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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 472.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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       [1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (274)
             Subject: books

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi (35)
             Subject: Correct URL on "Digital Developments in Higher

             Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 07:07:48 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: books

    The Locales Framework
    Understanding and Designing for Wicked Problems


    Geraldine Fitzpatrick
    Sapient Ltd., London, UK


    Software design is becoming increasingly complex and difficult as we move
    to applications that support people interacting with information and with
    each other over networks. Computer supported cooperative work applications
    are a typical example of this. The problems to be solved are no longer just
    technical, they are also social: how do we build systems that meet the real
    needs of the people who are asked to use them and that fit into their
    contexts of use. We can characterise these as wicked problems, where our
    traditional software engineering techniques for understanding requirements
    and driving these through into design are no longer adequate.
    This book presents the Locales Framework - and its five aspects of locale
    foundations, civic structures, individual views, interaction trajectory and
    mutuality - as a way of dealing with the intertwined problem-solution space
    of wicked problems. A locale is based on a metaphor of place as the lived
    relationship between people and the spaces and resources they use in their
    interactions. The LocalesFramework provides a coherent mediating framework
    for ethnographers, designers, and software engineers to facilitate both
    understanding requirements of complex social situations and designing
    solutions to support these situations in all their complexity.

    Part I: Introduction.
    1. The Wicked Problem of Design. 1.1. Systems Design as a Wicked Problem.
    1.2. A Research Narrative.
    2. The
    CSCW Design Challenge. 2.1. Understanding Cooperative Work.
    2.2. Designing Systems.
    2.3. The Understanding - Designing Dialogue.
    2.4. Summary.
    Part II: Evolution to the Locales Framework.
    3. The wOrlds
    System. 3.1. A Brief wOrlds Tour.
    3.2. Summary.
    4. Systems Engineers
    at Work. 4.1. Appearance of Work in Isolation.
    4.2. Breakdowns in Work.
    4.3. Summary.
    5. How Systems Engineers Accomplish Work. 5.1. Making Sense of an
    Unknowable Environment.
    5.2. Working with Workspace Characteristics.
    5.3. Work around Strategies.
    5.4. Summary.
    6. Moving
      From Space to Place. 6.1. Ethnography to Design.
    6.2. wOrlds Away From the Systems Engineers' World.
    6.3. From Space to Place in Systems Design.
    6.4. Summary.
    Part III: The Locales Framework.
    7. Introduction
    to the Locales Framework. 7.1. Locale as Unit of Analysis.
    7.2. Overview of Framework Aspects.
    7.3. Centres and Perspectives.
    7.4. Summary.
    8. Locales Framework Aspects. 8.1. Locale Foundations.
    8.2. Civic Structure.
    8.3. Individual Views.
    8.4. Interaction Trajectory.
    8.5. Mutuality.
    8.6. Summary.
    9. Locales Framework Approach. 9.1. Related Approaches.
    9.2. Using the Locales Framework.
    9.3. Summary.
    Part IV: Working with the Locales Framework.
    10. Distributed Research
    Work: A Tale of Two Groups. 10.1. Introducing the Internet Exploration Unit
    10.2. Introducing the Romany Initiative.
    10.3. Key Features of Collaboration.
    10.4. Conclusions and Reflections.
    Designing for Telehealth. 11.1. Current Intra-ICU Practice.
    11.2. Current Remote Consultation Practice.
    11.3. Evolving a Telehealth System in Practice.
    11.4. Conclusions and Reflections.
    12. CSCW
    Environment Design: Orbit and Tickertape. 12.1. Evolving Orbit.
    12.2. The Coincidental Tickertape Lesson.
    12.3. Summary.
    13. Conclusions,
    Reflections and Future Work. 13.1. Review of the Locales Framework.
    13.2. Reflections on Using the Framework.
    13.3. Moving Forward - Future Work.
    13.4. Postscript: Reflections from a Distance.
    13.5. Conclusion. References. Index.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1190-3 Date: March 2003 Pages: 254 pp.
    EURO 90.00 / USD 88.00 / GBP 57.00

    Cooperative Internet Computing

    edited by

    Alvin Chan Toong Shoon
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Stephen C.F. Chan
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Hong Va Leong
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Vincent T.Y. Ng
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University


    Cooperative computing is an important computing paradigm to enable
    different parties to work together towards a pre-defined non-trivial goal.
    It encompasses important technological areas like computer supported
    cooperative work, workflow, computer assisted design and concurrent
    programming. As technologies continue to advance and evolve, there is an
    increasing need to research and develop new classes of middlewares and
    applications to leverage on the combined benefits of Internet and web to
    provide users and programmers with highly interactive and robust
    cooperative computing environment.
    This book is a compilation of the papers that were presented at the
    International Workshop on Cooperative Internet Computing (CIC2002). The
    contributed papers address a broad spectrum on cooperative internet
    computing, ranging from the more fundamental modeling and specification
    issues of cooperative systems, to the more application-oriented issues on
    the popular XML-related system design and implementation. To help structure
    the book, we have organized these papers into four broad areas of interests:
         * Distributed Objects and Videos,
         * Web and E-commerce,
         * XML and Query Processing,
         * Modeling and Specification.
    Cooperative Internet Computing is designed to meet the needs of a
    professional audience composed of researchers and practitioners in
    industry. This book is also suitable as a reference text for graduate level
    students in Computer Science.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7419-0 Date: March 2003 Pages: 266 pp.
    EURO 148.00 / USD 145.00 / GBP 93.00

    Agent Supported Cooperative Work

    edited by

    Yiming Ye
    IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY, USA

    Elizabeth Churchill
    FX Palo Alto Laboratory Inc., CA, USA


    Improvements in computer networking have heralded great expectations for
    computer-mediated distributed work. However, experience has revealed that,
    as information flow improves, a central problem for distributed workers is
    the administration, management and control of that information. Research
    into Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) investigates design methods
    and technologies for the support of collaboration, communication and
    coordination of distributed group work, both within and among organizations.
    In tandem with this focus on the support of distributed communication and
    collaboration, there have been exciting developments in the fields of
    Intelligent Agents and Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI), notably
    in the concepts, theories and deployment of intelligent agents as a means
    of distributing computer-based problem solving expertise. The paradigm of
    multi-agent systems forms a proposed basis for the design of CSCW
    architectures, the support of CSCW operations and for addressing some of
    the problems of cooperative working.
    The application of a multi-agent approach to CSCW makes information
    exchange among the participants easier by delivering support to the
    participants, assisting workflows and procedures, and providing convenient
    user interfaces to CSCW systems. Furthermore, the ideas inherent in such an
    approach are also applicable to other domains, such as support for
    interactive learning. Organizations that seek to exploit the advantages
    offered through CSCW will benefit from the integration of agents in the
    management and use of their corporate knowledge, especially with the
    advancement of wired or wireless networking, pervasive computing, and other
    information technologies.
    Agent Supported Cooperative Work describes the state of the art in this
    exciting new area, covering both theoretical foundations and practical
    applications of ASCW. It is the first book explicitly dedicated to ASCW,
    bringing together contributions from international experts in the field.

    Contributors. Acknowledgements. Preface. Agent Supported Cooperative Work:
    an Introduction; Yiming Ye, E. Churchill. Agent-Augmented Meetings; C.
    Ellis, J. Wainer, P. Barthelmess. Using Agents to Promote Effective
    Co-ordination in a Community Care Environment; M.D. Beer, R.Hill, D. Wei
    Huang, A. Sixsmith. Reactive Agents for a Systemic Approach to the
    Construction of Coordination Mechanisms; M. Divitini,M. Sarini, C. Simone.
    Actor Computing & Awareness for Collaborative Workgroups: a General Model
    and its Web Application; w. Balzano, A.Dattolo, V. Loia. Active Calendars
    and the Need for the E-social Contract; J.H. Kaufman, J. Ruvolo, D.A. Ford.
    A Mobile Agent Framework for Digital Nomads; A.P. Meyer. Managing
    Distributed Parallel Workflow Systems Using a Multi-agent Method; S.
    Aknine, S. Pinson. Mobile Agent Supported Cooperative Work; Seng Wai Loke,
    A. Zaslavsky. Agent Supported Web-based Cooperative Design; Weiming Shen,
    H. Ghenniwa,Lihui Wang. A Complex Systems Perspective on How Agents Can
    Support Collaborative Design; M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam.
    Privacy and Authentication for Agent Supported Cooperative Work; XunYi,
    Yiming Ye, Chee Kheong Siew, M. Rahman Syed. Index.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7404-2 Date: February 2003 Pages: 320 pp.
    EURO 138.00 / USD 135.00 / GBP 87.00

    Newton on Mathematics and Spiritual Purity


    Ayval Leshem
    Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel


    This book deals with Newton's understanding of the original divine design
    hidden in the mathematical laws of nature and delivered to humanity by
    messengers, such as Noah, Moses and Christ. It is written to an audience of
    laymen and professionals alike. It is the first scholarly work to point out
    that for Newton the three laws of motion the Principia and the two central
    Biblical Commandments (worshipping and loving God alone and loving thy
    neighbour) touch upon the practical applications of God's original design.
    The book interprets Newtonematical method of fluxions (the calculus) as a
    divine method through which human beings can purify and guard themselves
    against material bondage (idolatry), whilst becoming more in tune with the
    simplicity of the spiritual commandments of the true ancient religion. A
    comparison with Leibnizulus and theological beliefs is given in order to
    emphasize the uniqueness of Newton's science and spirituality.

    1. The Search for Truth.
    2. The Mathematical Principles of God's Design.
    3. Newton's Methods of Fluxions.
    4. Leibniz's Calculus.
    5. Newton's and Leibniz's Notions of Space and Time.
    6. God's Absolute Perspective According to Newton.
    7. God's Infinite Perspective According to Leibniz.
    8. The Sacrificial Fire and Alchemy.
    9. The Tabernacle and the Two Jewish Temples.
    10. Finale: Why does God Hide the Heavenly Music. Bibliography. Index.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1151-2 Date: March 2003 Pages: 240 pp.
    EURO 90.00 / USD 86.00 / GBP 58.00

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:

    Computer Architecture: A Minimalist Perspective


    William F. Gilreath
    Phillip A. Laplante
    Penn State University, West Chester, USA


    The one instruction set computer (OISC) is the ultimate reduced instruction
    set computer (RISC). In OISC, the instruction set consists of only one
    instruction, and then by composition, all other necessary instructions are
    synthesized. This is an approach completely opposite to that of a complex
    instruction set computer (CISC), which incorporates complex instructions as
    microprograms within the processor.
    Computer Architecture: A Minimalist Perspective examines computer
    architecture, computability theory, and the history of computers from the
    perspective of one instruction set computing - a novel approach in which
    the computer supports only one, simple instruction. This bold, new paradigm
    offers significant promise in biological, chemical, optical, and molecular
    scale computers.
    Features include:
         * Provides a comprehensive study of computer architecture using
    computability theory as a base.
         * Provides a fresh perspective on computer architecture not found in
    any other text.
         * Covers history, theory, and practice of computer architecture from a
    minimalist perspective. Includes a complete implementation of a one
    instruction computer.
         * Includes exercises and programming assignments.
    Computer Architecture: A Minimalist Perspective is designed to meet the
    needs of a professional audience composed of researchers, computer hardware
    engineers, software engineers computational theorists, and systems
    engineers. The book is also intended for use in upper division
    undergraduate students and early graduate students studying computer
    architecture or embedded systems. It is an excellent text for use as a
    supplement or alternative in traditional Computer Architecture Courses, or
    in courses entitled "Special Topics in Computer Architecture".

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7416-6 Date: February 2003 Pages: 236 pp.
    EURO 118.00 / USD 115.00 / GBP 74.00

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             Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 07:16:04 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi
             Subject: Correct URL on "Digital Developments in Higher Education"

    The correct pointer on "Digital developments in higher education: theory
    and practice" can be located on the Web at

    Thank you very much,
    Arun tripathi

    > Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 06:50:54 +0000
    > From: Patrick Durusau <pdurusau@emory.edu>
    > >
    >Last week I posted a note mentioning:
    >"Digital developments in higher education: theory and practice" Roberts,
    >Peter, and Chambers, Mark; Taylor Graham Publishing, ISBN 0-947568-78-6.
    >I looked for it on Amazon.com today only to discover that it was not
    >listed. Thinking I must have gotten the title/author/ISBN incorrect, I
    >looked for the website of Taylor Graham Publishing. The information I gave
    >is all correct but it is apparently not available via Amazon.com.
    >Interested readers should visit:
    ><http://www.taylorgraphm.com/>http://www.taylorgraphm.com/ and print out
    >the order form to obtain a copy of this work.
    >Hope this finds everyone at the start of a great day!
    >Patrick Durusau
    >Director of Research and Development
    >Society of Biblical Literature
    >Co-Editor, ISO Reference Model for Topic Maps

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