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International Research Journal of Electronics & Computer Engineering
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ISSN (Online) 2412-4370
Published by Research Plus Journals Homepage  [5 journals]
  • Cloud Computing and K-12 School IT Infrastructure in Western Canada: From
           Challenges to Opportunities

    • Authors: Peter Holowka
      Abstract: This paper is based on the findings of an exhaustive study of all 75 large K-12 districts in Canada's three western-most provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.  This study encompassed over 1.1 million students and a geographical area of 2,258,483 square kilometers.  Facilitating teaching and learning activities for so many students across such a large territory, with diverse provincial regulations, is an impressive feat achieved by the information technology leaders of the K-12 school districts.  Multiple case study analysis, followed by correlation analysis, were used to explore the nature of IT infrastructure and cloud computing use in Western Canada.  A data transformation model mixed methods triangulation design methodology was used.  This paper discusses the strategies used in Western Canada to deliver educational technology resources through to students, teachers, parents, and district staff.  The findings of this study are that cloud computing is the primary IT infrastructure in Western Canadian K-12 education.  All school districts in the three provinces studied use cloud computing for some aspects of their infrastructure.  In instances where cloud computing infrastructure is not used, school-level LAN and server infrastructure is used.  In addition to being an alternative to cloud computing, the rare instances of school-level server use are either to supplement or complement a district’s centralized cloud computing infrastructure, with cloud computing infrastructure existing in parallel.
      PubDate: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:20:37 -050
  • Review on Quality Models for Open Source Software and its reflection on
           Social Coding

    • Authors: Ragia Abo ElFadl; Akram Salah, Amr Kamel
      Abstract: Social Coding Sites (SCSs) are social media services for sharing software development projects on the Web, many open source projects are currently being developed on SCSs. Assessing the quality is a crucial element for better selection of a specific project serving people requirements or needs. In this paper, we reviewed existing traditional models which evolved prior the evolution of open source software as well as open source quality models. We evaluated the selected models according to their reflection with respect to social coding project success factors: sociality, popularity, activity and supportability. Eight models were included in our research as we only selected models that introduces explicit metrics well defined for measuring, neither a process nor a generic methodology. Based on our selection criteria, a summary of the findings we obtained is that existing models doesn't fully consider or cover social factors for open source software evaluation hence there is a need for a model to measure the maturity / quality of open source projects from social factors perspective. We have also evaluated the existing models against a selected open source project hosted on social coding GitHub to assess each model applicability. Some of the measurements from the existing models were not applicable for evaluation.
      PubDate: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:09:49 -050
  • Development of Mobile Fatwa Application for the Selangor State of Mufti

    • Authors: Syarbaini Ahmad; Khirul Nizam Ab Rahman, Mokmin Basri, Noor Azli Mohamed Masrup
      Abstract: Fatwa is an important reference of Muslims to seek of contemporary explanations regarding the Islamic law on new matters in their life affairs. It is the opinion of the scholars authoritative as mufti or related posts given mandate by the government to proclaim it as a guide to Muslims according to their waqi'. However, it is not widely accessed by the community to be guided in their lives. This e-fatwa application development initiative is intended to help facilitate information on fatwa disseminated to the public. It will be developed based on android mobile operating system since it is very popular and widely used in the current technology. The method of development of this apps is through comparison with other existing applications before provide a new and improve our own apps. Then it will assess the effectiveness of functionality of the apps from the perspective of the end user. The target user of this apps is for Muslims and specifically to Selangor state in Malaysia.
      PubDate: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -050
  • Conceptual Design of Low Altitude Unmanned Small Hybrid Airship

    • Authors: Fatih Mehmet Dag; Ozgur Tamer
      Abstract: In the last two decades, popularity of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) are at their peaks. Their capacities and abilities are advancing day by day in parallel with development of science and technology. They are doing almost everything what conventional aircrafts are doing except passenger transfer, for now. Despite an UAS can be controlled from thousands of miles away, they are still limited in range and endurance because of their energy storage capacities. Most of the energy sources of an aircraft is used against to gravitational force. However, Lighter Than Air(LTA) gases like helium, hydrogen etc. provides an option to aircrafts using lifting capacity of these gases and combination of lifting capacity of LTA gases and mechanical forces produced by engines allows engineers to create hybrid airships. Hybrid Airships gains flight altitude by using static lifting force of lighter than air gases in addition of the mechanical force which is produced by the propulsion system of the vehicle. Engines makes necessary maneuver with direction units to control the airship in all directions. Static lift from the LTA gases provide additional payload capacity to vehicle without consuming energy. Therefore, unlike the conventional aircrafts, hybrid airship has more flight duration than the others and more payload capacity. Aim of this work is, developing a low-cost small hybrid airship by using static lift force of the lighter than air gases and present to advantages of hybrid aircrafts.
      PubDate: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -050
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