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International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies (5 papers in press)
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR THE SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION USING THE SOFT SYSTEMS METHODOLOGY by Dimitrios Stamoulis Abstract: Although information systems are very important for the functioning of social administration and the services provision to citizens, they have received little attention both in the research literature and in real-world implementations. Their complex nature due to the various stakeholders and the variety of different social services they have to deliver, calls for a holistic approach in their design, which qualifies the Soft Systems Methodology as the appropriate tool for delivering such systems. To support this argument and pave the way for on-line integrated information systems in social administration, this paper shows how to apply the first four steps of SSM onto a general social administration context, and proposes a conceptual model of an information system in the areas childcare services as an example. Keywords: social administration information systems; social services information systems; soft systems thinking; childcare services information system.
Design and Experimental Study on Automatic Leveling System of High Ground Gap Plant Protection System Chassis by Ping Jiang Abstract: In order to realize ground clearance and leveling control of plant protection machine in high ground clearance. In this paper, a chassis automatic leveling control system is designed. Position error control method and angle error control method are used to control the chassis automatic leveling control system, which is divided into ground clearance height adjustment and chassis leveling control strategy respectively. The system is controlled by combining fuzzy control algorithm and preset point leveling method. The experiment was carried out on the chassis of our self-developed multi-functional plant protection machine with high ground clearance. The results show that the automatic leveling system can complete the chassis leveling well. Its average horizontal error is < 0.20 Keywords: Plant protection machine; Fuzzy control; Control System; Automatic leveling; Leveling strategy.
A Case-Based Reasoning System for Software Reuse by Ahmad Shubita, Shadi Edais Abstract: Developing and building multi-layered systems that meet users needs and expectations is considered an essential issue that affects the overall quality of the product. In the software development life cycle (SDLC), software development teams need to apply several systematic activities at interrelated stages in order to produce a project that meets customer expectations. However, developers usually encounter enormous challenges during developing new projects. In order to eliminate these challenges and to develop better and reliable software, a new design approach that is based on systematic software reuse and CBR technique is discussed in this paper. A software design system that adopts the reusability approach in software engineering and the CBR technique was applied to provide solutions in the form of software patterns based on functionalities and features of similar past projects. The produced system will attempt to eliminate the challenges regarding time, effort, and financial constraints by reducing the effort needed in software development activities regarding requirement elicitation, analysis, and specification. Keywords: Keywords: Software Engineering; Software Reuse; Requirements Engineering; Case-based Reasoning.
Formulation and Investigation of a Stochastic Model for Proactive Treatment of Global Risk Severity by Constantinos Artikis, Panagiotis T. Artikis Abstract: It is well known that the proactive treatment of global risks constitutes a very strong process of global risk governance. Moreover, it is readily understood that this process is supported by the use of various stochastic discounting models. The present paper concentrates on the formulation and the representation as a random contraction of a stochastic discounting model. The paper also provides an interpretation of the formulated stochastic discounting model in proactive treatment of the severity of a global risk. Keywords: Global risk; Model; Discounting; Random contraction.
Is Crisis Management and its tools based on Systems Methodology? by Veronika Frajtova Abstract: The paper presents overview of selected methods and tools of Crisis Management and compare their steps with steps of Systems Methodologies from high-level perspective. It is aimed to the methods and tools that comprise Systems Methodologies Hard and Soft. Author focused on analysis of selected tools that are used in Disaster Management.rnA comparison of the steps of Crisis Management methods and Systems methodology was done. Based on this comparison, it is possible to point out that systems approach already exists in few of methods of crisis management. The main finding is that only one method of crisis management creates and develops model that helps to abstract the decision.rnThe main benefit of the article is to spread knowledge of Systems Approach in Crisis Management.rn Keywords: Systems Approach; Crises; Crisis Management; Tools.