Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows "Dana Meadows' exposition in this book exhibits a degree of clarity and simplicity that can only be attained by one who profoundly and honestly understands the subject at hand--in this case systems modeling. Many thanks to Diana Wright for bringing this extra legacy from Dana to us."—Herman Daly, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland at College Park 2006 - CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL OF ZOONOTIC DISEASES Cover photograph:Centre image courtesy of World Health Organization, P. Wot The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The papers have been reproduced as submitted by the participants at the Consultation. All rights reserved.
Systems Thinking Resources - The Donella Meadows Institute Concepts and Frameworks The Five Learning Disciplines Developed by renowned systems thinker Peter Senge, these five disciplines each enhance the ability of a person or organization to use learning effectively. Leveraged together, they contribute heavily to the success of learning organizations, defined by Senge as, “…organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.”
VETERINARY WORLD - OCT 2011 - Au sommaire notamment:Bacterial and parasitic zoonoses encountered at slaughter in Maiduguri abatt Open Access, Research 2. Studies of the antigenic relationships between bluetongue virus serotypes 2, 9 & 15 isolated in Andhra Pradesh, India - Deepthi Balam, Sreenivasulu Daggupati, Himaja Maddireddy Vet World. 2011; 4(10): 444-448 "Fair" open access and the future of scientific publishing When researchers, funders, universities and libraries started thinking about open access and improving scholarly communication in the late 1990s, the focus was on access. Indeed, the most immediate challenge was to make it possible to access scientific literature resulting from public funding. Today, an increasing number of funder policies mandate open access, e.g. the EC's mandate on open access to publications in Horizon 2020. This type of policy often indeed focuses on access, is quite open regarding 'how' that access should be reached (green v. gold OA), and therefore sets few extra conditions regarding open access publishing and scholarly communication in general. We have now arrived at a moment in the history of open access when we can afford to ask for more.
Social media tips for scientists : Naturejobs Blog For many scientists, the thought of spending time on social media sites is distinctly unappealing. To some it’s just a question of time: why add to that to-do list which is already long enough? For others it’s more to do with social media itself, finding the idea of sharing thoughts and ideas with the whole world pointless or self-indulgent. If that sounds like you, it might be time to reconsider your options – social media includes much more than the usual suspects like Facebook and Twitter, and there are even sites dedicated to academics.
Human-based computation Human-based computation (HBC) is a computer science technique in which a machine performs its function by outsourcing certain steps to humans. This approach uses differences in abilities and alternative costs between humans and computer agents to achieve symbiotic human-computer interaction. In traditional computation, a human employs a computer to solve a problem; a human provides a formalized problem description and an algorithm to a computer, and receives a solution to interpret. Human-based computation frequently reverses the roles; the computer asks a person or a large group of people to solve a problem, then collects, interprets, and integrates their solutions. Early work
BIOSECURITY_GOVT_NZ 14/06/13 New Management Agency for the National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Plan A new management agency has been appointed for the National Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Pest Management plan. In order for this to happen, the following changes will occur: Animal Health Board (AHB) Incorporated will resign its role as the management agency to take effect at midnight on 30 June 2013.
Textures of the Anthropocene We have entered the Anthropocene era—a geological age of our own making, in which what we have understood to be nature is made by man. We need a new way to understand the dynamics of a new epoch. These volumes offer writings that approach the Anthropocene through the perspectives of grain, vapor, and ray—the particulate, the volatile, and the radiant. The first three volumes—each devoted to one of the three textures—offer a series of paired texts, with contemporary writers responding to historic writings. A fourth volume offers a guide to the project as a whole. Grain: Granular materials add up to concrete forms; insignificant specks accumulate into complex entities.
Criteria for Open Access and publishing – ScienceOpen In June 2015, the Committee on Publication Ethics, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the World Association of Medical Editors updated their joint statement, originally published in 2013: the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing . These principles were to a considerable extent derived from the criteria for the admission of journals into DOAJ that were expanded, updated and put into practice in March 2014 . In addition, 50 Science Europe members issued a statement in April  this year on four new guidelines for publishers when providing payments/subsidies for Open Access venues. The first principle states that journals must be listed in DOAJ, Web of Science, Scopus or PubMed. The second principle corresponds to one of the criteria that DOAJ uses for the Seal: authors must hold the copyright of their publication with no restrictions.
The Global Brain Institute The GBI uses scientific methods to better understand the global evolution towards ever-stronger connectivity between people, software and machines. By developing concrete models of this development, we can anticipate both its promises and its perils. That would help us to steer a course towards the best possible outcome for humanity. Objectives (for more details, check our strategic objectives and activities) Assumptions
CDC EID - Volume 21, Number 6—June 2015 - Mycobacterium bovis in Panama, 2013 Fermín Acosta, Ekatherina Chernyaeva, Libardo Mendoza, Dilcia Sambrano, Ricardo Correa, Mikhail Rotkevich, Miroslava Tarté, Humberto Hernández, Bredio Velazco, Cecilia de Escobar, Jacobus H. de Waard, and Amador Goodridge ( Author affiliations: Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Servicios de Alta Tecnología, Ciudad del Saber, Panama (F.