Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 1, Annual

Bridging the Digital Divide through Educational Initiatives: Problems and Solutions
Introduction In the information age, being on the wrong side of the digital divide can limit significantly a person's life chances. This is particularly true of the socially excluded in Ireland, who have had neither the wherewithal nor the opportunity...
Collaboration: The Key to Establishing Community Networks in Regional Australia
Introduction From the huge volume of written material, there can be no doubt that the Internet has huge and unprecedented implications for society at large. Even societies seemingly untouched by it today will be affected by the changing nature of...
Colored-Sketch of Text Information
Introduction The development of the Internet and digital systems has allowed people unimpeded access to a massive collection of digital information. However, the explosive rate of growth in recent years and the complexity of the information have...
Comprendiendo Nuestras Politicas: The Need for an Effective C&IT Policy for a Nation's Development, the Venezuelan Case
Background This research explores the argument that Venezuela's communications and information technology (C&IT) policy is not effective enough for a less developed country (DC) wishing to achieve socio-economic growth. Venezuela is presented...
Data Security Management in Distributed Computer Systems
Introduction Every organization should be concerned about protecting data against intruders, for the organization's ability to survive depends on the availability, comprehensiveness and reliability of its financial and organizational data. Security...
Educationally Critical Aspects of the Concept of an Information System
Introduction Recent research into student learning has developed the notion that certain aspects of a concept are educationally critical to the development of a depth of understanding felt appropriate by the teacher for a particular learning situation....
Electronic Commerce: A Taxing Dilemma
Introduction The Internet is a vast multinational framework comprised of more than 150,000 individual networks and used by more than 304 million people around the globe. The Internet's commercial as well as individual consumer use has skyrocketed...
Empirical Validation Procedure for the Knowledge Management Technology Stage Mode
Introduction Stages of growth models have been used widely in both organizational research and information technology management research. According to King and Teo (1997), these models describe a wide variety of phenomena--the organizational life...
Informing South African Students about Information Systems
Introduction At the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Department of Information Systems has had strong growth over the last few years. Situated in the Faculty of Commerce, it has over 200 third year Information Systems (I.S.) majors and 90 fourth...
Introduction to the Special Series on the Digital Divide
What is the Digital Divide? Enter the phrase "Digital Divide" into a search engine and you receive hundreds of hits. What is this topic and why is so much attention being paid to it? A number of definitions can be found for the term. The Web...
Operationalizing Context in Context-Aware Artifacts: Benefits and Pitfalls
Introduction When referring to computational artifacts, context awareness means that artifacts are to some extent able to sense the context in which they are being used. The idea is that artifacts determine the actual context of their use in order...
Policy Options to Combat the Digital Divide in Western Europe
Introduction There is no question that the "digital divide"--the unequal access to computers and the Internet caused by such social and economic factors as gender, income, race, and geography--poses long-term problems for a number of nations across...
The Prediction of Perceived Level of Computer Knowledge: The Role of Participant Characteristics and Aversion toward Computers
Overview Among the requisite skills necessary for the 21st century, computer literacy will be considered just as necessary as the ability to read, write effectively, and perform arithmetic calculations were in the 20th century (Anderson, Bikson,...
To Speak or Not to Speak: Developing Legal Standards for Anonymous Speech on the Internet
Introduction The value of anonymous speech in society is regarded as a cornerstone of democratic government. This position also applies to Internet speech. However, recent legal developments in the Untied States, pressure actors harmed by such speech...
Toward a Model of Growth Stages for Knowledge Management Technology in Law Firms
Introduction Knowledge management has long been considered an important approach for law firms in gaining competitive advantage. The role of information technology in knowledge management is increasing, and law firms are applying different kinds...
Toward a Systemic Notion of Information: Practical Consequences
Introduction The meaning of "information systems" has been growing in diversity and complexity. Several authors have pointed out this fact, described the phenomena and tried to bring some order to the perceived chaos in the field. Cohen (1997, 1999,...
Web-Based Interactions Support for Information Systems
Introduction Work organization, business innovation and information technology increase the heterogeneity of the components of the enterprise information system. Therefore, the information system is not monolithic. Instead, it is made up of subsystems...
Web-Enabled Information and Referral Services: A Framework for Analysis
Introduction Many organizations provide Information and Referral (I&R) services that help people obtain relevant and accurate information to meet specific needs. Traditionally, I&R services have been provided by a skilled specialist by phone...
WebSpy: An Architecture for Monitoring Web Server Availability in a Multi-Platform Environment
The Need for an Effective Web Server Monitoring Tool There is no question that the availability of a Web server plays a major role in the success of e-business. Ideally, a Web server should function as expected anytime, anywhere, and for any customer....
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