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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...

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...

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...

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society
Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

by Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, Peter Farago

Using longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel to zoom in on continuity and change in the life course, this book describes how the lives of the Swiss population have changed in terms of health, family circumstances, work, political participation, and migration over the last sixteen years. What are the different trajectories in terms of mobi...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Lone Parenthood in the Life Course
Lone Parenthood in the Life Course

by Laura Bernardi, Dimitri Mortelmans

Lone parenthood is an increasing reality in the 21st century, reinforced by the diffusion of divorce and separation. This volume provides a comprehensive portrait of lone parenthood at the beginning of the XXI century from a life course perspective. The contributions included in this volume examine the dynamics of lone parenthood in the life course...

Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality
Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality

by Margaret O'Brien, Karin Wall

This book portrays men's experiences of home alone leave and how it affects their lives and family gender roles in different policy contexts and explores how this unique parental leave design is implemented in these contrasting policy regimes. The book brings together three major theoretical strands: social policy, in particular the literature on...

A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions
A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions

by Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Stéphane Cullati, Amanda Sacker, David Blane

This book examines health trajectories and health transitions at different stages of the life course, including childhood, adulthood and later life. It provides findings that assess the role of biological and social transitions on health status over time.The essays examine a wide range of health issues, including the consequences of military servic...

Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism
Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism

by Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard, Juan Javier Rivera Andía

Exploring indigenous life projects in encounters with extractivism, the present open access volume discusses how current turbulences actualise questions of indigeneity, difference and ontological dynamics in the Andes and Amazonia. While studies of extractivism in South America often focus on wider national and international politics, this contribu...

Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North
Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North

by Joachim Otto Habeck

Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North breaks new ground by exploring the concept of lifestyle from a distinctly anthropological perspective. Showcasing the collective work of ten experienced scholars in the field, the book goes beyond concepts of tradition that have often been the focus of previous research, to explain how political, economic ...

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 ...

Extended Working Life Policies
Extended Working Life Policies

by Áine Ní Léime, Jim Ogg, Martina Rašticová, Debra Street, Clary Krekula, Monika Bédiová, Ignacio Madero-Cabib

This volume addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with...

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...

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...

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...

The Restless Compendium
The Restless Compendium

by Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes

This interdisciplinary book contains 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work. It draws together approaches from artists, literary scholars, psychologists, activists, historians, geographers and sociologists who challenge assumptions about how rest operates across mind, bodies, and practices. Rest...

Health and Wellbeing in Late Life
Health and Wellbeing in Late Life

by Prasun Chatterjee

This book takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide a holistic understanding of late old age, and situates the aged person within the context of family, caregivers, clinical and other institutions. All through the book, the author discusses preparedness for an aging individual as well as the society in the Indian context. The book highlights in...

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...

Make Life Visible
Make Life Visible

by Yoshiaki Toyama, Atsushi Miyawaki, Masaya Nakamura, Masahiro Jinzaki

This book describes marked advances in imaging technology that have enabled the visualization of phenomena in ways formerly believed to be completelyimpossible. These technologies have made major contributions to the elucidation of the pathology of diseases as well as to their diagnosis and therapy. The volume presents various studies from molecula...

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...

How Generations Remember
How Generations Remember

by Monika Palmberger

This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and 'rewritten' fo...

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...

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...

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...

Visualizing Mortality Dynamics in the Lexis Diagram
Visualizing Mortality Dynamics in the Lexis Diagram

by Roland Rau, Christina Bohk-Ewald, Magdalena Muszyńska, James Vaupel

This book visualizes mortality dynamics in the Lexis diagram. While the standard approach of plotting death rates is also covered, the focus in this book is on the depiction of rates of mortality improvement over age and time. This rather novel approach offers a more intuitive understanding of the underlying dynamics, enabling readers to better und...

Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology
Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology

by Roland Clift, Angela Druckman

How can we design more sustainable industrial and urban systems that reduce environmental impacts while supporting a high quality of life for everyone? What progress has been made towards reducing resource use and waste, and what are the prospects for more resilient material-efficient economies? What are the environmental and social impacts of glob...

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...

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...

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...

Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling
Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling

by Eric Silverman

This book examines the methodological complications of using complexity science concepts within the social science domain. The opening chapters take the reader on a tour through the development of simulation methodologies in the fields of artificial life and population biology, then demonstrates the growing popularity and relevance of these method...

New Vision 2050
New Vision 2050

by Hiroshi Komiyama, Koichi Yamada

This book presents the "New Vision 2050," which adds the concept of the "platinum society" to the "Vision 2050".The 20th century was a century in which energy led the development of material civilization, resulting in deletion of resources, global warming and climate change. What form should sustainable material and en...

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...

Between Psychology and Philosophy
Between Psychology and Philosophy

by Michael Slote

This book discusses a variety of important but unprecedented ways in which psychology can be useful to philosophy. The early chapters illustrate this theme via comparisons between Chinese and Western philosophy. It is argued that the Chinese notion of a heart-mind is superior to the Western concept of mind, but then, more even-handedly, the relativ...

Bird Species
Bird Species

by Dieter Thomas Tietze

The average person can name more bird species than they think, but do we really know what a bird "species" is? This book takes up several fascinating aspects of bird life to elucidate this basic concept in biology. From genetic and physiological basics to the phenomena of bird song and bird migration, it analyzes various interactions of b...

Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting
Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting

by Tommy Bengtsson, Nico Keilman

This book describes methods of mortality forecasting and discusses possible improvements. It contains a selection of previously unpublished and published papers, which together provide a state-of-the-art overview of statistical approaches as well as behavioural and biological perspectives. The different parts of the book provide discussions of cu...

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...

Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe
Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe

by Marie Digoix

This free book focuses on family diversity from a legal, demographical and sociological perspective. It investigates what is at stake in the life of homosexuals in the field of family formation, parenting and parenthood, what it brings to everyday life, the support of the law, and what its absence implies. The book shows the paths leading to the ad...

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...

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing
The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing

by Martina Zimmermann

This is the first book-length exploration of the thoughts and experiences expressed by dementia patients in published narratives over the last thirty years. It contrasts third-person caregiver and first-person patient accounts from different languages and a range of media, focusing on the poetical and political questions these narratives raise: wha...

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....

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...

Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences
Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences

by Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka

​This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of ch...

Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics
Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics

by Peter Róna, László Zsolnai

This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do no...

Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond
Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond

by David G. Anderson, Dmitry V. Arzyutov, Sergei S. Alymov

The idea of etnos came into being over a hundred years ago as a way of understanding the collective identities of people with a common language and shared traditions. In the twentieth century, the concept came to be associated with Soviet state-building, and it fell sharply out of favour. Yet outside the academy, etnos-style arguments not only pers...

Beyond Holy Russia
Beyond Holy Russia

by Michael Hughes

This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of the Tsarist Empire in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europ...

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...

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...

Media Resistance
Media Resistance

by Trine Syvertsen

This book is about those who dislike, protest, and try to abstain from media, both new and old. It explains why media resistance persists and answers two questions: What is at stake for resisters and how does media resistance inspire organized action? Yet, despite the interest in media scepticism and dislike, there seems to be no book on the market...

Fallibility at Work
Fallibility at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

'This is an exciting, groundbreaking book. With an astonishing array of examples and a brilliant eye for the essential, Øyvind Kvalnes takes the Socratic motto of knowing yourself to our everyday lives in the workplace. Applied philosophy at its best, the book will affect the way you do your work and live your life.'—Professor Esa Saarinen, Aalt...

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 ...

Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela
Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela

by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

This book presents an ethnographic study of how grassroots activism in Venezuela during the Chávez presidency can be understood in relation to the country's history as a petro-state. Taking the contested relationship between the popular sectors and the Venezuelan state as a point of departure, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen explores how notions such a...

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...

The Crisis for Young People
The Crisis for Young People

by Andy Green

This book provides an original and challenging analysis of one of the most pressing social issues of our times: intergenerational inequality. Based on recent mixed-method research, it explores the extent and scope of generational divides through an up-to-date analysis of the changing opportunities for young people in Britain across different life d...

Contemporary Bioethics
Contemporary Bioethics

by Mohammed Ali Al-Bar, Hassan Chamsi-Pasha

This book discusses the common principles of morality and ethics derived from divinely endowed intuitive reason through the creation of al-fitr' a (nature) and human intellect (al-'aql). Biomedical topics are presented and ethical issues related to topics such as genetic testing, assisted reproduction and organ transplantation are discussed.Whereas...

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...

Mary and Early Christian Women
Mary and Early Christian Women

by Ally Kateusz

This book reveals exciting early Christian evidence that Mary was remembered as a powerful role model for women leaders - women apostles, baptizers, and presiders at the ritual meal. Early Christian art portrays Mary and other women clergy serving as deacon, presbyter/priest, and bishop. In addition, the two oldest surviving artifacts to depict pe...

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...

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...

Handbook of Pathogens and Diseases in Cephalopods
Handbook of Pathogens and Diseases in Cephalopods

by Camino Gestal, Santiago Pascual, Ángel Guerra, Graziano Fiorito, Juan M. Vieites

The aim of this book is to facilitate the identification and description of the different organs as well as pathogens and diseases affecting the most representative species of cephalopods focussed on Sepia officinalis, Loligo vulgaris and Octopus vulgaris. These species are valuable 'morphotype' models and belong to the taxonomic groups Sepioidea, ...

Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability
Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability

by Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Anette Reenberg, Anke Schaffartzik, Andreas Mayer

Arising from a scientific conference marking the 100th anniversary of her birth, this book honors the life and work of the social scientist and diplomat Ester Boserup, who blazed new trails in her interdisciplinary approach to development and sustainability. The contents are organized in three sections reflecting important focal points of Boserup'...

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...

Constructing Roma Migrants
Constructing Roma Migrants

by Tina Magazzini, Stefano Piemontese

This book presents a cross-disciplinary insight and policy analysis into the effects of European legal and political frameworks on the life of 'Roma migrants' in Europe. It outlines the creation and implementation of Roma policies at the European level, provides a systematic understanding of identity-based exclusion and explores concrete case studi...

Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (III)
Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (III)

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Martin O`Brien, Keitaro Tanoi

This book presents the findings from on-site research into radioactive cesium contamination in various agricultural systems affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in March 2011. This third volume in the series reports on studies undertaken at contaminated sites such as farmland, forests, and marine and freshwater environment...

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...

Dignity in the 21st Century
Dignity in the 21st Century

by Doris Schroeder, Abol‐Hassan Bani-Sadr

This book offers a unique and insightful analysis of Western and Middle Eastern concepts of dignity and illustrates them with examples of everyday life. Dignity in the 21st Century - Middle East and West is unique and insightful for a range of reasons. First, the book is co-authored by scholars from two different cultures (Middle East and West). As...

The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016
The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016

by Kirsi Latola, Hannele Savela

This book presents the most current research results and knowledge from five multidisciplinary themes: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments, Vulnerability of Arctic Societies, Local and Traditional Knowledge, Building Long-term Human Capacity, New Markets for the Arctic, including tourism and safety. The themes are those discussed at the first ever...

Climate-Smart Food
Climate-Smart Food

by Dave Reay

This book asks just how climate-smart our food really is. It follows an average day's worth of food and drink to see where it comes from, how far it travels, and the carbon price we all pay for it. From our breakfast tea and toast, through breaktime chocolate bar, to take-away supper, Dave Reay explores the weather extremes the world's farmers are ...

Rethinking Health Care Ethics
Rethinking Health Care Ethics

by Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska

​The goal of this book is to develop an approach to clinical health care ethics that is more accessible to, and usable by, health professionals than the now-dominant approaches that focus, for example, on the application of ethical principles. The book elaborates the view that health professionals have the emotional and intellectual resources to ...

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...

Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World
Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World

by Zana Vathi

This book draws on award-winning cross-generational research comparing the complex and life-changing processes of settlement among Albanian migrants and their adolescent children in three European cities: London (UK), Thessaloniki (Greece), and Florence (Italy). Building on key concepts from the social sciences and migration studies, such as identi...

Energy Demand Challenges in Europe
Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

by Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Charlotte Jensen

This book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions...

The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America
The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America

by Margit Ystanes, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

This edited volume examines how economic processes have worked upon social lives and social realities in Latin America during the past decades. Through tracing the effects of the neoliberal epoch into the era of the so-called pink tide, the book seeks to understand to what extent the turn to the left at the start of the millennium managed to challe...

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...

Pre-Field Screening Protocols for Heat-Tolerant Mutants in Rice
Pre-Field Screening Protocols for Heat-Tolerant Mutants in Rice

by Fatma Sarsu, Abdelbagi M.A. Ghanim, Priyanka Das, Rajeev N. Bahuguna, Paul Mbogo Kusolwa, Muhammed Ashraf, Sneh L. Singla-Pareek, Ashwani Pareek, Brian P. Forster, Ivan Ingelbrecht

This book presents simple, robust pre-field screening protocols that allow plant breeders to screen for enhanced tolerance to heat stress in rice. Two critical heat-sensitive stages in the lifecycle of the rice crop are targeted – the seedling and flowering stages – with screening based on simple phenotypic responses. The protocols are based on...

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...

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 ...

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...

Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century
Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century

by Steven J. Taylor, Alice Brumby

This open access edited collection contributes a new dimension to the study of mental health and psychiatry in the twentieth century. It takes the present literature beyond the 'asylum and after' paradigm to explore the multitude of spaces that have been permeated by concerns about mental well-being and illness. The chapters in this volume consciou...

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 ...

Sensitivity Analysis: Matrix Methods in Demography and Ecology
Sensitivity Analysis: Matrix Methods in Demography and Ecology

by Hal Caswell

This book shows how to use sensitivity analysis in demography. It presents new methods for individuals, cohorts, and populations, with applications to humans, other animals, and plants. The analyses are based on matrix formulations of age-classified, stage-classified, and multistate population models. Methods are presented for linear and nonlinear,...

Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus
Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

by Ilka Steiner, Philippe Wanner

This book provides insight on current patterns of migration in Switzerland, which fall along a continuum from long-term and permanent to more temporary and fluid. These patterns are shaped by the interplay of legal norms, economic drivers and societal factors. The various dimensions of this Migration-Mobility Nexus are investigated by means of new...

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 ...

Wellbeing and Devolution
Wellbeing and Devolution

by Jennifer Wallace

"In this book, Wallace elegantly shows how committed government intervention can improve wellbeing with rigour and impact. It's an essential read for anyone concerned with the future of the UK."Julia Unwin, CBE"As someone who commissioned one of the first attempts to learn from the devolved nations I am delighted to see this publicat...

Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility
Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility

by Claus Dierksmeier

In the light of growing political and religious fundamentalism, this book defends the idea of freedom as paramount for the attempt to find common ethical ground in the age of globality. The book sets out to examine as yet unexhausted ways to boost the resilience of the principle of liberalism. Critically reviewing the last 200 years of the philosop...

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...

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

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

This book reports the results from on-site research into radioactive cesium contamination in various agricultural systems affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in March 2011. This is the second volume from the research groups formed in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences of The University of ...

Understanding the Bigger Energy Picture
Understanding the Bigger Energy Picture

by Michael Düren

This book focuses on the global cycles of energy, water and carbon, which are not only the essentials of our main energy carriers, the fossil fuels, but are also the building blocks of life. The book offers an overview of the basic scientific facts and relationships that are needed to understand today's energy generation and use, how they relate to...

Feeling Gender
Feeling Gender

by Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen

This book explores how feelings about gender have changed over three interrelated generations of women and men of different social classes during the twentieth century. The author explores the ways in which generational experiences are connected, what is continued, what triggers gradual or abrupt changes between generations - and between women and ...

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...

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...

The Plight of Older Workers
The Plight of Older Workers

by Isabel Baumann

This book examines the economic, social, and psychological consequences of manufacturing plant closure at the individual level. Using an original data set of over 1,200 workers from Switzerland who lost their manufacturing jobs after the financial crisis of 2008, the author analyzes the determinants of reemployment, the sector of reemployment, and ...

Proceedings of the Scientific-Practical Conference "Research and Development - 2016"
Proceedings of the Scientific-Practical Conference "Research and Development - 2016"

by K. V. Anisimov, A. V. Dub, S. K. Kolpakov, A. V. Lisitsa, A. N. Petrov, V. P. Polukarov, O. S. Popel, V. A. Vinokurov

It relates to the III Annual Conference hosted by the Russian Federal Ministry of Education and Science in December 2016. This event has summarized, analyzed and discussed the interim results, academic outputs and scientific achievements of the Russian Federal Targeted Programme for Research and Development in priority areas of development of the R...

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...

Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice
Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice

by Ingrid Robeyns

How do we evaluate ambiguous concepts such as wellbeing, freedom, and social justice? How do we develop policies that offer everyone the best chance to achieve what they want from life? The capability approach, a theoretical framework pioneered by the philosopher and economist Amartya Sen in the 1980s, has become an increasingly influential way to ...

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...

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...

Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education
Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education

by Catherine Shea Sanger, Nancy W. Gleason

This book offers pioneering insights and practical methods for promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education classrooms and curricula. It highlights the growing importance of international education programs in Asia and the value of understanding student diversity in a changing, evermore interconnected world. The book explores diversity acr...

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...

Divorce in Europe
Divorce in Europe

by Dimitri Mortelmans

This free book collects the major discussions in divorce research in Europe. It starts with an understanding of divorce trends. Why was divorce increasing so rapidly throughout the US and Europe and do we see signs of a turn? Do cohabitation breakups influence divorce trends or is there a renewed stability on the partner market?In terms of divorce...

Meaning-Making for Living
Meaning-Making for Living

by Koji Komatsu

This Open Access Brief analyzes the dynamics in which children's selves emerge through their everyday activities of meaning construction, both in their relationships with family and within school education. It begins with a discussion of new psychological inquiries into children's selves and builds upon the innovative theoretical notion of the Pres...

Child Protection in England, 1960–2000
Child Protection in England, 1960–2000

by Jennifer Crane

This book explores how children, parents, and survivors reshaped the politics of child protection in late twentieth-century England. Activism by these groups, often manifested in small voluntary organisations, drew upon and constructed an expertise grounded in experience and emotion that supported, challenged, and subverted medical, social work, l...

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...

Energy Justice Across Borders
Energy Justice Across Borders

by Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi, Wang Guoyu

We must find new and innovative ways of conceptualizing transboundary energy issues, of embedding concerns of ethics or justice into energy policy, and of operationalizing response to them. This book stems from the emergent gap; the need for comparative approaches to energy justice, and for those that consider ethical traditions that go beyond the ...

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...

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...

Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development
Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development

by Harry Lintsen, Frank Veraart, Jan-Pieter Smits, John Grin

This book examines more than two centuries of societal development using novel historical and statistical approaches. It applies the well-being monitor developed by Statistics Netherlands that has been endorsed by a significant part of the international, statistical community. It features The Netherlands as a case study, which is an especially inte...

Eating, Drinking: Surviving
Eating, Drinking: Surviving

by Peter Jackson, Walter E.L. Spiess, Farhana Sultana

This publication addresses the global challenges of food and water security in a rapidly changing and complex world. The essays highlight the links between bio-physical and socio-cultural processes, making connections between local and global scales, and focusing on the everyday practices of eating and drinking, essential for human survival. Writte...

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...

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...

A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe
A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe

by Gabriele Doblhammer, Jordi Gumà

This free book examines the triangle between family, gender, and health in Europe from a demographic perspective. It helps to understand patterns and trends in each of the three components separately, as well as their interdependencies. It overcomes the widely observable specialization in demographic research, which usually involves researchers stu...

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...

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...

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...

Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours
Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours

by Robert Winstanley-Chesters

This open access book explores the histories and geographies of fishing in North Korea and the surrounding nations. With the ideological and environmental history of North Korea in mind, the book examines the complex interactions between local communities, fish themselves, wider ecosystems and the politics of Pyongyang through the lens of critical ...

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...

Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas
Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas

by Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Philipp Schröder

This collection brings together a variety of anthropological, historical and sociological case studies from Central Asia and the Caucasus to examine the concept of translocality. The chapters scrutinize the capacity of translocality to describe, in new ways, the multiple mobilities, exchange practices and globalizing processes that link places, peo...

Gallucci's Commentary on Dürer's 'Four Books on Human Proportion'
Gallucci's Commentary on Dürer's 'Four Books on Human Proportion'

by James Hutson

In 1591, Giovanni Paolo Gallucci published his Della simmetria dei corpi humani, an Italian translation of Albrecht Dürer's Four Books on Human Proportion. While Dürer's treatise had been translated earlier in the sixteenth-century into French and Latin, it was Gallucci's Italian translation that endured in popularity as the most cited version of...

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...

Storytelling in Northern Zambia
Storytelling in Northern Zambia

by Robert Cancel

Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bemba-speaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enabl...

Frontier Encounters
Frontier Encounters

by Franck Billé, Grégory Delaplace, Caroline Humphrey

China and Russia are rising economic and political powers that share thousands of miles of border. Yet, despite their proximity, their practical, local interactions with each other - and with their third neighbour Mongolia - are rarely discussed. The three countries share a boundary, but their traditions, languages and worldviews are remarkably dif...

The Pangenome
The Pangenome

by Hervé Tettelin, Duccio Medini

This open access book offers the first comprehensive account of the pan-genome concept and its manifold implications. The realization that the genetic repertoire of a biological species always encompasses more than the genome of each individual is one of the earliest examples of big data in biology that opened biology to the unbounded. The study ...

Bioinformatics for Evolutionary Biologists
Bioinformatics for Evolutionary Biologists

by Bernhard Haubold, Angelika Börsch-Haubold

This self-contained textbook covers fundamental aspects of sequence analysis in evolutionary biology, including sequence alignment, phylogeny reconstruction, and coalescent simulation. It addresses these aspects through a series of over 400 computer problems, ranging from elementary to research level to enable learning by doing. Students solve the ...

Mapping Global Theatre Histories
Mapping Global Theatre Histories

by Mark Pizzato

This book provides a global, chronological mapping of significant areas of theatre, sketched from its deepest history in the evolution of our brain's 'inner theatre' to ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern developments. It considers prehistoric cave art and built temples, African trance dances, ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern ritual dramas...

Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things
Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things

by Marcel Danesi

This book deals with one the most interesting aspects of human life - the search for meaning. It discusses how the science of semiotics is equipped to provide insight on what meaning is and how we produce it. Why is it that certain people routinely put their survival at risk by smoking? Why is it that some women make locomotion difficult for themse...

Philosophy of Race
Philosophy of Race

by Naomi Zack

Philosophy of Race: An Introduction provides plainly written access to a new subfield that has been in the background of philosophy since Plato and Aristotle. Part I provides an overview of ideas of race and ethnicity in the philosophical canon, egalitarian traditions, race in biology, and race in American and Continental Philosophy. Part II addres...

Cyborgs in Latin America
Cyborgs in Latin America

by J. Andrew Brown

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org . Cyborgs in Latin America explores the ways cultural expression in Latin America has grappled with the changing relationships between technology and human identity....

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...

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...

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...

Aging Well
Aging Well

by Jean Galiana, William A. Haseltine

This book outlines the challenges of supporting the health and wellbeing of older adults around the world and offers examples of solutions designed by stakeholders, healthcare providers, and public, private and nonprofit organizations in the United States. The solutions presented address challenges including: providing person-centered long-term car...

Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

by Thora Hands

This book surveys drinking in Britain between the Licensing Act of 1869 and the wartime regulations imposed on alcohol production and consumption after 1914. This was a period marked by the expansion of the drink industry and by increasingly restrictive licensing laws. Politics and commerce co-existed with moral and medical concerns about drunkenne...

Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World
Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World

by Christian C. Voigt, Tigga Kingston

This book focuses on central themes related to the conservation of bats. It details their response to land-use change and management practices, intensified urbanization and roost disturbance and loss. Increasing interactions between humans and bats as a result of hunting, disease relationships, occupation of human dwellings, and conflict over fruit...

A History of Self-Harm in Britain
A History of Self-Harm in Britain

by Chris Millard

This book fall of various self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It puts self-cutting and overdosing into historical perspective, linking them to the huge changes that occur in mental and physical healthcare, social work and wider politics....

Science and Technology Governance and Ethics
Science and Technology Governance and Ethics

by Miltos Ladikas, Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Dirk Stemerding

This book analyzes the possibilities for effective global governance of science in Europe, India and China. Authors from the three regions join forces to explore how ethical concerns over new technologies can be incorporated into global science and technology policies. The first chapter introduces the topic, offering a global perspective on embeddi...

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...

Transgovernance
Transgovernance

by Louis Meuleman

'Transgovernance: Advancing Sustainability Governance' analyses what implications recent and ongoing changes in the relations between politics, science and media – together characterized as the emergence of a knowledge democracy – may have for governance for sustainable development, on global and other levels of societal decision making, and v...

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 ...

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...

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...

Care in Healthcare
Care in Healthcare

by Franziska Krause, Joachim Boldt

This book examines the concept of care and care practices in healthcare from the interdisciplinary perspectives of continental philosophy, care ethics, the social sciences, and anthropology. Areas addressed include dementia care, midwifery, diabetes care, psychiatry, and reproductive medicine. Special attention is paid to ambivalences and tensions ...

Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences
Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences

by Felicity Callard, Des Fitzgerald

This book offers a provocative account of interdisciplinary research across the neurosciences, social sciences and humanities. Rooting itself in the authors' own experiences, the book establishes a radical agenda for collaboration across these disciplines. This book is open access under a CC-BY license....

Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves
Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves

by Aad C. Smaal, Joao G. Ferreira, Jon Grant, Jens K. Petersen, Øivind Strand

The aim of this book is to review and analyse the goods and services of bivalve shellfish. How they are defined, what determines the ecological functions that are the basis for the goods and services, what controversies in the use of goods and services exist, and what is needed for sustainable exploitation of bivalves from the perspective of the va...

The Ethical Spirit of EU Law
The Ethical Spirit of EU Law

by Markus Frischhut

This book seeks to identify the ethical spirit of European Union (EU) law, a context in which we can observe a trend towards increasing references to the terms 'ethics' and 'morality.' This aspect is all the more important because EU law is now affecting more and more areas of national law, including such sensitive ones as the patentability of huma...

A Philosophy of Israel Education
A Philosophy of Israel Education

by Barry Chazan

This book develops a new philosophy of Israel education. "Person-centered" Israel education is concerned with developing in individual learners the ability to understand and make rational, emotional, and ethical decisions about Israel, and about the challenges Israel regularly faces, whether they be existential, spiritual, democratic, hum...

Asian Century… on a Knife-edge
Asian Century… on a Knife-edge

by John West

This book delves into the widely held belief that the 21st century will be the "Asian Century" by examining the Asia's rapid economic development in the post-war era and the challenges it faces in forging ahead of world leaders in the West.The impact of the current turbulent global political climate on Asia is critically analyzed, employi...

Social Theory of Fear
Social Theory of Fear

by Geoffrey R. Skoll

In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion....

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...

The Dynamics of Opportunity in America
The Dynamics of Opportunity in America

by Irwin Kirsch, Henry Braun

Across the country, our children are beginning life from very different starting points. Some have aspirations and believe they can be achieved. For too many others, aspirations are tempered, if not dashed, by the sobering realities of everyday life. These different starting points place children on distinctly different trajectories of growth and d...

History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction
History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction

by Kate Mitchell

Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary....

The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era
The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era

by Christopher Vito

Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to mainstream hip-hop culture and U.S. culture more generally. Christopher Vito analyzes the lyrics of indie hip-hop albums from 2000-2013 to uncover the dominant ideolog...

A History of Force Feeding
A History of Force Feeding

by Ian Miller

This book is the first monograph-length study of the force-feeding of hunger strikers in English, Irish and Northern Irish prisons. It examines ethical debates that arose throughout the twentieth century when governments authorised the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It also explores the fraught ro...

Marine Anthropogenic Litter
Marine Anthropogenic Litter

by Melanie Bergmann, Lars Gutow, Michael Klages

This book describes how man-made litter, primarily plastic, has spread into the remotest parts of the oceans and covers all aspects of this pollution problem from the impacts on wildlife and human health to socio-economic and political issues. Marine litter is a prime threat to marine wildlife, habitats and food webs worldwide.The book illustrates ...

Human Rights in Child Protection
Human Rights in Child Protection

by Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen

This book critically explores what child protection policy and professional practice would mean if practice was grounded in human rights standards. This book inspires a new direction in child protection research – one that critically assesses child protection policy and professional practice with regard to human rights in general, and the rights ...

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...

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...

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change
Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

by Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn

This book identifies and discusses biodiversity's contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate chan...

Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain
Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain

by A.W.H. Bates

This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical principles that inspired the movement and the socio-political background that explains its rise and fall. Opposition to vivisection began when medical practitioners complained it was cont...

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...

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. ...

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...

The Codes of the Street in Risky Neighborhoods
The Codes of the Street in Risky Neighborhoods

by Wilhelm Heitmeyer, Simon Howell, Sebastian Kurtenbach, Abdul Rauf, Muhammad Zaman, Steffen Zdun

This book presents a comparative look at the norms and attitudes related to youth violence. It aims to present a perspective outside of the typical Western context, through case studies comparing a developed / Western democracy (Germany), a country with a history of institutionalized violence (South Africa), and an emerging democracy that has exper...

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...

The Impact of Food Bioactives on Health
The Impact of Food Bioactives on Health

by Kitty Verhoeckx, Paul Cotter, Iván López-Expósito, Charlotte Kleiveland, Tor Lea, Alan Mackie, Teresa Requena, Dominika Swiatecka, Harry Wichers

This book describes in vitro and ex vivo models that can be employed to investigate effects of digested food products on the GIT, or specific components thereof. Many such models exist and include, for example, those used to study digestion and fermentation in the small and large intestine, to investigate absorption (e.g. Ussing chamber, epithelial...

Aquaponics Food Production Systems
Aquaponics Food Production Systems

by Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Benz Kotzen, Gavin M. Burnell

This book, written by world experts in aquaponics and related technologies, provides the authoritative and comprehensive overview of the key aquaculture and hydroponic and other integrated systems, socio-economic and environmental aspects. Aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture and vegetable food production offer alternative technology soluti...

Pentecostalism and Witchcraft
Pentecostalism and Witchcraft

by Knut Rio, Michelle MacCarthy, Ruy Blanes

This book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evi...

Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa
Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa

by Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

This book presents a strong philosophical, theoretical and practical argument for the mainstreaming of indigenous knowledge in curricula development, and in teaching and learning across the African continent. Since the dawn of political independence in Africa, there has been an ongoing search for the kind of education that will create a class of pr...

The Handbook of Salutogenesis
The Handbook of Salutogenesis

by Maurice B. Mittelmark, Shifra Sagy, Monica Eriksson, Georg F. Bauer, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Bengt Lindström, Geir Arild Espnes

This in-depth survey of salutogenesis shows the breadth and strengths of this innovative perspective on health promotion, health care, and wellness. Background and historical chapters trace the development of the salutogenic model of health, and flesh out the central concepts, most notably generalized resistance resources and the sense of coherence...

Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development
Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development

by Vinod Thomas, Namrata Chindarkar

This book presents methods to evaluate sustainable development using economic tools. The focus on sustainable development takes the reader beyond economic growth to encompass inclusion, environmental stewardship and good governance. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for outcomes. In illustrating the SDGs, the book employs thr...

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...

A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child Poverty
A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child Poverty

by Gottfried Schweiger, Gunter Graf

This book investigates child poverty from a philosophical perspective. It identifies the injustices of child poverty, relates them to the well-being of children, and discusses who has a moral responsibility to secure social justice for children....

Low-Cost Methods for Molecular Characterization of Mutant Plants
Low-Cost Methods for Molecular Characterization of Mutant Plants

by Bradley J. Till, Joanna Jankowicz-Cieslak, Owen A. Huynh, Mayada M. Beshir, Robert G. Laport, Bernhard J. Hofinger

This book offers low-cost and rapid molecular assays for the characterization of mutant plant germplasm. Detailed protocols are provided for the desiccation of plant tissues; the extraction of high-quality DNA for downstream applications; the extraction of single-strand-specific nucleases for single nucleotide polymorphism; and small insertion/dele...

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...

Teaching and Learning Mathematical Modelling
Teaching and Learning Mathematical Modelling

by Gilbert Greefrath, Katrin Vorhölter

This survey provides an overview of the German discussion on modelling and applications in schools. It considers the development from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, and discusses the term "mathematical model" as well as different representations of the modelling process as modelling cycles. Different trends in the histo...

The Great Mindshift
The Great Mindshift

by Maja Göpel

Sustainable development is the 21st Century's wicked problem. After 40 years into this agenda have reversed only few unsustainable trends we hear the call for aparadigm shift, transformation, radical change or system innovations in order to finally change course. But what does this actually mean? And how do we put it into practice? This book descr...

Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy
Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy

by Marie Louise Seeberg, Elżbieta Goździak

This book explores specific migration, governance, and identity processes currently involving children and ideas of childhood. Migrancy as a social space allows majority populations to question the capabilities of migrants, and is a space in which an increasing number of children are growing up. In this space, families, nation-states, civil society...

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...

European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements
European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements

by Joëlle Moret

Based on a qualitative study on migrants of Somali origin who have settled in Europe for at least a decade, this book offers a ground-breaking exploration of the idea of mobility, both empirically and theoretically. It draws a comprehensive typology of the varied "post-migration mobility practices" developed by these migrants from their c...

Pathways and Consequences of Legal Irregularity
Pathways and Consequences of Legal Irregularity

by Erik Vickstrom

This book provides a unique study of the complexities and consequences of irregular legal status of Senegalese migrants in Europe. It employs sophisticated quantitative methods to analyze unique life-history data to produce policy-relevant conclusions. Using the MAFE dataset as empirical evidence, the book focuses on the legal paths of Senegalese ...

Leading in a VUCA World
Leading in a VUCA World

by Jacobus (Kobus) Kok, Steven van den Heuvel

This book brings together works by specialists from different disciplines and continents to reflect on the nexus between leadership, spirituality and discernment, particularly with regard to a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). The book spells out, first of all, what our VUCA world entails, and how it aff...

Geographies of Schooling
Geographies of Schooling

by Holger Jahnke, Caroline Kramer, Peter Meusburger

This book explores the complex relationship between schooling as a set of practices embedded in educational institutions and their specific spatial dimensions from different disciplinary perspectives. It presents innovative empirical and conceptual research by international scholars from the fields of social geography, pedagogy, educational and soc...

Model-Based Demography
Model-Based Demography

by Thomas Burch

Late in a career of more than sixty years, Thomas Burch, an internationally known social demographer, undertook a wide-ranging methodological critique of demography. This open access volume contains a selection of resulting papers, some previously unpublished, some published but not readily accessible [from past meetings of The International Union...

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...

Dissecting the Criminal Corpse
Dissecting the Criminal Corpse

by Elizabeth T. Hurren

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murder Act in Georgian England. Yet, from 1752, whether criminals actually died on the hanging tree or in the dissection room remained a medical mystery in early modern society. Dissecting the Criminal Corpse takes issue with the historical cliché of cor...

Sago Palm
Sago Palm

by Hiroshi Ehara, Yukio Toyoda, Dennis V. Johnson

This book addresses a wide variety of events and technologies concerning the sago palm, ranging from its botanical characteristics, culture and use to social conditions in the places where it is grown, in order to provide a record of research findings and to benefit society. It discusses various subjects, including the sago palm and related species...

Biofuels and Sustainability
Biofuels and Sustainability

by Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama, Osamu Saito, Masahiro Matsuura

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of biofuel use strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective using sustainability science. This interdisciplinary perspective (social science-natural science) means that the strategies and policy options proposed will have significant impacts on the economy and society alike. Biofuels are expected to c...

Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism
Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

by Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer

This book provides a comprehensive European perspective on the concept of ageism, its origins, the manifestation and consequences of ageism, as well as ways to respond to and research ageism. The book represents a collaborative effort of researchers from over 20 countries and a variety of disciplines, including, psychology, sociology, gerontology, ...

New and Old Routes of Portuguese Emigration
New and Old Routes of Portuguese Emigration

by Cláudia Pereira, Joana Azevedo

This book offers a comparative overview on Portuguese emigration in Europe and outside the EU in times of recession. It looks at Portuguese emigrants who, after the crisis of 2008, moved both intra-EU, such as UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, but also into countries with historical links, such as the USA and Canada, and to Portuguese spe...

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...

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...

Perspectives on Nuclear Medicine for Molecular Diagnosis and Integrated Therapy
Perspectives on Nuclear Medicine for Molecular Diagnosis and Integrated Therapy

by Yuji Kuge, Tohru Shiga, Nagara Tamaki

This work is devoted to understanding the recent advances in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologies along with their application to integrated medical therapy and future drug development. This anthology is based on the international symposium in 2015 entitled "Perspective on Nuclear Medicine for Molecular Diagnosis and Integrated ...

Assessing Recent Soil Erosion Rates through the Use of Beryllium-7 (Be-7)
Assessing Recent Soil Erosion Rates through the Use of Beryllium-7 (Be-7)

by Lionel Mabit, William Blake

This book is the first comprehensive guideline for the beryllium-7 (Be-7) technique that can be applied to evaluate short-term patterns and budgets of soil redistribution in agricultural landscapes. While covering the fundamental and basic concepts of the approach, this book distinguishes itself from other publications by offering step-by-step inst...

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...

A History of Radionuclide Studies in the UK
A History of Radionuclide Studies in the UK

by Ralph McCready, Gopinath Gnanasegaran, Jamshed B. Bomanji

The British Nuclear Medicine Society celebrates its 50th Anniversary with this booklet, which reflects the research of many of the pioneers in the use of radionuclides for the diagnosis and therapy of human disease. Since 1949 there have been remarkable advances in radionuclide techniques and imaging equipment: from the first devices "home-mad...

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...

Biotechnologies for Plant Mutation Breeding
Biotechnologies for Plant Mutation Breeding

by Joanna Jankowicz-Cieslak, Thomas H. Tai, Jochen Kumlehn, Bradley J. Till

This book offers 19 detailed protocols on the use of induced mutations in crop breeding and functional genomics studies, which cover topics including chemical and physical mutagenesis, phenotypic screening methods, traditional TILLING and TILLING by sequencing, doubled haploidy, targeted genome editing, and low-cost methods for the molecular charac...

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...

Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment
Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment

by Valentina Della Fina, Rachele Cera

Fundamental rights for all people with disabilities, education and employment are key for the inclusion of people with autism. They play as facilitators for the social inclusion of persons with autism and as multipliers for their enjoyment of other fundamental rights. After outlining the international and European dimensions of the legal protection...

The Legacy of Felix Klein
The Legacy of Felix Klein

by Hans-Georg Weigand, William McCallum, Marta Menghini, Michael Neubrand, Gert Schubring

This book provides an overview of Felix Klein's ideas, highlighting developments in university teaching and school mathematics related to Klein's thoughts, stemming from the last century. It discusses the meaning, importance and the legacy of Klein's ideas today and in the future, within an international, global context. Presenting extended version...

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 ...

Performing Citizenship
Performing Citizenship

by Paula Hildebrandt, Kerstin Evert, Sibylle Peters, Mirjam Schaub, Kathrin Wildner, Gesa Ziemer

This book discusses how citizenship is performed today, mostly through the optic of the arts, in particular the performing arts, but also from the perspective of a wide range of academic disciplines such as urbanism and media studies, cultural education and postcolonial theory. It is a compendium that includes insights from artistic and activist ex...

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...

Transnational Entrepreneurship in South East Asia
Transnational Entrepreneurship in South East Asia

by Kazuko Yokoyama, Sarah Louisa Birchley

This book brings together narratives of inbound and outbound expatriate entrepreneurship in Japan to provide a comprehensive overview of international entrepreneurship in the region. Through in-depth interviews with expatriate entrepreneurs, policymakers, and additional stakeholders it provides the reader with a solid understanding of the current l...

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...

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...

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...

Designing Urban Food Policies
Designing Urban Food Policies

by Caroline Brand, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré, Benoit Daviron, Julie Debru, Laura Michel, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

This book is for scientists and experts who work on urban food policies. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding the urban food system sustainability and how it can be tackled by local governments. Written by a collective of researchers, this book describes the existing conceptual frameworks for an analysis of urban food policies, at ...

Advances in Wheat Genetics: From Genome to Field
Advances in Wheat Genetics: From Genome to Field

by Yasunari Ogihara, Shigeo Takumi, Hirokazu Handa

This proceedings is a collection of 46 selected papers that were presented at the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium (IWGS). Since the launch of the wheat genome sequencing project in 2005, the arrival of draft genome sequences has marked a new era in wheat genetics and genomics, catalyzing rapid advancement in the field. This book provide...

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...

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions
R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

The book provides a critical and constructive assessment of the many contributions to social science and politics made by Professor R. J. Rummel. Rummel was a prolific writer and an important teacher and mentor to a number of people who in turn have made their mark on the profession. His work has always been controversial. But after the end of the ...

Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories
Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories

by Dónal O’Mathúna, Vilius Dranseika, Bert Gordijn

This book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapter...

Men's Experiences of Violence in Intimate Relationships
Men's Experiences of Violence in Intimate Relationships

by Marianne Inéz Lien, Jørgen Lorentzen

This book draws on a broad study on violence against men, from both male and female partners in Norway, to contribute to the research on intimate partner violence. It identifies similarities in men's experiences and backgrounds, including in their perceptions of their own victimisation. Marianne Inez Lien and Jørgen Lorentzen argue that the tradit...

Development in Turbulent Times
Development in Turbulent Times

by Paul Dobrescu

This book explores the most recent trends in the EU in terms of development, progress, and performance. Ten years after the 2008 economic crisis, and amidst a digital revolution that is intensifying the development race, the European Union, and especially Central and Eastern Europe, are ardently searching for their development priorities.Against th...

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....

Migration in the Southern Balkans
Migration in the Southern Balkans

by Hans Vermeulen, Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Riki van Boeschoten

This book collects ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present. It examines forced as well as voluntary migrations and places these movements within their historical context, including ethnic cleansing, population exchanges, and demographic engineering in the service of nation...

High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World
High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World

by Jordi Catalan, Josep Ninot, M. Mercè Aniz

This book aims to provide case studies and a general view of the main processes involved in the ecosystem shifts occurring in the high mountains, and to analyse the implications for nature conservation. Although case studies from the Pyrenees are preponderant, conclusions are aimed at any mountain range surrounded by highly populated lowland areas....

Young People's Perceptions of Europe in a Time of Change
Young People's Perceptions of Europe in a Time of Change

by Bruno Losito, Gabriella Agrusti, Valeria Damiani, Wolfram Schulz

The IEA's 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 the second cycle of a study initiated in 2009.This report from ICCS focuses on data collected in the 15 coun...

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...

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...

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...

Wellbeing Economics
Wellbeing Economics

by Paul Dalziel, Caroline Saunders, Joe Saunders

Economists have long sought to maximise economic growth, believing this to be their best contribution to improving human welfare. That approach is not sustainable in the face of ongoing issues such as global climate change, environmental damage, rising inequality and enduring poverty. Alternatives must be found. This book addresses that challenge....

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...

The Indigenous Identity of the South Saami
The Indigenous Identity of the South Saami

by Håkon Hermanstrand, Asbjørn Kolberg, Trond Risto Nilssen, Leiv Sem

This book is a novel contribution in two ways: It is a multi-disciplinary examination of the indigenous South Saami people in Fennoscandia, a social and cultural group that often is overlooked as it is a minority within the Saami minority. Based on both historical material such as archaeological evidence, 20th century newspapers, and postcard motiv...

Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland
Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland

by Francesca Falk

"This highly informative book provides precisely analysed situations highlighting migration's crucial role for emancipatory change and hence socio-political innovation. A so far hidden perspective is being made visible and contributes a highly compelling piece for rewriting Switzerland's history."—Julia Nentwich, Research Institute for ...

Values and Valuing in Mathematics Education
Values and Valuing in Mathematics Education

by Philip Clarkson, Wee Tiong Seah, JeongSuk Pang

This engaging free book discusses how a values and valuing perspective can facilitate a more effective mathematics pedagogical experience, and allows readers to explore multiple applications of the values perspective across different education systems. It also clearly shows that teaching mathematics involves not only reasoning and feelings, but als...

Tales of Research Misconduct
Tales of Research Misconduct

by Hub Zwart

This monograph contributes to the scientific misconduct debate from an oblique perspective, by analysing seven novels devoted to this issue, namely: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (1925), The affair by C.P. Snow (1960), Cantor's Dilemma by Carl Djerassi (1989), Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier (1995), Intuition by Allegra Goodman (2006), Solar ...

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...

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...

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...

Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam
Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam

by Judith Ehlert, Nora Katharina Faltmann

This book approaches the anxieties inherent in food consumption and production in Vietnam. The country's rapid and recent economic integration into global agro-food systems and consumer markets spurred a new quality of food safety concerns, health issues and distrust in food distribution networks that have become increasingly obscured. This edited ...

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...

The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy
The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy

by Gabriella Romano

This book investigates the pathologisation of homosexuality during the fascist regime in Italy through an analysis of the case of G., a man with "homosexual tendencies" interned in the Collegno mental health hospital in 1928. No systematic study exists on the possibility that Fascism used internment in an asylum as a tool of repression fo...

Purpose-driven Organizations
Purpose-driven Organizations

by Carlos Rey, Miquel Bastons, Phil Sotok

Symbolising the motivations of our actions and efforts, it reflects something much more aspirational and contributes to our global society. This book offers novel solutions to ensure employees support a wider organizational meaning whilst guaranteeing that the company benefits from the employee's individual sense of purpose. Advocating a shift from...

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...

Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing: Estimation of Agricultural Crop Biomass Water Equivalent
Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing: Estimation of Agricultural Crop Biomass Water Equivalent

by Ammar Wahbi, Lee Heng, Gerd Dercon

This book provides methods for the estimation of Biomass Water Equivalent (BEW), an essential step for improving the accuracy of area-wide soil moisture by cosmic-ray neutron sensors (CRNS). Three techniques are explained in detail: (i) traditional in-situ destructive sampling, (ii) satellite based remote sensing of plant surfaces, and (iii) biom...

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...

Status and Dynamics of Forests in Germany
Status and Dynamics of Forests in Germany

by Nicole Wellbrock, Andreas Bolte

This book is an open access publication.Forest ecosystems in Central Europe are changing as a result of anthropogenic influences and changing climate conditions. As such, a large-scale monitoring programme was undertaken in order to understand the influence of site modification, deposition of air pollutants, and climate. This book presents the sci...

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...

Designing Sustainable Energy for All
Designing Sustainable Energy for All

by Carlo Vezzoli, Fabrizio Ceschin, Lilac Osanjo, Mugendi M’Rithaa, Richie Moalosi, Venny Nakazibwe, Jan Carel Diehl

This book addresses the issue of diffusing sustainable energy access inlow- and middle-income contexts. Access to energy is one of the greatest challenges for many people living in low-income and developing contexts, as around 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity.Distributed Renewable Energy systems (DRE) are considered a promising approa...

Diversity and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns
Diversity and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns

by Toshio Sekimura, H. Frederik Nijhout

This book facilitates an integrative understanding of the development, genetics and evolution of butterfly wing patterns. To develop a deep and realistic understanding of the diversity and evolution of butterfly wing patterns, it is essential and necessary to approach the problem from various kinds of key research fields such as "evo-devo,&quo...

Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants
Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants

by Hitoshi Sawada, Naokazu Inoue, Megumi Iwano

This book contains the proceedings of the International Symposium on the Mechanisms of Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants, where many plant and animal reproductive biologists gathered to discuss their recent progress in investigating the shared mechanisms and factors involved in sexual reproduction. This now is the first book that reviews re...

Creating Healthy and Sustainable Buildings
Creating Healthy and Sustainable Buildings

by Mateja Dovjak, Andreja Kukec

The open access book discusses human health and wellbeing within the context of built environments. It provides a comprehensive overview of relevant sources of literature and user complaints that clearly demonstrate the consequences of lack of attention to health in current building design and planning. Current designing of energy-efficient buildin...

A City in Blue and Green
A City in Blue and Green

by Peter G. Rowe, Limin Hee

This book highlights Singapore's development into a city in which water and greenery, along with associated environmental, technical, social and political aspects have been harnessed and cultivated into a liveable sustainable way of life. It is also a story about a unique and thoroughgoing approach to large-scale and potentially transferable water ...

Executing Magic in the Modern Era
Executing Magic in the Modern Era

by Owen Davies, Francesca Matteoni

This book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and the magic of the gallows site. The use of corpses in medicine and magic has been recorded back into antiquity. The lacerated bodie...

The Challenge of Chance
The Challenge of Chance

by Klaas Landsman, Ellen van Wolde

This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introductio...

Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine
Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine

by Abigail Woods, Michael Bresalier, Angela Cassidy, Rachel Mason Dentinger

This book breaks new ground by situating animals and their diseases at the very heart of modern medicine. In demonstrating their historical significance as subjects and shapers of medicine, it offers important insights into past animal lives, and reveals that what we think of as 'human' medicine was in fact deeply zoological.Each chapter analyses a...

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings

by Shane McCorristine

This volume provides a series of illuminating perspectives on the timings of death, through in-depth studies of Shakespearean tragedy, criminal execution, embalming practices, fears of premature burial, rumours of Adolf Hitler's survival, and the legal concept of brain death. In doing so, it explores a number of questions, including: how do we know...

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 Illusion of Risk Control
The Illusion of Risk Control

by Gilles Motet, Corinne Bieder

This book explores the implications of acknowledging uncertainty and black swans for regulation of high-hazard technologies, for stakeholder acceptability of potentially hazardous activities and for risk governance. The conventional approach to risk assessment, which combines the likelihood of an event and the severity of its consequences, is poorl...

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...

Remembering and Disremembering the Dead
Remembering and Disremembering the Dead

by Floris Tomasini

This book is a multidisciplinary work that investigates the notion of posthumous harm over time. The question what is and when is death, affects how we understand the possibility of posthumous harm and redemption. Whilst it is impossible to hurt the dead, it is possible to harm the wishes, beliefs and memories of persons that once lived. In this wa...

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...

Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds
Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds

by Kaoru Nakata, Hiroya Sugisaki

This book presents the results from the Japanese Fisheries Research Agency's 3-year intensive monitoring of radionuclides in a variety of fish, plankton, benthos, and their living environments after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in March 2011. The book reveals the dynamics of contamination processes in marine and freshwa...

Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime
Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime

by Francesca Billiani, Laura Pennacchietti

Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime discusses the relationship between the novel and architecture during the Fascist period in Italy (1922-1943). By looking at two profoundly diverse aesthetic phenomena within the context of the creation of a Fascist State art, Billiani and Pennacchietti argue that an effort of construction,...

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,...

Contemporary Turkey at a Glance
Contemporary Turkey at a Glance

by Kristina Kamp, Ayhan Kaya, E. Fuat Keyman, Ozge Onursal Besgul

Turkey has witnessed significant social, cultural, and political change over the last decades. This transformation has manifested itself in all segments of society and resulted in the alteration of political ideologies and institutions. The twelve authors of this volume shed light on the complexities of a changing Turkey through an interdisciplinar...

Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools
Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools

by Alexander Supalov, Andrey Semin, Michael Klemm, Christopher Dahnken

Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools takes the reader on a tour of the fast-growing area of high performance computing and the optimization of hybrid programs. These programs typically combine distributed memory and shared memory programming models and use the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and OpenMP for multi-threading to achieve...

Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure
Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure

by Susanne Valerie

Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure combines the author's two main biographical paths: her professional commitment to the fields of both theatre and philosophy. The art of acting on stage is analysed here not only from the theoretical perspective of a spectator, but also from the perspective of the actor. The author draws on her exper...

Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse
Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

by Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman

This book is the culmination of many years of research on what happened to the bodies of executed criminals in the past. Focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it looks at the consequences of the 1752 Murder Act. These criminal bodies had a crucial role in the history of medicine, and the history of crime, and great symbolic resonance...

Biomineralization
Biomineralization

by Kazuyoshi Endo, Toshihiro Kogure, Hiromichi Nagasawa

This book is the proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Biomineralization (BIOMIN XIV) held in 2017 at Tsukuba. Over the past 45 years, biomineralization research has unveiled details of the characteristics of the nano-structure of various biominerals; the formation mechanism of this nano-structure, including the initial stage of cryst...

A Memory of Ice
A Memory of Ice

by Elizabeth Truswell

In the southern summer of 1972/73, the Glomar Challenger was the first vessel of the international Deep Sea Drilling Project to venture into the seas surrounding Antarctica, confronting severe weather and ever-present icebergs. A Memory of Ice presents the science and the excitement of that voyage in a manner readable for non-scientists. Woven i...

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement
Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement

by Steven K. Kapp

This book marks the first historical overview of the autism rights branch of the neurodiversity movement, describing the activities and rationales of key leaders in their own words since it organized into a unique community in 1992. Sandwiched by editorial chapters that include critical analysis, the book contains 19 chapters by 21 authors about th...

Faith, Finance, and Economy
Faith, Finance, and Economy

by Tanweer Akram, Salim Rashid

This book seeks to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of the ties between faith, financial intermediation, and economic progress by drawing on research across economics, finance, history, philosophy, ethics, theology, public policy, law, and other disciplines. Chapters in this edited volume examine themes as consequential as economic opportun...

Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality
Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality

by Kristina Malmio, Kaisa Kurikka

This open access collection offers a detailed mapping of recent Nordic literature and its different genres (fiction, poetry, and children's literature) through the perspective of spatiality. Concentrating on contemporary Nordic literature, the book presents a distinctive view on the spatial turn and widens the understanding of Nordic literature out...

Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics
Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics

by Kenneth R. Valpey

This book provides both a broad perspective and a focused examination of cow care as a subject of widespread ethical concern in India, and increasingly in other parts of the world. In the face of what has persisted as a highly charged political issue over cow protection in India, intellectual space must be made to bring the wealth of Indian traditi...

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 Complexity
Think Complexity

by Allen Downey

Complexity science uses computation to explore the physical and social sciences. In Think Complexity, you'll use graphs, cellular automata, and agent-based models to study topics in physics, biology, and economics. Whether you're an intermediate-level Python programmer or a student of computational modeling, you'll delve into examples of complex...

Essays on Paula Rego
Essays on Paula Rego

by Maria Manuel Lisboa

In these powerful and stylishly written essays, Maria Manuel Lisboa dissects the work of Paula Rego, the Portuguese-born artist considered one of the greatest artists of modern times. Focusing primarily on Rego's work since the 1980s, Lisboa explores the complex relationships between violence and nurturing, power and impotence, politics and the fam...

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...

Conviviality at the Crossroads
Conviviality at the Crossroads

by Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi

Conviviality has lately become a catchword not only in academia but also among political activists. This open access book discusses conviviality in relation to the adjoining concepts cosmopolitanism and creolisation. The urgency of today's global predicament is not only an argument for the revival of all three concepts, but also a reason to bring t...

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...

West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways
West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways

by Mora L. McLean

This open access edited collection explores obstacles that impede, and potential pathways toward improving, the material and psychological well-being of youth in and from West Africa. Contributors range from researchers to practitioners, offering a transatlantic, transcontinental set of perspectives on the mounting evidence that, whether they resid...

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...

Protocols for Pre-Field Screening of Mutants for Salt Tolerance in Rice, Wheat and Barley
Protocols for Pre-Field Screening of Mutants for Salt Tolerance in Rice, Wheat and Barley

by Souleymane Bado, Brian P. Forster, Abdelbagi M.A. Ghanim, Joanna Jankowicz-Cieslak, Günter Berthold, Liu Luxiang

This book offers effective, low-cost and user-friendly protocols for the pre-field selection of salt-tolerant mutants in cereal crops. It presents simple methods for measuring soil salinity, including soil sampling and the analysis of water-soluble salts, and describes a detailed, but simple, screening test for salt tolerance in rice, wheat and bar...

Belly-Rippers, Surgical Innovation and the Ovariotomy Controversy
Belly-Rippers, Surgical Innovation and the Ovariotomy Controversy

by Sally Frampton

This book looks at the dramatic history of ovariotomy, an operation to remove ovarian tumours first practiced in the early nineteenth century. Bold and daring, surgeons who performed it claimed to be initiating a new era of surgery by opening the abdomen. Ovariotomy soon occupied a complex position within medicine and society, as an operation which...

Understanding Values Work
Understanding Values Work

by Harald Askeland, Gry Espedal, Beate Jelstad Løvaas, Stephen Sirris

At the core of institutional theories, 'values' is a central term and figures in most definitions; however it remains understudied and under-explored. The editors of this open access book identify a resurgence of interest in the values-construct which underpins discussions of identity, 'ethos' and the purpose/nature of public and civic welfare prov...

Biological Invasions in South Africa
Biological Invasions in South Africa

by Brian W. van Wilgen, John Measey, David M. Richardson, John R. Wilson, Tsungai A. Zengeya

This open access volume presents a comprehensive account of all aspects of biological invasions in South Africa, where research has been conducted over more than three decades, and where bold initiatives have been implemented in attempts to control invasions and to reduce their ecological, economic and social effects. It covers a broad range of the...

Crisis Reporters, Emotions, and Technology
Crisis Reporters, Emotions, and Technology

by Johana Kotišová

This book explores the emotional labour of crisis reporters in an original style that combines fictional and factual narrative. Exploring how journalists make sense of their emotional experience and development in relation to their professional ideology, it illustrates how media professionals learn to think and act within crisis situations. Drawing...

Migration, Gender and Social Justice
Migration, Gender and Social Justice

by Thanh-Dam Truong, Des Gasper, Jeff Handmaker, Sylvia I. Bergh

This book is the product of a collaborative effort involving partners from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America who were funded by the International Development Research Centre Programme on Women and Migration (2006-2011). The International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam spearheaded a project intended to distill and r...

Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective
Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective

by Stefano Della Torre, Sara Cattaneo, Camilla Lenzi, Alessandra Zanelli

This free book explores the strategic importance and advantages of adopting multidisciplinary and multiscalar approaches of inquiry and intervention with respect to the built environment, based on principles of sustainability and circular economy strategies. A series of key challenges are considered in depth from a multidisciplinary perspective, sp...

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...

Low-Dose Radiation Effects on Animals and Ecosystems
Low-Dose Radiation Effects on Animals and Ecosystems

by Manabu Fukumoto

This free book summarizes the latest scientific findings regarding the biological effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in 2011. Various cases of changes in animals and organisms have been reported since the FNPP accident. However, it is often unknown whether they are actually due to radiation, since the dose or dos...

Young People's Views of Government, Peaceful Coexistence, and Diversity in Five Latin American Countries
Young People's Views of Government, Peaceful Coexistence, and Diversity in Five Latin American Countries

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Cristián Cox, Tim Friedman

This open access report presents findings from the five Latin American countries that participated in the second cycle of the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2016). ICCS 2016 investigated the ways in which a range of countries are preparing their young people to undertake their roles as citizens during the second decad...

Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education
Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education

by Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Pedro Reis, Demetra Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Jan Činčera, Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, Niklas Gericke, Marie-Christine Knippels

This free book is about the development of a common understanding of environmental citizenship. It conceptualizes and frames environmental citizenship taking an educational perspective. Organized in four complementary parts, the book first explains the political, economic and societal dimensions of the concept. Next, it examines environmental citiz...

Children and Peace
Children and Peace

by Nikola Balvin, Daniel J. Christie

This free book brings together discourse on children and peace from the 15th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace, covering issues pertinent to children and peace and approaches to making their world safer, fairer and more sustainable. The book is divided into nine sections that examine traditional themes (social con...

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945–1980
A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945–1980

by Ali Haggett

This book explores the under-researched history of male mental illness from the mid-twentieth century. It argues that statistics suggesting women have been more vulnerable to depression and anxiety are misleading since they underplay a host of alternative presentations of 'distress' more common in men....

Charismatic Christianity in Finland, Norway, and Sweden
Charismatic Christianity in Finland, Norway, and Sweden

by Jessica Moberg, Jane Skjoldli

The history of Charismatic Christianity in the Nordic countries reaches as far back as Pentecostalism itself. The bounds of these categories remain a topic of discussion, but Nordic countries have played a vital role for developing this rapidly spreading form of world-wide Christianity. Until now, research on global Charismatic Christianity has la...

Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England
Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England

by Alanna Skuse

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as wel...

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...

Advances in Pharma Business Management and Research
Advances in Pharma Business Management and Research

by Lars Schweizer, Theodor Dingermann, Otto Quintus Russe, Christian Jansen

This free book presents a unique collection of practical examples from the field of pharma business management and research. It covers a wide range of topics such as: 'Brexit and its Impact on pharmaceutical Law - Implications for Global Pharma Companies', 'Implementation of Measures and Sustainable Actions to Improve Employee's Engagement', 'Globa...

Sowing Legume Seeds, Reaping Cash
Sowing Legume Seeds, Reaping Cash

by Essegbemon Akpo, Christopher O. Ojiewo, Lucky O. Omoigui, Jean Claude Rubyogo, Rajeev K. Varshney

This open access book shares impact stories – testimonies from various value chain actors who have been part of the Tropical Legumes (TL) projects, over the past twelve years. The Tropical Legumes projects led by ICRISAT in three parts (TLI, TLII and TLIII), constitute a major international initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates...

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...

Narrating China's Governance
Narrating China's Governance

by Department of Commentary People's Daily

This open access book captures and elaborates on the skill of storytelling as one of the distinct leadership features of Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the President of the People's Republic of China. It gathers the stories included in Xi's speeches on various occasions, where they conveyed the essence of Chin...

Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation
Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation

by Mariane Hedegaard, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

This open access book examines the educational conditions that support cultures of exploration in kindergartens. It conceptualises cultures of exploration, whether those cultures are created through children's own engagement or are demanded of them through undertaking specific tasks within different institutional settings. It shows how the conditio...

Working, Housing: Urbanizing
Working, Housing: Urbanizing

by Jennifer Robinson, Allen J. Scott, Peter J. Taylor

This book presents an incisive outline of the historical development and geography of cities. It focuses on three themes that constitute essential foundations for any understanding of urban form and function. These are: (a) the shifting patterns of urbanization through historical time, (b) the role of cities as centers of production and work in a ...

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...

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...

Building the Inclusive City
Building the Inclusive City

by Victor Santiago Pineda

"A landmark study showing how empirical work, through the methodology of the social sciences, can come into contact with political philosophy and disability studies so as to make a meaningful contribution to policy. Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda's work will be read for decades, as a foundation for future research on the application of the capabil...

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...

Reading Breath in Literature
Reading Breath in Literature

by Arthur Rose, Stefanie Heine, Naya Tsentourou, Corinne Saunders, Peter Garratt

This book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, ...

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...

YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future
YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future

by Simon Jungblut, Viola Liebich, Maya Bode-Dalby

This book summarizes peer-reviewed articles and the abstracts of oral and poster presentations given during the YOUMARES 9 conference which took place in Oldenburg, Germany, in September 2018. The aims of this book are to summarize state-of-the-art knowledge in marine sciences and to inspire scientists of all career stages in the development of fur...

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...

Regional Geological Survey of Hanggai, Xianxia and Chuancun, Zhejiang Province in China
Regional Geological Survey of Hanggai, Xianxia and Chuancun, Zhejiang Province in China

by Jianfang Zhang, Chaohui Zhu, Longwu Wang, Xiaoliang Cai, Ruijun Gong, Xiaoyou Chen, Jianguo Wang, Mingguang Gu, Zongyao Zhou, Yuandong Liu

This book introduces readers to the regional geology of Hanggai, Xianxia and Chuancun, the area between China's northern Zhejiang Province and southern Anhui Province and explores the strata, magmatic rocks and tectonic structures in 1:50,000 scale geological maps. Based on studies of multiple stratigraphic divisions, the standard stratigraphic sec...

Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture
Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture

by Adriana Margareta Dancus, Mats Hyvönen, Maria Karlsson

In this open access book, seventeen scholars discuss how contemporary Scandinavian art and media have become important arenas to articulate and stage various forms of vulnerability in the Scandinavian welfare states. How do discourses of privilege and vulnerability coexist and interact in Scandinavia? How do the Scandinavian countries respond to vu...

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...

Tales of Darkness and Light
Tales of Darkness and Light

by Janet Hujon

Soso Tham (1873-1940), the acknowledged poet laureate of the Khasis of northeastern India, was one of the first writers to give written poetic form to the rich oral tradition of his people. Poet of landscape, myth and memory, Soso Tham paid rich and poignant tribute to his tribe in his masterpiece The Old Days of the Khasis. Janet Hujon's vibran...

Tellings and Texts
Tellings and Texts

by Francesca Orsini, Katherine Butler Schofield

Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan, Tellings and Texts brings together seventeen first-rate papers on the relations between written and oral texts, their performance, and the musical traditions these performances have entailed. The contributions from some of the best scholars in the field cover a wide ra...

Warlike and Peaceful Societies
Warlike and Peaceful Societies

by Agner Fog

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called...

Cultural Heritage Ethics
Cultural Heritage Ethics

by Constantine Sandis

Theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind, to adapt a phrase from Immanuel Kant. The sentiment could not be truer of cultural heritage ethics. This intra-disciplinary book bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together a stellar cast of academics, activists, consultants, journalists, lawyers, and museum pr...

God's Babies
God's Babies

by John McKeown

The human population's annual total consumption is not sustainable by one planet. This unprecedented situation calls for a reform of religious cultures that promote a large ideal family size. Many observers assume that Christianity is inevitably part of this problem because it promotes "family values" and statistically, in America and els...

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...

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...

How to Read a Folktale
How to Read a Folktale

by Lee Haring

How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage...

Why Do We Quote?
Why Do We Quote?

by Ruth Finnegan

Quoting is all around us. But do we really know what it means? How do people actually quote today, and how did our present systems come about? This book brings together a down-to-earth account of contemporary quoting with an examination of the comparative and historical background that lies behind it and the characteristic way that quoting links pa...

Feeding the City
Feeding the City

by Sara Roncaglia

Every day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who carry boxes") distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's workers and students. Giving employment and status to thousands of largely illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation since the late ninetee...

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 ...

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...

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....

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...

Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America
Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America

by Timothy MacNeill

This book outlines development theory and practice overtime as well as critically interrogates the "cultural turn" in development policy in Latin American indigenous communities, specifically, in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It becomes apparent that culturally sustainable development is both a new and old idea, which is simu...

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...

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...

Economics as Applied Ethics
Economics as Applied Ethics

by Wilfred Beckerman

This important textbook has been revised and updated to continue its focus on the link between ethics and economic policy analysis, whilst ensuring that perspectives addressing the moral limits of the market, latest behavioural economics literature, and the changes in inequality over the years are included. Basic philosophical concepts are systemat...

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...

ENZYMES: Catalysis, Kinetics and Mechanisms
ENZYMES: Catalysis, Kinetics and Mechanisms

by N.S.  Punekar

This enzymology textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students covers the syllabi of most universities where this subject is regularly taught. It focuses on the synchrony between the two broad mechanistic facets of enzymology: the chemical and the kinetic, and also highlights the synergy between enzyme structure and mechanism. Designed f...

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education
Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

by Kamden K. Strunk, Leslie Ann Locke

This book presents an integrative approach to thinking about research methods for social justice. In today's education landscape, there is a growing interest in scholar-activism and ways of doing research that advances educational equity. This text provides a foundational overview of important theoretical and philosophical issues specific to this k...

Empathetic Space on Screen
Empathetic Space on Screen

by Amedeo D'Adamo

In this book we learn that there is a clear but complex relationship between setting and character on screen. Certain settings stand out above others—think of the iconic gooey dripping tunnels that Ripley stumbles through in Aliens, Norman’s bird-decorated parlour in Psycho or the dark Gotham of certain Batman movies. But what makes these parti...

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...

An Anthology of London in Literature, 1558-1914
An Anthology of London in Literature, 1558-1914

by Geoffrey G. Hiller, Peter L. Groves, Alan F. Dilnot

This book is an anthology of extracts of literary writing (in prose, verse and drama) about London and its diverse inhabitants, taken from the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558 to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. The 143 extracts, divided into four periods (1558-1659, 1660-1780, 1781-1870 and 1871-1914), range from about 250 words to 2,5...

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...

Energy and the Wealth of Nations
Energy and the Wealth of Nations

by Charles A.S. Hall, Kent Klitgaard

In this updated edition of a groundbreaking text, concepts such as energy return on investment (EROI) provide powerful insights into the real balance sheets that drive our "petroleum economy." Hall and Klitgaard explore the relation between energy and the wealth explosion of the 20th century, and the interaction of internal limits to grow...

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...

Cosmology for the Curious
Cosmology for the Curious

by Delia Perlov, Alex Vilenkin

This book is an introductory text for all those wishing to learn about modern views of the cosmos. Our universe originated in a great explosion – the big bang. For nearly a century cosmologists have studied the aftermath of this explosion: how the universe expanded and cooled down, and how galaxies were gradually assembled by gravity. The nature ...

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...

Fundamental Astronomy
Fundamental Astronomy

by Hannu Karttunen, Pekka Kröger, Heikki Oja, Markku Poutanen, Karl Johan Donner

Now in its sixth edition this successful undergraduate textbook gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences. The cha...

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,...

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...

Algorithms
Algorithms

by Jeff Erickson

Algorithms are the lifeblood of computer science. They are the machines that proofs build and the music that programs play. Their history is as old as mathematics itself. This book is a wide-ranging, idiosyncratic treatise on the design and analysis of algorithms, covering several fundamental techniques, with an emphasis on intuition and the proble...

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 ...

CSS Animation 101
CSS Animation 101

by Donovan Hutchinson

This book is for people who build for the web and want to add animation to their designs and sites. A bit of basic CSS knowledge is needed but I won't assume any knowledge of transitions or animations. We'll start with the basics, and through a mix of theory and practical examples, learn all about transitions and animation....

Android Notes for Professionals
Android Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

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

Angular 2+ Notes for Professionals
Angular 2+ Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

The Angular 2+ Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....

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...

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...

Laravel 5 Official Documentation
Laravel 5 Official Documentation

by Gary Blankenship

A free ebook version of the Laravel 5.x Official Documentation...

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 ...