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Handbook of Research on Culturally-Aware Information Technology

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Information technology is an integral part of our daily lives, whether in professional, educational, or personal settings. It allows us to interact globally. IT researchers recognize the potential in developing systems that seek to integrate our current knowledge of cultural variations, as IT is well-positioned to support the work of those directly involved in promoting and disseminating culture. The Handbook of Research on Culturally-Aware Information Technology: Perspectives and Models is the first publication of its kind to bring together research contributions from a wide range of IT disciplines, including human-computer interaction, information systems in business and leadership, computational modeling and cultural dynamics, semantic technology and cultural heritage, and e-learning and intelligent tutoring systems. The handbook provides researchers, professors, and students with an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and technological research conducted in IT with relation to culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Section 1: Understanding Cultural Dynamics
    1. Chapter 1: Cultural Differences in Managing Cloud Computing Service Level Agreements
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      4. RESULTS: EVALUTATION OF HYPOTHESES
      5. FURTHER INTERESTING RESULTS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. Appendix A
    2. Chapter 2: Diversity Orientation and Cultural Differences in the Implementation of Information Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CURRENT RESEARCH
      5. DISCUSSION AND FUTURE TRENDS
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Investigating Sociocultural Issues in Instructional Design Practice and Research
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THE WESTERN CULTURAL ROOTS OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
      3. DESIGNING CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE LEARNING RESOURCES: CURRENT RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
      4. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AS A CULTURAL WEB
      5. DESIGN AND OUTCOMES OF THE SINGAPORE SYMPOSIUM: A NARRATIVE ACCOUNT
    4. Chapter 4: Culturally Determined Preferences
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
      4. EXPERIMENT SET UP
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. IMPLICATIONS OF STUDY
      7. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Technology Cultures
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DEFINING THE CONCEPT OF TECHNOLOGY CULTURES
      4. STUDYING TECHNOLOGY CULTURES
      5. UTILIZING TECHNOLOGY CULTURES
      6. FUTURE TRENDS
      7. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 6: An Epistemological Gap in Simulation Technologies and the Science of Society
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE ISSUE: EVOLUTION OF A SOCIAL ONTOLOGY
      5. FUTURE TRENDS: A TECHNOLOGY OF EMERGENCE?
      6. CONCLUSION
    7. Chapter 7: A Language Shift Simulation Based on Cellular Automata
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. A LANGUAGE SHIFT SIMULATION
      4. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE TRENDS
      5. APPENDIX A
    8. Chapter 8: Discrete Event Modeling and Simulation of the Mythical Thought Morphodynamics Involved in Claude Levi Strauss Structural Analysis
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DEVS MODELING AND SIMULATION OF MYTH TRANSFORMATIONS
      5. CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS
      6. CONCLUSION
  9. Section 2: Enculturating Information Technology
    1. Chapter 9: Structuring the Cultural Domain with an Upper Ontology of Culture
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CULTURE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: EARLY DEVELOPMENTS
      4. ONTOLOGY ENGINEERING
      5. THE UPPER ONTOLOGY OF CULTURE PROJECT
      6. FUTURE TRENDS
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 10: Implicit Culture Framework for Behavior Transfer
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. IMPLICIT CULTURE: FORMAL DEFINITION
      4. THE IMPLICIT CULTURE FRAMEWORK
      5. APPLYING THE IMPLICIT CULTURE FRAMEWORK TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMENDATION SYSTEMS
      6. FUTURE TRENDS
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 11: Modeling a User’s Culture
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CULTURE AND ITS EFFECTS ON USER INTERFACE PREFERENCES
      5. CULTURAL USER MODELING
      6. FUTURE TRENDS
      7. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 12: KYOTO
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE ENVIRONMENT DOMAIN
      4. KNOWLEDGE MODELING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS
      5. THE KYOTO SYSTEM
      6. ENCODING CULTURAL SPECIFICS IN KNOWLEDGE STRUCTURES
      7. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 13: A Framework for Thinking about the Maturity of Cultural Usability
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CULTURE AND THE USE OF INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY
      4. MAINSTREAM USABILITY AND CULTURE
      5. A FRAMEWORK FOR THINKING ABOUT THE MATURITY OF CULTURAL USABILITY
      6. FUTURE MATURITY LEVELS OF CULTURAL USABILITY
      7. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 14: Culturally Appropriate Web User Interface Design Study
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CULTURAL WEB USER INTERFACE STUDY
      5. MANUAL CULTURAL AUDIT
      6. IMPLEMENTATION OF FINDINGS: CULTURAL ADVISOR TOOL
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. FUTURE WORK
    7. Chapter 15: Issues for Australian Indigenous Culture Online
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE AUSTRALIAN ENVIRONMENT
      5. IT USE IN SOCIETY
      6. IT AS AN ECONOMIC BASE
      7. IT WITHIN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURE
      8. FUTURE TRENDS
      9. CONCLUSION
    8. Chapter 16: Developing Enculturated Agents
      1. Abstract
      2. ENCULTURATED AGENTS: A DEFINITION
      3. IDENTIFYING THE PITFALLS: THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ISSUES OF INTEGRATING CULTURAL ASPECTS INTO INTERACTIONS WITH CONVERSATIONAL AGENTS
      4. REVIEW OF CULTURE-AWARE SYSTEMS
      5. THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF ECA SYSTEMS
      6. CONCLUSION
    9. Chapter 17: Politeness and Etiquette Modeling
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. POLITENESS AND BEHAVIOR
      5. TESTING THE POLITENESS X BEHAVIOR HYPOTHESES
      6. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    10. Chapter 18: Towards Culturally-Aware Virtual Agent Systems
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CULTURE IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
      4. FROM SINGLE AGENTS TO MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS
      5. CULTURE IN MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS
      6. SIMULTATING CULTURE-SPECIFIC COMMUNICATION STYLES: AN EXAMPLE APPLICATION
      7. THE FUTURE OF CULTURE IN MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS
  10. Section 3: Relevant Domains of Application
    1. Chapter 19: Geo-Aware Digital Cultural Heritage
      1. Abstract
      2. CHALLENGES FACING CONTEMPORARY MUSEUMS
      3. THE POTENTIAL OF LOCATION-AWARE COMPUTING
      4. THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOCATION-AWARE CULTURE
      5. MAKING COLLECTIONS GEO-AWARE
      6. A FOUR STEP PROGRAM FOR GEO-AWARE HERITAGE
      7. COLLECTED CULTURE INTERPENETRATING REALITY
    2. Chapter 20: Personalized Active Cultural Heritage
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PEACH AND THE STATE OF THE ART OF INTELLIGENT MOBILE GUIDES
      4. CULTURAL HERITAGE APPRECIATION AND INTELLIGENT INTERFACES
      5. THE TORRE AQUILA AND INTERACTIONS WITH THE PEACH GUIDE
      6. AFTER THE VISIT
      7. A SUMMARY OF PEACH EVALUATION
      8. FURTHER CHALLENGES
      9. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 21: OSIRIS
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONTEXT OF THE WORK
      4. OSIRIS FRAMEWORK
      5. ONTOLOGY MATCHING
      6. APPLICATION IN CULTURAL HERITAGE: THE ETHNODOC PROJECT
      7. RELATED WORK
      8. FUTURE TRENDS
      9. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 22: An Innovative Architecture of a System for Storing and Managing Intangible Cultural Heritage
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. AN INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE OF A SYSTEM FOR STORING AND MANAGING INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
      5. ARCHITECTURE PECULIARITIES AND OPERATIONAL SCENARIO
      6. PROGRESS BEYOND THE STATE-OF-THE ART
      7. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE TRENDS
    5. Chapter 23: Virtual Learning Environments for Culture and Intercultural Competence
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CULTURAL AND INTERCULTURAL LEARNING
      4. VIRTUAL CULTURAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
      5. FUTURE DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 24: Digitizing Our Common Memory
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CULTURE AND CONTEXT
      5. KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES
      6. GLOBAL LEARNING
      7. PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITES
      8. CHALLENGES
      9. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
      10. DATA SOURCES AND COLLECTION
      11. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION
      12. FUTURE TRENDS
      13. CONCLUSION
    7. Chapter 25: Culturally Aware Mathematics Education Technology
      1. Abstract
      2. MOTIVATION AND THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
      3. PRELIMINARIES: BASICS OF ACTIVEMATH
      4. CULTURAL VARIATIONS ENCOUNTERED AND SOLUTIONS IN ACTIVEMATH
      5. EVALUATION AND FURTHER ADAPTATION
      6. RELATED WORK
      7. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE WORK
    8. Chapter 26: Information Technology and the Development of a Global Safety Culture
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBAL NUCLEAR POWER SAFETY CULTURE
      5. FUTURE TRENDS
      6. CONCLUSION
    9. Chapter 27: Addressing Cross-Linguistic Influence and Related Cultural Factors Using Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CULTURE IN SECOND / FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING / LEARNING
      4. CULTURE AND CROSS-LINGUISTIC INFLUENCE
      5. CULTURAL FRAMEWORK
      6. RESEARCH GOALS
      7. ONTOLOGICAL ENGINEERING METHODOLOGY
      8. ILLUSTRATION OF CROSS-LINGUISTIC INFLUENCE
      9. ILLUSTRATION OF ONTOLOGICAL MODELING
      10. BASIC SYSTEM SIMULATION
      11. CONCLUSION
  11. Compilation of References
  12. About the Contributors