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Two new species of Simulium (Gomphostilbia) (Diptera: Simuliidae) from Peninsular Malaysia, with keys to Peninsular Malaysian members of the ceylonicum species-group  [cached]
Hiroyuki Takaoka,Mohd Sofian-Azirun,Rosli Hashim,Zubaidah Ya'cob
ZooKeys , 2011, DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.118.1552
Abstract: Two new species of black flies, Simulium (Gomphostilbia) roslihashimi sp. n. and S. (G.) lurauense sp. n., are described on the basis of reared adult, pupal and larval specimens collected from Peninsular Malaysia. These two new species are placed in the ceylonicum species-group within the subgenus Gomphostilbia. Simulium (G.) roslihashimi sp. n. is most distinctive with the malealmost entirely yellow antennae, and S. (G.) lurauense sp. n. is characterized in the female bythe elongate sensory vesicle and the yellowish-white hairs on the base of the costal vein and on the stem vein, in the male by the greater number of the large upper-eye facets and the spindle-shaped male hind basitarsi which are much narrower than the hind tibiae and femora and in the pupa by the small terminal hooks. Keys to species of the ceylonicum species-group recorded from Peninsular Malaysia are provided for females, males, pupae and mature larvae.
Use of ICT for Information Creation among Faculty Members of Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
International Journal of Library Science , 2012, DOI: 10.5923/j.library.20120104.03
Abstract: This paper deals with use of ICT for information creation by faculty of Annamalai University, i.e. type, frequency, duration, purpose of ICT material used, frequency of library visit, average time spend in the library contribution of ICT of creating information and ranked performance, use and importance of ICT for information creation. The results show that 75.71 % of respondents used ICT tools as a source for relevant materials for creating new information. The study found that most of them 83.92 % prefer for research followed by 80 % of respondents used developing skills and knowledge. The paper highlighted that the information about frequency of library visit for creating information from where it can be analyzed that 34.28 % of the respondents visit library once in three days and 25.71 % of respondents visit daily.
Usage Pattern, Perceived Usefulness and Ease of Use of Computer Games among Malaysian Elementary School Students  [cached]
Fatemeh Habibian Naeini,BalaKrishnam
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology , 2012,
Abstract: ICT and computer games for academic purposes are aggressively promoted among school children in Malaysia. However, no study has investigated the use of computer games among primary school children and whether ease of use and perceived usefulness affected the actual use of computer games. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the usage of computer games among elementary school children in Malaysia by location, school type and gender. Also investigated was whether ease of use and perceived usefulness effected the use of computer games following the prescriptions of the TAM model. The survey method was employed to collect the data and a questionnaire was administered to 201 primary school students from the National, Chinese and Tamil Schools in Penang. Data was analyzed using oneway ANOVA and Pearson correlation. The findings found that computer ownership and internet access by type of school, location and gender were high and were almost equal by percentage. However, the findings revealed that playing of computer games were at low levels among National school students and also by location and gender. In contrast, more than 50% of SKRJC and SKJRT students reported playing computer games at the medium and high levels. Also, students reported low overall perceptions towards perceived usefulness and ease of use of the games towards their academic performance and there were no significant differences in perceived usefulness and ease of use between the groups by demographic factors. However, further analysis by construct revealed that there was a significant difference in perception towards social value by location with students from urban schools reporting higher means, indicating that urban school students were playing the games as part of their social activities. Finally, following the predictions of the TAM model, it was found that Ease of use was significantly correlated to Perceived usefulness and that both ease of use and perceived usefulness were significantly correlated to actual use of the computer games. Thus, the study found that the government ICT policy was successful and that the adoption of computer games for academic purposes could be explained by the TAM model.
Attitudes toward ICT of Law Enforcement Officers: A Case of the Royal Malaysia Police  [cached]
Hajah Rugayah Hashim,Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman,Wan Narita Mustapha
Communications of the IBIMA , 2008,
Abstract: One of the primary characteristics of policing of the next century will be the proliferation of technology as an important component of law enforcement. The successful law enforcer or policeman of the future will be marked by an ability to incorporate and directly apply a wide range of technology in their interactions with the public. More than simple data access, policing technology is increasingly being used as a means by which the police and the public interact. The overall objective of this study is to measure the attitudes of the Royal Malaysia Police workforce towards the use of information and communication technologies in policing and then ascertain the relationship between these attitudes and the policeman’s job experience and productivity. With a response rate of 77.67% from the 600 questionnaires sent to 14 identified police headquarters throughout Malaysia, the results showed mediocre attitudes toward ICT and working with computers relative to usefulness, confidence, liking and anxiety. The findings of the study will outline important managerial implications related to introducing and implementing new technology uses within law enforcement personnel in Malaysia.
Storm Surge Estimation along the Coasts of Peninsular Malaysia using Idealised Typhoons  [PDF]
P.C. Sinha1, Indu Jain*, Mohd Lokman Husain, Noor Azhar Mohd Shazili and Loy Kak Choon
Journal of Sustainability Science and Management , 2009,
Abstract: A vertically-integrated numerical storm surge prediction model has been developed for the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca regions near the east and the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The model has been applied to estimate the surge heights along part of the east and the west coasts of Peninsular Malaysia. Numerical experiments have been carried out by considering four idealised storms of varying size and strength to give an idea of the likely surges that may affect the coastal region. The study may be useful for planning the development and other activities along the coasts of Peninsular Malaysia.
EFFECT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ICT USE ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FACULTY MEMBERS OF ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN RURAL INDIA  [PDF]
Harmanpreet Singh,Harpreet Kaur Rana
International Journal of Digital Library Services , 2011,
Abstract: In this paper, we introduce social network analysis for investigating the effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use on the performance of the faculty in Engineering Colleges in rural India. Here, we highlight the data collection procedure, its benefits and limitations and standard measures of social network data. We first suggest that collection and analysis of relational and attribute data offers richer insights with regards to the investigation of structural effects of network position on performance of Engineering faculty. Second, drawing from theoretical and methodological strengths of previous studies conducted in Social Network, we describe the process for collecting relational data from the faculty members in isolated and rural settings. We primarily discuss two specific types of social network data collection approaches-- (i) whole network and (ii) ego-centric network approach; and highlight its opportunities and challenges. Third, we discuss the problem of network sampling in the context of faculty members in rural areas. Finally, challenges associated with analysing social network data are presented.
Ridleyandra iminii (Gesneriaceae), a new species from Peninsular Malaysia
Mat Yunoh Siti Munirah
PhytoKeys , 2012, DOI: 10.3897/phytokeys.19.4064
Abstract: A new endemic species of Ridleyandra (Gesneriaceae), R. iminii Siti-Munirah from Peninsular Malaysia is described and illustrated. Among Ridleyandra species, it is the only one with a dark red flower.
The Hairy-Nosed Otter in Peninsular Malaysia  [cached]
Anthony Sebastian
IUCN Otter Specialist Group Bulletin , 1995,
Abstract: Historically, four species of otters have been recorded in Malaysia. These are Smooth Otter Lutrogale perspicillata, Hairy-nosed Otter Lutra sumatrana, Eurasian Otter Lutra lutra and Oriental Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea. However over the past twenty-five years, only L. perspicillata and A. cinerea have been recorded in Peninsular Malaysia, while in East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo) L. perspicillata, Lutra sumatrana and A. cinerea continues to exist.
The Evaluation of Wind Energy Potential in Peninsular Malaysia
M.R.S Siti,M. Norizah,M. Syafrudin
International Journal of Chemical and Environmental Engineering , 2011,
Abstract: This paper presents an assessment of the wind energy potential in Peninsular Malaysia. The five selected sites in Peninsular Malaysia which are Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu and Mersing. The data used are real- time wind data obtained from the Malaysian Meteorological Services (MMS) from year 2005 until year 2009. The statistical analysis was performed by computing the Weibull distribution using maximum likelihood method. The results reveal that Mersing is the most potential site for installing wind turbine. The average annually wind speed within five years is 2.65m/s in this region. According to the international system wind classification, this average annually wind speed can be classified as Class 1. Moreover, the results of mean wind power density indicates that Mersing experiencing peak mean wind speed during the northeast monsoon with approximately as much as 62W/m2. Other regions having Wind Power Density (WPD) close to 10W/m2 during the stronger wind speed seasonal. From the results, it is revealing that most of the regions in Peninsular Malaysia are having limited wind energy potential except Mersing. Hence, there is a high potential on applying the small-scale wind turbine system at Mersing for power generation purposes.
Variability of rainfall in Peninsular Malaysia
C. L. Wong,R. Venneker,S. Uhlenbrook,A. B. M. Jamil
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions , 2009,
Abstract: This study analyzed and quantified the spatial patterns and time-variability of rainfall in Peninsular Malaysia on monthly, yearly and monsoon temporal scales. We first obtained an overview of rainfall patterns through the analysis of 16 point data sources. The results led to choosing three distinct regions, i.e.~the east coast, inland and west coast regions. For detailed analysis, Shepard's interpolation scheme was applied to the station data to produce daily rainfall fields on a 0.05 degree resolution grids for the period 1971–2006. The rainfall characteristics in time and space derived from a frequency analysis were found to be distinctly different in these three regions. In the east coast region, monthly rainfall shows a significant periodicity dominated by an annual cycle, followed by a half-year cycle. The inland and west coast regions show that the dominant periodic fluctuations in the monthly rainfall are dominated by a half-year cycle, followed by an annual cycle. The long-term rainfall variability analysis shows that the dry and wet conditions in Peninsular Malaysia are not primarily governed by the ENSO events. The results from the individual regions suggest that although the relative variability is influenced by ENSO, local and regional conditions have an effect on the interannual rainfall variability, which is superimposed on the large-scale weather conditions. A significant increasing trends in annual rainfall (9.3 mm/year) and northeast monsoon rainfall (6.2 mm/monsoon) were only detected in the west coast region. No trend was found in the monthly rainfall, except for November in the west coast region. The spatial variation analysis shows that the east coast region, which received substantially higher amounts of rainfall during the northeast monsoon, has lower spatial rainfall variability and a more uniform rainfall distribution than other regions. A larger range for the monthly spatial variation was observed in the west coast region.
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