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"Artur R. Lugmayr" <[log in to unmask]>
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Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2008 Open Information
Management: Applications of Interconnectivity and Collaboration A book
edited by

Samuli Niiranen, Jari Yli-Hietanen and Artur Lugmayr 
Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Computers, the Internet and other contemporary digital tools have
revolutionized the storing, transfer and processing of information.
However, chiefly for reasons of adaptability, alternatives to current
formalisms in information management are needed for domains where the
operational environment is complexly coupled, principally unbounded
and constantly evolving.  This is especially true when information to be
managed is closely related to the domain of human collaboration and
where hierarchical organizations are still required in the management
of complex activities.

Natural language based mechanisms give tools for a fundamentally new
kind of organization of complex activities. An iteratively,
collectively and semi-autonomously built ability to link pieces of
information together enables each user of an information mass to
obtain an individualized meaning and to understand various possibilities for
utilizing the information. This ability also enables the emergence of
ad hoc, self-organized networks of micro-enterprises and, even more
essentially, makes them competitive compared to large hierarchical
enterprises with employees having time-based salary compensation. The
competitive advantage of these micro-enterprises comes from the
automation of venture management and the possibility to avoid
overheads associated with the utilization of employees having a time-based
salary. Design-while-use, fluent use of natural language and
goal-orientation are projected key artifacts of open information

Open Information Management provides tools to handle richer
information masses than earlier management systems, resulting in potentially
efficient improvements and advances, especially, for example, in the
fields of medicine and the life sciences. In addition, ubiquitous,
pervasive and ambient technologies will help to further embed the use
of information management tools in the natural human environment. The
goal of the book is to collect a group of visionary thinkers coming
from fields such as technology, science, and art to present emerging
technologies that reshape the way we think about information

Objective of the Book
The book gives a practical-level reference on and discusses the impact
of an emerging trend in information technology towards solutions
capable of managing information within open, principally unbounded,
operational environments. These developments - evident in many
contemporary areas of research including artificial intelligence,
computational linguistics, pervasive and ubiquitous media - are
projected to bring about a new breed of tools for the management of
information going beyond the conventional paradigms. The emergence of
search-driven information management, best known through the GoogleTM
search engine, is one initial illustration of this trend.

Target Audience
The book is primarily intended for scientists, professionals and
consultants in touch with cross-disciplinary research and strategic
management in information technology, marketing, media, manufacturing,
education and the life sciences and medicine. The approach is
multi-disciplinary, including perspectives from the following fields:
information technology, business, education, health sciences and media
studies. It also draws from research in sociology and psychology. The
book can be utilized in advanced courses as supplements to course
materials in knowledge management, information technology, and
business education, and also serve as an addition to library reference
sections. A secondary market is the lay public following trends in
business and society.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
.       Hierarchical organization as a facilitator of information
        management in human collaboration
.       Self-organization in different human activities in the context
        of information management
.       Complexity of information management in human collaboration
.       The history of information management tools and impact on man
.       Natural language as a tool in human and machine-human
.       Search-driven information management in contrast to tailored
        software applications
.       Natural language and modern computing
.       The power of massive linking as an information management
        mechanism - or how everything relates to everything
.       Human-machine interface as an information exchange process
.       Emerging media technologies, such as ambient/pervasive media
        or ubiquitous computation embedding technology seamlessly into the
        natural human environment
.       Productivity, workflow and information management
.       Creativity and information management and tools to improve
        artistic creation
.       Personalized marketing from the point of view of information
.       Logistics and process optimization from the point of view of
        information management
.       Manufacturing mass-customization from the point of view of
        information management
.       Comparison of information management in micro-enterprises and
        hierarchical corporations
.       Information exchange and feedback: mass media vs. consumer-
        driven media
.       Information exchange and feedback: mass education vs. need-
        driven learning
.       Information management in consumer-driven, personal health
.       Biological systems as emergent entities exchanging and
        processing information

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May
30, 2008, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission
and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted
proposals will be notified by June 10, 2008 about the status of their
proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to
be submitted by August 10, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed
on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled to be published
by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the
"Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference) and "Medical
Information Science Reference" imprints. For additional information
regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word
document) or by mail to:
Samuli Niiranen
Department of Signal Processing
Tampere University of Technology
Tel.: +358 40 849 0719  .  Fax: +358 3 215 6560
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