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  • About
  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

St Andrews University Library in the eighteenth century : Scottish education and print-culture

Simpson, Matthew January 1999 (has links)
The context of this thesis is the growth in size and significance of the St Andrews University Library, made possible by the University's entitlement, under the Copyright Acts between 1709 and 1836, to free copies of new publications. Chapter I shows how the University used its improving Library to present to clients and visitors an image of the University's social and intellectual ideology. Both medium and message in this case told of a migration into the printed book of the University's functions, intellectual, spiritual, and moral, a migration which was going forward likewise in the other Scottish universities and in Scottish culture at large. Chapters II and III chart that migration respectively in religious discourse and in moral education. This growing importance of the book prompted some Scottish professors to devise agencies other than consumer demand to control what was read in their universities and beyond, and indeed what was printed. Chapter IV reviews those devices, one of which was the subject Rhetoric, now being reformed to bring modern literature into its discipline. Chapter V argues that the new Rhetoric tended in fact to confirm the hegemony of print by turning literary study from a general literary apprenticeship into the specialist reading of canonical printed texts. That tendency was not without opposition. Chapter VI analyses the challenge from traditional oral culture as it was expressed in the marginalia added to the Library books at St Andrews University by its students, and argues that this dissident culture helped to form the voice of the poet Robert Fergusson while he was one of those students. Chapter VII goes on to show how Fergusson used that voice to warn his countrymen of the threat which print represented to their culture, and to show how it might be resisted in the interests of both literature and conviviality.

A critical description of the persuasive discourse of British and Thai university web pages

Chaiyasuk, Intisarn January 2007 (has links)
No description available.

The contribution of capital finance to the social productiveness of public lending libraries

Francis, David Pitt January 1979 (has links)
No description available.

Extending information retrieval system model to improve interactive web searching

Tan, Kok Fong January 2005 (has links)
The research set out with the broad objective of developing new tools to support Web information searching. A survey showed that a substantial number of interactive search tools were being developed but little work on how these new developments fitted into the general aim of helping people find information. Due to this it proved difficult to compare and analyse how tools help and affect users and where they belong in a general scheme of information search tools. A key reason for a lack of better information searching tools was identified in the ill-suited nature of existing information retrieval system models. The traditional information retrieval model is extended by synthesising work in information retrieval and information seeking research. The purpose of this new holistic search model is to assist information system practitioners in identifying, hypothesising, designing and evaluating Web information searching tools. Using the model, a term relevance feedback tool called 'Tag and Keyword' (TKy) was developed in a Web browser and it was hypothesised that it could improve query reformulation and reduce unnecessary browsing. The tool was laboratory experimented and quantitative analysis showed statistical significances in increased query reformulations and in reduced Web browsing (per query). Subjects were interviewed after the experiment and qualitative analysis revealed that they found the tool useful and saved time. Interestingly, exploratory analysis on collected data identified three different methods in which subjects had utilised the TKy tool. The research developed a holistic search model for Web searching and demonstrated that it can be used to hypothesise, design and evaluate information searching tools. Information system practitioners using it can better understand the context in which their search tools are developed and how these relate to users' search processes and other search tools.

Development of a perception oriented texture-based image retrieval system for wallpapers

Qian, Yu January 2008 (has links)
Due to advances in computer technology, large image collections have been digitised and archived in computers. Image management systems are therefore developed to retrieve relevant images. Because of the limitations of text-based image retrieval systems, Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) systems have been developed. A CBIR system usually extracts global or local contents of colour, shape and texture from an image to form a feature vector that is used to index the image. Plethora methods have been developed to extract these features, however, there is very little in the literature to study the closeness of each method to human perception. This research aims to develop a human perception oriented content-based image retrieval system for the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) wallpaper images. Since texture has been widely regarded as the main feature for these images and applied in CBIR systems, psychophysical experiments were conducted to study the way human perceive texture and to evaluate five popular computational models for texture representations: Grey Level Co-occurrence Matrices (GLCM), Multi-Resolution Simultaneous Auto-Regressive (MRSAR) model, Fourier Transform (FT), Wavelet Transform (WT) and Gabor Transform (GT). By analyzing experimental results, it was found that people consider directionality and regularity to be more important in terms of texture than coarseness. Unexpectedly, none of the five models appeared to represent human perception of texture very well. It was therefore concluded that classification is needed before retrieval in order to improve retrieval performance and a new classification algorithm based on directionality and regularity for wallpaper images was developed. The experimental result showed that the evaluation algorithm worked effectively and the evaluation experiments confirmed the necessity of the classification step in the development of CBIR system for MoDA collections.

The design and evaluation of an assistive multimodal interface

Strain, P. N. G. January 2009 (has links)
No description available.

Merging and revision of uncertain knowledge and information from multiple sources

Ma, J. January 2010 (has links)
No description available.

Measuring web information change in the academic domain

Kotsidis, Petros January 2008 (has links)
This thesis presents an investigation into web information in publicly accessible academic domains. It attempts to define and characterise web' information as a measurable variable through the use of its attributes. Web information attributes are used to measure, among others, web information change and growth, in an academic domain. In order to apply this research to real-life academic domains, three studies are utilised. These include a pilot, a main comparativ~ and a validation study. The data collected for the three studies forms the basis for the proposed measurement and analysis of web information in academic domains. The results of the studies conducted for this research show that the approach is practical, and that the measurement framework is consistent and robust. Using simple measures, based on web information attributes, a great degree of confidence on reliable, repeatable and objective results are obtained. The coherence of the approach, with empirically observed web information attributes, provides additional confidence in the results and the analysis of those results. The methodology adopted is restricted by definition to academic domains. However, great effort has been placed in ensuring that the theoretical foundation, data collection instruments, measurement framework, and web information attribute selection process, are transferable to other domain types. Emphasis has been given to simplicity and interoperability, allowing for the implementation and application of this research in a wide range of environments (domain, programming language, web server, etc.).

Exploring the effects of learning style on the use of an electronic library system

Worth, Joanna J. January 1999 (has links)
No description available.

The diffusion of innovations in the building industry

Emmitt, Stephen January 1997 (has links)
No description available.

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