Portal Technologies and Applications

INTRODUCTION E-management is a definition for a group of tools and actions used in the organizational steering based on data systems. E-management can make strategic planning more solid and valid using data and information on past performance provided by the management information system (MIS). E-manage-ment requires a meta-level data system through which the data produced […]

An Academic Student-Centered Portal

INTRODUCTION The Universita Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) aims to acquire a recognizable “look” of the university to live on the Web. One way to reach this goal is to create a site, “e-Univpm” (Ramazzotti, De Giovanni, L., Battistini, G., & Leo et al., 2005), linked to the institutional university Web portal. The principal feature of […]

Accessible Personalized Portals

INTRODUCTION Web portals constitute a rapidly evolving medium for transferring information and knowledge, as well as for establishing the means for cooperation and the coordination of activities among different parties. More specifically, a Web portal is a Web site that provides a gateway to resources available on the Internet or within an intranet. A Web […]

Accessing Administrative Environmental Information

INTRODUCTION With the citizens being entitled to be provided with environmental information, the quantity increased, as did the efforts needed to find the desired information on the many distributed Web sites. The Environmental Information Networks (EIN) of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony-Anhalt, presented here, shall serve as a central access platform that facilitates search by offering a […]

Accommodating End-Users' Online Activities with a Campus Portal

INTRODUCTION A major objective of this article is to propose a framework for development of a campus portal accommodating the end-users’ online activities, especially students who are normally considered as a major group of users for the campus portal. By summarising between the literature review in the domain of traditional information systems development methodology and […]

African Web Portals

INTRODUCTION The World Wide Web (WWW) has led to the advent of the information age. With increased demand for information from various quarters, the Web has turned out to be a veritable resource. Web surfers in the early days were frustrated by the delay in finding the information they needed. The first major leap for […]

Adoption of Portals Using Activity Theory

INTRODUCTION An obvious goal of a Web site today is to dynamically acquire content and make it available. A portal is a group of services provided electronically, through the Web, to a set of users. The items that are typically included in the portals consist of business intelligence, content and document management, enterprise resource planning […]

Analyzing Competition for a Web Portal

INTRODUCTION According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO, 2005), organic agriculture (OA) is “a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity.” In recent years, the rapid evolution of the Internet has given the opportunity to create a large number […]

Australian General Practitioners' Use of Health Information

INTRODUCTION Over the past 30 years the health framework in which doctors and other healthcare professionals practise has changed relatively little in comparison with the enormous changes seen in transport, manufacturing, and telecommunications (Yellowlees & Brooks, 1999). InAustralia, the health system, like others in developed countries worldwide, is deteriorating quickly. Productivity commission reports, parliamentary inquiries, […]

Assessing Weblogs as Education Portals

INTRODUCTION Education is one of the key sectors that has benefited from the continuous developments and innovations in information and communication technology (ICT). Web-based facilities now provide a medium for learning and a vehicle for information dissemination and knowledge creation (Khine, 2003). Accordingly, developments in ICTs provide opportunities for educators to expand and refine frameworks […]