torvalds for Linux kernel development. It has taken the open source world by storm since its inception in 2005, and this book teaches you how to use it like a pro. Effective and well-implemented v...

Humanities World Report 2015
Humanities World Report 2015

by Poul Holm, Arne Jarrick, Dominic Scott

The first of its kind, this Open Access 'Report' is a first step in assessing the state of the humanities worldwide. Based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews the book discusses the value of the humanities, the nature of humanities research and the relation between humanities and politics, amongst other issues....

The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks
The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks

by Michele Walters, Robert J. Scholes

Biodiversity observation systems are almost everywhere inadequate to meet local, national and international (treaty) obligations. As a result of alarmingly rapid declines in biodiversity in the modern era, there is a strong, worldwide desire to upgrade our monitoring systems, but little clarity on what is actually needed and how it can be assembled...

Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

by Nancy W. Gleason

This collection examines how higher education responds to the demands of the automation economy and the fourth industrial revolution. Considering significant trends in how people are learning, coupled with the ways in which different higher education institutions and education stakeholders are implementing adaptations, it looks at new programs ...

Safer Healthcare
Safer Healthcare

by Charles Vincent, René Amalberti

The authors of this book set out a system of safety strategies and interventions for managing patient safety on a day-to-day basis and improving safety over the long term. These strategies are applicable at all levels of the healthcare system from the frontline to the regulation and governance of the system. There have been many advances in patien...

IUTAM
IUTAM

by Peter Eberhard, Stephen Juhasz

This book presents extensive information related to the history of IUTAM. The initial chapters focus on IUTAM's history and selected organizational aspects. Subsequent chapters provide extensive data and statistics, while the closing section showcases photos from all periods of the Union's history.The history of IUTAM, the International Union on Th...

X-Ray Contrast Media
X-Ray Contrast Media

by Ulrich Speck

This book is an overview on CT/X-ray contrast media designed for radiologists and other medical specialists who use contrast media in imaging and interventional procedures as well as related scientists on the use and pharmaceutical aspects of X-ray contrast media. The overall goal of this book is to provide a comprehensive overview relevant for the...

Computational Thinking Education
Computational Thinking Education

by Siu-Cheung Kong, Harold Abelson

This book offers a comprehensive guide, covering every important aspect of computational thinking education. It provides an in-depth discussion of computational thinking, including the notion of perceiving computational thinking practices as ways of mapping models from the abstraction of data and process structures to natural phenomena. Further, it...

Understanding Society and Natural Resources
Understanding Society and Natural Resources

by Michael J. Manfredo, Jerry J. Vaske, Andreas Rechkemmer, Esther A. Duke

In this edited open access book leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds wrestle with social science integration opportunities and challenges. This book explores the growing concern of how best to achieve effective integration of the social science disciplines as a means for furthering natural resource social science and environment...

Environmental Leadership Capacity Building in Higher Education
Environmental Leadership Capacity Building in Higher Education

by Takashi Mino, Keisuke Hanaki

The Graduate Program in Sustainability Science under the Department of Urban Engineering of The University of Tokyo has been running an environmental leadership education program at the graduate student level since 2007 called the Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL). This book describes the University's experiences in esta...

White Paper on Joint Replacement
White Paper on Joint Replacement

by Hans-Holger Bleß, Miriam Kip

White Paper on Joint ReplacementThis White Paper details the status of hip and knee arthroplasty care in Germany. Hip and knee replacements are amongst the most frequently performed procedures and usually become necessarily due to age-related wear of the joint, osteoarthritis and fractures of the femoral neck. In light of demographic change, demand...

Research Assessment in the Humanities
Research Assessment in the Humanities

by Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, Hans-Dieter Daniel

This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.This book analyses and discusses the recent developments for assessing research quality in the humanities and related fields in the social sciences. Research assessments in the humanities are highly controversial and the evaluation of humanities research is delicate. Whi...

River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — A Policy Crossroads
River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — A Policy Crossroads

by Claudia J. Carr

This book offers a devastating look at deeply flawed development processes driven by international finance, African governments and the global consulting industry. It examines major river basin development underway in the semi-arid borderlands of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan and its disastrous human rights consequences for a half-million indigen...

Companion to European Heritage Revivals
Companion to European Heritage Revivals

by Linde Egberts, Koos Bosma

Are you organising an international heritage project? Turning a so-called 'heritage revival' into a meaningful experience for the general public can be a challenge to historians, archaeologists, museum conservators and tourism professionals alike. This Companion to European Heritage Revivals offers inspiration and new ideas to those who want to eng...

Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer
Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer

by Koichi Hishida

Universities and research institutes are increasingly expected to contribute to society by creating innovation from the returns of their research results and the establishment of new technologies. Toward that goal, Keio University in Japan held an international symposium titled "Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer: Fostering Innovati...

Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships
Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships

by Julia Steets

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book presents a new model of accountability which ensures that public-private partnerships don't erode public accountability. It defines concrete accountability standards for different types of partnerships....

Entrepreneurial Cognition
Entrepreneurial Cognition

by Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

This book investigates the inter-relationship between the mind and a potential opportunity to explore the psychology of entrepreneurship. Building on recent research, this book offers a broad scope investigation of the different aspects of what goes on in the mind of the (potential) entrepreneur as he or she considers the pursuit of a potential op...

Responsive Open Learning Environments
Responsive Open Learning Environments

by Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Martin Wolpers

This book presents the outcomes of four years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centered around the concept of self-regulated learning that creates responsible learners, who are capable of critical thinking and able to plan their own learning processes. ROL...

The Academic Book of the Future
The Academic Book of the Future

by Rebecca E. Lyons, Samantha J. Rayner

Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling....

Managing Elevated Risk
Managing Elevated Risk

by Iwan J. Azis, Hyun Song Shin

This book discusses the risks and opportunities that arise in Emerging Asia given the context of a new environment in global liquidity and capital flows. It elaborates on the need to ensure financial and overall economic stability in the region through improved financial regulation and other policy measures to minimize the emergent risks. "Man...

Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate
Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate

by Shuzo Nishioka

This book presents good practices in Asia and ASEAN countries for effectively promoting advances in response to climate change, which can help to achieve sustainable development in Asia and around the world. As a proposal, the aim is to influence the discussions at COP 21 by providing a positive agenda with concrete actions from an Asian perspectiv...

Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship
Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship

by Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

In this book, the authors present a challenge for future research to build a stronger, more complete understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena. They argue that this more complete picture of entrepreneurial phenomena will likely come from scholars who undertake at least some trailblazing projects; from scholars who broaden the range of research que...

Ranaviruses
Ranaviruses

by Matthew J. Gray, V. Gregory Chinchar

The first book of its kind, this work discusses the global extent of ranaviruses, principles of ranavirus ecology and evolution. The research included provides guidance on designing ranavirus surveillance studies to determine risk. Ranaviruses are are double-stranded DNA viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease in amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Rana...

Talent Development in European Higher Education
Talent Development in European Higher Education

by Dr. Marca V.C. Wolfensberger

This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systemati...

The European Higher Education Area
The European Higher Education Area

by Adrian Curaj, Liviu Matei, Remus Pricopie, Jamil Salmi, Peter Scott

Bridging the gap between higher education research and policy making was always a challenge, but the recent calls for more evidence-based policies have opened a window of unprecedented opportunity for researchers to bring more contributions to shaping the future of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Encouraged by the success of the 2011 fir...

Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy
Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy

by Matthias Kalkuhl, Joachim von Braun, Maximo Torero

This book provides fresh insights into concepts, methods and new research findings on the causes of excessive food price volatility. It also discusses the implications for food security and policy responses to mitigate excessive volatility. The approaches applied by the contributors range from on-the-ground surveys, to panel econometrics and innova...

Greening the Financial Sector
Greening the Financial Sector

by Doris Köhn

Given the manifold challenges of financial sectors in developing and transition countries, one might be tempted to believe that embarking on "green" finance is not a priority for financial systems development. However, there are a number of arguments against this view. Environmental finance, particularly energy efficiency and renewable en...

Platform Embedded Security Technology Revealed
Platform Embedded Security Technology Revealed

by Xiaoyu Ruan

Platform Embedded Security Technology Revealed is an in-depth introduction to Intel's platform embedded solution: the security and management engine. The engine is shipped inside most Intel platforms for servers, personal computers, tablets, and smartphones. The engine realizes advanced security and management functionalities and protects applicati...

Global Business Strategy
Global Business Strategy

by Kazuyuki Motohashi

This book presents theories and case studies for corporations in developed nations, including Japan, for designing strategies to maximize opportunities and minimize threats in business expansion into developing nations. The case studies featured here focus on Asia, including China and India, and use examples of Japanese manufacturers. Five case st...

The Gene Ontology Handbook
The Gene Ontology Handbook

by Christophe Dessimoz, Nives Škunca

This book provides a practical and self-contained overview of the Gene Ontology (GO), the leading project to organize biological knowledge on genes and their products across genomic resources. Written for biologists and bioinformaticians, it covers the state-of-the-art of how GO annotations are made, how they are evaluated, and what sort of analyse...

Fragility Fracture Nursing
Fragility Fracture Nursing

by Karen Hertz, Julie Santy-Tomlinson

This book aims to provide a comprehensive but practical overview of the knowledge required for the assessment and management of the older adult with or at risk of fragility fracture. It considers this from the perspectives of all of the settings in which this group of patients receive nursing care. Globally, a fragility fracture is estimated to occ...

Marginality
Marginality

by Joachim von Braun, Franz W. Gatzweiler

This volume presents new insights on marginality, i.e. the situation of people living on the edge of socio-economic and ecological systems. The marginality concept leads to different development policies. While the prevalence of poverty declined by about 50 percent in the past two decades, any further reduction of poverty will be more difficult, be...

Knowledge and Networks
Knowledge and Networks

by Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer

This book discusses a core question in many fields of the social sciences, namely how to create, share and adopt new knowledge. It creates an original space for conversation between two lines of research that have developed largely in parallel for a long time: social network theory and the geography of knowledge. This book considers that relational...

Volcanic Unrest
Volcanic Unrest

by Joachim Gottsmann, Jürgen Neuberg, Bettina Scheu

This book summarizes the findings of the VUELCO project, a multi-disciplinary and cross-boundary research funded by the European Commission's 7th framework program. It comprises four broad topics:1. The global significance of volcanic unrest2. Geophysical and geochemical fingerprints of unrest and precursory activity3. Magma dynamics le...

Bayesian Methods in the Search for MH370
Bayesian Methods in the Search for MH370

by Sam Davey, Neil Gordon, Ian Holland, Mark Rutten, Jason Williams

This book demonstrates how nonlinear/non-Gaussian Bayesian time series estimation methods were used to produce a probability distribution of potential MH370 flight paths. It provides details of how the probabilistic models of aircraft flight dynamics, satellite communication system measurements, environmental effects and radar data were constructed...

Intelligent Human Computer Interaction
Intelligent Human Computer Interaction

by Patrick Horain, Catherine Achard, Malik Mallem

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction, IHCI 2017, held in Evry, France, in December 2017. The 15 papers presented together with three invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 25 submissions. The conference is forum for the presentation...

Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Inter-American Development Bank, Matteo Grazzi, Carlo Pietrobelli

This volume uses the study of firm dynamics to investigate the factors preventing faster productivity growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, pushing past the limits of traditional macroeconomic analyses. Each chapter is dedicated to an examination of a different factor affecting firm productivity - innovation, ICT usage, on-the-job-training, fi...

The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Disease
The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Disease

by Derek Bolton, Grant Gillett

'This is an incredibly audacious book. Derek Bolton and Grant Gillett brilliantly succeed in providing the big picture that was lacking in the defense of the biopsychosocial model promoted by Engel 40 years ago.' - Steeves Demazeux, Assistant Professor in philosophy, Bordeaux-Montaigne University, FranceThis book is a systematic update of the philo...

The Everyday Life of an Algorithm
The Everyday Life of an Algorithm

by Daniel Neyland

This book begins with an algorithm - a set of IF...THEN rules used in the development of a new, ethical, video surveillance architecture for transport hubs. Readers are invited to follow the algorithm over three years, charting its everyday life. Questions of ethics, transparency, accountability and market value must be grasped by the algorithm in ...

Delusions in Context
Delusions in Context

by Lisa Bortolotti

'This is an excellent and engaging resource on delusions. The idea that delusions should not be seen as radically different from other beliefs… is an important challenge to much contemporary thinking and practice. It should be of interest to anyone studying delusional beliefs, and to all those who aim to help people who are troubled by them.'Phil...

Sensor Technologies
Sensor Technologies

by Michael J. McGrath, Cliodhna Ní Scanaill

Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications explores the key aspects of sensor technologies, covering wired, wireless, and discrete sensors for the specific application domains of healthcare, wellness and environmental sensing. It discusses the social, regulatory, and design considerations specific to these domains. ...

Bioeconomy
Bioeconomy

by Iris Lewandowski

This book defines the new field of "Bioeconomy" as the sustainable and innovative use of biomass and biological knowledge to provide food, feed, industrial products, bioenergy and ecological services. The chapters highlight the importance of bioeconomy-related concepts in public, scientific, and political discourse. Using an interdiscipli...

Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation
Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation

by Nuno Crato, Paolo Paruolo

In the light of better and more detailed administrative databases, this book provides statistical tools for evaluating the effects of public policies advocated by governments and public institutions. Experts from academia, national statistics offices and various research centers present modern econometric methods for an efficient data-driven policy...

Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

by Juha I. Uitto, Jyotsna Puri, Rob D. van den Berg

This book is open access under a Creative Commons license.This authoritative book presents the ever progressing state of the art in evaluating climate change strategies and action. It builds upon a selection of relevant and practical papers and presentations given at the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development held...

Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems
Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems

by Jürgen Beyerer, Christian Kühnert, Oliver Niggemann

This book proceedings presents new approaches to Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems, experiences and visions. It contains some selected papers from the international Conference ML4CPS - Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems, which was held in Karlsruhe, October 23-24, 2018. Cyber Physical Systems are characterized by their ability to...

The Globalization of Science Curricula
The Globalization of Science Curricula

by Oliver Stacey, Giulia De Lazzari, Hilary Grayson, Hazel Griffin, Emily Jones, Amanda Taylor, David Thomas

Globalization is a powerful force with far reaching impacts on education and education policy. The growth of large scale international surveys of student achievement and the increasing role played by intergovernmental agencies in education means that the influence that globalization exerts on education is likely to increase even further in the futu...

Sonic Skills
Sonic Skills

by Karin Bijsterveld

It is common for us today to associate the practice of science primarily with the act of seeing—with staring at computer screens, analyzing graphs, and presenting images. We may notice that physicians use stethoscopes to listen for disease, that biologists tune into sound recordings to understand birds, or that engineers have created Geiger telle...

Collaborating Against Child Abuse
Collaborating Against Child Abuse

by Susanna Johansson, Kari Stefansen, Elisiv Bakketeig, Anna Kaldal

This edited collection explores the background and implementation of the Nordic Barnahus (or 'Children's House') model – recognised as one of the most important reforms related to children who are the victims of crime in the Nordic region. This book discusses both its potential to affect change and the challenges facing it. The model was introduc...

Knowledge and Action
Knowledge and Action

by Peter Meusburger, Benno Werlen, Laura Suarsana

This volume explores interdependencies between knowledge, action, and space from different interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the contributors discuss knowledge as a social construct based on collective action, while others look at knowledge as an individual capacity for action. The chapters contain theoretical frameworks as well as experiment...

Digital Kenya
Digital Kenya

by Bitange Ndemo, Tim Weiss

Presenting rigorous and original research, this volume offers key insights into the historical, cultural, social, economic and political forces at play in the creation of world-class ICT innovations in Kenya. Following the arrival of fiber-optic cables in 2009, Digital Kenya examines why the initial entrepreneurial spirit and digital revolution has...

Life Cycle Management
Life Cycle Management

by Guido Sonnemann, Manuele Margni

This book provides insight into the Life Cycle Management (LCM) concept and the progress in its implementation. LCM is a management concept applied in industrial and service sectors to improve products and services, while enhancing the overall sustainability performance of business and its value chains. In this regard, LCM is an opportunity to diff...

Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding
Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding

by J. Jesus Céron-Rojas, José Crossa

This book focuses on the linear selection index (LSI) theory and its statistical properties. It addresses the single-stage LSI theory by assuming that economic weights are fixed and known - or fixed, but unknown - to predict the net genetic merit in the phenotypic, marker and genomic context. Further, it shows how to combine the LSI theory with the...

Asylum Determination in Europe
Asylum Determination in Europe

by Nick Gill, Anthony Good

Drawing on new research material from ten European countries, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives brings together a range of detailed accounts of the legal and bureaucratic processes by which asylum claims are decided.The book includes a legal overview of European asylum determination procedures, followed by sections on the di...

Computation and the Humanities
Computation and the Humanities

by Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn

This book addresses the application of computing to cultural heritage and the discipline of Digital Humanities that formed around it. Digital Humanities research is transforming how the Human record can be transmitted, shaped, understood, questioned and imagined and it has been ongoing for more than 70 years. However, we have no comprehensive histo...

Cloud-Based Benchmarking of Medical Image Analysis
Cloud-Based Benchmarking of Medical Image Analysis

by Allan Hanbury, Henning Müller, Georg Langs

This book presents the VISCERAL project benchmarks for analysis and retrieval of 3D medical images (CT and MRI) on a large scale, which used an innovative cloud-based evaluation approach where the image data were stored centrally on a cloud infrastructure and participants placed their programs in virtual machines on the cloud. The book presents the...

Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course
Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course

by Michel Oris, Caroline Roberts, Dominique Joye, Michèle Ernst Stähli

This book details tools and procedures for data collections of hard-to-reach, hard-to-survey populations. Inside, readers will discover first-hand insights from experts who share their successes as well as their failures in their attempts to identify and measure human vulnerabilities across the life course. Coverage first provides an introduction o...

Differential Undercounts in the U.S. Census
Differential Undercounts in the U.S. Census

by William P.  O’Hare

This book describes the differences in US census coverage, also referred to as "differential undercount", by showing which groups have the highest net undercounts and which groups have the greatest undercount differentials, and discusses why such undercounts occur. In addition to focusing on measuring census coverage for several demograph...

Scaling a Software Business
Scaling a Software Business

by Brian Fitzgerald, Klaas-Jan Stol, Sten Minör, Henrik Cosmo

Software has changed the rules of the game. The world talks about the digitalization in industry and society – how the focus has shifted from producing tangible things towards software and services. This trend started many years ago, but is now affecting every company, whether it's a software company or not. There are many companies that have alr...

Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident
Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

by Joonhong Ahn, Cathryn Carson, Mikael Jensen, Kohta Juraku, Shinya Nagasaki, Satoru Tanaka

This book focuses on nuclear engineering education in the post-Fukushima era. It was edited by the organizers of the summer school held in August 2011 in University of California, Berkeley, as part of a collaborative program between the University of Tokyo and UC Berkeley. Motivated by the particular relevance and importance of social-scientific ap...

Deliberative Public Engagement with Science
Deliberative Public Engagement with Science

by Lisa PytlikZillig, Myiah Hutchens, Peter Muhlberger, Frank Gonzalez, Alan Tomkins

This compact open access reference delves beyond popular concepts of educated consumers and an informed public by examining the science behind deliberative engagement. Using data from four longitudinal studies, the authors assess public engagement methods in deliberative discussions of ethical, legal, and social issues concerning innovations in nan...

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers
The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers

by Todd S. Rosenstock, Andreea Nowak, Evan Girvetz

This volume shares new data relating to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), with emphasis on experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa. The book is a collection of research by authors from over 30 institutions, spanning the public and private sectors, with specific knowledge on agricultural development in the region discussed. The material is assembl...

Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States
Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States

by Olaf Halvorsen Rønning, Ole Hammerslev

This edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of the differences and similarities between civil legal aid schemes in the Nordic countries whilst outlining recent legal aid transformations in their respective welfare states. Based on in-depth studies of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, the authors compare these cases with le...

Finance for Food
Finance for Food

by Doris Köhn

This book reflects the current state of discussion about agricultural and rural finance in developing and transition countries. It provides insight into specific themes, such as commodity value chains, farm banking, risk management in agricultural banking, structured finance, crop insurance, mobile banking, and how to increase effectiveness in rura...

Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation
Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation

by Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Christoph Aubrecht

Over the past decades, rapid developments in digital and sensing technologies, such as the Cloud, Web and Internet of Things, have dramatically changed the way we live and work. The digital transformation is revolutionizing our ability to monitor our planet and transforming the way we access, process and exploit Earth Observation data from satell...

Musical Haptics
Musical Haptics

by Stefano Papetti, Charalampos Saitis

This book offers an original interdisciplinary overview of the role of haptic feedback in musical interaction. Divided into two parts, part I examines the tactile aspects of music performance and perception, discussing how they affect user experience and performance in terms of usability, functionality and perceived quality of musical instruments. ...

Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides
Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides

by Kyoji Sassa, Matjaž Mikoš, Yueping Yin

This volume contains peer-reviewed papers from the Fourth World Landslide Forum organized by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (IPL), University of Ljubljana (UL) and Geological Survey of Slovenia in Ljubljana, Slovenia from May 29 to June 2, 2017. The compl...

IMPROVE - Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency
IMPROVE - Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency

by Oliver Niggemann, Peter Schüller

This open access work presents selected results from the European research and innovation project IMPROVE which yielded novel data-based solutions to enhance machine reliability and efficiency in the fields of simulation and optimization, condition monitoring, alarm management, and quality prediction. Prof. Dr. Oliver Niggemann is Professor for Ar...

Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering
Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering

by Alessandra Russo, Andy Schürr

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering, FASE 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018, held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018.The 19 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed ...

Bio-based Building Skin
Bio-based Building Skin

by Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

This book provides a compendium of material properties, demonstrates several successful examples of bio-based materials' application in building facades, and offers ideas for new designs and novel solutions. It features a state-of-the-art review, addresses the latest trends in material selection, assembling systems, and innovative functions of faca...

Projection-Based Clustering through Self-Organization and Swarm Intelligence
Projection-Based Clustering through Self-Organization and Swarm Intelligence

by Michael Christoph Thrun

It covers aspects of unsupervised machine learning used for knowledge discovery in data science and introduces a data-driven approach to cluster analysis, the Databionic swarm(DBS). DBS consists of the 3D landscape visualization and clustering of data. The 3D landscape enables 3D printing of high-dimensional data structures.The clustering and numbe...

The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus
The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus

by Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg

This book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from ...

Situating Children of Migrants across Borders and Origins
Situating Children of Migrants across Borders and Origins

by Claudio Bolzman, Laura Bernardi, Jean-Marie Le Goff

This open access wide-ranging collation of papers examines a host of issues in studying second-generation immigrants, their life courses, and their relations with older generations. Tightly focused on methodological aspects, both quantitative and qualitative, the volume features the work of authors from numerous countries, from differing discipline...

Android Application Development for the Intel Platform
Android Application Development for the Intel Platform

by Ryan Cohen, Tao Wang

The number of Android devices running on Intel processors has increased since Intel and Google announced, in late 2011, that they would be working together to optimize future versions of Android for Intel Atom processors. Today, Intel processors can be found in Android smartphones and tablets made by some of the top manufacturers of Android devices...

Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa
Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi

Good education changes lives. It is therefore unsurprising that improved schooling plays a central part in most development strategies. At the same time, the expansion of school attainment alone is not sufficient to guarantee improved welfare. This book focuses on one country in West Africa, Togo, to explore what a country that has successfully inc...

Demystifying Climate Models
Demystifying Climate Models

by Andrew Gettelman, Richard Rood

This book demystifies the models we use to simulate present and future climates, allowing readers to better understand how to use climate model results. In order to predict the future trajectory of the Earth's climate, climate-system simulation models are necessary. When and how do we trust climate model predictions? The book offers a framework for...

Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education
Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education

by Paul Drijvers, Lynda Ball, Bärbel Barzel, M. Kathleen Heid, Yiming Cao, Michela Maschietto

This topical survey provides an overview of the current state of the art in technology use in mathematics education, including both practice-oriented experiences and research-based evidence, as seen from an international perspective. Three core themes are discussed: Evidence of effectiveness; Digital assessment; and Communication and collaboration....

Handbook of Life Course Health Development
Handbook of Life Course Health Development

by Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman

This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan p...

Ethics Dumping
Ethics Dumping

by Doris Schroeder, Julie Cook, François Hirsch, Solveig Fenet, Vasantha Muthuswamy

This book provides original, up-to-date case studies of "ethics dumping" that were largely facilitated by loopholes in the ethics governance of low and middle-income countries. It is instructive even to experienced researchers since it provides a voice to vulnerable populations from the forementioned countries. Ensuring the ethical conduc...

Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design
Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design

by Michael Herzog, Gregory Francis, Aaron Clarke

This open access textbook provides the background needed to correctly use, interpret and understand statistics and statistical data in diverse settings. Part I makes key concepts in statistics readily clear. Parts I and II give an overview of the most common tests (t-test, ANOVA, correlations) and work out their statistical principles. Part III pr...

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century
Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century

by Eiman Karar

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water ...

TouchDevelop
TouchDevelop

by R. Nigel Horspool, Nikolai Tillmann

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are set to become the main computers that virtually all people will own and carry with them at all times. And yet,mobile devices are not yet used for all computing tasks. A project at Microsoft Research was created to answer a simple question: "It is possible to create interesting apps directly on...

Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity
Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity

by Patrick Simon, Victor Piché, Amélie Gagnon

This book examines the question of collecting and disseminating data on ethnicity and race in order to describe characteristics of ethnic and racial groups, identify factors of social and economic integration and implement policies to redress discrimination. It offers a global perspective on the issue by looking at race and ethnicity in a wide vari...

Autonomous Driving
Autonomous Driving

by Markus Maurer, J. Christian Gerdes, Barbara Lenz, Hermann Winner

This book takes a look at fully automated, autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be integrated into the current transportation system with diverse users and human drivers? Where do automated vehicles fall under current legal frameworks? What risks are associated with automation and how will society respo...

Programming Languages and Systems
Programming Languages and Systems

by Amal Ahmed

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 27th European Symposium on Programming, ESOP 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018, held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018. The 36 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 114 submissions. The ...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This book describes the coming about and first results of the AiREAS "healthy city" cooperative in the city of Eindhoven and Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. AiREAS is an initiative focused on the multidisciplinary co-creation of healthy cities using the core human value of human health and air quality as guiding principle fo...

Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D
Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D

by Agota Szende, Bas Janssen, Juan Cabases

The EQ-5D instrument, as a standardized, cross-culturally validated measure of self-assessed health has a hugely important role in understanding population health within and across countries. Over the past two decades a wealth of international population health survey data have been accumulated by the EuroQol Group from research conducted in many c...

Computer Vision Metrics
Computer Vision Metrics

by Scott Krig

Computer Vision Metrics provides an extensive survey and analysis of over 100 current and historical feature description and machine vision methods, with a detailed taxonomy for local, regional and global features. This book provides necessary background to develop intuition about why interest point detectors and feature descriptors actually work, ...

European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies
European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Remus Pricopie

Higher education has thrived in Europe for the last three decades supported by the powerful policy narratives of the European construction and knowledge society. The two together called for better-integrated societies with higher economic competitiveness, superior employment, and social cohesion. Extraordinary developments in higher education durin...

Evolutionary Genomics
Evolutionary Genomics

by Maria Anisimova

This book addresses the challenge of analyzing and understanding the evolutionary dynamics of complex biological systems at the genomic level, and elaborates on some promising strategies that would bring us closer to uncovering of the vital relationships between genotype and phenotype. After a few educational primers, the book continues with sectio...

Integrated Groundwater Management
Integrated Groundwater Management

by Anthony J. Jakeman, Olivier Barreteau, Randall J. Hunt, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, Andrew Ross

The aim of this book is to document for the first time the dimensions and requirements of effective integrated groundwater management (IGM). Groundwater management is a formidable challenge, one that remains one of humanity's foremost priorities. It has become a largely non-renewable resource that is overexploited in many parts of the world. In the...

Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe
Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe

by Boris Begović, Dušan Popović

This book provides answers to key open questions concerning competition policy in emerging economies, with a focus on South Eastern Europe. The contributions address two major issues. One is the design of competition policy and the national competition authorities that enforce it, including the topics of competition advocacy and state aid control; ...

Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access
Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access

by Nancy L. Moureau

This book offers updated and revised information on vessel health and preservation (VHP), a model concept first published in poster form in 2008 and in JVA in 2012, which has received a great deal of attention, especially in the US, UK and Australia. The book presents a model and a new way of thinking applied to vascular access and administration o...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas. The 2nd edition has been updated with a range of...

Advances in Production Technology
Advances in Production Technology

by Christian Brecher

This edited volume contains the selected papers presented at the scientific board meeting of the German Cluster of Excellence on "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries", held in November 2014. The topical structure of the book is clustered in six sessions: Integrative Production Technology, Individualised Production, ...

Managing Innovation and Standards
Managing Innovation and Standards

by Paul Moritz Wiegmann

This book provides an in-depth study of the management of standards and regulation in sustainable and radical innovation development. It considers the case of micro Combined Heat and Power (mCHP) technology. The developers of this radical innovation in the European heating sector encountered major conflicts when attempting to create or adapt stand...

Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety
Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety

by Joonhong Ahn, Franck Guarnieri, Kazuo Furuta

This book summarizes presentations and discussions from the two-day international workshop held at UC Berkeley in March 2015, and derives questions to be addressed in multi-disciplinary research toward a new paradigm of nuclear safety. The consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011 have fuelled the debate on nuclear safet...

Global Health Collaboration
Global Health Collaboration

by Margaret Winchester, Caprice Knapp, Rhonda BeLue

This stimulating open access volume details the innovative work of the Pan Institution Network for Global Health in creating collaborative research-based answers to large-scale health issues. Equitable partnerships among member universities representing North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe reverse standard cross-national dynamics to develop loca...

Tuberculosis in Adults and Children
Tuberculosis in Adults and Children

by Dorothee Heemskerk, Maxine Caws, Ben Marais, Jeremy Farrar

This work contains updated and clinically relevant information about tuberculosis. It is aimed at providing a succinct overview of history and disease epidemiology, clinical presentation and the most recent scientific developments in the field of tuberculosis research, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. It may serve as a practical resour...

Water Resource Systems Planning and Management
Water Resource Systems Planning and Management

by Daniel P. Loucks, Eelco van Beek

This revised, updated textbook presents a systems approach to the planning, management, and operation of water resources infrastructure in the environment. Previously published in 2005 by UNESCO and Deltares (Delft Hydraulics at the time), this new edition, written again with contributions from Jery R. Stedinger, Jozef P. M. Dijkman, and Monique T...

Cost and Revenue Overruns of the Olympic Games 2000–2018
Cost and Revenue Overruns of the Olympic Games 2000–2018

by Holger Preuß, Wladimir Andreff, Maike Weitzmann

In this book the cost and revenue overruns of Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to PyeongChang 2018 from eight years before the Games to Games‐time are investigated to provide a base for future host cities. The authors evaluated the development of expenditure and revenues of the organizing committees to operate the event, and the investment of taxpa...

Biodiversity of Angola
Biodiversity of Angola

by Brian J. Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages, Nuno Ferrand

This book presents a 'state of the science' synthesis of knowledge on the biodiversity of Angola, based on sources in peer-reviewed journals, in books and where appropriate, unpublished official reports. The book identifies Angola as one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa, but notes that its fauna, flora, habitats and the processe...

Renewing Local Planning to Face Climate Change in the Tropics
Renewing Local Planning to Face Climate Change in the Tropics

by Maurizio Tiepolo, Alessandro Pezzoli, Vieri Tarchiani

This book aims to inspire decision makers and practitioners to change their approach to climate planning in the tropics through the application of modern technologies for characterizing local climate and tracking vulnerability and risk, and using decision-making tools. Drawing on 16 case studies conducted mainly in the Caribbean, Central America, W...

Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria
Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria

by Julia Dahlvik

This open access monograph provides sociological insight into governmental action on the administration of asylum in the European context. It offers an in-depth understanding of how decision-making officials encounter and respond to structural contradictions in the asylum procedure produced by diverging legal, political, and administrative objectiv...

IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016 Assessment Framework
IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016 Assessment Framework

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Bruno Losito, Gabriella Agrusti

The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) investigates the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a range of countries in the second decade of the 21st century. ICCS 2016 is a continuation of a study initiated in 2009. This document outlines the framework and assessment design for the IC...

The Emigrant Communities of Latvia
The Emigrant Communities of Latvia

by Rita Kaša, Inta Mieriņa

This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of integration in their host countries, and – in the case of return migration - re-integration in their home country. In the context of European migration, the book describes the case of Latvia, which is interesting...

Saving for Development
Saving for Development

by Inter-American Development Bank

Why should people - and economies - save? This book on the savings problem in Latin America and the Caribbean suggests that, while saving to survive the bad times is important, saving to thrive in the good times is what really counts. People must save to invest in health and education, live productive and fulfilling lives, and make the most of thei...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This volume describes phase 3 of the AiREAS multidisciplinary cocreation effort to produce a Healthy City. Phase 1 referred to making visible the invisible from an air quality and human exposure perspective. Phase 2 studies air quality related to health and Phase 3 looks at air quality, health and lifestyle from the perspective of persuasion to inn...

Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland
Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland

by Laure Sandoz

This book analyses the strategies of migration intermediaries from the public and private sectors in Switzerland to select, attract, and retain highly skilled migrants who represent value to them. It reveals how state and economic actors define "wanted immigrants" and provide them with privileged access to the Swiss territory and labour m...

Intertwingled
Intertwingled

by Douglas Dechow, Daniele Struppa

This engaging volume celebrates the life and work of Theodor Holm "Ted" Nelson, a pioneer and legendary figure from the history of early computing. Presenting contributions from world-renowned computer scientists and figures from the media industry, the book delves into hypertext, the docuverse, Xanadu, and other products of Ted Nelson's ...

Counteracting Urban Heat Island Effects in a Global Climate Change Scenario
Counteracting Urban Heat Island Effects in a Global Climate Change Scenario

by Francesco Musco

Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) are a microclimatic phenomenon which manifests as a significant increase in the temperature of cities compared to their surrounding areas. Recently the phenomenon has been enforced by the tendency to climate change and in particular by extreme climate events. This book presents and analyzes the results of a project to deve...

Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement
Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement

by Bernard Veldkamp, Cor Sluijter

This book presents a multitude of different, yet related, innovations in educational measurement and provides insight in their practical possibilities.The book not only addresses several improvements in the quality of educational measurement and innovations in (inter)national large scale assessments, but also several advances in psychometrics and i...

Problem Solving in Mathematics Education
Problem Solving in Mathematics Education

by Peter Liljedahl, Manuel Santos-Trigo, Uldarico Malaspina, Regina Bruder

This survey book reviews four interrelated areas: (i) the relevance of heuristics in problem-solving approaches – why they are important and what research tells us about their use; (ii) the need to characterize and foster creative problem-solving approaches – what type of heuristics helps learners devise and practice creative solutions; (iii) t...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas....

Pharmacovigilance in the European Union
Pharmacovigilance in the European Union

by Michael Kaeding, Julia Schmälter, Christoph Klika

The book presents the results of an in-depth comparative study assessing the implementation of the EU Pharmacovigilance Directive in six EU Member States. By going beyond legal transposition and instead focusing on practical implementation, this study aims to close a gap in EU compliance research. Based on qualitative interviews with relevant actor...

Cognitive Supervision for Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Laser Surgery
Cognitive Supervision for Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Laser Surgery

by Loris Fichera

This thesis lays the groundwork for the automatic supervision of the laser incision process, which aims to complement surgeons' perception of the state of tissues and enhance their control over laser incisions. The research problem is formulated as the estimation of variables that are representative of the state of tissues during laser cutting. Pri...

Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies
Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies

by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Evren Yalaz

This book covers the main issues, challenges and techniques concerning the application of qualitative methodologies to the study of migration. It discusses theoretical, epistemological and empirical questions that must be considered before, during, and after undertaking qualitative research in migration studies. It also covers recent innovative dev...

Synchronized Factories
Synchronized Factories

by Juan S. Blyde

The objective of this report is to examine the extent to which countries in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in global value chains and what are the drivers of such participation. Production processes have been increasingly fragmented worldwide. For example, the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner involves 43 suppliers located in 13...

Medical Imaging Systems
Medical Imaging Systems

by Andreas Maier, Stefan Steidl, Vincent Christlein, Joachim Hornegger

This book gives a complete and comprehensive introduction to the fields of medical imaging systems, as designed for a broad range of applications. The authors of the book first explain the foundations of system theory and image processing, before highlighting several modalities in a dedicated chapter. The initial focus is on modalities that are clo...

Nordic Mediation Research
Nordic Mediation Research

by Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian

This book presents twelve unique studies on mediation from researchers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, respectively. Each study highlights important aspects of mediation, including the role of children in family mediation, the evolution and ambivalent application of restorative justice in the Nordic countries, the confusion of roles in cour...

The Philosophy of Mathematics Education
The Philosophy of Mathematics Education

by Paul Ernest, Ole Skovsmose, Jean Paul van Bendegem, Maria Bicudo, Roger Miarka, Ladislav Kvasz, Regina Moeller

This survey provides a brief and selective overview of research in the philosophy of mathematics education. It asks what makes up the philosophy of mathematics education, what it means, what questions it asks and answers, and what is its overall importance and use? It provides overviews of critical mathematics education, and the most relevant mode...

Community-Oriented Policing and Technological Innovations
Community-Oriented Policing and Technological Innovations

by Georgios Leventakis, M. Haberfeld

This Brief presents new approaches and innovative challenges to address bringing technology into community-oriented policing efforts. "Community-oriented policing" is an approach that encourages police to develop and maintain personal relationships with citizens and community organizations. By developing these partnerships, the goal is to...

The Bluefin Tuna Fishery in the Bay of Biscay
The Bluefin Tuna Fishery in the Bay of Biscay

by José Luis Cort , Pablo Abaunza

This book is an original contribution to the knowledge on fishing and research associated with one of the most enigmatic fish of our seas: bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (L.). Based on available evidence, it reconstructs the possible methods used to catch large spawners in the Strait of Gibraltar thousands of years ago and describes the much more re...

Risk Communication for the Future
Risk Communication for the Future

by Mathilde Bourrier, Corinne Bieder

The conventional approach to risk communication, based on a centralized and controlled model, has led to blatant failures in the management of recent safety related events. In parallel, several cases have proved that actors not thought of as risk governance or safety management contributors may play a positive role regarding safety. Building on the...

Physical (A)Causality
Physical (A)Causality

by Karl Svozil

This book addresses the physical phenomenon of events that seem to occur spontaneously and without any known cause. These are to be contrasted with events that happen in a (pre-)determined, predictable, lawful, and causal way. All our knowledge is based on self-reflexive theorizing, as well as on operational means of empirical perception. Some of ...

Habitats and Biota of the Gulf of Mexico: Before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Habitats and Biota of the Gulf of Mexico: Before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

by C. Herb Ward

The Gulf of Mexico is an open and dynamic marine ecosystem rich in natural resources but heavily impacted by human activities, including agricultural, industrial, commercial and coastal development. Nutrients and pollutants from coastal communities and dozens of rivers flow into the Gulf, including material from the Mississippi River watershed, whi...

Handbook of Mathematical Geosciences
Handbook of Mathematical Geosciences

by B.S. Daya Sagar, Qiuming Cheng, Frits Agterberg

This Open Access handbook published at the IAMG's 50th anniversary, presents a compilation of invited path-breaking research contributions by award-winning geoscientists who have been instrumental in shaping the IAMG. It contains 45 chapters that are categorized broadly into five parts (i) theory, (ii) general applications, (iii) exploration and re...

The Hackable City
The Hackable City

by Michiel de Lange, Martijn de Waal

This book presents a selection of the best contributions to the Digital Cities 9 Workshop held in Limerick in 2015, combining a number of the latest academic insights into new collaborative modes of city making that are firmly rooted in empirical findings about the actual practices of citizens, designers and policy makers. It explores the affordanc...

Market Segmentation Analysis
Market Segmentation Analysis

by Sara Dolnicar, Bettina Grün, Friedrich Leisch

This book offers something for everyone working with market segmentation: practical guidance for users of market segmentation solutions; organisational guidance on implementation issues; guidance for market researchers in charge of collecting suitable data; and guidance for data analysts with respect to the technical and statistical aspects of mark...

Time Predictions
Time Predictions

by Torleif Halkjelsvik, Magne Jørgensen

Predicting the time needed to complete a project, task or daily activity can be difficult and people frequently underestimate how long an activity will take. This book sheds light on why and when this happens, what we should do to avoid it and how to give more realistic time predictions. It describes methods for predicting time usage in situations ...

Finding the Limits of the Limes
Finding the Limits of the Limes

by Philip Verhagen, Jamie Joyce, Mark Groenhuijzen

This book demonstrates the application of simulation modelling and network analysis techniques in the field of Roman studies. It summarizes and discusses the results of a 5-year research project carried out by the editors that aimed to apply spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the socio-economic development of the Dutch part o...

Fundamentals of Clinical Data Science
Fundamentals of Clinical Data Science

by Pieter Kubben, Michel Dumontier, Andre Dekker

This book comprehensively covers the fundamentals of clinical data science, focusing on data collection, modelling and clinical applications. Topics covered in the first section on data collection include: data sources, data at scale (big data), data stewardship (FAIR data) and related privacy concerns. Aspects of predictive modelling using tec...

Social and Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education
Social and Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education

by Murad Jurdak, Renuka Vithal, Elizabeth de Freitas, Peter Gates, David Kollosche

This book examines the current thinking on five critical social and political areas in mathematics education. It focuses on material conditions in teaching and learning, and details features of social life and their influence on mathematics teaching, learning and achievement. Following an introduction, the first section addresses equitable access a...

Optics in Our Time
Optics in Our Time

by Mohammad D. Al-Amri, Mohamed El-Gomati, M. Suhail Zubairy

Light and light based technologies have played an important role in transforming our lives via scientific contributions spanned over thousands of years. In this book we present a vast collection of articles on various aspects of light and its applications in the contemporary world at a popular or semi-popular level. These articles are written by th...

Demystifying Internet of Things Security
Demystifying Internet of Things Security

by Sunil Cheruvu, Anil Kumar, Ned Smith, David M. Wheeler

Break down the misconceptions of the Internet of Things by examining the different security building blocks available in Intel Architecture (IA) based IoT platforms. This book reviews the threat pyramid, secure boot, chain of trust, and the SW stack leading up to defense-in-depth. The IoT presents unique challenges in implementing security and Inte...

Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms
Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms

by William Futral, James Greene

Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) is a new security technology that started appearing on Intel server platforms in 2010. This book explains Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Servers, its purpose, application, advantages, and limitations. This book guides the server administrator / datacenter manager in enabling the technology as w...

Intel Galileo and Intel Galileo Gen 2
Intel Galileo and Intel Galileo Gen 2

by Manoel Carlos Ramon

Intel Galileo and Intel Galileo Gen 2: API Features and Arduino Projects for Linux Programmers provides detailed information about Intel Galileo and Intel Galileo Gen 2 boards for all software developers interested in Arduino and the Linux platform. The book covers the new Arduino APIs and is an introduction for developers on natively using Linux. ...

Between Mobility and Migration
Between Mobility and Migration

by Peter Scholten, Mark van Ostaijen

This book offers a critical perspective on intra-European mobility and migration by using new empirical data and theoretical discussions. It develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of the consequences of intra-European movement for sending and receiving urban regions in The Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Poland and Czech Republic. The ...

Ethics and Civil Drones
Ethics and Civil Drones

by María de Miguel Molina, Virginia Santamarina Campos

This book disseminates some of the results of the European H2020 AiRT Project (Technology transfer of RPAs for the creative industry). In particular, it presents findings related to mitigating safety and security concerns when civil drones are piloted by the service sector (mainly, the creative industry). European policies regarding drones generall...

Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development
Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development

by Franz W. Gatzweiler, Joachim von Braun

The aim of the book is to present contributions in theory, policy and practice to the science and policy of sustainable intensification by means of technological and institutional innovations in agriculture. The research insights re from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The purpose of this book is to be a reference for students, scholars and prac...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops

by Rashina Hoda

This book constitutes the research workshops, doctoral symposium and panel summaries presented at the 20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2019, held in Montreal, QC, Canada, in May 2019.XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a hybrid forum where agile researchers, a...

DevOps for Digital Leaders
DevOps for Digital Leaders

by Aruna Ravichandran, Kieran Taylor, Peter Waterhouse

Learn to design, implement, measure, and improve DevOps programs that are tailored to your organization. This concise guide assists leaders who are accountable for the rapid development of high-quality software applications. In DevOps for Digital Leaders, deep collective experience on both sides of the dev - ops divide informs the global thought l...

Principles and Practice of Case-based Clinical Reasoning Education
Principles and Practice of Case-based Clinical Reasoning Education

by Olle ten Cate, Eugène J.F.Custers, Steven Durning

This book describes and explains the educational method of Case-Based Clinical Reasoning (CBCR) used successfully in medical schools to prepare students to think like doctors before they enter the clinical arena and become engaged in patient care. Although this approach poses the paradoxical problem of a lack of clinical experience that is so essen...

Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation
Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation

by Andrew Cherry, James Haselip, Gerard Ralphs, Isabella E. Wagner

This edited volume is concerned with the evolution and achievements of cooperation in research and innovation between Africa and Europe, and points to the need for more diversified funding and finance mechanisms, and for novel models of collaboration to attract new actors and innovative ideas. It reflects on the political, economic, diplomatic and ...

The Cellular Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
The Cellular Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

by Gerard 't Hooft

This book presents the deterministic view of quantum mechanics developed by Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft.Dissatisfied with the uncomfortable gaps in the way conventional quantum mechanics meshes with the classical world, 't Hooft has revived the old hidden variable ideas, but now in a much more systematic way than usual. In this, quantum mechanic...

Air Quality Integrated Assessment
Air Quality Integrated Assessment

by Giorgio Guariso, Marialuisa Volta

This book reports on the results of an extended survey conducted across Europe within the framework of the APPRAISAL FP7 project to determine the extent to which an integrated assessment approach to air quality is being adopted, on the one hand, by regional and local authorities to develop air quality plans and, on the other, by researchers. Follow...

Becoming Citizens in a Changing World
Becoming Citizens in a Changing World

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Bruno Losito, Gabriella Agrusti, Tim Friedman

This book presents the results from the second cycle of the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2016). Using data from 24 countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America, the study investigates the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a range of countries in the second decade of the 2...

White-Collar Crime in the Shadow Economy
White-Collar Crime in the Shadow Economy

by Petter Gottschalk, Lars Gunnesdal

This book examines the magnitude, causes of, and reactions to white-collar crime, based on the theories and research of those who have uncovered various forms of white-collar crime. It argues that the offenders who are convicted represent only 'the tip of the iceberg' of a much greater problem: because white-collar crime is forced to compete with o...

Communicative Figurations
Communicative Figurations

by Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter, Uwe Hasebrink

This open access volume is about how to research the influence of our changing media environment. Today, there is not one single medium that is the driving force of change. With the spreading of various technical communication media such as mobile phone and internet platforms, we are confronted with a media manifold of deep mediatization. But how c...

Riverine Ecosystem Management
Riverine Ecosystem Management

by Stefan Schmutz, Jan Sendzimir

This book surveys the frontier of scientific river research and provides examples to guide management towards a sustainable future of riverine ecosystems. Principal structures and functions of the biogeosphere of rivers are explained; key threats are identified, and effective solutions for restoration and mitigation are provided. Rivers are among ...

Inquiry-Based Learning - Undergraduate Research
Inquiry-Based Learning - Undergraduate Research

by Harald A. Mieg

This book provides a systematic overview of experiences with Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) and undergraduate research (UR) in German universities, covering both research universities (Universitäten) and universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen). Divided into three parts, the book starts with the principles and common practices of IBL/UR at...

The Brownian Motion
The Brownian Motion

by Andreas Löffler, Lutz Kruschwitz

This open access textbook is the first to provide Business and Economics Ph.D. students with a precise and intuitive introduction to the formal backgrounds of modern financial theory. It explains Brownian motion, random processes, measures, and Lebesgue integrals intuitively, but without sacrificing the necessary mathematical formalism, making them...

Advancing Human Assessment
Advancing Human Assessment

by Randy Bennett, Matthias von Davier

​This book describes the extensive contributions made toward the advancement of human assessment by scientists from one of the world's leading research institutions, Educational Testing Service. The book's four major sections detail research and development in measurement and statistics, education policy analysis and evaluation, scientific psycho...

Societal Implications of Community-Oriented Policing and Technology
Societal Implications of Community-Oriented Policing and Technology

by Georgios Leventakis, M. Haberfeld

This Brief presents new approaches and innovative challenges to address bringing technology into community-oriented policing efforts. "Community-oriented policing" is an approach that encourages police to develop and maintain personal relationships with citizens and community organizations. By developing these partnerships, the goal is to...

Mobilities of Knowledge
Mobilities of Knowledge

by Heike Jöns, Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan

This collection of essays examines how spatial mobilities of people and practices, technologies and objects, knowledge and ideas have shaped the production, circulation, and transfer of knowledge in different historical and geographical contexts. Targeting an interdisciplinary audience, Mobilities of Knowledge combines detailed empirical analyses w...

Drones and the Creative Industry
Drones and the Creative Industry

by Virginia Santamarina-Campos, Marival Segarra-Oña

This open access, interdisciplinary book presents innovative strategies in the use of civil drones in the cultural and creative industry. Specially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book offers valuable insights from the fields of marketing, engineering, arts and management. With contributions from experts representing varied ...

Engineering a Better Future
Engineering a Better Future

by Eswaran Subrahmanian, Toluwalogo Odumosu, Jeffrey Y. Tsao

This book examines how the social sciences can be integrated into the praxis of engineering and science, presenting unique perspectives on the interplay between engineering and social science. Motivated by the report by the Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Association of Arts and Sciences, which emphasizes the importance...

Factories of the Future
Factories of the Future

by Tullio Tolio, Giacomo Copani, Walter Terkaj

This book presents results relevant in the manufacturing research field, that are mainly aimed at closing the gap between the academic investigation and the industrial application, in collaboration with manufacturing companies. Several hardware and software prototypes represent the key outcome of the scientific contributions that can be grouped int...

Assessment in Mathematics Education
Assessment in Mathematics Education

by Christine Suurtamm, Denisse Thompson, Rae Young Kim, Leonora Diaz Moreno, Nathalie Sayac, Stanislaw Schukajlow, Edward Silver, Stefan Ufer, Pauline Vos

This book provides an overview of current research on a variety of topics related to both large-scale and classroom assessment. First, the purposes, traditions and principles of assessment are considered, with particular attention to those common to all levels of assessment and those more connected with either classroom or large-scale assessment. A...

Modern Mathematics Education for Engineering Curricula in Europe
Modern Mathematics Education for Engineering Curricula in Europe

by Seppo Pohjolainen, Tuomas Myllykoski, Christian Mercat, Sergey Sosnovsky

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the core subjects comprising mathematical curricula for engineering studies in five European countries and identifies differences between two strong traditions of teaching mathematics to engineers. The collective work of experts from a dozen universities critically examines various aspects of higher ma...

Twin-Control
Twin-Control

by Mikel Armendia, Mani Ghassempouri, Erdem Ozturk, Flavien Peysson

This book summarizes the results of the European research project "Twin-model based virtual manufacturing for machine tool-process simulation and control" (Twin-Control). The first part reviews the applications of ICTs in machine tools and manufacturing, from a scientific and industrial point of view, and introduces the Twin-Control appro...

Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design
Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

by Jacques-Eric Bergez, Elise Audouin, Olivier Therond

There is wide agreement on the need to change the prevalent agricultural models, given their negative impacts and their incompatibility with current societal issues. Agroecological transition has been promoted as a potential solution to the ecological, social and economic problems generated by these models. It however involves a systemic, multi-sca...

The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin
The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin

by Antonella Vastola

This book is focused on the challenges to implement sustainability in diverse contexts such as agribusiness, natural resource systems and new technologies. The experiences made by the researchers of the School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Science (SAFE) of the University of Basilicata offer a wide and multidisciplinary approach...

Automated Machine Learning
Automated Machine Learning

by Frank Hutter, Lars Kotthoff, Joaquin Vanschoren

This book presents the first comprehensive overview of general methods in Automated Machine Learning (AutoML), collects descriptions of existing systems based on these methods, and discusses the first series of international challenges of AutoML systems. The recent success of commercial ML applications and the rapid growth of the field has created ...

Built on Value
Built on Value

by Weiwei Huang

This book presents the concept of value as the central component to success and longevity of the global ICT industry player, Huawei. It provides examples of how Huawei focuses on customers to pursue sustainable and profitable growth rather than focusing on capital market valuation, which is a familiar scenario among Western companies. It is the bus...

GUI Design for Android Apps
GUI Design for Android Apps

by Ryan Cohen, Tao Wang

GUI Design for Android Apps is the perfect - and concise - introduction for mobile app developers and designers. Through easy-to-follow tutorials, code samples, and case studies, the book shows the must-know principles for user-interface design for Android apps running on the Intel platform, including smartphones, tablets and embedded devices. T...

Big Data in Context
Big Data in Context

by Thomas Hoeren, Barbara Kolany-Raiser

This book sheds new light on a selection of big data scenarios from an interdisciplinary perspective. It features legal, sociological and economic approaches to fundamental big data topics such as privacy, data quality and the ECJ's Safe Harbor decision on the one hand, and practical applications such as smart cars, wearables and web tracking on th...

Shaping Natural History and Settler Society
Shaping Natural History and Settler Society

by Tanja Hammel

"Hammel successfully illuminates how the production and circulation of Barber's work was deeply affected by contemporary attitudes towards gender and race within the colonial context of the nineteenth-century Cape. This fascinating book is destined to become a landmark in the history of science in South Africa." —Nigel Penn, University...

Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China
Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China

by Gert Brunekreeft, Till Luhmann, Tobias Menz, Sven-Uwe Müller, Paul Recknagel

A series of reforms have greatly improved the efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance of the Chinese power sector. However, significant challenges remain: rapidly rising electricity demand, concerns about power system reliability and energy security, environmental degradation and climate change. China's government explicitly set up t...

Early Algebra
Early Algebra

by Carolyn Kieran, JeongSuk Pang, Deborah Schifter, Swee Fong Ng

This survey of the state of the art on research in early algebra traces the evolution of a relatively new field of research and teaching practice. With its focus on the younger student, aged from about 6 years up to 12 years, this volume reveals the nature of the research that has been carried out in early algebra and how it has shaped the growth o...

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace
Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and pea...

The European Landing Obligation
The European Landing Obligation

by Sven Sebastian Uhlmann, Clara Ulrich, Steven J. Kennelly

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the European Landing Obligation policy from many relevant perspectives. It includes evaluations of its impacts at economical, socio-cultural, ecological and institutional levels. It also discusses the feasibility and benefits of several potential mitigation strategies. The book was timely published,...

Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty
Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty

by Vincent A. W. J. Marchau, Warren E. Walker, Pieter J. T. M. Bloemen, Steven W. Popper

This book focuses on both the theory and practice associated with the tools and approaches for decisionmaking in the face of deep uncertainty. It explores approaches and tools supporting the design of strategic plans under deep uncertainty, and their testing in the real world, including barriers and enablers for their use in practice. The book broa...

Integrating Immigrants in Europe
Integrating Immigrants in Europe

by Peter Scholten, Han Entzinger, Rinus Penninx, Stijn Verbeek

This book explores how research and policymaking in the field of migrant integration have developed historically and how this interrelationship plays out in the strongly politicised climate of opinions on migration in Europe. It features interdisciplinary theoretical contributions as well as original empirical studies on research-policy dialogues a...

Embedded Firmware Solutions
Embedded Firmware Solutions

by Jiming Sun, Marc Jones, Stefan Reinauer, Vincent Zimmer

Embedded Firmware Solutions is the perfect introduction and daily-use field guide - for the thousands of firmware designers, hardware engineers, architects, managers, and developers--to Intel's new firmware direction (including Quark coverage), showing how to integrate Intel® Architecture designs into their plans. Featuring hands-on examples an...

Happiness is the Wrong Metric
Happiness is the Wrong Metric

by Amitai Etzioni

This timely book addresses the conflict between globalism and nationalism. It provides a liberal communitarian response to the rise of populism occurring in many democracies. The book highlights the role of communities next to that of the state and the market. It spells out the policy implications of liberal communitarianism for privacy, freedom o...

Evidence Use in Health Policy Making
Evidence Use in Health Policy Making

by Justin Parkhurst, Stefanie Ettelt, Benjamin Hawkins

This book provides a set of conceptual, empirical, and comparative chapters that apply a public policy perspective to investigate the political and institutional factors driving the use of evidence to inform health policy in low, middle, and high income settings. The work presents key findings from the Getting Research Into Policy (GRIP-Health) pro...

Swiss Public Administration
Swiss Public Administration

by Andreas Ladner, Nils Soguel, Yves Emery, Sophie Weerts, Stéphane Nahrath

Swiss citizens approve of their government and the way democracy is practiced; they trust the authorities and are satisfied with the range of services Swiss governments provide. This is quite unusual when compared to other countries. This book provides insight into the organization and the functioning of the Swiss state. It claims that, beyond poli...

Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return
Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return

by Alistair Hunter

This book offers new insights into the ageing-migration nexus and the nature of home. Documenting the hidden world of France's migrant worker hostels, it explores why older North and West African men continue to live past retirement age in this sub-standard housing. Conventional wisdom holds that at retirement labour migrants ought to instead retur...

Business Models for the Data Economy
Business Models for the Data Economy

by Q Ethan McCallum, Ken Gleason

You're sitting on a pile of interesting data. How do you transform that into money? It's easy to focus on the contents of the data itself, and to succumb to the (rather unimaginative) idea of simply collecting and reselling it in raw form. While that's certainly profitable right now, you'd do well to explore other opportunities if you expect to be ...

Field Guide to the Distributed Development Stack
Field Guide to the Distributed Development Stack

by Andrew Odewahn

When you explore a new technology landscape, the journey can take you to places you never expected. Take O'Reilly's CTO, Andrew Odewahn. While working on ideas for a new publishing platform, Andrew kept notes as he probed the depth and breadth of what we call the "distributed development stack" (DDS). As patterns emerged, and as Andrew...

What Is Data Science?
What Is Data Science?

by Mike Loukides

We've all heard it: according to Hal Varian, statistics is the next sexy job. Five years ago, in What is Web 2.0, Tim O'Reilly said that "data is the next Intel Inside." But what does that statement mean? Why do we suddenly care about statistics and about data? This report examines the many sides of data science - the technologies, the co...

Programming Persistent Memory
Programming Persistent Memory

by Steve Scargall

Beginning and experienced programmers will use this comprehensive guide to persistent memory programming. You will understand how persistent memory brings together several new software/hardware requirements, and offers great promise for better performance and faster application startup times - a huge leap forward in byte-addressable capacity compar...

Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime
Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime

by Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja

This book uses a critical sociological perspective to explore contemporary ways of reformulating the governance of crime through genetics. Through the lens of scientific knowledge and genetic technology, Machado and Granja offer a unique perspective on current trends in crime governance. They explore the place and role of genetics in criminal justi...

The Future of Software Quality Assurance
The Future of Software Quality Assurance

by Stephan Goericke

This book, published to mark the 15th anniversary of the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI), is intended to raise the profile of software testers and their profession. It gathers contributions by respected software testing experts in order to highlight the state of the art as well as future challenges and trends. In addition, it covers...

Industrial Internet
Industrial Internet

by Jon Bruner

Consumer networks have revolutionized the way companies understand and reach their customers, making possible intricate measurement and accurate prediction at every step of every transaction. The same revolution is underway in our infrastructure, where new generations of sensor-laden power plants, cars and medical devices will generate vast quantit...

Software & Hardware Collide
Software & Hardware Collide

by Jon Bruner, Glen Martin, Matthew Gast, Tim O'Reilly, Kipp Bradford, Jim Stogdill, Andy Fitzgerald

Over the last few years, members of the O'Reilly community have increasingly turned their attention to hardware. It's getting much easier to design, prototype, build and market hardware, and it's getting easier to integrate software and hardware into fluid packages of intelligence, beauty, and intuitive design. Hardware and software are coming toge...

Software Above the Level of a Single Device
Software Above the Level of a Single Device

by Tim O'Reilly

When considering "the Internet of Things," it's easy to miss the bigger pattern: we are no longer just building software for individual devices, but creating networks of intelligence and action that make it possible to completely rethink how we organize work, play, and society itself. This report provides the complete text of Tim O'Reilly...

Migrating Big Data Analytics into the Cloud
Migrating Big Data Analytics into the Cloud

by Mike Barlow

Just how strong is the movement of big data analytics to the cloud? This report, based on a survey by O'Reilly data analyst John King, reveals that the desire among corporations to adopt big data-as-a-service is gaining momentum-and that many organizations with big data cloud experience are likely to expand their use. King's recent survey of IT ...

Getting Started with InnerSource
Getting Started with InnerSource

by Andy Oram

Welcome to InnerSource, the powerful movement for developing open source software within the walls of a single organization, where the "openness" of a project extends across teams inside the company. In this report, O'Reilly editor and author Andy Oram takes you inside InnerSource, first by reviewing the principles that make open source d...

5 Unsung Tools of DevOps
5 Unsung Tools of DevOps

by Jonathan Thurman

To quote Arthur Conan Doyle, "It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important." While I usually associate that quote with the toppings I want on my sundae, it rings true for the holistic view of DevOps. Configuration Management is critical, and you should have a system in place to handle the b...

Lightweight Systems for Realtime Monitoring
Lightweight Systems for Realtime Monitoring

by Sam Newman

If you're looking to access and make sense of all your data in real time, there's a more cost-effective and efficient way than using expensive commercial tool suites. In this O'Reilly report, Sam Newman from ThoughtWorks describes several small, freely available open source tools and frameworks for freeing data locked up in silos and letting it flo...

DevOps in Practice
DevOps in Practice

by J. Paul Reed

You hear it a lot: DevOps is not just about tools, but also about changing company culture. But just how does an organization firmly rooted in traditional software development go about making that change? This in-depth report shows how two large organizations, Nordstrom and Texas.gov, moved from long-established software development models to the c...

The Human Side of Postmortems
The Human Side of Postmortems

by Dave Zwieback

Imagine you had to write a postmortem containing statements like these? - We were unable to resolve the outage as quickly as we would have hoped because our decision making was impacted by extreme stress. - We spent two hours repeatedly applying the fix that worked during the previous outage, only to find out that it made no difference in this on...

Cloud Native Applications
Cloud Native Applications

by Michael Wittig, Andreas Wittig

Cloud computing is a game changer. Being able to automate and constantly adjust infrastructure is one important reason to use cloud computing for your clients. And developing and operating systems that are able to recover from failure automatically has never been easier. Cloud providers offer you the needed infrastructure for a very reasonable pric...

Designing Scalable JavaScript Applications
Designing Scalable JavaScript Applications

by Emmit Scott

If you've ever written a non-trivial JavaScript application, you know that creating a code base that's easy to maintain and scales well over time is no small feat. The complexity only grows as the project becomes larger. While it's impossible to plan for every change that could possibly happen over the life of a project, you can help future-proof y...

Think Bayes
Think Bayes

by Allen Downey

If you know how to program with Python and also know a little about probability, you're ready to tackle Bayesian statistics. With this book, you'll learn how to solve statistical problems with Python code instead of mathematical notation, and use discrete probability distributions instead of continuous mathematics. Once you get the math out of the ...

Graph Databases
Graph Databases

by Ian Robinson, Jim Webber, Emil Eifrem

Discover how graph databases can help you manage and query highly connected data. With this practical book, you'll learn how to design and implement a graph database that brings the power of graphs to bear on a broad range of problem domains. Whether you want to speed up your response to user queries or build a database that can adapt as your busin...

The Definitive Guide to Graph Databases
The Definitive Guide to Graph Databases

by Michael Hungers, Ryan Boyd, William Lyon

For the right use case, relational databases are powerful tools. But today's users are asking for more than an RDBMS can handle. More features, more data, more speed and - most importantly - more connections. This ebook introduces you - the RDBMS developer - to a new technology that leverages data connections like never before: the graph data...

Graph Databases For Beginners
Graph Databases For Beginners

by Bryce Merkl Sasaki, Joy Chao, Rachel Howard

Whether you're a business executive or a seasoned developer, something has led you on the quest to learn more about graphs - and what they can do for you. This ebook will take those new to the world of graphs through the basics of graph technology, including: Using the intuitive Cypher query language; The importance of data relationships; Key di...

Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education
Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

by Justin W. Cook

This book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools, and communities to achieve the twin twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being. For much of the twentieth century, Western education systems prepared students to enter the workforce, contribute to society and succe...

Systematic Reviews in Educational Research
Systematic Reviews in Educational Research

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Michael Kerres, Svenja Bedenlier, Melissa Bond, Katja Buntins

In this volume, international researchers of the field describe and discuss the systematic review method in its application to research in education. Alongside fundamental methodical considerations, reflections and practice examples are included and provide an introduction and overview on systematic reviews in education research. Reflections on th...

The Potato Crop
The Potato Crop

by Hugo Campos, Oscar Ortiz

This book provides a fresh, updated and science-based perspective on the current status and prospects of the diverse array of topics related to the potato, and was written by distinguished scientists with hands-on global experience in research aspects related to potato. The potato is the third most important global food crop in terms of consumption...

Management of Research Infrastructures: A South African Funding Perspective
Management of Research Infrastructures: A South African Funding Perspective

by Rakeshnie Ramoutar-Prieschl, Sepo Hachigonta

This book provides an overview of the building blocks necessary for managing, steering and guiding the establishment of a research infrastructure (RI). It offers valuable insights into RI investment, access and management at the academic, grants management, agency and policy level, and serves as a useful guide for the research community, students, ...

Microfinance, EU Structural Funds and Capacity Building for Managing Authorities
Microfinance, EU Structural Funds and Capacity Building for Managing Authorities

by Giovanni Nicola Pes, Pasqualina Porretta

In recent years, the European Commission has attached increasing importance to the use of financial engineering instruments rather than traditional grant-based financing for the microcredit sector, considering these to be the most efficient option available. This book presents a study of capacity building and structural funds in public managing au...

Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies
Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies

by Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke, Mélanie Guiton

This book provides insight into the implementation of Life Cycle approaches along the entire business value chain, supporting environmental, social and economic sustainability related to the development of industrial technologies, products, services and policies; and the development and management of smart agricultural systems, smart mobility syste...

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos
Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos

by Amelie G. Ramirez, Edward J. Trapido

This book gives an overview of the sessions, panel discussions, and outcomes of the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference, held in February 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and hosted by the Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.Latinos – the largest, youngest, and fastest-grow...

The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan
The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan

by David T. Johnson

This free book provides a comparative perspective on capital punishment in Japan and the United States. Alongside the US, Japan is one of only a few developed democracies in the world which retains capital punishment and continues to carry out executions on a regular basis. There are some similarities between the two systems of capital punishment b...

Vocational Teacher Education in Central Asia
Vocational Teacher Education in Central Asia

by Jens Drummer, Gafurjon Hakimov, Mamatair Joldoshov, Thomas Köhler, Svetlana Udartseva

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. This open access volume presents papers on vocational education, project-based learning and science didactic approaches, illustrating with sample cases, and with a special focus on Central Asian states. Thematically embedded in the area of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the book e...

Foundations of Trusted Autonomy
Foundations of Trusted Autonomy

by Hussein A. Abbass, Jason Scholz, Darryn J. Reid

This book establishes the foundations needed to realize the ultimate goals for artificial intelligence, such as autonomy and trustworthiness. Aimed at scientists, researchers, technologists, practitioners, and students, it brings together contributions offering the basics, the challenges and the state-of-the-art on trusted autonomous systems in a s...

Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Connectomics of the Brain
Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Connectomics of the Brain

by Henry Kennedy, David C. Van Essen, Yves Christen

This book has brought together leading investigators who work in the new arena of brain connectomics. This includes 'macro-connectome' efforts to comprehensively chart long-distance pathways and functional networks; 'micro-connectome' efforts to identify every neuron, axon, dendrite, synapse, and glial process within restricted brain regions; and '...

Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media
Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media

by Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer, Philip Sinner

This book presents a qualitative longitudinal panel-study on child and adolescent socialisation in socially disadvantaged families. The study traces how children and their parents make sense of media within the context of their everyday life over twelve years (from 2005 to 2017) and provides a unique perspective on the role of different socialisati...

Planar Maps, Random Walks and Circle Packing
Planar Maps, Random Walks and Circle Packing

by Asaf Nachmias

This free book focuses on the interplay between random walks on planar maps and Koebe's circle packing theorem. Further topics covered include electric networks, the He–Schramm theorem on infinite circle packings, uniform spanning trees of planar maps, local limits of finite planar maps and the almost sure recurrence of simple random walks on the...

Statistical Population Genomics
Statistical Population Genomics

by Julien Y. Dutheil

This open access volume presents state-of-the-art inference methods in population genomics, focusing on data analysis based on rigorous statistical techniques. After introducing general concepts related to the biology of genomes and their evolution, the book covers state-of-the-art methods for the analysis of genomes in populations, including demog...

Tensor Network Contractions
Tensor Network Contractions

by Shi-Ju Ran, Emanuele Tirrito, Cheng Peng, Xi Chen, Luca Tagliacozzo, Gang Su, Maciej Lewenstein

Tensor network is a fundamental mathematical tool with a huge range of applications in physics, such as condensed matter physics, statistic physics, high energy physics, and quantum information sciences. This open access book aims to explain the tensor network contraction approaches in a systematic way, from the basic definitions to the important a...

Handbook of Vascular Biometrics
Handbook of Vascular Biometrics

by Andreas Uhl, Christoph Busch, Sébastien Marcel, Raymond Veldhuis

This open access handbook provides the first comprehensive overview of biometrics exploiting the shape of human blood vessels for biometric recognition, i.e. vascular biometrics, including finger vein recognition, hand/palm vein recognition, retina recognition, and sclera recognition. After an introductory chapter summarizing the state of the art i...

Introduction to Permanent Plug and Abandonment of Wells
Introduction to Permanent Plug and Abandonment of Wells

by Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen

This open access book offers a timely guide to challenges and current practices to permanently plug and abandon hydrocarbon wells. With a focus on offshore North Sea, it analyzes the process of plug and abandonment of hydrocarbon wells through the establishment of permanent well barriers. It provides the reader with extensive knowledge on the type ...

Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves
Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

by Jill Walker Rettberg

Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices help us understand ourselves, building on long histories of written, visual and quantitative modes of self-representations. This book uses examples to explore the balance between using technology to see ourselves and allowing our machines to tell us who we are....

Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries
Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries

by Niccolò Aste, Stefano Della Torre, Cinzia Talamo, Rajendra Singh Adhikari, Corinna Rossi

This free book explores key issues and presents recent case studies in areas of importance for the transition to a circular model of development in emerging African countries that will minimize resource consumption and waste production. The topics covered include the development of sustainable housing models, energy and environmental issues in buil...

Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing
Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing

by Pim van Dijk, Deniz Başkent, Etienne Gaudrain, Emile de Kleine, Anita Wagner, Cris Lanting

The International Symposium on Hearing is a prestigious,triennial gathering where world-class scientists present and discuss the most recent advances in the field of human and animal hearing research. The 2015 edition will particularly focus on integrative approaches linking physiological, psychophysical and cognitive aspects of normal and impaired...

Cohesion, Coherence and Temporal Reference from an Experimental Corpus Pragmatics Perspective
Cohesion, Coherence and Temporal Reference from an Experimental Corpus Pragmatics Perspective

by Cristina Grisot

This book provides new methodological and theoretical insights into temporal reference and its linguistic expression, from a cross-linguistic experimental corpus pragmatics approach. Verbal tenses, in general, and more specifically the categories of tense, grammatical and lexical aspect are treated as cohesion ties contributing to the temporal cohe...

mHealth Innovation in Asia
mHealth Innovation in Asia

by Emma Baulch, Jerry Watkins, Amina Tariq

This book offers a detailed account of a range of mHealth initiatives across South, Southeast and East Asia. It provides readers with deep insights into the challenges such initiatives face on the ground, and a view of the diverse cultural contexts shaping strategies for overcoming these challenges. The book brings together various discussions on t...

Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition
Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition

by Sergio Damas, Oscar Cordón, Oscar Ibáñez

This free book is the first comprehensive guide to a new soft computing technique which is used in complex forensic cases. The chapters include detailed technical and practical overviews, and discussions about the latest tools, open problems and ethical and legal issues involved. The book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in fore...

The Places Where Community Is Practiced
The Places Where Community Is Practiced

by Anna Steigemann

In this open access publication, the social cohesion of urban neighborhoods and their residents is examined, which is often viewed as vulnerable since increased mobility, individualization, wider socio-economic and demographic changes have fundamentally altered the basis for everyday social interaction in urban neighborhoods. Anna Steigemann gives ...

Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa
Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa

by Christian Henning, Ousmane Badiane, Eva Krampe

The book examines the methodological challenges in analyzing the effectiveness of development policies. It presents a selection of tools and methodologies that can help tackle the complexities of which policies work best and why, and how they can be implemented effectively given the political and economic framework conditions of a country. The cont...

Workers, Managers, Productivity
Workers, Managers, Productivity

by Akio Hosono, John Page, Go Shimada

This free book provides a glimpse into the Japanese management technique known as "Kaizen," and the ways it has been disseminated around the developing world. The novelty of this book is three-fold: it provides a contextualized view of the mechanisms of initiatives implementing Kaizen in developing countries; compared with productivity st...

Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology
Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology

by James A. Hampton, Yoad Winter

By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background...

Techlash
Techlash

by Ian I. Mitroff, Rune Storesund

Technology has made human lives incomparably better. Civilization as we know it would utterly collapse without it. However, if not properly managed, technology can and will be systematically abused and misuse and thereby become one of the biggest threats to humankind. This open access book applies proactive crisis management to the management of te...

De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period
De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period

by Matteo Valleriani

This open access book explores commentaries on an influential text of pre-Copernican astronomy in Europe. It features essays that take a close look at key intellectuals and how they engaged with the main ideas of this qualitative introduction to geocentric cosmology. Johannes de Sacrobosco compiled his Tractatus de sphaera during the thirteenth ce...

Sustainable Rice Straw Management
Sustainable Rice Straw Management

by Martin Gummert, Nguyen Van Hung, Pauline Chivenge, Boru Douthwaite

This free book on straw management aims to provide a wide array of options for rice straw management that are potentially more sustainable, environmental, and profitable compared to current practice. The book is authored by expert researchers, engineers and innovators working on a range of straw management options with case studies from Vietnam, th...

Managing the Complexity of Critical Infrastructures
Managing the Complexity of Critical Infrastructures

by Roberto Setola, Vittorio Rosato, Elias Kyriakides, Erich Rome

This book summarizes work being pursued in the context of the CIPRNet (Critical Infrastructure Preparedness and Resilience Research Network) research project, co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project is intended to provide concrete and on-going support to the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) r...

Industry 4.0 for SMEs
Industry 4.0 for SMEs

by Dominik T. Matt, Vladimír Modrák, Helmut Zsifkovits

This free book explores the concept of Industry 4.0, which presents a considerable challenge for the production and service sectors. While digitization initiatives are usually integrated into the central corporate strategy of larger companies, smaller firms often have problems putting Industry 4.0 paradigms into practice. Small and medium-sized ent...

Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Adnan Qayyum

This book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: China, India, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and South Korea. It describes how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of the national higher education systems in these countries. It al...

Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia
Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia

by Osamu Saito, Suneetha M Subramanian, Shizuka Hashimoto, Kazuhiko Takeuchi

This free book presents up-to-date analyses of community-based approaches to sustainable resource management of SEPLS (socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes) in areas where a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and the people who inhabit it is essential to ensure community and environmental well-being as well as t...

Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning
Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning

by Madhu Singh

This book deals with the relevance of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning in education and training, the workplace and society. In an increasing number of countries, it is at the top of the policy and research agenda ranking among the possible ways to redress the glaring lack of relevant academic and vocational qualificat...

Computational Conflict Research
Computational Conflict Research

by Emanuel Deutschmann, Jan Lorenz, Luis G. Nardin, Davide Natalini, Adalbert F. X. Wilhelm

This free book brings together a set of original studies that use cutting-edge computational methods to investigate conflict at various geographic scales and degrees of intensity and violence. Methodologically, this book covers a variety of computational approaches from text mining and machine learning to agent-based modelling and social network an...

Obsessed by a Dream
Obsessed by a Dream

by Aashild Sørheim

This Open Access biography chronicles the life and achievements of the Norwegian engineer and physicist Rolf Widerøe. Readers who meet him in the pages of this book will wonder why he isn't better known.The first of Widerøe's many pioneering contributions in the field of accelerator physics was the betatron. He later went on to build the first ra...

From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity
From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity

by Elena Casetta, Jorge  Marques da Silva, Davide Vecchi

This book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be mor...

P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future
P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future

by Gabriella Pravettoni, Stefano Triberti

This open access volume focuses on the development of a P5 eHealth, or better, a methodological resource for developing the health technologies of the future, based on patients' personal characteristics and needs as the fundamental guidelines for design. It provides practical guidelines and evidence based examples on how to design, implement, use a...

Education for Children with Disabilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Education for Children with Disabilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Margarita Schiemer

This book presents insights into the lived realities of children with disabilities in primary schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It examines specific cultural and societal characteristics of Ethiopia that influence the education of children with disabilities. The book presents findings drawn from interviews with, and participant observation of the s...

The Ethics of Cybersecurity
The Ethics of Cybersecurity

by Markus Christen, Bert Gordijn, Michele Loi

This open access book provides the first comprehensive collection of papers that provide an integrative view on cybersecurity. It discusses theories, problems and solutions on the relevant ethical issues involved. This work is sorely needed in a world where cybersecurity has become indispensable to protect trust and confidence in the digital infras...

Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field
Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field

by Marlies Glasius, Meta de Lange, Jos Bartman, Emanuela Dalmasso, Aofei Lv, Adele Del Sordi, Marcus Michaelsen, Kris Ruijgrok

This free book offers a synthetic reflection on the authors' fieldwork experiences in seven countries within the framework of 'Authoritarianism in a Global Age', a major comparative research project. It responds to the demand for increased attention to methodological rigor and transparency in qualitative research, and seeks to advance and practical...

Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences
Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This is an open access book. Lewis F Richardson (1981-1953), a physicist by training, was a pioneer in meteorology and peace research and remains a towering presence in both fields. This edited volume reviews his work and assesses its influence in the social sciences, notably his work on arms races and their consequences, mathematical models, the s...

International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-proliferation–60 Years of IAEA and EURATOM
International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-proliferation–60 Years of IAEA and EURATOM

by Luciano Maiani, Said Abousahl, Wolfango Plastino

This book examines key aspects of international cooperation to enhance nuclear safety, security, safeguards, and non-proliferation, thereby assisting in development and maintenance of the verification regime and fostering progress toward a nuclear weapon-free world. The book opens by addressing important political, institutional, and legal dimensio...

Sustainable Manufacturing
Sustainable Manufacturing

by Rainer Stark, Günther Seliger, Jérémy Bonvoisin

Sustainability imposes an unprecedented challenge on society and has become the driving force of an urgent search for innovative solutions in all branches of economy. Manufacturing plays a key role in many areas of human living, and it is both part of the problem and of the solution. This book offers an overview of the broad field of research on s...

Real-time Linked Dataspaces
Real-time Linked Dataspaces

by Edward Curry

This book explores the dataspace paradigm as a best-effort approach to data management within data ecosystems. It establishes the theoretical foundations and principles of real-time linked dataspaces as a data platform for intelligent systems. The book introduces a set of specialized best-effort techniques and models to enable loose administrative ...

Development, Sexual Cultural Practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa
Development, Sexual Cultural Practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa

by Samantha Page

This open access book introduces the theoretical frameworks and academic debates concerning sexual cultural practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa. It shows how these frameworks have been applied in a practical sense in Africa to investigate sexual cultural practices and their link with HIV/AIDS. The author provides an overview of both the field of study...

Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Modeling and Simulation, plus Econophysics Colloquium 2014
Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Modeling and Simulation, plus Econophysics Colloquium 2014

by Hideki Takayasu, Nobuyasu Ito, Itsuki Noda, Misako Takayasu

The proceedings of the international conference "SMSEC2014", a joint conference of the first "Social Modeling and Simulations" and the 10th "Econophysics Colloquium", held in Kobe in November 2014 with 174 participants, are gathered herein. Cutting edge scientific researches on various social phenomena are reviewed. Ne...

Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China
Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China

by Kung-Chung Liu, Uday S. Racherla

This book analyses intellectual property and innovation governance in the development of six key industries in India and China. These industries are reflective of the innovation and economic development of the two economies, or of vital importance to them: the IT Industry, the film industry, the pharmaceutical industry, plant varieties and food sec...

Multilevel Modelling for Public Health and Health Services Research
Multilevel Modelling for Public Health and Health Services Research

by Alastair H. Leyland, Peter P. Groenewegen

This book is a practical introduction to multilevel modelling or multilevel analysis (MLA) – a statistical technique being increasingly used in public health and health services research. The authors begin with a compelling argument for the importance of researchers in these fields having an understanding of MLA to be able to judge not only the g...

Trade Union Cooperation in Europe
Trade Union Cooperation in Europe

by Bengt Furåker, Bengt Larsson

This open access book discusses transnational trade union cooperation in Europe – its forms, focuses, conditions, and obstacles. It provides an overview of existing trade union cooperation and includes detailed analyses of two specific questions: the debates on statutory minimum wages and the Posting of Workers Directive. Drawing on empirical res...

Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education
Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education

by Jack Frawley, Steve Larkin, James A. Smith

This book brings together contributions by researchers, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, professionals and citizens who have an interest in or experience of Indigenous pathways and transitions into higher education. University is not for everyone, but a university should be for everyone. To a certain extent, the choice not to participate in ...

Bioimage Data Analysis Workflows
Bioimage Data Analysis Workflows

by Kota Miura, Nataša Sladoje

This Open Access textbook provides students and researchers in the life sciences with essential practical information on how to quantitatively analyze data images. It refrains from focusing on theory, and instead uses practical examples and step-by step protocols to familiarize readers with the most commonly used image processing and analysis platf...

The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque
The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque

by Jin-Hua Li, Lixing Sun, Peter M. Kappeler

This open access book summarizes the multi-disciplinary results of one of China's main primatological research projects on the endemic Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana), which had continued for over 30 years, but which had never been reported on systematically. Dedicated to this exceptional Old World monkey, this book makes the work of Chinese pri...

Responsible Innovation
Responsible Innovation

by Katharina Jarmai

This Open Access book, Responsible innovation provides benefits for society, for instance more sustainable products, more engagement with consumers and less anxiety about emerging technologies. As a governance tool it is mostly driven by research funders, including the European Commission, under the term "responsible research and innovation&qu...

Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Dynamics of the Brain
Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Dynamics of the Brain

by György Buzsáki, Yves Christen

How does the brain orchestrate perceptions, thoughts, and actions from the activity of its neurons? Addressing these challenging issues requires methods with sufficiently high temporal and spatial resolution of neuronal activity in both local and global networks as well as theories to advance understanding how different levels of brain dynamics int...

The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008
The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008

by Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver, Roberto García Ruiz

This book provides a panoramic view of the evolution of Spanish agriculture from 1900 to the present, offering a more diverse picture to the complex and multidimensional reality of agrarian production. With a clear transdisciplinary ambition, the book applies an original and innovative theoretical and methodological tool, termed Agrarian Social Met...

The Troika of Adult Learners, Lifelong Learning, and Mathematics
The Troika of Adult Learners, Lifelong Learning, and Mathematics

by Katherine Safford-Ramus, Pradeep Kumar Misra, Terry Maguire

This book presents a synopsis of six emerging themes in adult mathematics/numeracy and a critical discussion of recent developments in terms of policies, provisions, and the emerging challenges, paradoxes and tensions. It also offers an extensive review of the literature adult mathematics education. Why do adults want to learn mathematics? Did they...

Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific
Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific

by Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Jouko Sarvi

Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, which in recent years has been the engine of global economic growth , this volume surveys trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with particular reference to achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies. Underlying the increasing pressure for new models of TV...

Think Data Structures
Think Data Structures

by Allen Downey

If you're a student studying computer science or a software developer preparing for technical interviews, this practical book will help you learn and review some of the most important ideas in software engineering - data structures and algorithms - in a way that's clearer, more concise, and more engaging than other materials. By emphasizing prac...

Remote Capture
Remote Capture

by Jody Butterworth, Andrew Pearson, Patrick Sutherland, Adam Farquhar

This is a must-read how-to guide if you are planning to embark on a scholarly digitisation project. Tailored to the specifications of the British Library's EAP (Endangered Archives Programme) projects, it is full of sound, practical advice about planning and carrying out a successful digitisation project in potentially challenging conditions. Fr...

SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP
SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP

by Kalen Delaney

The SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP engine (a.k.a. Hekaton) is designed to exploit terabytes of available memory and high numbers of processing cores. It allows us to work with memory-optimized tables and indexes, and natively compiled stored procedures, in addition to the disk-based tables and indexes, and T-SQL stored procedures, that SQL Server h...

RESTful Web Services
RESTful Web Services

by Leonard Richardson, Sam Ruby

You've built web sites that can be used by humans. But can you also build web sites that are usable by machines? That's where the future lies, and that's what RESTful Web Services shows you how to do. The World Wide Web is the most popular distributed application in history, and Web services and mashups have turned it into a powerful distributed co...

Asterisk: The Future of Telephony
Asterisk: The Future of Telephony

by Jared Smith, Jim Van Meggelen, Leif Madsen

This bestselling book is now the standard guide to building phone systems with Asterisk, the open source IP PBX that has traditional telephony providers running scared! Revised for the 1.4 release of the software, the new edition of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony reveals how you can save money on equipment and support, and finally be in control ...

Producing Open Source Software
Producing Open Source Software

by Karl Fogel

The corporate market is now embracing free, "open source" software like never before, as evidenced by the recent success of the technologies underlying LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Each is the result of a publicly collaborative process among numerous developers who volunteer their time and energy to create better software. The...

Eloquent JavaScript
Eloquent JavaScript

by Marijn Haverbeke

JavaScript lies at the heart of almost every modern web application, from social apps like Twitter to browser-based game frameworks like Phaser and Babylon. Though simple for beginners to pick up and play with, JavaScript is a flexible, complex language that you can use to build full-scale applications. This much anticipated and thoroughly revis...

Linux Appliance Design
Linux Appliance Design

by Bob Smith, John Hardin, Graham Phillips, Bill Pierce

Modern appliances are complex machines with processors, operating systems, and application software. While there are books that will tell you how to run Linux on embedded hardware, and books on how to build a Linux application, Linux Appliance Design is the first book to demonstrate how to merge the two and create a Linux appliance. You'll see for ...

Hacking the Xbox
Hacking the Xbox

by Andrew Huang

This hands-on guide to hacking begins with step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teach basic hacking techniques as well as essential reverse engineering skills. The book progresses into a discussion of the Xbox security mechanisms and other advanced hacking topics, with an emphasis on educating the readers on the important subjects ...

Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python
Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python

by Al Sweigart

There are many books that teach beginners how to write secret messages using ciphers. There are a couple books that teach beginners how to hack ciphers. As far as I can tell, there are no books to teach beginners how to write programs to hack ciphers. This book fills that gap. This book is for complete beginners who do not know anything about en...

The Elements of Data Analytic Style
The Elements of Data Analytic Style

by Jeff Leek

The dramatic change in the price and accessibility of data demands a new focus on data analytic literacy. This book is intended for use by people who perform regular data analyses. It aims to give a brief summary of the key ideas, practices, and pitfalls of modern data analysis. One goal is to summarize in a succinct way the most common difficultie...

Gaming Rhythms
Gaming Rhythms

by Thomas Apperley

This book is about digital games, the people who play digital games, and how they play them. This poses a large problem: even when discussing one game, each instance of play is different. Combine this with the thousands of digital games, and the millions of players, and it is apparent that the number of individual instances of game play is unfathom...

Don't Panic: Mobile Developer's Guide to The Galaxy
Don't Panic: Mobile Developer's Guide to The Galaxy

by Marco Tabor, Mladenka Vrdoljak

This project was initiated in 2009 with the aim to spread knowledge about mobile technologies and encourage people to enter our community or deepen their existing knowledge. More than twenty writers from the mobile community share their know-how in dealing with topics such as accessibility in mobile apps, UX design, mobile analytics, prototyping...

Economic Aspects and Business Models of Free Software
Economic Aspects and Business Models of Free Software

by Amadeu Albós Raya, Lluís Bru Martínez, Irene Fernández Monsalve

This module is focused on the study of Free Software in relation with the private sector and the economic implications of its use and development models. We analyse the software industry from an economic perspective: how it was affected by the raise of free software and what is its potential for the future. On the other hand, we study how to use Fr...

English Composition
English Composition

by Ann Inoshita, Karyl Garland, Kate Sims, Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma, Tasha Williams

This open book has been designed for students to learn the foundational concepts for English 100 (first-year college composition). The content aligns to learning outcomes across all campuses in the University of Hawai'i system. It was designed, written, and edited during a three day book sprint in May, 2019....

Conventions 101
Conventions 101

by Chauna Ramsey

This is a collection of cumulative units of study for conventional errors common in student writing. It's flexible, functional, and zeroes in problems typically seen in writing of all types, from the eternal "there/they're/their" struggle to correct colon use. Units are organized from most simple to most challenging. There are tens of ...

Research Methods in Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology

by Rajiv S. Jhangiani, I-Chant A. Chiang, Carrie Cuttler, Dana C. Leighton

A comprehensive open book for research methods classes. A peer-reviewed inter-institutional project....

An Introduction to Computer Networks
An Introduction to Computer Networks

by Peter L Dordal

An Introduction to Computer Networks, a free and open general-purpose computer-networking free book, complete with diagrams and exercises. It covers the LAN, internetworking and transport layers, focusing primarily on TCP/IP. Particular attention is paid to congestion; other special topics include queuing, real-time traffic, network management, sec...

Database Design
Database Design

by Adrienne Watt

Database Design, 2nd Edition covers database systems and database design concepts. New to this edition are SQL info, additional examples, key terms and review exercises at the end of each chapter. Topics include:The history of databases; Characteristics and benefits of databases; Data models; Data modelling; Classification of database management...

Entreprenerd: Marketing <for> Programmers
Entreprenerd: Marketing Programmers

by Jack Kinsella

A modern web-marketing book that outlines a multi-modal system for growing a website with SEO, Google AdWords/Facebook Ads, Conversion Optimisation, Copywriting/Classic Persuasion/Behavioural Psychology, Google Analytics, Statistical Significance, Email Marketing, and Remarketing. When I launched my first web application it started off with zero tr...

Java Web Scraping Handbook
Java Web Scraping Handbook

by Kevin Sahin

Web scraping or crawling is the art of fetching data from a third party website by downloading and parsing the HTML code to extract the data you want. It can be hard. From bad HTML code to heavy Javascript use and anti-bot techniques, it is often tricky. Lots of companies use it to obtain knowledge concerning competitor prices, news aggregation, ma...

Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

by Kraig Brockschmidt

Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second edition of Kraig Brockschmidt's in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript on the Windows 8.1 platform. The ebook includes 20 chapters and 4 appendices....

SQL Server Backup and Restore
SQL Server Backup and Restore

by Shawn McGehee

In this book, you'll discover how to perform each of these backup and restore operations using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), basic T-SQL scripts and Redgate's SQL Backup tool. Capturing backups using SSMS or simple scripts is perfectly fine for one-off backup operations, but any backups that form part of the recovery strategy for any given d...

SQL Server Concurrency
SQL Server Concurrency

by Kalen Delaney

If you've designed your SQL code intelligently and implemented a sensible indexing strategy, there's a good chance your queries will "fly", when tested in isolation. In the real world, however, where multiple processes can access the same data at the same time, SQL Server often has to make one process wait, sacrificing concurrency and per...

Ten Steps to Linux Survival
Ten Steps to Linux Survival

by James Lehmer

Linux systems are everywhere today, even in companies once considered "pure Windows." If you're a sysadmin, network administrator, or developer in a small Windows shop, you may have to jump in and fix a system problem when your site goes down. What if you have no Linux knowledge? This short guide provides tips to help you survive. Linu...

Gene Drives at Tipping Points
Gene Drives at Tipping Points

by Arnim von Gleich, Winfried Schröder

This open access book reports on a pilot project aiming at collecting information on the socio-ecological risks that could arise in the event of an uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. The researchers will, for instance, be taking a closer look at genetically engineered oilseed rape, genetically engineered o...

Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA
Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA

by Udo Kuckartz, Stefan Rädiker

This book presents strategies for analyzing qualitative and mixed methods data with MAXQDA software, and provides guidance on implementing a variety of research methods and approaches, e.g. grounded theory, discourse analysis and qualitative content analysis, using the software. In addition, it explains specific topics, such as transcription, build...

Introduction to Logic Circuits & Logic Design with Verilog
Introduction to Logic Circuits & Logic Design with Verilog

by Brock J. LaMeres

This book for courses in Digital Systems Design introduces students to the fundamental hardware used in modern computers. Coverage includes both the classical approach to digital system design (i.e., pen and paper) in addition to the modern hardware description language (HDL) design approach (computer-based). Using this textbook enables readers to ...

Infection Control in the Dental Office
Infection Control in the Dental Office

by Louis G. DePaola, Leslie E. Grant

This book reviews the principles of infection control and the guidelines and standards of care in multiple countries, discussing them within the context of the practice of dentistry. The aim is to enable dental practitioners to ensure that the appropriate measures are adopted for each patient contact, thereby minimizing the risk of transmission of ...

Introduction to Logic Circuits & Logic Design with Verilog
Introduction to Logic Circuits & Logic Design with Verilog

by Brock J. LaMeres

This book for courses in Digital Systems Design introduces students to the fundamental hardware used in modern computers. Coverage includes both the classical approach to digital system design (i.e., pen and paper) in addition to the modern hardware description language (HDL) design approach (computer-based). Using this textbook enables readers to ...

Quick Start Guide to VHDL
Quick Start Guide to VHDL

by Brock J. LaMeres

This book provides a starter's guide to VHDL. This book can be used in conjunction with a one-semester course in Digital Systems Design or on its own for designers who only need an introduction to the language. This book is designed to provide a bottoms-up approach to learning the VHDL language. This design supports a course in which foundational k...

Political Social Work
Political Social Work

by Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker

This social work book is the first of its kind, describing practical steps that social workers can take to shape and influence both policy and politics. It prepares social workers and social work students to impact political action and subsequent policy, with a detailed real-world framework for turning ideas into concrete goals and strategies for e...

Plant Physiology, Development and Metabolism
Plant Physiology, Development and Metabolism

by Satish C Bhatla, Manju A. Lal

This book focuses on the fundamentals of plant physiology for undergraduate and graduate students. It consists of 34 chapters divided into five major units. Unit I discusses the unique mechanisms of water and ion transport, while Unit II describes the various metabolic events essential for plant development that result from plants’ ability to cap...

Motivation and Action
Motivation and Action

by Jutta Heckhausen, Heinz Heckhausen

This 3rd edition provides translations of all chapters of the most recent fifth German edition of Motivation and Action, including several entirely new chapters. It provides comprehensive coverage of the history of motivation, and introduces up-to-date theories and new research findings. Early sections provide a broad introduction to, and deep unde...

Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology
Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology

by Anna Marie Prentiss

Evolutionary Research in Archaeology seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary evolutionary research in archaeology. The book will provide a single source for introduction and overview of basic and advanced evolutionary concepts and research programs in archaeology. Content will be organized around four areas of critical research in...

Introduction to Programming with Fortran
Introduction to Programming with Fortran

by Ian Chivers, Jane Sleightholme

This fourth Edition presents new examples on submodules, derived type i/o, object oriented programming, abstract interfaces and procedure pointers, C interop, sorting and searching, statistics and converting to more modern versions of Fortran.Key FeaturesHighlights the core language features of modern Fortran including data typing, array processing...

Quick Start Guide to Verilog
Quick Start Guide to Verilog

by Brock J. LaMeres

This book provides a starter's guide to Verilog, to be used in conjunction with a one-semester course in Digital Systems Design, or on its own for readers who only need an introduction to the language. This book is designed to match the way the material is actually taught in the classroom. Topics are presented in a manner which builds foundational ...

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry
Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

by Miguel Valcárcel Cases, Ángela I. López-Lorente, Ma Ángeles López-Jiménez

This book offers a completely new approach to learning and teaching the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. It summarizes 250 basic concepts of the field on the basis of slides. Each of the nine chapters offers the following features: - Introduction: Summary. General scheme. Teaching objectives. - Text containing the explanation of each slide. - ...

Introduction to Logic Circuits &amp; Logic Design with VHDL
Introduction to Logic Circuits & Logic Design with VHDL

by Brock J. LaMeres

This textbook introduces readers to the fundamental hardware used in modern computers. The only pre-requisite is algebra, so it can be taken by college freshman or sophomore students or even used in Advanced Placement courses in high school. This book presents both the classical approach to digital system design (i.e., pen and paper) in addition ...

An Introduction to Machine Learning
An Introduction to Machine Learning

by Miroslav Kubat

This textbook presents fundamental machine learning concepts in an easy to understand manner by providing practical advice, using straightforward examples, and offering engaging discussions of relevant applications. The main topics include Bayesian classifiers, nearest-neighbor classifiers, linear and polynomial classifiers, decision trees, neural ...

Excel Data Analysis
Excel Data Analysis

by Hector Guerrero

This book offers a comprehensive and readable introduction to modern business and data analytics. It is based on the use of Excel, a tool that virtually all students and professionals have access to. The explanations are focused on understanding the techniques and their proper application, and are supplemented by a wealth of in-chapter and end-of-c...

Policing and Minority Communities
Policing and Minority Communities

by James F. Albrecht, Garth den Heyer, Perry Stanislas

This insightful book examines the allegations against the professionalism, transparency, and integrity of law enforcement toward minority groups, from a global perspective. It addresses the challenges inherent in maintaining strong ties with members of the community, and draws attention to obstacles in ensuring public confidence and trust in rule o...

Applied Bioinformatics
Applied Bioinformatics

by Paul M. Selzer, Richard J. Marhöfer, Oliver Koch

This book introduces readers to the basic principles of bioinformatics and the practical application and utilization of computational tools, without assuming any prior background in programming or informatics. It provides a coherent overview of the complex field and focuses on the implementation of online tools, genome databases and software that c...

Entertainment Science
Entertainment Science

by Thorsten Hennig-Thurau, Mark B. Houston

The entertainment industry has long been dominated by legendary screenwriter William Goldman’s “Nobody-Knows-Anything” mantra, which argues that success is the result of managerial intuition and instinct. This book builds the case that combining such intuition with data analytics and rigorous scholarly knowledge provides a source of sustainab...

Foundations of Behavioral Health
Foundations of Behavioral Health

by Bruce Lubotsky Levin, Ardis Hanson

This comprehensive book examines the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health (i.e., alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health) services from both U.S. and global perspectives. Addressing the need for more integrative and collaborative approaches in public health and behavioral health initiatives, the book covers the fundam...

Research Methods for the Digital Humanities
Research Methods for the Digital Humanities

by lewis levenberg, Tai Neilson, David Rheams

This volume introduces the reader to the wide range of methods that digital humanities employ, and offers a practical guide to the study, interpretation, and presentation of cultural material and practices. In this instance, the editors consider digital humanities to include both the use of computing to understand cultural material in new ways, and...

Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Neural Networks and Deep Learning

by Charu C. Aggarwal

This book covers both classical and modern models in deep learning. The chapters of this book span three categories:The basics of neural networks: Many traditional machine learning models can be understood as special cases of neural networks. An emphasis is placed in the first two chapters on understanding the relationship between traditional mac...

Learning Landscape Ecology
Learning Landscape Ecology

by Sarah E. Gergel, Monica G. Turner

This title meets a great demand for training in spatial analysis tools accessible to a wide audience. Landscape ecology continues to grow as an exciting discipline with much to offer for solving pressing and emerging problems in environmental science. Much of the strength of landscape ecology lies in its ability to address challenges over large are...

Social Psychology in Action
Social Psychology in Action

by Kai Sassenberg, Michael L.W. Vliek

This timely and applied textbook brings together leading scientists to illustrate how key theories and concepts in social psychology help to predict and explain behavior, and can be successfully applied to benefit social and practical problems. It focuses on robust theories and models known for their successful applications and covers a diverse ran...

Business Ethics - A Philosophical and Behavioral Approach
Business Ethics - A Philosophical and Behavioral Approach

by Christian A. Conrad

This textbook examines the extent to which moral values play a role as productive forces for the economy, and explores the effect of ethical and unethical Behavior on the economy. It shows how ethics improves productivity in the economy, and provides specific ethics tools for practical application for students and managers. Stemming from an overall...

Building Energy Modeling with OpenStudio
Building Energy Modeling with OpenStudio

by Larry Brackney, Andrew Parker, Daniel Macumber, Kyle Benne

This book teaches the fundamentals of building energy modeling and analysis using open source example applications built with the US DOE's OpenStudio modeling platform and EnergyPlus simulation engine. Designed by researchers at US National Laboratories to support a new generation of high performance buildings, EnergyPlus and OpenStudio are revolut...

Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings
Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings

by Debra A. Harley, Noel A. Ysasi, Malachy L. Bishop, Allison R. Fleming

This first-of-its-kind textbook surveys rehabilitation and vocational programs aiding persons with disabilities in remote and developing areas in the U.S. and abroad. Contributors discuss longstanding challenges to these communities, most notably economic and environmental obstacles and ongoing barriers to service delivery, as well as their resilie...

Teaching Medicine and Medical Ethics Using Popular Culture
Teaching Medicine and Medical Ethics Using Popular Culture

by Evie Kendal, Basia Diug

This book demonstrates how popular culture can be successfully incorporated into medical and health science curriculums, capitalising on the opportunity fictional media presents to humanise case studies. Studies show that the vast majority of medical and nursing students watch popular medical television dramas and comedies such as Grey’s Anatomy,...

Fundamentals of Azure
Fundamentals of Azure

by Michael Collier, Robin Shahan

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform, providing a wide variety of services you can use without purchasing and provisioning your own hardware. Azure enables the rapid development of solutions and provides the resources to accomplish tasks that may not be feasible in an on-premises environment. Azure's compute, storage, network, an...

Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities
Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities

by Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson, Manas Biswas

Microsoft SharePoint hybrid consists of a growing list of advanced hybrid solutions that empowers organizations to consume benefits of the cloud and maintain their on-premises investments. This book is the second in a series of SharePoint hybrid books in which we show you how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage a SharePoint hybrid environment. ...

Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools
Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools

by Cesar de la Torre

This book provides end-to-end guidance on the Docker application development lifecycle with Microsoft tools and services while providing an introduction to Docker development concepts for readers who might be new to the Docker ecosystem. This way, anyone can understand the global picture and start planning development projects based on Docker and M...

Introduction to Windows Containers
Introduction to Windows Containers

by John McCabe, Michael Friis

With the introduction of container support in Windows Server 2016, we open a world of opportunities that takes traditional monolithic applications on a journey to modernize them for better agility. Containers are a stepping stone that can help IT organizations understand what key items in modern IT environments, such as DevOps, Agile, Scrum, Infras...

Building Secure and Reliable Systems
Building Secure and Reliable Systems

by Betsy Beyer, Piotr Lewandowski, Ana Oprea, Paul Blankinship, Heather Adkins, Adam Stubblefield

Can a system be considered truly reliable if it isn't fundamentally secure? Or can it be considered secure if it's unreliable? Security is crucial to the design and operation of scalable systems in production, as it plays an important part in product quality, performance, and availability. In this book, experts from Google share best practices to h...

Case Studies in Infrastructure Change Management
Case Studies in Infrastructure Change Management

by Wendy Look, Mark Dallman

The Infrastructure Change Management (ICM) program at Google drives migrations, deprecations, and other large-scale infrastructure changes. Case studies in this book explore how infrastructure change projects are managed at Google. From these case studies, we'll provide insight into lessons learned from these different approaches, and provide an ov...

Intelligence Unleashed
Intelligence Unleashed

by Rose Luckin, Wayne Holmes, Mark Griffiths, Laurie B. Corcier

This book on artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) with two aims in mind. The first was to explain to a non-specialist, interested reader what AIEd is: its goals, how it is built, and how it works. After all, only by securing a certain degree of understanding can we move beyond the science-fiction imagery of AI, and the associated fears. The ...

Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud
Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

by Shreesh Dubey, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Shivam Garg, Aashish Ramdas, Mitch Tulloch

If you are responsible for architecting and designing the backup strategy for your organization, especially if you're looking for ways to incorporate cloud backup into your business continuity scenarios, this book is for you. With the increasing trends in virtualization as well as the move to the pubic cloud, IT organizations are headed toward a wo...

Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016
Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016

by Buck Woody, Danielle Dean, Debraj GuhaThakurta, Gagan Bansal, Matt Conners, Wee-Hyong Tok

R is one of the most popular, powerful data analytics languages and environments in use by data scientists. Actionable business data is often stored in Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS), and one of the most widely used RDBMS is Microsoft SQL Server. Much more than a database server, it's a rich ecostructure with advanced analytic capab...

Windows PowerShell Networking Guide
Windows PowerShell Networking Guide

by Ed Wilson

This book helps you understand how PowerShell can be used to manage the networking aspects of your server and client computers....

App Modernization on Azure Succinctly
App Modernization on Azure Succinctly

by Lorenzo Barbieri

What's the right way to move existing applications to the cloud to better use its power while enabling new features? In App Modernization on Azure Succinctly, Lorenzo Barbieri will help you understand how to modernize existing apps without completely rewriting them. This ebook will guide you through moving your app to the cloud, refactoring, rearch...

PHP Succinctly
PHP Succinctly

by José Roberto Olivas Mendoza

Known for its straightforward simplicity, PHP is an open source, general-purpose scripting language oriented for web development. In PHP Succinctly, author José Roberto Olivas Mendoza guides newcomers through PHP's basics, which includes deployment, programming themes such as variables, decision making, arrays, functions, and databases, and the cr...

C++ Notes for Professionals
C++ Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

The C++ Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....

Ionic 4 Succinctly
Ionic 4 Succinctly

by Ed Freitas

Ionic 4 takes the original Ionic toolkit from a mobile-centric framework based on Angular to a powerful, web-based UI design system and app-development toolset that is JavaScript-framework agnostic. The increased performance of Ionic 4 components makes the framework ideal for developing progressive web apps (PWAs), which are in high demand and popu...

NuGet In-House Succinctly
NuGet In-House Succinctly

by José Roberto Olivas Mendoza

The NuGet package manager is an exceptional tool for sharing and distributing tools and code to other developers, but what do you do when you want to keep your code within your organization? In NuGet In-House Succinctly, author José Roberto Olivas Mendoza guides readers through the process of setting up a local NuGet server, creating a distributab...

MSIX Succinctly
MSIX Succinctly

by Matteo Pagani

MSIX, the packaging format introduced in Windows 10, is the perfect starting point to move your desktop applications forward. In MSIX Succinctly, IT pros can learn how to use MSIX to repackage their apps using the modern format, build modification packages, and utilize the Package Support Framework to change the logic of an app without changing its...

Marketing and Advertising Using Google
Marketing and Advertising Using Google

by Google, Karl Barksdale

The official book from Google for students preparing for careers in marketing. Learn to: Create effective Internet advertising, target advertising to people when they're ready to buy, control you advertising budget, and build your brand....

Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials: Top 10 Tools
Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials: Top 10 Tools

by Ed Bott

Dive in to Windows 10 with award-winning journalist and Windows Expert Ed Bott in this highly curated free eBook covering the top apps, accessories, and utilities included in the box with Windows 10. The sheer volume of Windows programs and accessories says a lot about the power and complexity of Windows - a fact that every IT pro knows from fir...

Deploying Windows 10
Deploying Windows 10

by Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, Victor Silveira

Get a head start deploying Windows 10 - with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today. Windows 10 rep...

Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure
Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure

by Carl Rabeler

SQL Server is Microsoft's relational database management system (RDBMS). SQL Server can now be hosted entirely in Microsoft Azure, either in a hosted virtual machine (VM) or as a hosted service. Hosting a virtual machine in Azure is known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and hosting a service in Azure is known as platform as a service (PaaS)....

Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid
Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid

by Jeremy Taylor

Microsoft SharePoint hybrid deployments are rapidly becoming popular with Microsoft's investments on increased SharePoint productivity, not only in your own environment (on-premises) but also collaborating in new ways through the largest and most advanced cloud service platform in the world - Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. SharePoint hyb...

Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 1
Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 1

by Glenn Arnold, Suzanne Kyle

Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 1 developed in collaboration by Athabasca University and Lyryx, is intended for a first course in Intermediate Financial Accounting, and presumes that students have already completed one or two Introductory Financial Accounting courses. The textbook reflects current International Financial Reporting Standard...

Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 2
Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 2

by Glenn Arnold, Suzanne Kyle

Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 2 developed in collaboration by Athabasca University and Lyryx, is intended for the second of two in Intermediate Financial Accounting courses. It presumes that students have already completed the Introductory Financial Accounting, and the first Intermediate Financing Accounting course. The textbook reflects...

Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Business Statistics

by Alexander Holmes, Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean

Introductory Business Statistics is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the one-semester statistics course for business, economics, and related majors. Core statistical concepts and skills have been augmented with practical business examples, scenarios, and exercises. The result is a meaningful understanding of the discipline, w...

Introductory Statistics
Introductory Statistics

by Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean

Introductory Statistics follows scope and sequence requirements of a one-semester introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering. The text assumes some knowledge of intermediate algebra and focuses on statistics application over theory. Introductory Statistics includes innovative pr...

Business Process Flow Mapping Succinctly
Business Process Flow Mapping Succinctly

by Erica L. Quigley

In a company, when the business process is defined, employees feel confident in their roles. They understand expectations and can easily identify when something is amiss or requires escalation. In Business Process Flow Mapping Succinctly, Erica Quigley will show you the activities that should occur in order to completely define a business process s...

Enterprise Cloud Strategy
Enterprise Cloud Strategy

by Barry Briggs, Eduardo Kassner

Enterprise Cloud Strategy - Guidance for enterprises looking for proven methods to take their application portfolio to the cloud. What if you were able to achieve both efficiency and innovation in all business domains and applications across your entire portfolio? What if you could take advantage of the cloud and all of its resources and feature...

Kubernetes for Full-Stack Developers
Kubernetes for Full-Stack Developers

by Jamon Camisso, Hanif Jetha, Katherine Juell

Whether you're just curious, getting started with Kubernetes, or have experience with it, this curriculum will help you learn more about Kubernetes and running containerized applications. You'll learn about core Kubernetes concepts and use them to deploy and scale applications in practical tutorials. By the end of this curriculum you'll be able to ...

The JavaScript Way
The JavaScript Way

by Baptiste Pesquet

Love it or hate it, JavaScript is avidly eating the world of software development. From web sites and apps to servers, smartphones and connected objects, JavaScript is everywhere. It has evolved from a niche scripting tool crafted in a few days into a modern, multi-purpose language sitting on top of a rich ecosystem and a vibrant developer communit...

Using .NET Core, Docker, and Kubernetes Succinctly
Using .NET Core, Docker, and Kubernetes Succinctly

by Michele Aponte

Terms like container and Docker, unknown to Microsoft programmers until now, have recently become essential in technical discussions about the development, distribution, and management of our applications. Containers can solve some of programmers' everyday problems, but a challenge with them is managing their lifecycles and the communication among ...

Making Servers Work
Making Servers Work

by Jamon Camisso

This book highlights practical sysadmin skills, common architectures that you'll encounter, and best practices that apply to automating and running systems at any scale, from one laptop or server to 1,000 or more. It is intended to help orient you within the discipline, and hopefully encourages you to learn more about system administration....

The Little MongoDB Book
The Little MongoDB Book

by Karl Seguin

Karl Seguin is a developer with experience across various fields and technologies. He's an expert .NET and Ruby developer. He's a semi-active contributor to OSS projects, a technical writer and an occasional speaker. With respect to MongoDB, he was a core contributor to the C# MongoDB library NoRM, wrote the interactive tutorial mongly as well as t...