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Luciana Bordoni and Attilio Colagrossi

In this work are described some concepts concerning the creation of a library’s unified network and its unified information system, based on innovative technologies for…

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In this work are described some concepts concerning the creation of a library’s unified network and its unified information system, based on innovative technologies for the distribution of the largest number of advanced services to an increasing number of users. Initially, we explain the functions which characterise a unified network, describing the different levels of interoperability and application cooperation services needed to realize the library’s unified information system. The basic elements of the network architecture have been considered from the functional point of view, taking them from the distribution system’s architectures. At the end, some of the advanced systems to be used through the library’s unified network are exposed and discussed; among them, the information filtering system, the digital library, and the distance learning and educational services.

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Campus-Wide Information Systems, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-0741

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Kaidi Liu, Yi Lin and Ligen Yao

Presents a unified information systems theory where stochastic information, fuzzy information, rough information, grey information, unascertained information and white and…

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Presents a unified information systems theory where stochastic information, fuzzy information, rough information, grey information, unascertained information and white and black information are all special cases. A unified concept of information, named blind information, is introduced. Also, relevant mathematical representations of various types of information are presented.

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Kybernetes, vol. 30 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Lee Bay Tseng

This paper discusses the unifying effect of information technology and the need for librarians and information scientists to adopt a new approach to information management…

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This paper discusses the unifying effect of information technology and the need for librarians and information scientists to adopt a new approach to information management if they are to satisfy the informational needs of engineers and other professionals for decision support.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 7 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Xiaomi An, Shaotong Xu, Yong Mu, Wei Wang, Xian Yang Bai, Andy Dawson and Hongqi Han

The purpose of this paper is to propose meta‐synthetic ideas and knowledge asset management approaches to build a comprehensive strategic framework for Beijing City in China.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose meta‐synthetic ideas and knowledge asset management approaches to build a comprehensive strategic framework for Beijing City in China.

Design/methodology/approach

Methods include a review of relevant literature in both English and Chinese, case studies of different types of support frameworks in the UK, the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong, formulation of a meta‐synthetic support framework for Beijing City, and justification of its application to policy development by various studies. Three stages of meta‐synthetic support frameworks are proposed.

Findings

The suggested meta‐synthetic support frameworks are highly appropriate for the optimisation of, and innovation in, management and services systems of government information resources. The proposed knowledge asset management approaches offer significant practical value in improving the competence and capabilities of service‐oriented government, providing a set of solutions to identified, urgent problems, including a joint administration system for creating value, a release and distribution management system for sharing and protecting value, and a licensing and authorisation management system for adding value.

Research limitations/implications

This paper focuses on the formulation of a theoretical support framework for the reuse of government information resources and the justification of its effectiveness to guide policy development at strategic level. Case studies of its application at operational level are ongoing and will be discussed in future papers.

Practical implications

The suggested meta‐synthetic support frameworks support the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of intelligent traffic administration, good governance of value‐added services based on government information resources, and intellectual activity around city travel and traffic. The study has wide implications for the improvement of service‐oriented government performance, public satisfaction and the image of government.

Originality/value

The paper presents the adaptation of meta‐synthetic ideas and knowledge asset management approaches to collaboration, optimisation, innovation and compliance management issues in the reuse of government information resources. The advantages of different types of support systems and frameworks are integrated as a coherent whole for a strategic framework of legal, regulatory and standards support to China and Beijing.

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Md Abdul Kaium, Yukun Bao, Mohammad Zahedul Alam and Md. Rakibul Hoque

This study aims to understand the factors affecting the continuance usage intention (CUI) of mHealth among the rural elderly.

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Purpose

This study aims to understand the factors affecting the continuance usage intention (CUI) of mHealth among the rural elderly.

Design/methodology/approach

An integrated model was proposed with the constructs derived from multiple models such as the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology, information system success model and expectation confirmation model. Data were collected from 400 participants who had prior experiences with mHealth services in Bangladesh. The research model was tested using the partial least squares method based upon structural equation modelling.

Findings

The findings indicated that system quality, performance expectancy, facilitating conditions and social influence were significant to the degree of confirmation and ultimately affect satisfaction and CUI. Surprisingly, service quality and information quality were insignificant.

Research limitations/implications

This study has added in the field of knowledge by contributing some new thoughts and interpretations of continuance usage modelling for mHealth services. The findings may become beneficial for the government agencies, policymakers, mHealth systems developers and service providers.

Originality/value

As limited research was found on CUI of mHealth in the integrated view of rural elderly’s value, this research contributes to the extant literature by categorizing key factors that might support to proliferate the continuance usage of this service. Moreover, the contextualization of the related variables and integration of the existing model is theoretically original. Furthermore, because of a generic approach, the findings could be easily modified to assist other developing countries in the planning and up-take of mHealth.

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International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6123

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Iain E. Buchan and Tom Kennedy

Presents Path.Finder, a locally managed health care informationsystem built in response to the need for better communication of currentresearch evidence and clinical…

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Presents Path.Finder, a locally managed health care information system built in response to the need for better communication of current research evidence and clinical practice guidelines. Concludes that this system will improve patient care by providing up‐to‐date, clinically useful information which is relevant locally. The technology and the information management system have been developed in parallel.

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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 8 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0952-6862

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Mohammad Zahedul Alam, Wang Hu, Md Rakibul Hoque and Md Abdul Kaium

The purpose of this paper was to explore the comparative influential factors affecting the behavioral intention and actual usage of mHealth services in two distinct…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to explore the comparative influential factors affecting the behavioral intention and actual usage of mHealth services in two distinct national environments, i.e. China and Bangladesh, in relation to the international expansion of mHealth services.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, widely accepted Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) with two additional variables, i.e. Perceived Reliability and Price Value have been selected as a theoretical framework. Primary data were collected from existing mHealth users among generation Y in both China and Bangladesh. A total of 296 and 250 questionnaires were deemed as usable for data analysis for Bangladesh and China, respectively.

Findings

Performance expectancy and social influence had significant impact on the adoption intention of mHealth services for both countries. Effort expectancy and price value were insignificant factors for Bangladesh, whereas facilitating condition and perceived reliability were insignificant for China.

Practical implications

The insights from this study could benefit mHealth services providers and those policymakers who seek to enter the Chinese and the Bangladeshi healthcare market. The dimensions identified in the study are based on a full assessment of mHealth usages experiences. Global service providers can use the dimensions identified by the paper to better assess their service performance on an international level.

Originality/value

The paper is unique in that it is one of the first cross-country examinations of influential factors affecting the adoption of mHealth services in two different countries. This study confirms the applicability of extended UTAUT model in the context of mHealth services among the generation Y in developing countries such as China and Bangladesh.

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International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6123

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Isaac Wiafe, Felix Nti Koranteng, Thomasina Tettey, Ferdinand A. Kastriku and Jamal-Deen Abdulai

Although information and communication technology has become a significant driver for organizational efficiency and effectiveness, there is inadequate empirical research…

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Purpose

Although information and communication technology has become a significant driver for organizational efficiency and effectiveness, there is inadequate empirical research on technology acceptance in the maritime industry especially in developing countries. Literature on how behavior and attitude influence technology acceptance is non-existent. This study therefore aims to augment existing literature on technology acceptance in developing countries with particular emphasis on the maritime industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The study extended the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) model to investigate the factors that affect the acceptance and use of INTTRA: a multi-carrier booking and shipping system designed to facilitate ocean trade worldwide. Responses from 198 subjects, collected through a questionnaire, were analyzed using partial least square structural equation modeling.

Findings

The research model confirmed significant influences of performance expectancy, facilitating conditions, anxiety and attitude towards use on users’ intention to use INTTRA. In contrast, social influence, effort expectancy and self-efficacy did not significantly influence intention to use. Although these findings confirm some proposed relationships in the UTAUT model, it contradicted the cultural dimension argument that developing countries with higher degrees of femininity pay less attention to performance and high attention to social influence.

Research limitations/implications

The study contributes to knowledge in the area of information systems and technology acceptance in developing countries. Particularly, it seeks to expand literature on adoption within the maritime industry. The study is limited to the sample used for the study, as it used participants from only one country. However, the findings are not generalized for the entire maritime industry but rather Ghana.

Originality/value

The originality of the study is derived from the provision of literature on adoption within the maritime industry in developing countries. It also provided evidence that challenges existing knowledge on characteristics of countries that exhibits high level of femininity culture as proposed by Hofstede.

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Journal of Systems and Information Technology, vol. 22 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1328-7265

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Kostas Metaxiotis

Environmental legislation and its enforcement has undoubtedly forced the textile industry to be rather cautious in selecting the appropriate processes and equipment. The…

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Environmental legislation and its enforcement has undoubtedly forced the textile industry to be rather cautious in selecting the appropriate processes and equipment. The most efficient, economic and minimal environmental pollution processing methods will be increasingly demanded throughout the 1990s. However, the majority of the textile industry consists of small and medium enterprises, where the lack of expertise on the use of best available techniques leads to levels of operation far away from the optimal. An expert system for a priori economic evaluation of potential interventions in the textile manufacturing processes and equipment is necessary to support decision making in the management level. This paper presents such an expert system, designed and implemented in four stages: formal description of the key factors that affect the dyeing process in the textile industry, development of models for the representation of relevant information, development of models for the representation of knowledge and integration of the above‐mentioned models in a unified information system that supports the decision‐making process in the management of textile enterprises.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Ralph Adam

A summary of the report of the Unesco meeting of experts on the problems and strategies of incorporating the social sciences into the world science information system

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A summary of the report of the Unesco meeting of experts on the problems and strategies of incorporating the social sciences into the world science information system (UNISIST) is given, followed by discussion of the implications for social scientists, as users of information services, of some of the proposals put forward at that meeting. In particular, the problems involved in standardizing terminology for thesauri and other bibliographical facilities, and the advantages which are likely to be derived from common standards of data collection are discussed.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 27 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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