Sunday, March 30, 2008

I can now use BibTeX

I figured out how to use BibTeX with TexShop. So I added some citations to my thesis. We are writing our term project in LaTeX. My project partner and I worked on this yesterday at the library. We are getting together again today. We have six pages written now and need another four today. I am due at the library in 45 minutes but still looking for bus fare. May be I will ride my bicycle there.

It says I am borrowing 55 books now on the library web site. Here they are and I hope to clean this list up in the days to come.

Gerald Midgley, Systemic intervention : philosophy, methodology, and practice (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 2000).

Paul P. Biemer, et al. Measurement errors in surveys (New York: Wiley, c1991).

Kathleen Conn. The Internet and the law : what educators need to know (Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002).

Derek K. Hitchins. Advanced systems thinking, engineering, and management (Boston, Mass.: Artech House, 2003).

Gregory S. MacBeth. C# programmer's handbook (Berkeley, CA: Apress, 2004).

Joanna Phoenix and Sarah Oerton. Illicit and illegal : sex, regulation and social control (Portland, Or.: Willan, 2005).

Susan Leigh Star. ed. The cultures of computing (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1995).

Jane M. Watson. Statistical literacy at school : growth and goals ( Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 2006).

Julian J. Faraway. Linear models with R

Christopher Z. Mooney, Robert D." Bootstrapping : a nonparametric approach to statistical inference 1993

Christopher Z. Mooney. Monte Carlo simulation 1997

Mark Sh. Levin. Composite systems decisions 2006

Jeffrey O. Grady. System requirement analysis

James N. Martin. Systems engineering guidebook : a process for developing systems and products

R : a statistical tool. 2003

John C. Nash, Neil Smith and Andy Adler." Audit and change analysis of spreadsheets 2003

John C. Nash and Tony K. Quon. Issues in teaching statistical thinking with spreadsheets 1996

Limiting errors in day-to-day calculation. 1985

Michael J. Crawley. The R book 2007

David W. DeLong. Lost knowledge : confronting the threat of an aging workforce 2004

edited by Georg von Krogh and Joh Managing knowledge : perspectives on cooperation and competition 1996

Dianne E.G. Dyck. "Occupational health & safety : theory, strategy & industry practice "2007

edited by Malin Sv Cyberfeminism in northern lights : digital media and gender in a Nordic context 2007

Brian N. Hilton, [editor]." Emerging spatial information systems and applications 2007

[edited by] Anne Minas. Gender basics : feminist perspectives on women and men 1993

Jacek Malczewski. GIS and multicriteria decision analysis 1999

edited by Thomas T. Barker. Perspectives on software documentation : inquiries and innovations 1991

Bob DuCharme. SGML CD 1998

P. Sprent. Data driven statistical methods 1998

William T. Vetterling ... [et al.]. Numerical recipes example book (FORTRAN)

Defending the earth : dialogue between Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman ; introduction by David Levi

11 world Imperial ambitions : conversations on the post-911

Bringing knowledge back in : from social constructivism to social realism in the sociology of educatation
Brent Davis, Dennis Sumara, Rebecca Luce-Kaple" Engaging minds : changing teaching in complex times

edited by Bridget Somekh and Thomas A. S Knowledge production : research work in interesting times

Tara Brabazon. The University of Google : education in the (post) information age

Noam Chomsky. Language and problems of knowledge : the Managua lectures

Petra K. Kelly ; foreword "Thinking green! : essays on environmentalism, feminism, and nonviolence "

The elementary forms of the religious life. Translated from the French by Joseph Ward Swain.

"Primitive classification, by émile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss. Translated from the French and edited"

Emile Durkheim ... [et al.] ; edited by Kurt H. Wolff ; with ap Essays on sociology and philosophy

Manuel Castells. End of millennium

Patrick E. McKnight ... [et al.]. Missing data : a gentle introduction

by Emile Durkheim ; with an introduction by Lewis A. Coser ; tran The division of labor in society

Bruce Edmonds, Ces√°reo Hern√°ndez, K" "Social simulation : technologies, advances and new discoveries

edited by Brian Kahin and Dominique Foray. Advancing knowledge and the knowledge economy

Phil Baines & Andrew Haslam. Type & typography

Rob Carter, Ben Day, Philip Meggs." Typographic design : form and communication

Timothy Samara. Typography workbook : a real-world guide to using type in graphic design

by James Coleman and Don Willis. SGML as a framework for digital preservation and access

Brian E. Travis, Dale C. Waldt." The SGML implementation guide : a blueprint for SGML migration

Gina Smith, Karl" An integrated approach to family work for psychosis : a manual for family workers

Mich Improving substance abuse treatment : an introduction to the evidence-based practice movement

Paul Felton. The ten commandments of typography

Dan J. Stein, Naomi A. Fineberg." Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Friday, March 28, 2008

The term project is the main goal today.

I would like to write about 6 more pages today for our term project. I will start this morning with some footnotes. I will also read this morning and have already started reading some education books on knowledge.

Thesis simlation is in version 0.0.1.

I made a set of workers with random ages 16-66 for my sim using Excel. I also created the calender time "for" loops using R. Did you know 8 hours a day for a whole year is 2080 hours?

Ideally for random workers I need to study the typical workplace age distribution then find a function that comes close to that and use that function to get my random ages.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Typos fixed but only two pages done now.

I have our term report in version 0.0.7 now with I hope all typos on the two pages fixed. I found out I did well on my mid-term exam. I have class on Friday and then our term report is due a week after that on April 4th. I need to search Carleton's library and make a trip there for a geography book or find the same book at the U of O. I have spent a fair amount of time on this term project at the GIS shelf at the U of O library.

I read books on the weekend on statistics and lost knowledge. I also read some Systems Engineering books our professor has recommended. I am doing great with school right now. I am moving forward with my thesis and may officially enter the M.Sc. full program in a few weeks for a summer course. The summer course will possibly be a reading course given by my supervisor.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Term project report, weekend goals.

I sat down and wrote a few more paragraphs now of our term project report. I have almost two full pages now of what in the end will be a ten page document. My goal this weekend is to bring the whole document to five or seven pages. I will try to complete two more pages today and do the last page or last three pages tomorrow.

For my final exam study this weekend I will try to read all the course notes through once and then ask my wife test me on some answers.

Thesis chapters started.

I have my thesis chapters and sub chapters titled now. I know this will change but it is nice to get started on it. I am doing this work in TexShop a Macintosh LaTeX editor.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I set up a personal study wiki to organise my research.

I researched knowledge in the field of education last night and ended up borrowing some Durkheim. I was pretty excited about all that. But I found this knowledge research not close enough to my topic. I did find a large book on social simulations that is definitely on topic for our program. The book covers a large number of different simulations and there is at least one on knowledge intensive workplaces.

After I uploaded all these books to, I read a thread in the graduate student group at about organising research. The thread had settled down to discussing the use of wiki's for notes. I got excited with that and then spent 8 hours installing wikimedia as a research took for my Macbook. But this web based tool will only be on my personal computers web page and not on the wider internet. This was also a goal to have web based tools that would not be open the web itself. So I have my first personal Intranet application now. I will also install a personal Drupal and make a nice home page and other pages in Dreamweaver.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I completed reading the book on UK sexual offences and the 2003 Sexual Offences Act

This is the book I just completed reading

Phoenix, Joanna, and Sarah Oerton. Illicit and illegal : sex, regulation and social control (Portland, Or. : Willan, 2005).
A good dissection of new British sex crime laws. Also a good look at the neutralisation of men's sexual violence by leaving everything gender neutral thus avoiding the obvious that almost all sex crime is caused by the men.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I will have to stop work on the baby boom thesis.

My boss has said that the data from our work project would be confidential and I will not have access to it for a thesis. So I now have a choice between Professor Lane and an environmental thesis and going on with the documentation of open source software as a thesis. I can leave the paper about the baby boom alone now and this takes that unrelated topic the baby boom off my agenda except at work.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The critiques of measuring knowledge.

I am reading The Haunting of the Knowledge Economy and they make too many points I can use in my paper. I may have to reference their work more generally. They basically say the know what and know why are able to be measured but more particularly these can codified and represented in an ICT. As well the know who and know how can not be codified. This means we will not support the know how and the know who but it is just this knowledge that best can be thought of as the knowledge that is lost to the company because of retiring workers. To put it another way this knowledge is the more important knowledge we do not want to loose. So here is our first problematic. As well they quote Webster as saying knowledge is very difficult to measure so again my challenge is great.

New paper search method.

I really need to limit the number of papers I am going to read. Instead of Proquest by happenstance Proquest was not working this evening so I switched to google scholar. I sent up my preferences for that and managed to learn to export citations from google scholar into RefWorks. I limited my results to the top 20 papers in the search for the first three types of knowledge. I will now before I sleep try to do this again and see if I can not get all the terms searched for with this method.

I deleted my Eve Online account.

I played the computer game Eve Online for a little more than one month. I was motivated to try out Eve Online by a powerpoint slide presentation by someone who works at IBM. Roo Reynolds who was presenting his slides on computer games (social, massively multi player, virtual world) to a British charity audience shared these powerpoint slides at Slide Share.(Tracy Kennedy introduced me to Slide Share by putting my Slides from my facebook paper there). He was showing the charities what games could do for charities. Sort of like the Second Life Relay for Life event, which I tried out a little last summer with some other students. His main point about Eve Online was that it was cooperative. Players, although strangers would help each other play the game. This could help me understand community based training and collaborative learning of computer operating. About a week ago, I was able to experience this in Eve Online as two other players helped me with a mission. This consisted of clicking buttons to make the play ships shot at other computer played ships until they were dead. So two other players helped me kill these computer ships, or in the language of role playing "NPC's" ships and thus complete the mission. Of course, the whole major theme is space ship battle.

I deleted my subscription because the game was taking too much valuable time from my home life and other activities and was costing money and I have no extra money. Also my main focus both with computers and school work is not in the entertainment gaming field. Yes, I can make connections to other topics like helping strangers and cooperative play but as I said it took too much time and too much money. I have also been able to experience the cooperation at a basic first time experience level. But games have traditionally been used in education to effect cooperation (aka Game Theory).

Enough with that game and information society cash out stream. This will save me 15$ per month as that was going to become the cost of that game. The game Second life is now costing me 33$ a month on a regular fee basis plus costs of buying land and other items. In fact, I am this weekend, buying another 512 basic lot adjoining my present virtual 3D land holdings

Monday, March 03, 2008

I have printed the bibliography and scanned and marked it up.

The printed bibliography is staying home now. I have made notes on articles to read. These annotations were a sideways U. Also articles to drop these were marked up with an X. Articles for theory, methodology, and career. These were noted with a written word and a +. There were five of these. Then there were the starred articles which were considered the best. There were six of these and if I have time I will print these off to read this week. I will down load these combined eleven now.

This is bigger search task than I thought it would be. I am stopping for today.

I used the IEEE web site to search their journals for the term "Cognitive knowledge" and found about 6 articles. Then trying to search ACM I was given ProQuest. Here there were slightly over 600 articles for that term but I narrowed it to 354 when closing it down to scholarly journals only. There were too many articles in the list from nursing, psychiatry, physical education and some medicine. Next time I might limit which journals I search but actually for now and the other six terms I will keep it open. I then scanned the full list of 354 articles basically ignoring the above sort of medical mentioned journals. I exported everything selected after scan reading to RefWorks in the folder "Cognitive knowledge" and then made a bibliography in Chicago with notes style. I also downloaded a few articles right away. Two of the four I downloaded were for other research and not my paper or thesis but instead for my volunteering. I saved the other two in my paper's folder and then copied the paper's folder on the Macbook to a USB key that I carry around. I will print the bibliography this morning. So I did not yet get to Sage with the term "Cognitive knowledge". I am tired now and I mean to learn more about the bootstrap this morning before work and also bring some school SAS code to work for diagnostics. So print, read, and write some SAS code remain for today before work. I am on a 24 hour day today and it is now half over.

Operational knowledge and my research plan.

Knowledge production in my present view is the knowledge of statistics simply measured by understanding the techniques of statistics. Operational knowledge would generalize to any workplace. Beazley, Boenisch and Harden claim that operational knowledge is core that is extracted from these seven categories of knowledge
Categories of knowledge
Cognitive knowledge
Skills knowledge
Systems knowledge
Social network knowledge
Process and procedural knowledge
Heuristic knowledge
Cultural knowledge

I will now search out these terms in both IEEE, ACM, SAGE and some other major journal databases. I hope to keep these references in RefWorks which means the first step is to log into refworks and get the web cite tool working. I might also use BibTeX links and also deicious.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

My submission to the CITASA workshop is now done.

I was learning from my systems integration course about how to plan a system and how to design a system. Approaching my simulation of my workplace from this perspective I am placing the paper at the beginning of the system planning. In my paper I will try to quantify knowledge much as others have tried to create a grammar of the physical world as a sort of research metaphor. I will try to set boundaries and in some way measure knowledge. The book my boss has shown me titled Continuity Management describes some of these boundaries and categories of knowledge. I think I will write up these categories and then search each of them out in the library.