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Towards a Management Framework to Protect Sensitive Information during Migrations

Olusegun A. AJIGINI, John A. VAN DER POLL and Jan H. KROEZE.

ABSTRACT

The protection of sensitive information during the  migration from one computing platform to another, e.g. from a Proprietary Platform to a Free Open Source Platform remains a challenge. While our aim is to develop a generic framework for platform migrations, in this paper the scope is limited to migrations from a Proprietary Platform to a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) platform. Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is used in government sectors globally and there is a trend to move from Proprietary Software to FOSS both in government and private sectors. In South Africa, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has been in the vanguard of migrating from Proprietary Software to FOSS. Generally, sensitive information is information that ought to be protected to safeguard its integrity, confidentiality and availability. Traditional approaches to such protection have an Information Security flavour, but in this paper we argue the case for using a Management Framework to facilitate traditional approaches. The particular challenges and requirements are sourced from the literature and on the strength of these we propose a rudimentary management framework to fulfil such task.

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Study Takeoffs and Landings at Airport in Santa Maria Aracaju (Brazil)

Emanuele Carvalho Oliveira de Almeida, Victor Felix de Mesquita, Ellana Cassia Araújo Dantas de Almeida, Stephanie Russo Fabris and Suzana Leitão Russo.

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This study aims to test whether there were significant differences at the 5% level, between the average delay takeoffs and landings, the airlines and identify which of these companies had significant differences. Data were collected from takeoffs and landings, the months of January and April 2012, the airlines operating at the airport in Santa Maria Aracaju (Brazil) and held the ANOVA and multiple comparison test. The results indicated that the average delay in departures were higher. Although January is considered high season and April, low season, the results indicated no differences between the mean delays. The highest average delays of both landings as takeoffs occur in the large airlines.

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Practical Lessons for Applying Technology to Knowledge Dissemination

Susanna Cantor, William Savage and Gary Franceschini

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One of the hardest activities in any large project is keeping all team members on the same page when it comes to expectations, processes and consistency of information. When a project team includes both internal members and external partners, providing consistent information to all team members securely becomes difficult. Attachments to emails clog inboxes. Multiple document versions flying through cyberspace in crisscrossing email threads undermine effective document management and change control, injecting confusion into project operations. Knowledge management begins with a central, easily accessible but secure means to share information in a timely manner and maintain it over the life of the project. In this paper, we will look at how the Knowledgebase Management Team (KB Team) for a large project at RTI International chose to develop a knowledgebase (KB) using the Drupal framework to distribute clear, concise and valid project information across geographic and organizational boundaries. [1] Using the Drupal site the KB Team developed as our example, we will explore the concept of a central KB, our implementation approach, our three main challenges to success, and the lessons we learned. The biggest lesson? Communicating knowledge can be the hardest part of managing knowledge.

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Generation and Reverse Knowledge Transfer in Multinational Companies

María C. Gómez-Álvarez , Gloria P. Gasca-Hurtado and Guillermo González-Calderón

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Current organizations recognize the importance of knowledge as a strategic asset of the company for the adjustment of the changeable conditions of the environment that can guarantee survival in time. Additionally, the generation of organizational knowledge is identified as a collective building process that contributes to the generation of the competitive advantage of companies. In multinational companies, the knowledge management is not limited only to the internal dynamics that contribute to its creation and formalization; it is necessary to analyze the knowledge transfer between the headquarters and its subsidiaries in different countries for the enrichment of the know-how of the mark. In this paper we present a set of factors to take into account for the transfer of new knowledge generated toward the headquarters of the multinationals presenting the benefits that the multinational company could achieve.

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Dynamic Performance Simulation and Test of a Conveyor

Guangbu LI and Fengying SHI.

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This paper puts forward the application of AMESim to a belt conveyor model. Based on  discrete  element method, a conveyor  dynamic  model is studied. A  belt, idler and material are divided into finite units. Each unit is represented by a spring, damper and mass. Take-up model considers its dual friction when it moves up and down. The model of function of input and linear signal source is selected to build a model of a drive system and brake system. The performance simulation on belt velocity of a conveyor during starting and stopping process is carried out.  A velocity test on spot for the whole operation is conducted. The simulation is compared  to a velocity test on spot.  The comparison shows that both are in good agreement. Two cases are studied for different load conditions, different load take-ups and different conveyor stop type. The AMESim model of a conveyor and its method are right.

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The Use of Soft Systems Methodology for the Development of Data Warehouses

Roelien Goede

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When making strategic business decisions, managers in large corporations rely on data that is integrated from different sources in their corporation into data warehouse systems. The development of data warehouses entails the integration of data from sources with often conflicting technical infrastructure combined with a clear understanding of the vision of the corporation. The work of practitioners Inmon and Kimball are frequently used as development methodologies. Yet many data warehouse developers do not understand the business objectives. The soft systems methodology provides a set of methods, originating from experience in management situations, for purposeful activity in an organisation. This paper demonstrates how the current data warehousing methodology of Kimball can be enriched by incorporating ideas from Checkland’s soft systems methodology.

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Our Mind Looks at Us (Invited Paper)

Jeremy Horne and Robert M. L. Baker Jr.

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Over the years, especially since 1947 when the pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified disk-shaped aircraft flying near Mount Rainier, people have been fascinated with unidentified flying objects. Partially in response to this increasing interest, and perhaps because of a general malaise of the population wanting to escape from this planet and its problems to another and more pristine world, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was born in 1984. Aside from the inherent problems in receiving messages by current SETI methods, there are other and more substantial issues having to do with identifying the life forms that may be encountered. Such questions exist as what constitutes intelligence, our ability to recognize it, and above all, how we can incorporate the experience in our lives. Humans are encased in their own bias, and we ask whether meeting a non-human intelligence, either one of our own creation or in interstellar space would be a way of getting outside that bias and looking at ourselves from a dispassionate point of view. Thus, our theme emerges: “Our Mind Looks at Us.” An overarching consideration in all of this and one immediately relevant to the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) is that of interdisciplinary communication. This is involved in two ways: First, there is the challenge of communication with an other intelligence. Second, is the ability to communicate among ourselves from different disciplines and viewpoints as well as being able to venture together as a whole species in addressing the first communication challenge. In this paper, a philosopher and a physicist open that discussion, hoping to pave the way for many more dialogues to come.

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A Critical Systems Thinking Perspective on Data Warehouse Stakeholders

Roelien Goede

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Strategic decision makers require good quality data integrated form different data sources to aid their decisions. Data warehouses are used to integrate data from different sources and to ensure accurate, timeous data for use by business users. Many different parties are involved in this process. Critical systems thinkers focus on the boundary of a problem situation; they consider whether the interests of all the affected parties are represented in the decision making process in organizations. The aim of this paper is to investigate the traditional role-players in a data warehouse project from a critical system perspective. It investigates the question on who should at least be represented if not involved in data warehouse development and it provides conflicting views on the role of a data warehouse in the organisation.

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THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EFFECTIVENESS OF A PEDAGOGICAL TREATMENT FOR THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF CRITICAL THINKING

Joanne R. Reid and Phyllis R. Anderson.

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A quasi-experimental study of a pedagogical treatment in critical thinking was undertaken in a college of business. The quantitative results demonstrated significant improvements in 6 of 7 measures of critical thinking using a validated assessment instrument. This treatment was taught in the college of business for four years. A qualitative/quantitative survey was taken of the graduates of the college who had taken this treatment. Quantitative results were validated by the qualitative responses of the graduates. Graduates were confirmed to use the critical thinking knowledge, skills and strategies they had learned in their personal, academic, and professional lives. Graduates were also shown to be highly satisfied with the effects of the treatment in their personal, academic, and professional lives.

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Usage of Building Automation Infrastructure for Health-Care and Ambient Assisted Living Applications

Volker Schuermann and Christian Weidauer

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Due to improved living conditions and medical ad-vances, the life expectancy of people increased sig-nificantly. But it also means that these days and es-pecially in the future much more people are depend-ent from support in old age than in the past. The classical approach of the outpatient or inpatient care by qualified nursing staff is complicated, expensive and does not support around the clock care usually. More recent healthcare concepts rely on technology which supports people in their everyday life in their own apartments or houses. For this purpose usually specialized hardware and software components are developed, which are sometimes very expensive and complex. This paper proposes a massive simplifica-tion at this point by harking back to building auto-mation infrastructure which is already available in many cases. In this paper it is a highly flexible and configurable UPnP based infrastructure which relies on web technology.

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