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Electronic Private Library Portal

Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis, George Jandieri, Ashu M. G. Solo, Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF


Int'l Conf. Software Eng. Research and Practice | SERP'14 |

Electronic Private Library Portal

Shahriar Movafaghi

Department of Computer Information Technology

Southern New Hampshire University



The Electronic Private Library (EPL) consists of several different categories of media such as books, mail, photographs, audio, and video. Often these entities are located on different platforms. They may be accessible from personal computers, mobile devices, or located in cloud files. For the purpose of creating easy access to all user information, this paper explores the use of a portal to navigate through various applications and gather all items to one EPL.

This paper explores how an individual can create an EPL consisting of several different categories, such as books, mail, photographs, audio, and video. In the industry, a digital firm is defined as an [1]: organization where nearly all significant business processes and relationships with customers, suppliers and employees are digitally enabled, and key corporate assets are managed through digital means. In any industry, the main reason for becoming a digital firm is to increase productivity and efficiency; ultimately helping the digital firm reach its goal of becoming more profitable. However, there is no correlation between the funds that a firm spends on information technology and productivity [2].

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Ancient Agora, Monastiraki & Psyrri

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Busy Monastiraki's central square opens onto its jam-packed flea market, a warren of antique shops and great people-watching. To the south, the Ancient Agora was the city's original civic meeting place and remains a wonderful site to explore. Just north of Monastiraki lies Psyrri, where dilapidated facades belie the lively quarter where restaurants and bars coexist with warehouse conversions and workshops.

MStart the day wandering the Ancient Agora and examining the priceless artefacts in its excellent museum housed in the Stoa of Attalos. If time permits, check out the elaborately carved Tower of the Winds at the Roman Agora.

RBreak for lunch along Adrianou at Kuzina or another of the plethora of cafes and restaurants, or find your way to Café Avyssinia for Acropolis views and old-world elegance. Then cruise the Monastiraki flea market and shop for souvenirs in its wild array of shops, such as Olgianna Melissinos with its handcrafted sandals and leather goods. Or swing into Spiliopoulos for discount designer duds and Olgianna Melissinos for handcrafted sandals and leather goods.

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Chapter Nine: Discussion of “Inside Sisyphus's Nightmare: Destructive Narcissism and Death Instinct”, by Raquel Cavaleiro Ferreira

Elda Abrevaya Karnac Books ePub

Martina Burdet

Raquel Cavaleiro has reflected on multiple issues that arise in the transferential–countertransferential process established between herself and Joel, a patient with a narcissistic identity disorder. Joel had been marked by early narcissistic traumas that resulted in extremely difficult work for the analyst in the transferential–countertransferential space.

As it is impossible to comment fully on the complexity of a case that surpasses all that could be said about it, I have privileged my reflection on some of the sexual characteristics of the patient. Joel considered himself to be homosexual. I will centre my discussion on certain aspects of his sexuality, a sexuality that operated as an act of compulsive discharge and was of a defensive nature. I will also reflect on the status of the object of discharge and its relationship with the primary objects, which was essentially incestuous (Racamier, 1995).

Death drive

As the three analytic sessions presented by Raquel Cavaleiro indicate, Joel had gone through a melancholic crisis after his mother's death. From the beginning, he seemed to be prisoner of a fortunate contradiction, highlighted by the analyst. If this contradiction had not existed, the patient would never have had the opportunity to undergo analytic work. On one hand, he wished to stand out aesthetically and intellectually and, on the other, he felt like a “non-existent person”, without being able to communicate and longing for solitude. What had driven him to analysis was precisely this dread of no-relationship, “disobjectalisation” in André Green's (2005) sense and “desire for no desire” in Piera Aulagnier's (1975) sense.

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Chapter 20 | Coming Back (1927–1932)

Carol O’Keefe Wilson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 20

Coming Back (1927-1932)


an Moody had begun to fulfill his campaign promise well before he was a candidate for governor. He accomplished his goal of restoring integrity to the state’s top office in large part through his tireless efforts initiating investigations and litigation to expose, halt, and correct the effects of the exploitation that had taken place under the Ferguson administration. Moody’s administration gave way to stricter attention to state department spending, in particular, ensuring those in charge of letting contracts for textbooks and highways based their decisions on competitive bids for quality products at rational prices. Within Moody’s first two months in office, more than thirty positions were abolished within the state highway department. As part of his clean-up efforts, Moody also pushed for laws to restrict wholesale pardoning.1

The House Investigating Committee issued its findings in late January when both Fergusons were again private citizens. Though damning, in the collective opinion of the committee members, the charges were not sufficient to warrant criminal prosecution. Jim, as a private citizen, had imposed himself where he had no authority and had used that usurped power for personal gain. Under his direction, the State Highway Commission had let contracts for highway maintenance at outrageously inflated prices and participated in trading favors. But the customary penalty for such offenses was removal from office and Jim Ferguson held no office. That fact, coupled with the committee’s assessment that the case did not warrant criminal charges, produced a dilemma for the body charged with offering a recommendation for punishment. They made none, essentially closing the matter. 2

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Chapter Fifteen: How to refer a patient for medication

Sheldon Bach Karnac Books ePub

It is very difficult to know when to refer a patient for psychoactive medication because a good part of the data base for psycho-pharmacological research has been so distorted by the medico-pharmacological-advertising complex that reliable data is difficult to come by (see for example Marcia Angell, 2009). The best non-partisan data I have found suggests that most anti-depressants may perhaps be slightly more efficacious than placebo, but not significantly so, and that the frequent side effects, including depersonaliza-tion, render them of dubious clinical efficacy for many patients. Nevertheless, I have seen occasional patients who seem to have been helped by anti-depressants and others who feel that they have been helped, and I support this without hesitation if the patient desires them.

It should be mentioned that for many depressed patients, vigorous exercise, relaxation techniques, and supplements such as SAMe, St John’s Wort and fish oil have been shown to be as effective or more effective than many psychotropic medications (Kirsch, 2010;

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Chapter 11: The War on the Gambling Fraternity

Jack DeMattos University of North Texas Press PDF


The Notorious Luke Short

sporting man only, never giving back to the city. He may have thought of

Fort Worth as his home, but he would never become an accepted member of the community in the way that Jake Johnson was. Luke and Hattie rented an expensive suite in the Mansion Hotel, while Jake Johnson was busy building a house that was an actual mansion.

In early June the citizens of Panther City could watch Jake Johnson’s handsome residence on the south side, costing $15,000, take recognizable shape. There were other dwellings equally fine on the drawing boards, but none would equal the mansion that was Jake Johnson’s.1 What may have been a little-known fact was that Jake owned the land that those other dwellings would be constructed on. He was also powerful enough to publicly ridicule a state-wide prohibition vote that was coming up.

The betting on the results of the prohibition election in August was quite heavy. Jake Johnson, being a sporting man of considerable wealth, staked about $10,000 on the state giving a majority of 50,000 against the prohibition amendment.2

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Chapter 6: Wrong Consequences IV: Corruption of Social Institutions

Henry Mintzberg Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Perfection of means and confusion of goals sees in my
opinion to characterize our age.


Ihave been developing a central point in a series of steps: This seemingly innocent degree, to prepare people for the practice of management, actually does no such thing and in fact has a corrupting effect where it does have influence. This begins in the educational process and passes into the practice of managing and the organizations where that happens. Now I shall discuss where it ends and where these effects may be the most destructive: in society at large.

Here the discussion shifts from the economic consequences to the social ones, which I believe significantly influence the economic. Certainly economic development facilitates social progress. But it also depends on social progress: Those societies most able to engage their citizens have tended to generate the greatest economic wealth. How a society selects and develops its leaders, and how these leaders exercise their leadership, figure prominently in the engagement of all its citizens. How we have been doing this in recent years has worked to disengage our citizens. The social costs are obvious, but we may also be experiencing a decline in economic development without even realizing it.

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Positive Unlabeled Learning to Discover Relevant Documents Using Topic Models for Feature Selection

Robert Stahlbock, Gary M. Weiss, Mahmoud Abou-Nasr, Hamid R. Arabnia CSREA Press PDF

Int'l Conf. Data Mining | DMIN'14 |


Positive Unlabeled Learning to Discover Relevant

Documents Using Topic Models for Feature Selection

Mingzhu Zhu, Chao Xu, and Yi-Fang Brook Wu

Department of Information Systems, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Abstract – Search by Multiple Examples (SbME) is a new search paradigm proposed recently to overcome the shortcomings of the keyword-based search. It allows users to provide multiple positive documents to express their information needs. Traditionally, documents are treated as vectors, of which the features are keywords in the collections.

Such a term-vector based document representation brings high dimensionality problems when the collection is large. In this research, we propose a framework of using PU learning for SbME using latent topics identified by a topic model for feature dimension reduction. Specifically, we use Latent

Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) to reduce the feature dimension of document vectors to a lower dimension of topic vectors. Then the procedure of discovering relevant documents using a PU learning method is conducted in the topic space. Using Mean

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12. The Grace of the World

John D. Caputo Indiana University Press ePub





What is going to come, perhaps, is not only this or that;
it is at last the thought of the
perhaps, the perhaps itself…
the arrivant could also be the
perhaps itself,
the unheard of, totally new experience of the

                                                      —JACQUES DERRIDA

So we come to stand on the ground of a certain materialism but of an odd sort, the groundless ground of a certain religious materialism. Likewise we stand on the ground of a certain religion, but it too is an odd sort of religion, a religion without religion,1 with a weak theology not a strong, a theology of insistence not existence, of “perhaps” not of an ens necessarium. There is grace, grace happens, but it is the grace of the world. There is salvation, but we are “saved” only for an instant, in the instant, saved without salvation by a faith that does not keep us safe. This insistence upon time and mortality is poorly described as a form of radical atheism because it is a way we have come upon to reconfigure what we mean by God and to break the grip not only of a strong theology but no less of a violent atheism and above all of the tiresome wars between the two. There is salvation, but being saved is a matter of time, of saving time, of a time that saves. There is faith, but we have reconfigured faith to be a faith in time, in love, in life, a way of standing up for life, a passion for life, having faith in what Heidegger called the worlding of the world. There is resurrection, but it is only for a moment, granting more mortal life not eternal life, for which Martha, the sister of Lazarus, pressed a tardy Jesus. There is transcendence but it is the transcendence that happens on “this side” because after all there only is one side. In the terms of the classical distinction, which I am trying to redescribe, transcendence happens as the immanence of transcendence in immanence, on this side, this life, this mortal life.

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Rossetti, Christina Carcanet Press Ltd. ePub

I rose at the dead of night,

     And went to the lattice alone

To look for my Mother’s ghost

     Where the ghostly moonlight shone.

My friends had failed one by one,

     Middle-aged, young, and old,

Till the ghosts were warmer to me

     Than my friends that had grown cold.

I looked and I saw the ghosts

     Dotting plain and mound:

They stood in the blank moonlight,

     But no shadow lay on the ground:

They spoke without a voice

     And they leaped without a sound.

I called: ‘O my Mother dear,’–

     I sobbed: ‘O my Mother kind,

Make a lonely bed for me

     And shelter it from the wind.

‘Tell the others not to come

     To see me night or day:

But I need not tell my friends

     To be sure to keep away.’

My Mother raised her eyes,

     They were blank and could not see:

Yet they held me with their stare

     While they seemed to look at me.

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Chapter 1: The Current System

Will Richardson Solution Tree Press ePub

Let’s take a look at the effectiveness of the current system as a starting point for talking about change. No question, some schools are more “successful” than others when it comes to the traditional ways we assess such things (test scores, graduation rates, and so on). There is little argument any longer that we are effectively failing our children who live in poverty and are under duress from a host of societal inequalities. But in general, it’s also becoming harder to argue that the current practice of schooling is serving even our most fortunate and well-off children as well as it needs to be. In the United States, we may be graduating a higher percentage of students than we have in the past, but it’s what happens to those students that is relevant for this discussion. In short, we have a number of problems, including low student engagement, low retention of learning, and a misguided idea of what constitutes success.

First and foremost, it’s hard to deny that the current system of schooling curtails our students’ interest in learning. Nowhere is that more evident than in the results of a 2012 Gallup survey of student engagement in K–12 schools (Busteed, 2013). This was no small study—500,000 kids from 1,700 public schools in 37 states. What Gallup found was that by high school, only four in ten of our children reported being engaged in school. Four in ten. Are we OK with that number? The author of the Gallup article states, “Our educational system sends students and our country’s future over the school cliff every year” (Busteed, 2013). If you want even more cause for concern, a subsequent Gallup poll showed that 70 percent of teachers in America were classified as “disengaged” (Kamenetz, 2014). Or look at another survey done by former superintendent Lee Jenkins (2012), who found that 95 percent of kindergarten kids love school but only 37 percent of high school sophomores do. I can’t imagine any of us would consider that a success.

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8 SCALE-UP in a Large Introductory Biology Course

Tricia A Ferrett Indiana University Press ePub

Robert Brooker, David Matthes, Robin Wright, Deena Wassenberg, Susan Wick, and Brett Couch

When the faculty of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota reviewed their introductory biology curriculum in 2003–2004, they found courses that were being taught in much the same way as they had been for decades. The courses were thoughtfully, conscientiously, and enthusiastically taught. However, the innovative approaches to teaching and learning that had emerged in the preceding decades, and the increased understanding of the process of learning that provided the foundation for those approaches, hadn’t made their way into the large lecture courses dedicated to introducing students to biology and what it means to be a biologist and do biology.

A key shortcoming was skill development. Beyond learning the basic knowledge in the discipline, students also needed to be trained in the skills necessary to succeed as a biologist. These include using online bibliographic and bioinformatic databases to explore primary literature and molecular data, designing authentic biological experiments, writing scientific papers, and working effectively with members of a collaborative team. Many faculty members thought that the drive to achieve economies of scale by adopting large class sizes had prevented them from teaching their students the skills required of working biologists. In short, the faculty wanted to transform the learning setting and pedagogy so that students engaged in the authentic practices of biologists in the real world. This aspiration, which in this case is highly disciplinary, is part of the connected science vision to have students engage in course learning as scientists do in research teams.

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Chapter 10: Making Diversity and Inclusion a Way of Life

Frederick A. Miller Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

After the organization has built a platform for change and created momentum for the change effort, the leaders of the inclusion breakthrough are positioned to apply what they have learned about leveraging diversity, building inclusion and strategic culture change to accomplish goals they could not have defined before embarking on the effort.

Key to developing an expanded and longer-term plan for achieving and sustaining the inclusion breakthrough is leveraging the new competencies, resources, and organizational capabilities that have been gained since phase I (see Table 7). They make a new realm of strategies possible. Even more significantly, they make a new realm of strategies doable.

The inclusion breakthrough must be an integral part of how the organization does business, gains and maintains its competitive position, pursues profitability and plans its future. The culture change must be part of the overall master plan of the organization, not simply its diversity plan or people utilization plan.

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CHAPTER SIX. Theoretical postscript

Nano McCaughan Karnac Books ePub

Here comes the heavy stuff!!!

Gareth Morgan, 1993; uttered by figure In cartoon
before Morgan’s theoretical appendix

In this concluding chapter we elaborate on a number of themes that we have touched upon in the preceding pages. We include them here either in order to be able to examine them at greater length, or to record ideas that have only recently come to our attention, or to clarify how we see the relation between what is said in this book and other bodies of theory. These are in effect five mini-chapters or extended footnotes, related more closely to the preceding chapters than they are to each other.


We have said that organizations confer an identity on their members, and that to the extent that they become attached to these identities, they resist organizational changes that threaten them. Our attempts to bring about change in organizations are liable to be ineffective unless we have some understanding of what Peter Marris (1974) called “the conservative impulse” (with a small “c”) by which men and women cling even to ineffective and unsatisfying structures and procedures, rather than accept and implement new ones. Marris wrote:

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Raising a child with idiosyncratic development: a mission barely possible

Dov R. Aleksandrowicz Karnac Books ePub

We refer in this chapter to parents rather than caregivers in general, as we did in previous chapters, because parents have an emotional investment in their child different from and more complex than that of any other caregiver, no matter how strong another caregiver's attachment to the child might be. Parents, as a rule, perceive their offspring, to some extent, as extensions of their “Selves”. That perception may be very dominant or slight, conscious or not, but it is hardly ever absent. As a result, some of the narcissistic investment directed toward the Self binds to the person of the child. Therefore, a parent projects his or her narcissistic aspirations on the child, often hoping the child will succeed where the parent has failed. Another, not unusual, narcissistic need of the parents is for the child to serve as “proof” that the parents are “good” and competent in their roles, consonant with their perception of “good” parenting and with the expectations of the society. The criteria for “good” parenting vary across cultures. For instance, in European societies of the nineteenth century, the child, in order to demonstrate parental competence, had to be healthy and well fed, preferably plump (in Yiddish the word for “healthy” also means “fat”), and well behaved when older. Today, a fat child is more oftenthan not a sign of parental disregard for a healthy diet. With the advent of child development studies in the last century, the child of competent parents is supposed to be intelligent and, in some circles, happy most of the time. The school system still mostly wants well-behaved children (the schools call it “motivated”), and not all teachers value critical inquisitiveness or vivaciousness. All this taken together imposes rather arduous demands on any parent, and it becomes a mission almost impossible when the innate abilities of the child simply do not fit such goals.

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