Friday, January 25, 2008

Reading working papers

Here is the cite to one paper I have read so far of Dr. John C Nash's papers

Nash, John C. and Nash, Mary M, Issues in finding and managing duplicate or equivalent files (Ottawa : School of Management, University of Ottawa, 2006).

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My school term project has been assigned and I am going forward with it.

Our school project this term involves writing about systems integration based on a research paper. The paper is available on the IEEE documents library on the web. Here is the cite to the paper:
Gao, Shan. Paynter, John. and Sundaram, David, Flexible Support for Spatial Decision-Making from Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'04) - Track 3 p. 30064a, (Hawaii,IEEE, 2004).

My work related research is actually good.

My boss has liked what I have found so far on our research topic. Yesterday, I went down a blind alley but will continue today to search for more material for our topic. I will become in my bosses' words "an aggressive researcher".

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I am resting on my work research and progressing slowly but begrudgingly on my course study today.

In fact, this winter course in systems integration will not have assignments. There will be three or four quizzes for our regular work. The first will be in the third lecture. To obtain a great mark in these quizzes requires conceptual understanding of the course material, in particular, understanding a certain model of the process of a system's design and integration. The recommended books turn out to be very prescribed methods or processes from the military and telecommunications industries. That is this seems to be a do it "our way or the highway" type of study. The statistics used by the authors of these books to justify adoption of these approaches are unreferenced claims in effect resembling marketing and promotions literature. So begrudgingly I move forward and read these references with the professor's promise that those who read these books have a better over all understanding of the course material.

I do need to cut down my study load to more manageable levels so the best thing to do at the moment is focus on doing the base line study for this course. I have put in close to three hours now for the first week. I need to do about twelve more hours reading before the next week's class. I have a busy week of training at work, political meetings and a new voluntary computer group is holding a meeting I would like to attend to help integrate and apply my studies on social computing.

A topic I am now researching at work concerns human resources.

I am coming back to knowledge management again but less as an IT topic and more as a topic of human resource planning. This is for my job and could be joined to my school work. In fact after last night's lecture introducing systems integration and then this early mornings library searches I am finding repeated concurrences of concepts from the course lecture and the articles I have found for work. In effect this is an integration of my studies with work. Then again I am nearing the end of a day here so my mental activity will be pointing hopefully toward positives which in the morning light may just fade into awkward despair of having one again made a waste of time and large mistake. To battle this in the past I have used the technique of focusing back on my early studies in computing.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

I scanned the titles of papers in a conference proceedings in computer science and chose three papers to look at more closely

I was searching out some background reading or really anything on the topic of continuity management. I have ordered a book with this title through's used and new book sellers network as the book was recommended to me. The book cost 14.14$. It should be here in two to three weeks. That will be just when, I start to turn my attention to school assignment work probably having to complete my first or second assignment around then.

I searched books again on Friday for systems related books for my course. At the library on Friday I picked up some recommended readings for my course. This amounted to three books available and I also borrowed one book in that shelf by who appeared to be a women scholar, that looked shorter and well read. The other authors appear to be all male. As I said earlier, I borrowed about seven working papers written in part by a potential supervisor. These generally are about computer and statistics topics and I am not sure of the depth of these. They are detailed but show a more consumer of technology approach or assessment. I should not be critical and I am only comparing working papers to the conference proceedings I browsed today. This is probably not a fair comparison. I live more in the geographic context and social context of the supervisor than the conference writers.

The book I browsed this morning, after reading Jensen and Draffan on surveillance and government corruption was about Mathematical Knowledge Management. I was deep into the leftist and environmentalist writings of these radical authors and also reading a little of Petra Kelly's writings on the Catholic Church. She published a letter she wrote to the Pope. The letter was three things really all as complaints. One was not taking up the poverty cause in South America and with other aboriginals. Another theme she took up was women's positions in the Church. She also took up the anti-nuclear torch and urged the Pope to do more. And speaking of that Church I was also reading the good Catholic poetry scholar of media and electronic media Marshal McLuhan this morning in his coauthored book with Quentin Fiore. I read this book when I was a young college student and loved it at the time.

I will leave this now after a night of study and computer chores. The post for the cite to the three papers I decided would be worth closer look in this Mathematical Knowledge management conference proceedings book should wait to another day. I borrowed this book as a result of searching for knowledge management and picked this one out as much of my work and study are in mathematics. I borrowed nine books in total. Four conference proceeding, four systems books and one book on social simulation theory. This last book inspired me a little last night around the game Second Life and my own avatars blog for that game.

I am reading working papers by John C. Nash a potential supervisor

I am reading these papers that a potential supervisor for my M.Sc. has written.

Nash, John C., 1947-
Title Approaches to extending or customizing statistical software using web techonology / John C. Nash and Sudan Wang.
Publisher Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 2003.

Nash, John C., 1947-
Title Audit and change analysis of spreadsheets / John C. Nash, Neil Smith and Andy Adler.
Publisher Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 2003

Nash, John C., 1947-
Title Issues in teaching statistical thinking with spreadsheets / John C. Nash and Tony K. Quon.
Publisher Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 1996.

Nash, John C., 1947-
Title Limiting errors in day-to-day calculation.
Publisher Ottawa : University of Ottawa, Faculty of Administration, 1985.

Nash, John C., 1947-
Title R : a statistical tool.
Publisher Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 2003.

Author Nash, John C., 1947-
Title Statistical process improvement, open-source software, and E-Commerce / John C. Nash, Jonathan Calof and Mary M. Nash.
Publisher Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 2003.

Nash, John C., 1947-
Title Issues in finding and managing duplicate or equivalent files / John C. Nash and Mary M. Nash.
Publisher Ottawa : School of Management, University of Ottawa, 2006.