Volume 4, Number 1, April 2006


Computing and Information Sciences is a peer reviewed journal that is committed to timely publication of original research, surveying and tutorial contributions on the analysis and development of computing and information science. The journal is designed mainly to serve researchers and developers, dealing with information and computing. Papers that can provide both theoretical analysis, along with carefully designed computational experiments, are particularly welcome. The journal is published 2-3 times per year with distribution to librarians, universities, research centers, researchers in computing, mathematics, and information science. The journal maintains strict refereeing procedures through its editorial policies in order to publish papers of only the highest quality. The refereeing is done by anonymous Reviewers. Often, reviews take four months to six months to obtain, occasionally longer, and it takes an additional several months for the publication process.

Paper 1: Rapid E-Learning Content Management System (RE-COMS)

Rapid E-Learning Content Management System (RE-COMS)

Bruno Zuga, Ilmars Slaidins, Atis Kapenieks and Armands Strazds

Abstract: The rapid development in information-communication technology including the web technology has brought a big impact in education world. Today, people are talking about e-learning, cyber-learning, long-life learning, virtual learning and a few more terms have been used to describe a new way of learning. These terms are used to serve a same goal that is to provide the possibility of open and lifelong education without temporal or spatial constraint. In this paper the author will use the e-learning term. The e-learning will not become a success without a proper learning management system. Hence the universities and institutions have to invest into an expensive learning management packages that mostly enforce the institutions to adapt to their standard and formatting of content. The delivery of course material is one of core area in e-learning. Furthermore, the interactivity, recursive and iterative nature of teaching and learning have made the courseware authoring, publishing and management particularly more complicated. Due to that a study has been done on Content Management System. A few existing e-Learning content management systems have been reviewed and compared. Throughout the result, we proposed a new system components, and system architecture of content management system. The system scope, benefits, and additional consideration, are also briefly discussed. The inspiration of the proposed system is to act as a better option to the available tools in the market. .



Paper 2: The E-conomics of Information: Is the Internet the Great Information Equalizer?

The E-conomics of Information: Is the Internet the Great Information Equalizer?

Savvas C Savvides

Abstract:The advent of the Internet and its potential development into a new and robust mode of doing business brings with it a full array of economic, social, strategic, security, moral and other issues and challenges for businesses, consumers, academics, and government regulators. Is the Internet the great information equalizer, and will it facilitate the functioning of truly perfectly competitive markets, with perfect information and less friction? Would the role of intermediaries dissipate or would new intermediaries develop? What changes (if any) to the accepted business models are called for in a digital environment? This paper addresses these issues by reviewing current research, and by discussing the implications for business, consumers and regulators.



Paper 3: Explicit A Web-Based E-Learning System Experiment

Explicit A Web-Based E-Learning System Experiment

Hosam F. El-Sofany, Ahmad M. Hasnah, Jihad M. ALJa'am, Fayed F. M.  Ghaleb, and Samir A. El-Seoud

Abstract: Research works in the field of electronic learning are represented by a broad spectrum of applications, ranged from virtual classrooms to remote courses or distance learning. In this, paper we propose a simple web-based training and quizzes system, in which, teachers and trainers can conduct any type of courses and set different types of quizzes and exams. The system allows potential users to store, update, and delete questions from the database using the web, in a very easy and simplified manner. In addition, teachers can track the activities of their students and can guide them to reach the pre-determined objectives of the courses. Our system is used successfully in distance learning as well as in self-training. We have tested the system with different type of courses taught in Qatar University , ranged from basic to advanced namely: introduction to computer science, programming concepts using C++, digital logic design and fundamentals of database systems. The feedbacks of both teachers and students were highly promising.



Paper 4: Going, Going, Gone! E-Procurement in the EU

Going, Going, Gone! E-Procurement in the EU

Sylvia Mercado Kierkegaard

Abstract: The use of information technology has made purchasing easier, cheaper, and more accountable through electronic procurement, at every level of the transaction, but government agencies have been slow to implement technology to improve the procurement process. In order to ensure that EU suppliers are given an equal opportunity to contract with public bodies and utilities within the Member States, the European Union has adopted two new Directives which replaces and consolidates the existing Directives on Procurement. The new Directives adopt innovative new technologies including e-auctions, and advanced e-signatures; embedding sustainability, environmental considerations, and social responsibility into procurement practice. This article analyses the key amendments, in particular, the use of electronic procurement to further European integration.



Paper 5: On Line Student Model

On Line Student Model

Mahmoud El-Khouly and Samir Abou El-Seoud

Abstract: This paper presents an on line student model in presence of agent, adaptive learning environment and Internet technologies. An agent-based computer tutorial system consists of three sub-agents; a) personal assistant agent for teachers (PAA-T), b) personal assistant agent for students (PAA-S) and c) tutoring agent (TA). PAA-T allows the teachers to upload their materials that will be taught and to monitor the students performances. PAA-S contains student model. TA controls and monitors both PAA-T and PAA-s in a server-client relationship. PAA-T and PAA-S should be downloaded via WWW to the teacher’s set and student’s set respectively. The active server provider technology had been used to keep the database of students’ status dynamic and available on line. .



Paper 6: Clues on Software Engineers’ Learning Style

Clues on Software Engineers’ Learning Style

Luiz Fernando Capretza

Abstract: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ( MBTI ) has proved to be a useful instrument for understanding student learning preferences and has enable comparisons of the learning preferences for various personality types. Regarding learning styles, there is no one best combination of characteristics, since each preference has its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, it is a fallacy to think that professors can devise a single teaching technique that would always appeal to all students at the same time. The ideas presented in this paper have been taken into account in two 4th year courses, named Software Requirements and Software Design in which the students develop their capstone projects. The results of this investigation may help college instructors to understanding the preferred leaning style of software engineers.



Paper 7: From E-Learning to Integrated Learning Architecture

From E-Learning to Integrated Learning Architecture

Frank Habermann, Peter Sprenger and Tamara Abdel-Jaber

Abstract: E-learning has taken an increasingly important role in the work of human resources departments, thus stepping up both the importance of, and the demands placed upon, learning management processes and technologies. Learning platforms have long since occupied a valued position in the corporate IT environment and need to be incorporated into that environment in the right way. As well as enabling a wide range of functionality and process choice, the principle and essential feature of high-performance learning platforms is that they are founded on a consistent technical global concept enabling straightforward integration into other corporate IT systems while also being able to extend outwards to enable networking with all relevant corporate partners. As a stepping stone to enhanced employee or student performance management, there is no substitute for viable learning management solutions. Providing examples from the architecture of the leading European learning management system CLIX®, this article outlines the conceptual, technical, process-related and organizational framework against which e-learning can find successful application in companies, places of higher education and public bodies. .




Prof. Jihad Mohamad Alja'am 
Email: journal.editor.ijcis@gmail.com

The Journal Secretary
Eng. Dana Bandok
Ontario, Canada 
Email: sec.ijcis@gmail.com 


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