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    • Business & management
      March 2007

      Data Modeling Theory and Practice

      by Graeme Simsion

      Data modeling theory and practice is for practitioners and academics who have learned the conventions and rules of data modeling and are looking for a deeper understanding of the discipline. The coverage of theory includes a detailed review of the extensive literature on data modeling and logical database design, referencing nearly 500 publications, with a strong focus on their relevance to practice. The practice component incorporates the largest-ever study of data modeling practitioners, involving over 450 participants in interviews, surveys and data modeling tasks. The results challenge many long-held assumptions about data modeling and will be of interest to academics and practitioners alike. Graeme Simsion brings to the book the practical perspective and intellectual clarity that have made his Data Modeling Essentials a classic in the field. He begins with a question about the nature of data modeling (design or description), and uses it to illuminate such issues as the definition of data modeling, its philosophical underpinnings, inputs and deliverables, the necessary behaviors and skills, the role of creativity, product diversity, quality measures, personal styles, and the differences between experts and novices. Data Modeling Theory and Practice is essential reading for anyone involved in data modeling practice, research, or teaching. Graeme Simsion is uniquely qualified to draw together the theory and practice of data modeling. His 30 years industry experience includes data modeling, database design and administration, data management, process design, and IT strategy. For twenty years he was CEO of a prominent Australian information systems consultancy, and oversaw numerous data modeling projects as well as continuing to consult in his own right. He is well-known as a presenter at industry forums, and a leader of data modeling master classes around the world. Graeme has maintained a close relationship with academe throughout his career, holding honorary several university appointments, speaking at academic conferences, supporting research, and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in data modeling. He has been publishing occasional journal articles since 1981, and between 2002 and 2006 was a full-time researcher in data modeling at the University of Melbourne. He holds postgraduate qualifications in both information systems and business administration, and was awarded a PhD for the research reported in this book.

    • Museums & museology
      May 2016

      Digital in Underwater Cultural Heritage

      by Author(s): Guzden Varinlioglu

      One can argue that academia has always existed in an information age; however, as the general public gains access to ever more advanced systems, it can be claimed that areas of academia require updating to maintain vitality in today’s world. When nautical archaeology produces inspiring reports, they are often at the hand of large budgets, rather than general day-to-day dissemination. This book proposes using state-of-the-art, low-budget digital technology from the outset of surveys, so that data may be recorded, analysed and disseminated, with seamless efficiency and great flair, while employing progressively less decontextualized means. Further, it conveys a simple methodology that allows for data collection by teams of volunteer divers. Big data, rapid analysis, and cross reference requirements have created a shift towards the need for advanced digital means, particularly relating to underwater archaeology, where survey time is limited. This book logs several years of studies, which respect in situ preservation, where the limits of technology were stretched to the cutting edge, using novel collection methods to populate custom-built numerical and visual databases, generating 2D and 3D digital models, and further creating a Virtual Reality “museum”. These advances not only propel the function of academia, but also promote the image of archaeology in an age where visualisation matters.

    • Museums & museology
      May 2016

      Digital in Underwater Cultural Heritage

      by Author(s): Guzden Varinlioglu

      One can argue that academia has always existed in an information age; however, as the general public gains access to ever more advanced systems, it can be claimed that areas of academia require updating to maintain vitality in today’s world. When nautical archaeology produces inspiring reports, they are often at the hand of large budgets, rather than general day-to-day dissemination. This book proposes using state-of-the-art, low-budget digital technology from the outset of surveys, so that data may be recorded, analysed and disseminated, with seamless efficiency and great flair, while employing progressively less decontextualized means. Further, it conveys a simple methodology that allows for data collection by teams of volunteer divers. Big data, rapid analysis, and cross reference requirements have created a shift towards the need for advanced digital means, particularly relating to underwater archaeology, where survey time is limited. This book logs several years of studies, which respect in situ preservation, where the limits of technology were stretched to the cutting edge, using novel collection methods to populate custom-built numerical and visual databases, generating 2D and 3D digital models, and further creating a Virtual Reality “museum”. These advances not only propel the function of academia, but also promote the image of archaeology in an age where visualisation matters.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2000

      Modelling Changes in Understanding

      Case Studies in Physical Reasoning

      by D. Kayser, Stella Vosniadou

      Published as part of the "Advances in Learning and Instruction" series, "Modelling Changes in Understanding" brings together Psychologists, Science Educators and Computer Scientists to describe and explain how we develop an understanding of the physical world around us. The contributors examine how changes in our understanding and consequent learning can be modelled using computer software. Focussing on the discipline of Physics, this volume discusses the following topics: the difference in the organisation of knowledge between experts and novices; the construction of accurate models of the learner at different stages in the knowledge acquisition process; computer models which claim to answer questions and accumulate understanding in a similar way to human beings.

    • 3D graphics & modelling
      October 1999

      Unobtrusive Measures

      Uh-oh! Or Right On!

      by Webb, Eugene J.; Campbell, Donald T.; Schwartz, Richard D.

      Thirty-five years ago, the four authors of this book addressed the problems of validity in social science research. They were interested in new and unused methods for obtaining information. The original edition and an expanded version have often been cited as justification for using novel means to supplement, if not replace, conventional techniques, especially survey and archival research. Illustrations abound in this book. While the novelty of the illustrations will keep many a graduate student amused, the more serious purpose is to authorize and motivate ingenuity in obtaining information. Even more fundamental is the strategy of combining very different methods so that research results can, by triangulation, withstand "threats to validity" that so frequently invalidate single-measure, conventional research.

    • 3D graphics & modelling
      October 1999

      Unobtrusive Measures

      by Webb, Eugene J.

      Thirty-five years ago, the four authors of this book addressed the problems of validity in social science research. They were interested in new and unused methods for obtaining information. The original edition and an expanded version have often been cited as justification for using novel means to supplement, if not replace, conventional techniques, especially survey and archival research. Illustrations abound in this book. While the novelty of the illustrations will keep many a graduate student amused, the more serious purpose is to authorize and motivate ingenuity in obtaining information. Even more fundamental is the strategy of combining very different methods so that research results can, by triangulation, withstand "threats to validity" that so frequently invalidate single-measure, conventional research.

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