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Pastoral Theology in an age of uncertainty  [cached]
Elaine Graham
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v62i3.392
Abstract: In this article the history of pastoral and practical theology is viewed through the lens of postmodern thought. The article argues that an “age of uncertainty” has been engendered by the dissolution of many of the scientific, political and philosophical nostrums of Western modernity. Such a characterization is, however, intended to present postmodernity more as a loss of innocence than the absolute annihilation of value. It is still possible to pursue the prospects for coherent theological reflection and faithful action amidst such a fracturing of certainties. That involves searching for ways of inhabiting consistently and authentically a tradition of binding values that recognize their own contingency but also seek to create some degree of coherence and transparency. The discipline of Practical Theology should be reconceived as the articulation and excavation of sources and norms of Christian practice, the discipline that enables the community of faith to practice what it preaches. This article is a reprinted version of chapter two of the author’s book Transforming practice: Pastoral Theology in an age of uncertainty, 1996, pp 38-55. Permission for republication is granted by Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene OR. What is
Opportunities and challenges for digital morphology
Alexander Ziegler, Malte Ogurreck, Thomas Steinke, Felix Beckmann, Steffen Prohaska, Andreas Ziegler
Biology Direct , 2010, DOI: 10.1186/1745-6150-5-45
Abstract: This article was reviewed by Marc D. Sutton (nominated by Stephan Beck), Gonzalo Giribet (nominated by Lutz Walter), and Lennart Olsson (nominated by Purificación López-García).The digital era, which has so successfully transformed scientific work in various disciplines, has also begun to be implemented in biology [1], but has not yet found satisfactory acceptance in morphology. Although this discipline is clearly at the heart of biological understanding, its digital implementation today is still in its infancy. Almost ten years ago, C. Godfray [2] already identified a number of problems associated with comparative morphology, in particular the virtual absence of web-based taxonomic information. A further problem was emphasized by E. Pennisi [3], who pointed out that by using traditional morphological techniques "a complete tree of life is centuries away". However, it is now foreseeable that non-invasive imaging techniques, in particular because they offer the opportunity to conduct high-throughput studies and the suitability to analyze whole specimens in a non-destructive manner, together with the broader availability of the respective instruments, will change the way by which morphological data will be acquired and analyzed in the future. Based on these technical advances, many morphologists do in fact believe that a golden age of morphology has begun [4-6]. As we show here, the advent of non-invasive, digital imaging techniques offers a multitude of opportunities, but presents also numerous challenges which need to be discussed within the life sciences and bioinformatics communities.Within the last ten years, resolution and suitability of modern imaging techniques, among them confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), synchrotron radiation micro-computed tomography (SRμCT), micro-computed tomography (μCT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have led to a considerable increase in morphological studies that generate entirely digital raw data [e.g. [7-10]]. Conve
Humanism in the Digital Age
Massimo Lollini
Humanist Studies & the Digital Age , 2011, DOI: 10.5399/uo/hsda.1.1.1206
Abstract: Welcome to Humanist Studies & the Digital Age.
DIGITAL PAKISTAN: OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES  [cached]
Ghulam Muhammad Kundi,Bahadar Shah,Allah Nawaz
JISTEM - Journal of Information Systems and Technology Management , 2008,
Abstract: IT has revolutionized the social and organizational life around the globe. Given the newness of IT as a technology, there is a lot of potential that needs to be explored. It is however, argued that as IT can revolutionize the economic development, by the same coin, although its mismanagement in adoption process can end up in problems or even straight failure of the technology at the business-end. This study was conducted with reference to opportunities and challenges in the IT adoption process in Pakistan. The aim of the study was to point out the barriers that are impeding the country’s computerization process in order to provide facts to the policy makers for smooth computerization. The primary data collected through structured questionnaires was analyzed and tested through correlation, regressions analysis and t-test. Out of 10 hypotheses, 3 were accepted while in the rest null hypotheses were not substantiated. Based on primary and secondary data analysis this study has found that all independent bureaucratic, political, education and social and cultural variables are mutually correlated and have significant impact on shaping and reshaping of IT in Pakistan, while the Pakistan IT policy is inconsistent, administrative machinery attitude is negative and non cooperative, procedures are cumbersome and implementation is weak and ineffective, not to mention the lack of IT knowledge on the bureaucratic side. The political environment is instable and law and order is worse which is discouraging the investment. Moreover, physical and legal infrastructure is insufficient and the country is lacking good quality IT professionals. IT organization alignment is another serious issue in Pakistan. However, government incentives and growing interest from the private sector indicate positive attitude towards computerization of the country.
Challenges of the Digital Age
Maria Kaiafa-Gbandi,Giorgos Nouskalis
Intellectum , 2008,
Abstract: The challenges of the digital age regarding the criminal activities in cyberspace/internet is briefly analysed, especially as far as the adaptation of the Greek Criminal Law to the modern cyber reality is concerned.
Limitations and Opportunities of Off-Shell Coupling Measurements  [PDF]
Christoph Englert,Michael Spannowsky
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.90.053003
Abstract: Indirect constraints on the total Higgs width $\Gamma_h$ from correlating Higgs signal strengths with cross section measurements in the off-shell region for $p(g)p(g)\to 4\ell$ production have received considerable attention recently, and the CMS collaboration have published a first measurement. We revisit this analysis from a new physics and unitarity constraints perspective and conclude that limits on $\Gamma_h$ obtained in this fashion are not reliable unless we make model-specific assumptions, which cannot be justified at the current stage of the LHC programme. Relaxing the $\Gamma_h$ interpretation, we discuss the merits of high invariant mass cross section measurements in the context of Higgs CP analyses, higher dimensional operator testing, and resolved new physics in the light of electroweak precision constraints beyond effective theory limitations. Furthermore, we show that a rather model-independent LHC constraint can be obtained from adapting the $gg\to 4\ell$ analysis to the weak boson fusion channels at lower statistical yield.
Futures of Digital Library--The Post Digital Library Age
数字图书馆的未来——后数字图书馆时代

Zhang Wenxiu Zhu Qinghua Huang Qi,
张文秀
,朱庆华,黄奇

现代图书情报技术 , 2006,
Abstract: Combined with NSF Post Digital Libraries Futures Workshop in June 2003, this paper analyzes the achievements and limitations of the U. S. A. digital libraries research and development in the past ten years. Moreover, this paper discusses research goals and directions of the post digital libraries age.
Digital Pakistan: opportunities & challenges
Kundi, Ghulam Muhammad;Shah, Bahadar;Nawaz, Allah;
JISTEM - Journal of Information Systems and Technology Management , 2008, DOI: 10.4301/S1807-17752008000200009
Abstract: it has revolutionized the social and organizational life around the globe. given the newness of it as a technology, there is a lot of potential that needs to be explored. it is however, argued that as it can revolutionize the economic development, by the same coin, although its mismanagement in adoption process can end up in problems or even straight failure of the technology at the business-end. this study was conducted with reference to opportunities and challenges in the it adoption process in pakistan. the aim of the study was to point out the barriers that are impeding the country's computerization process in order to provide facts to the policy makers for smooth computerization. the primary data collected through structured questionnaires was analyzed and tested through correlation, regressions analysis and t-test. out of 10 hypotheses, 3 were accepted while in the rest null hypotheses were not substantiated. based on primary and secondary data analysis this study has found that all independent bureaucratic, political, education and social and cultural variables are mutually correlated and have significant impact on shaping and reshaping of it in pakistan, while the pakistan it policy is inconsistent, administrative machinery attitude is negative and non cooperative, procedures are cumbersome and implementation is weak and ineffective, not to mention the lack of it knowledge on the bureaucratic side. the political environment is instable and law and order is worse which is discouraging the investment. moreover, physical and legal infrastructure is insufficient and the country is lacking good quality it professionals. it organization alignment is another serious issue in pakistan. however, government incentives and growing interest from the private sector indicate positive attitude towards computerization of the country.
OCLC Registry of Digital Masters – Opportunities for European Cooperation  [cached]
Janet Lees
Liber Quarterly : The Journal of European Research Libraries , 2005,
Abstract: I would like to thank the Preservation Division for the invitation to participate in the programme today. I would also like to thank the LIBER Board for their interest in the early stages of this project culminating in the announcement LIBER President Erland Kolding Nielsen made last night about LIBER support and collaboration with OCLC PICA with respect to the Digital Registry. This initiative reflects my new role within OCLC PICA, which is to identify opportunities for joint development with our major shareholder OCLC, and sometimes 3rd parties such as LIBER. My main purpose today is to provide a descriptive paper to inform LIBER members about the OCLC Digital Registry and to outline the possible role for LIBER and its membership in a model for European participation. My presentation will be in three phases: the need for a registry, a description of the Registry and finally, and perhaps most importantly, to outline opportunities for LIBER and its members in establishing a model for European contribution. We are all familiar with the concept of a registry through our participation in union catalogues and perhaps also from our experience with microfilms through the European Register of Microform Masters (EROMM) hosted by our friends in G ttingen.
Cataloguing in the Digital Age  [cached]
Stuart Ede
Liber Quarterly : The Journal of European Research Libraries , 2001,
Abstract: Some fundamental changes are happening, or will have to happen, to adapt our catalogues to cope with what I call the Digital Age - an age in which we have to meet our users’ requirement to find the information they want irrespective of whether it is in print or digital form and whether it is held locally or on the Web. This is posing some huge challenges - indeed it is forcing a radical rethink of what libraries are for and what their role should be. The whole of the information world is at a crossroads. It is my belief that cataloguing in some form or other is still the key to access - indeed it is even more important if users are to find the knowledge and information they need amongst the tidal wave of raw data. However, cataloguing is an expensive business, and the economic pressures will be made worse by the increase in publishing in both digital and print formats. This will force the even wider re-use of records than is already occurring, but efficient re-use is only possible if records are prepared to common standards. A major focus of this paper is therefore the development of standards and the factors that will influence the direction that takes.
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