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RonPub (Research online Publishing) is an academic publisher of online, open access, peer-reviewed journals.  RonPub aims to provide a platform for researchers, developers, educators, and technical managers to share and exchange their research results worldwide.

RonPub Is Open Access:

RonPub publishes all of its journals under the open access model, defined under BudapestBerlin, and Bethesda open access declarations:

  • All articles published by RonPub is fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.  
  • All open access articles are distributed under  Creative Commons Attribution License,  which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction free of charge in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. 
  • Authors retain all copyright to their work.
  • Authors may also publish the publisher's version of their paper on any repository or website. 

RonPub Is Cost-Effective:

To be able to provide open access journals, RonPub defray publishing cost by charging an one-time publication fee for each accepted article. One of RonPub objectives is providing a fast and high-quality but lower-cost publishing service. In order to ensure that the fee is never a barrier to publication, RonPub offers a fee waiver for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees. We also offer a partial fee waiver for editors and reviewers of RonPub as as reward for their work. See the respective Journal webpage for the concrete publication fee.

RonPub Publication Ethics Statement:

In order to ensure the publishing quality and the reputation of the publisher, it is important that all parties involved in the act of publishing adhere to the standards of the publishing ethical behaviour. To verify the originality of submissions, we use Plagiarism Detection Tools, like Anti-Plagiarism, PaperRater, Viper, to check the content of manuscripts submitted to our journals against previous publications.

RonPub follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and deals with the cases of misconduct according to the COPE Flowcharts

Long-Term Preservation in the German National Library

Our publications are archived and permanently-preserved in the German National Library. The publications, which are archived in the German National Library, are not only long-term preserved but also accessible in the future, because the German National Library ensures that digital data saved in the old formats can be viewed and used on current computer systems in the same way they were on the original systems which are long obsolete.

Where is RonPub?

RonPub is a registered corporation in Lübeck, Germany. Lübeck is a beautiful harbour city, 60 kilometer away from Hamburg.

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Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)
OJIS, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, publishes original and creative research results on information technologies. OJIS distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJIS are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.
Publisher: RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Lübeck, Germany
Contact: OJIS Editorial Office
ISSN: 2198-9281
Call for Papers: txtUTF-8 txtASCII pdf
OJIS Cover
Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)
OJIS, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, publishes original and creative research results on information technologies. OJIS distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJIS are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.
Publisher: RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Lübeck, Germany
Contact: OJIS Editorial Office
ISSN: 2198-9281
Call for Papers: txtUTF-8 txtASCII pdf

Aims & Scope

OJIS aims to provide a forum for sharing and exchanging ideas, experiences and research results among scientists and practitioners of information technologies. We publish regular research papers, short communications, reviews and visionary papers in all aspects of information systems. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. 

Regular research papers are full original findings with adequate experimental research. They make substantial theoretical and empirical contributions to the research field.  Research papers should be written in as concise a style as possible.

Short communications reports novel research ideas. The work represented should be technically sound and significantly advancing the state of the art. Short communications also include exploratory studies and methodological articles.

Research reviews are insightful and accessible overview of a certain field of research. They conceptualize research issues, synthesize existing findings and advance the understanding of the field. They may also suggest new research issues and directions.

Visionary papers identify new research issues and future research directions, and describe new research visions in the field. The new visions will potentially have great impact for the future society and daily life. 

The journal expects original, high-quality papers, including but not limited to the fields:

  • Data management
  • Information management
  • Knowledge management 
  • Knowledge Representation 
  • Information integration
  • Intelligent information access 
  • Enterprise Application Integration
  • E-commerce
  • Privacy and security in an e-society 
  • Design, Development and Management of information systems

Author Guidelines

Publication Criteria

Publication Criteria provides important information for authors to prepare their manuscripts with a high possibility of being accepted.

Manuscript Preparation

Please prepare your manuscripts using the manuscript template of the journal. It is available for download as word doc docx and latex version zip. The template describes the format and structure of manuscripts and other necessary information for preparing manuscripts. Manuscripts should be written in English. There is no restriction on the length of manuscripts.

Submission

Authors submit their manuscripts following the information on the submit pageAuthors first submit their manuscripts in PDF format. Once a manuscript is accepted, the author then submits the revised manuscript as a PDF file and a word file or latex folder (with all the material necessary to generate the PDF file). The work described in the submitted manuscript must be previously unpublished; it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else. 

Authors are welcome to suggest qualified reviewers for their papers, but this is not mandatory. If the author wants to do so, please provide the name, affiliations and e-mail addresses for all suggested reviewers.

Manuscript Status

After submission of manuscripts, authors will receive an email to confirm receipt of manuscripts. Subsequent enquiries concerning paper progress should be sent to the email address of the journal.

Review Procedure

RonPub is committed to enforcing a rigorous peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for publication in RonPub journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. Our editorial offices will organize the peer-reviewing and collect three review reports per manuscript. The editorial board will make an accept/revision/reject decision based on the reports of reviewers. Authors will be informed with the decision and reviewing results within 6-8 weeks after the manuscript submission. Authors should perform an adequate revision to address the concerns from reviewers. A second round of peer-review will be performed if necessary.

Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.

Copyrights

Authors publishing with RonPub open journals retain the copyright to their work. 

All articles published by RonPub is fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.  RonPub publishes all open access articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License,  which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction freely, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Editor-in-Chief

Daniel Lemire, Université du Québec, Canada

Editors

Giuliano Armano, University of Cagliari, Italy

S.M. Aqil Burney, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan

Mihaela Cocea, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau, CEDRIC-CNAM and ESSEC Business School, France

Ernesto Exposito, LAAS, France

Joaquim Filipe, School of Technology of Setúbal, Portugal

William Grosky, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

Ivan I. Ivanov, Empire State College, USA

Sokratis K. Katsikas, University of Piraeus, Greece

Carsten Kleiner, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, Germany

Petr Křemen, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Yuhua Li, University of Ulster, UK

Chuan-Ming Liu, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

Pericles Loucopoulos, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Stephane Maag, Telecom SudParis, France

George D. Magoulas, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom

Tim A. Majchrzak, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

Massimo Marchiori, University of Padua, Italy, and Chief Technology Officer, Atomium Culture

Alok Mishra, Atilim University, Ankara - Turkey

Harekrishna Misra, Institute of Rural Management Anand, India

Stavros D. Nikolopoulos, University of Ioannina, Greece

Eric Pardede, La Trobe University, Australia

Giovanni Sacco, Universita' di Torino, Italy

Vittorio Scarano, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Yair Wiseman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Kokou Yetongnon, Université de Bourgogne, France

Sherali Zeadally, University of Kentucky, USA

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 Open Access 

A NoSQL-Based Framework for Managing Home Services

Marinette Bouet, Michel Schneider

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 3(1), Pages 1-28, 2016, Downloads: 1845

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194810 | GNL-LP: 113236115X | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: Individuals and companies have an increasing need for services by specialized suppliers in their homes or premises. These services can be quite different and can require different amounts of resources. Service suppliers have to specify the activities to be performed, plan those activities, allocate resources, follow up after their completion and must be able to react to any unexpected situation. Various proposals were formulated to model and implement these functions; however, there is no unified approach that can improve the efficiency of software solutions to enable economy of scale. In this paper, we propose a framework that a service supplier can use to manage geo-localized activities. The proposed framework is based on a NoSQL data model and implemented using the MongoDB system. We also discuss the advantages and drawbacks of a NoSQL approach.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2016v3i1n02_Marinette,
        title     = {A NoSQL-Based Framework for Managing Home Services},
        author    = {Marinette Bouet and
                     Michel Schneider},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2016},
        volume    = {3},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {1--28},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194810},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194810},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Individuals and companies have an increasing need for services by specialized suppliers in their homes or premises. These services can be quite different and can require different amounts of resources. Service suppliers have to specify the activities to be performed, plan those activities, allocate resources, follow up after their completion and must be able to react to any unexpected situation. Various proposals were formulated to model and implement these functions; however, there is no unified approach that can improve the efficiency of software solutions to enable economy of scale. In this paper, we propose a framework that a service supplier can use to manage geo-localized activities. The proposed framework is based on a NoSQL data model and implemented using the MongoDB system. We also discuss the advantages and drawbacks of a NoSQL approach.}
    }

 Open Access 

Criteria of Successful IT Projects from Management's Perspective

Mark Harwardt

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 3(1), Pages 29-54, 2016, Downloads: 4351, Citations: 1

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194797 | GNL-LP: 1132361133 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to compile a model of IT project success from management's perspective. Therefore, a qualitative research approach is proposed by interviewing IT managers on how their companies evaluate the success of IT projects. The evaluation of the survey provides fourteen success criteria and four success dimensions. This paper also thoroughly analyzes which of these criteria the management considers especially important and which ones are being missed in daily practice. Additionally, it attempts to identify the relevance of the discovered criteria and dimensions with regard to the determination of IT project success. It becomes evident here that the old-fashioned Iron Triangle still plays a leading role, but some long-term strategical criteria, such as value of the project, customer perspective or impact on the organization, have meanwhile caught up or pulled even.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2016v3i1n02_Harwardt,
        title     = {Criteria of Successful IT Projects from Management's Perspective},
        author    = {Mark Harwardt},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2016},
        volume    = {3},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {29--54},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194797},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194797},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {The aim of this paper is to compile a model of IT project success from management's perspective. Therefore, a qualitative research approach is proposed by interviewing IT managers on how their companies evaluate the success of IT projects. The evaluation of the survey provides fourteen success criteria and four success dimensions. This paper also thoroughly analyzes which of these criteria the management considers especially important and which ones are being missed in daily practice. Additionally, it attempts to identify the relevance of the discovered criteria and dimensions with regard to the determination of IT project success. It becomes evident here that the old-fashioned Iron Triangle still plays a leading role, but some long-term strategical criteria, such as value of the project, customer perspective or impact on the organization, have meanwhile caught up or pulled even.}
    }

 Open Access 

Designing the Market of Data - For Practical Data Sharing via Educational and Innovative Communications

Yukio Ohsawa, Akinori Abe

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(2), Pages 1-3, 2015, Downloads: 808

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194720 | GNL-LP: 1132361001 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: This special issue of Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS) reports work on designing the market of data for practical data sharing via educational and innovative communications (MoDAT). In the market of data, data are reasonably dealt with sold, opened, or shared based on negotiation. Since last years, we have been aiming at realizing a social environment, where each person feels free to share one's own and others' data for learning the latent value of data without fearing the loss of business opportunities. In the market, data and analysts' knowledge are shared by selling and buying, with reasonably determining the conditions for sharing. People in the market may communicate with each other in order to decide to expose the data as open-source, if the trust of the data provider is expected to be elevated highly due to the contribution to people in the public. Thus the Market of Data means a place where the value of data and knowledge can be externalized. OJIS is published by RonPub (www.ronpub.com), which is an academic publisher of online, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v1i2n01p_Ohsawa,
        title     = {Designing the Market of Data - For Practical Data Sharing via Educational and Innovative Communications},
        author    = {Yukio Ohsawa and
                     Akinori Abe},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {1--3},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194720},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194720},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {This special issue of Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS) reports work on designing the market of data for practical data sharing via educational and innovative communications (MoDAT). In the market of data, data are reasonably dealt with sold, opened, or shared based on negotiation. Since last years, we have been aiming at realizing a social environment, where each person feels free to share one's own and others' data for learning the latent value of data without fearing the loss of business opportunities. In the market, data and analysts' knowledge are shared by selling and buying, with reasonably determining the conditions for sharing. People in the market may communicate with each other in order to decide to expose the data as open-source, if the trust of the data provider is expected to be elevated highly due to the contribution to people in the public. Thus the Market of Data means a place where the value of data and knowledge can be externalized. OJIS is published by RonPub (www.ronpub.com), which is an academic publisher of online, open access, peer-reviewed journals.}
    }

 Open Access 

Achieving Business Practicability of Model-Driven Cross-Platform Apps

Tim A. Majchrzak, Jan Ernsting, Herbert Kuchen

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(2), Pages 4-15, 2015, Downloads: 1766

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194768 | GNL-LP: 1132361095 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: Due to the incompatibility of mobile device platforms such as Android and iOS, apps have to be developed separately for each target platform. Cross-platform development approaches based on Web technology have significantly improved over the last years. However, since they do not lead to native apps, these frameworks are not feasible for all kinds of business apps. Moreover, the way apps are developed is cumbersome. Advanced cross-platform approaches such as MD2, which is based on model-driven development (MDSD) techniques, are a much more powerful yet less mature choice. We discuss business implications of MDSD for apps and introduce MD2 as our proposed solution to fulfill typical requirements. Moreover, we highlight a business-oriented enhancement that further increases MD2's business practicability. We generalize our findings and sketch the path towards more versatile MDSD of apps.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i2n02_Majchrzak,
        title     = {Achieving Business Practicability of Model-Driven Cross-Platform Apps},
        author    = {Tim A. Majchrzak and
                     Jan Ernsting and
                     Herbert Kuchen},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {4--15},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194768},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194768},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Due to the incompatibility of mobile device platforms such as Android and iOS, apps have to be developed separately for each target platform. Cross-platform development approaches based on Web technology have significantly improved over the last years. However, since they do not lead to native apps, these frameworks are not feasible for all kinds of business apps. Moreover, the way apps are developed is cumbersome. Advanced cross-platform approaches such as MD2, which is based on model-driven development (MDSD) techniques, are a much more powerful yet less mature choice. We discuss business implications of MDSD for apps and introduce MD2 as our proposed solution to fulfill typical requirements. Moreover, we highlight a business-oriented enhancement that further increases MD2's business practicability. We generalize our findings and sketch the path towards more versatile MDSD of apps.}
    }

 Open Access 

Concept Design for Creating Essential Hypothesis, Rules, and Goals: Toward a Data Marketplace

Jun Nakamura, Masahiko Teramoto

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(2), Pages 16-26, 2015, Downloads: 1562, Citations: 2

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194774 | GNL-LP: 1132361117 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: The abductive reasoning model has been discussed in the context of business strategy. However, this model seems unrealistic for applications in the real business world considering the unpredictable, competitive business environment. This study improves the model by formulating an experimental case study through a web-based workplace for generating product ideas. We discuss the possible embodiment of product ideas as the basis for configuring features through the use of dynamic quality function deployment. The entire concept design process is proposed as a blueprint for building a data marketplace.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i2n03_Nakamura,
        title     = {Concept Design for Creating Essential Hypothesis, Rules, and Goals: Toward a Data Marketplace},
        author    = {Jun Nakamura and
                     Masahiko Teramoto},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {16--26},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194774},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194774},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {The abductive reasoning model has been discussed in the context of business strategy. However, this model seems unrealistic for applications in the real business world considering the unpredictable, competitive business environment. This study improves the model by formulating an experimental case study through a web-based workplace for generating product ideas. We discuss the possible embodiment of product ideas as the basis for configuring features through the use of dynamic quality function deployment. The entire concept design process is proposed as a blueprint for building a data marketplace.}
    }

 Open Access 

Model of Creative Thinking Process on Analysis of Handwriting by Digital Pen

Kenshin Ikegami, Yukio Ohsawa

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(2), Pages 27-39, 2015, Downloads: 1191, Citations: 1

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194781 | GNL-LP: 1132361125 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: In order to perceive infrequent events as hints for new ideas, it is desired to know and model the process of creating and refining ideas. In this paper, we address this modeling problem experimentally. Firstly, we focus on the relation between thinking time and writing time in handwriting. We observe two types of patterns; one group takes longer time in thinking and shorter in writing, the other takes longer in writing and shorter in thinking. The group having spends longer in writing has shorter time span from one sentence to another than the other group. Backtracking, i.e., the event that participants return back to their former sheet and modify opinions, is observed more often in the group of longer writing than the other group. In addition, participants in this backtracking group gets higher scores for their ideas on sheets than those in the no-backtracking group. We propose a model of creative thinking by applying Operations of Structure of Intellect. It is inferred that the group of longer writing conducts a series of thinking flow, including divergent thinking, convergent thinking and evaluation. In contrast, the group of longer thinking tends to conduct the two different thinking flow: divergent thinking and evaluation; convergent thinking and evaluation. For making creative ideas, we conduct divergent thinking without evaluation and created a large number of ideas. We conclude that the rotations of divergent thinking, convergent thinking and evaluation increase the frequency of "backtracking" and make the ideas more logical ones.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i2n04_Ikegami,
        title     = {Model of Creative Thinking Process on Analysis of Handwriting by Digital Pen},
        author    = {Kenshin Ikegami and
                     Yukio Ohsawa},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {27--39},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194781},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194781},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {In order to perceive infrequent events as hints for new ideas, it is desired to know and model the process of creating and refining ideas. In this paper, we address this modeling problem experimentally. Firstly, we focus on the relation between thinking time and writing time in handwriting. We observe two types of patterns; one group takes longer time in thinking and shorter in writing, the other takes longer in writing and shorter in thinking. The group having spends longer in writing has shorter time span from one sentence to another than the other group. Backtracking, i.e., the event that  participants return back to their former sheet and modify opinions, is observed more often in the group of longer writing than the other group. In addition, participants in this backtracking group gets higher scores for their ideas on sheets than those in the no-backtracking group. We propose a model of creative thinking by applying Operations of Structure of Intellect. It is inferred that the group of longer writing conducts a series of thinking flow, including divergent thinking, convergent thinking and evaluation. In contrast, the group of longer thinking tends to conduct the two different thinking flow: divergent thinking and evaluation; convergent thinking and evaluation. For making creative ideas, we conduct divergent thinking without evaluation and created a large number of ideas. We conclude that the rotations of divergent thinking, convergent thinking and evaluation increase the frequency of "backtracking" and make the ideas more logical ones.}
    }

 Open Access 

A Toulmin's Framework-Based Method for Design Argumentation of Cyber-Physical Systems

Noriyuki Kushiro, Ryoichi Torikai, Shodai Matsuda, Kunio Takahara

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(2), Pages 40-55, 2015, Downloads: 999, Citations: 1

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194809 | GNL-LP: 1132361141 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: The design of cyber-physical systems (CPS) is a promising domain, where the data market is expected to soon penetrate. When engineers focus on only a particular part of data (whether intentionally or not) for establishing a design hypothesis, the design hypothesis may also be supported by data sets in the market. Therefore, the validity of such a design hypothesis cannot be evaluated by the data itself, and can only be accepted by the robustness of the logic behind the design argumentation. Although the validation of the design logic is significant, cognitive aspects (which people have spontaneously) disturb the design argumentation reasoning. Therefore, a design method that overcomes the cognitive aspects is indispensable for the CPS designers. This work proposes a CPS design method using the interaction between logic and data sets with a logic visualization tool, and applies the proposed method to the design of a diagnosis system for semiconductor manufacture. The capability of the proposed method is also discussed and analyzed in this paper.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i2n05_Kushiro,
        title     = {A Toulmin's Framework-Based Method for Design Argumentation of Cyber-Physical Systems},
        author    = {Noriyuki Kushiro and
                     Ryoichi Torikai and
                     Shodai Matsuda and
                     Kunio Takahara},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {40--55},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194809},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194809},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {The design of cyber-physical systems (CPS) is a promising domain, where the data market is expected to soon penetrate. When engineers focus on only a particular part of data (whether intentionally or not) for establishing a design hypothesis, the design hypothesis may also be supported by data sets in the market. Therefore, the validity of such a design hypothesis cannot be evaluated by the data itself, and can only be accepted by the robustness of the logic behind the design argumentation. Although the validation of the design logic is significant, cognitive aspects (which people have spontaneously) disturb the design argumentation reasoning. Therefore, a design method that overcomes the cognitive aspects is indispensable for the CPS designers. This work proposes a CPS design method using the interaction between logic and data sets with a logic visualization tool, and applies the proposed method to the design of a diagnosis system for semiconductor manufacture. The capability of the proposed method is also discussed and analyzed in this paper.}
    }

 Open Access 

Using Nuisance Telephone Denial of Service to Combat Online Sex Trafficking

Ross A. Malaga

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(1), Pages 1-8, 2015, Downloads: 2349, Citations: 1

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194736 | GNL-LP: 1132361036 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: Over the past few years, sex trafficking has been linked to online classified ads sites such as Craigslist.com and Backpage.com. However, to date technology-based solutions have not been used to attack classified ad sites or the advertisers. This paper proposes and tests a new approach to combating online sex trafficking promulgated via online classified ad sites - nuisance telephone denial of service (TDoS) attacks on the advertisers. The method of attack is described and implications are discussed.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i1n01_Malaga,
        title     = {Using Nuisance Telephone Denial of Service to Combat Online Sex Trafficking},
        author    = {Ross A. Malaga},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {1--8},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194736},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194736},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Over the past few years, sex trafficking has been linked to online classified ads sites such as Craigslist.com and Backpage.com. However, to date technology-based solutions have not been used to attack classified ad sites or the advertisers. This paper proposes and tests a new approach to combating online sex trafficking promulgated via online classified ad sites - nuisance telephone denial of service (TDoS) attacks on the advertisers. The method of attack is described and implications are discussed.}
    }

 Open Access 

IT Governance Practices for Electric Utilities: Insights from Brazil and Europe

Paulo Rupino da Cunha, Luiz Mauricio Martins, Antão Moura, António Dias de Figueiredo

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(1), Pages 9-28, 2015, Downloads: 2081, Citations: 1

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Abstract: We propose a framework of 14 IT governance practices tailored for the electric utilities sector. They were selected and ranked as "essential", "important", or "good" by top executives and IT staff from two multi-billion dollar companies - one in Brazil and another in Europe - from a generic set of 83 collected in the literature and in the field. Our framework addresses a need of electric utilities for which specific guidance was lacking. We have also uncovered a significant impact of social issues in IT governance, whose depth seems to be missing in the current research. As a byproduct of our work, the larger generic framework from which we have departed and the tailoring method that we have proposed can be used to customize the generic framework to different industries.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i1n02_Cunha,
        title     = {IT Governance Practices for Electric Utilities: Insights from Brazil and Europe},
        author    = {Paulo Rupino da Cunha and
                     Luiz Mauricio Martins and
                     Ant\~{a}o Moura and
                     Ant\'{o}nio Dias de Figueiredo},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {9--28},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194743},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194743},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {We propose a framework of 14 IT governance practices tailored for the electric utilities sector. They were selected and ranked as "essential", "important", or "good" by top executives and IT staff from two multi-billion dollar companies - one in Brazil and another in Europe - from a generic set of 83 collected in the literature and in the field. Our framework addresses a need of electric utilities for which specific guidance was lacking. We have also uncovered a significant impact of social issues in IT governance, whose depth seems to be missing in the current research. As a byproduct of our work, the larger generic framework from which we have departed and the tailoring method that we have proposed can be used to customize the generic framework to different industries.}
    }

 Open Access 

Relationship between Externalized Knowledge and Evaluation in the Process of Creating Strategic Scenarios

Teruaki Hayashi, Yukio Ohsawa

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 2(1), Pages 29-40, 2015, Downloads: 1660, Citations: 6

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Abstract: Social systems are changing so rapidly that it is important for humans to make decisions considering uncertainty. A scenario is information about the series of events/actions, which supports decision makers to take actions and reduce risks. We propose Action Planning for refining simple ideas into practical scenarios (strategic scenarios). Frameworks and items on Action Planning Sheets provide participants with organized constraints, to lead to creative and logical thinking for solving real issues in businesses or daily life. Communication among participants who have preset roles leads the externalization of knowledge. In this study, we set three criteria for evaluating strategic scenarios; novelty, utility, and feasibility, and examine the relationship between externalized knowledge and the evaluation values, in order to consider factors which affect the evaluations. Regarding a word contained in roles and scenarios as the smallest unit of knowledge, we calculate Relativeness between roles and scenarios. The results of our experiment suggest that the lower the relativeness of a strategic scenario, the higher the strategic scenario is evaluated in novelty. In addition, in the evaluation of utility, a scenario satisfying a covert requirement tends to be estimated higher. Moreover, we found the externalization of stakeholders may affect the realization of strategic scenarios.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2015v2i1n03_Hayashi,
        title     = {Relationship between Externalized Knowledge and Evaluation in the Process of Creating Strategic Scenarios},
        author    = {Teruaki Hayashi and
                     Yukio Ohsawa},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2015},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {29--40},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194751},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194751},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Social systems are changing so rapidly that it is important for humans to make decisions considering uncertainty. A scenario is information about the series of events/actions, which supports decision makers to take actions and reduce risks. We propose Action Planning for refining simple ideas into practical scenarios (strategic scenarios). Frameworks and items on Action Planning Sheets provide participants with organized constraints, to lead to creative and logical thinking for solving real issues in businesses or daily life. Communication among participants who have preset roles leads the externalization of knowledge. In this study, we set three criteria for evaluating strategic scenarios; novelty, utility, and feasibility, and examine the relationship between externalized knowledge and the evaluation values, in order to consider factors which affect the evaluations. Regarding a word contained in roles and scenarios as the smallest unit of knowledge, we calculate Relativeness between roles and scenarios. The results of our experiment suggest that the lower the relativeness of a strategic scenario, the higher the strategic scenario is evaluated in novelty. In addition, in the evaluation of utility, a scenario satisfying a covert requirement tends to be estimated higher. Moreover, we found the externalization of stakeholders may affect the realization of strategic scenarios.}
    }

 Open Access 

Detecting Data-Flow Errors in BPMN 2.0

Silvia von Stackelberg, Susanne Putze, Jutta Mülle, Klemens Böhm

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 1(2), Pages 1-19, 2014, Downloads: 2658, Citations: 8

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Abstract: Data-flow errors in BPMN 2.0 process models, such as missing or unused data, lead to undesired process executions. In particular, since BPMN 2.0 with a standardized execution semantics allows specifying alternatives for data as well as optional data, identifying missing or unused data systematically is difficult. In this paper, we propose an approach for detecting data-flow errors in BPMN 2.0 process models. We formalize BPMN process models by mapping them to Petri Nets and unfolding the execution semantics regarding data. We define a set of anti-patterns representing data-flow errors of BPMN 2.0 process models. By employing the anti-patterns, our tool performs model checking for the unfolded Petri Nets. The evaluation shows that it detects all data-flow errors identified by hand, and so improves process quality.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS-2014v1i2n01_Stackelberg,
        title     = {Detecting Data-Flow Errors in BPMN 2.0},
        author    = {Silvia von Stackelberg and
                     Susanne Putze and
                     Jutta M{\"u}lle and
                     Klemens B{\"o}hm},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2014},
        volume    = {1},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {1--19},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-2017052611934},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-2017052611934},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Data-flow errors in BPMN 2.0 process models, such as missing or unused data, lead to undesired process executions. In particular, since BPMN 2.0 with a standardized execution semantics allows specifying alternatives for data as well as optional data, identifying missing or unused data systematically is difficult. In this paper, we propose an approach for detecting data-flow errors in BPMN 2.0 process models. We formalize BPMN process models by mapping them to Petri Nets and unfolding the execution semantics regarding data. We define a set of anti-patterns representing data-flow errors of BPMN 2.0 process models. By employing the anti-patterns, our tool performs model checking for the unfolded Petri Nets. The evaluation shows that it detects all data-flow errors identified by hand, and so improves process quality.}
    }

 Open Access 

Fuzzy Color Space for Apparel Coordination

Pakizar Shamoi, Atsushi Inoue, Hiroharu Kawanaka

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 1(2), Pages 20-28, 2014, Downloads: 2022, Citations: 5

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Abstract: Human perception of colors constitutes an important part in color theory. The applications of color science are truly omnipresent, and what impression colors make on human plays a vital role in them. In this paper, we offer the novel approach for color information representation and processing using fuzzy sets and logic theory, which is extremely useful in modeling human impressions. Specifically, we use fuzzy mathematics to partition the gamut of feasible colors in HSI color space based on standard linguistic tags. The proposed method can be useful in various image processing applications involving query processing. We demonstrate its effectivity in the implementation of a framework for the apparel online shopping coordination based on a color scheme. It deserves attention, since there is always some uncertainty inherent in the description of apparels.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS_2014v1i2n02_Shamoi,
        title     = {Fuzzy Color Space for Apparel Coordination},
        author    = {Pakizar Shamoi and
                     Atsushi Inoue and
                     Hiroharu Kawanaka},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2014},
        volume    = {1},
        number    = {2},
        pages     = {20--28},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194710},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194710},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Human perception of colors constitutes an important part in color theory. The applications of color science are truly omnipresent, and what impression colors make on human plays a vital role in them. In this paper, we offer the novel approach for color information representation and processing using fuzzy sets and logic theory, which is extremely useful in modeling human impressions. Specifically, we use fuzzy mathematics to partition the gamut of feasible colors in HSI color space based on standard linguistic tags. The proposed method can be useful in various image processing applications involving query processing. We demonstrate its effectivity in the implementation of a framework for the apparel online shopping coordination based on a color scheme. It deserves attention, since there is always some uncertainty inherent in the description of apparels.}
    }

 Open Access 

Introductory Editorial

Daniel Lemire

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 1(1), Pages 1-2, 2014, Downloads: 1049

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Abstract: The Open Journal of Information Systems is a new open-access journal covering all aspects of information systems. In this introductory issue, we present two articles. In the first article, Kessler et al. present new techniques to achieve better anonymity in time series. In the second article, Iivari introduces a new model from which we can derive recommendations to improve the use of social network services.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS-v1i1n01_Lemire,
        title     = {Introductory Editorial},
        author    = {Daniel Lemire},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2014},
        volume    = {1},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {1--2},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194678},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194678},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {The Open Journal of Information Systems is a new open-access journal covering all aspects of information systems. In this introductory issue, we present two articles. In the first article, Kessler et al. present new techniques to achieve better anonymity in time series. In the second article, Iivari introduces a new model from which we can derive recommendations to improve the use of social network services.}
    }

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Pattern-sensitive Time-series Anonymization and its Application to Energy-Consumption Data

Stephan Kessler, Erik Buchmann, Thorben Burghardt, Klemens Böhm

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 1(1), Pages 3-22, 2014, Downloads: 2535, Citations: 2

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Abstract: Time series anonymization is an important problem. One prominent example of time series are energy consumption records, which might reveal details of the daily routine of a household. Existing privacy approaches for time series, e.g., from the field of trajectory anonymization, assume that every single value of a time series contains sensitive information and reduce the data quality very much. In contrast, we consider time series where it is combinations of tuples that represent personal information. We propose (n; l; k)-anonymity, geared to anonymization of time-series data with minimal information loss, assuming that an adversary may learn a few data points. We propose several heuristics to obtain (n; l; k)-anonymity, and we evaluate our approach both with synthetic and real data. Our experiments confirm that it is sufficient to modify time series only moderately in order to fulfill meaningful privacy requirements.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS-v1i1n02_Kessler,
        title     = {Pattern-sensitive Time-series Anonymization and its Application to Energy-Consumption Data},
        author    = {Stephan Kessler and
                     Erik Buchmann and
                     Thorben Burghardt and
                     Klemens B{\"o}hm},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2014},
        volume    = {1},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {3--22},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194696},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194696},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {Time series anonymization is an important problem. One prominent example of time series are energy consumption records, which might reveal details of the daily routine of a household. Existing privacy approaches for time series, e.g., from the field of trajectory anonymization, assume that every single value of a time series contains sensitive information and reduce the data quality very much. In contrast, we consider time series where it is combinations of tuples that represent personal information. We propose (n; l; k)-anonymity, geared to anonymization of time-series data with minimal information loss, assuming that an adversary may learn a few data points. We propose several heuristics to obtain (n; l; k)-anonymity, and we evaluate our approach both with synthetic and real data. Our experiments confirm that it is sufficient to modify time series only moderately in order to fulfill meaningful privacy requirements.}
    }

 Open Access 

Perceived Sociability of Use and Individual Use of Social Networking Sites - A Field Study of Facebook Use in the Arctic

Juhani Iivari

Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), 1(1), Pages 23-53, 2014, Downloads: 2524, Citations: 3

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Abstract: This paper investigates determinants of individual use of social network sites (SNSs). It introduces a new construct, Perceived Sociability of Use (PSOU), to explain the use of such computer mediated communication applications. Based on a field study of 113 Facebook users it shows that PSOU in the sense of maintaining social contacts is a significant predictor of Perceived Benefits (PB), Perceived Enjoyment (PE), attitude toward use and intention to use. Inspired by Benbasat and Barki, this paper also attempts to answer questions "what makes the system useful", "what makes the system enjoyable to use" and "what makes the system sociable to use". As a consequence it pays special focus on systems characteristics of IT applications as potential predictors of PSOU, PB and PE, introducing seven such designable qualities (user-to-user interactivity, user identifiability, system quality, information quality, usability, user-to-system interactivity, and aesthetics). The results indicate that especially satisfaction with user-to-user interactivity is a significant determinant of PSOU, and that satisfactions with six of these seven designable qualities have significant paths in the proposed nomological network.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJIS-v1i1n03_Iivari,
        title     = {Perceived Sociability of Use and Individual Use of Social Networking Sites - A Field Study of Facebook Use in the Arctic},
        author    = {Juhani Iivari},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)},
        issn      = {2198-9281},
        year      = {2014},
        volume    = {1},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {23--53},
        url       = {http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194708},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194708},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {This paper investigates determinants of individual use of social network sites (SNSs). It introduces a new construct, Perceived Sociability of Use (PSOU), to explain the use of such computer mediated communication applications. Based on a field study of 113 Facebook users it shows that PSOU in the sense of maintaining social contacts is a significant predictor of Perceived Benefits (PB), Perceived Enjoyment (PE), attitude toward use and intention to use. Inspired by Benbasat and Barki, this paper also attempts to answer questions "what makes the system useful", "what makes the system enjoyable to use" and "what makes the system sociable to use". As a consequence it pays special focus on systems characteristics of IT applications as potential predictors of PSOU, PB and PE, introducing seven such designable qualities (user-to-user interactivity, user identifiability, system quality, information quality, usability, user-to-system interactivity, and aesthetics). The results indicate that especially satisfaction with user-to-user interactivity is a significant determinant of PSOU, and that satisfactions with six of these seven designable qualities have significant paths in the proposed nomological network.}
    }

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For authors: Authors should present their work honestly without fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or inappropriate data manipulation.

Before review:

In order to filter fabricated submissions, the editorial office will check the authenticity of the authors and their affiliations before a peer-review begins. It is important that the authors communicate with us using the email addresses of their affiliations and provide us the URL addresses of their affiliations. The overall quality of paper will be also checked including format, figures, tables, integrity and adequacy. Authors may be required to improve the quality of their paper before sending it out for review. If a paper is obviously of low quality, the paper will be directly rejected.

Acceptance Criteria:

The criteria for acceptance of manuscripts are the quality of work. This will concretely be reflected in the following aspects:

  • Novelty and Practical Impact
  • Technical Soundness
  • Appropriateness and Adequacy of 
    • Literature Review
    • Background Discussion
    • Analysis of Issues
  • Presentation, including 
    • Overall Organization 
    • English 
    • Readability

For a contribution to be acceptable for publication, these points should be at least in middle level.

Guidelines for Rejection:

  • If the work described in the manuscript has been published, or is under consideration for publication anywhere else, it will not be evaluated.
  • If the work is a plagiarism, or contains data falsification or fabrication, it will be rejected.
  • Manuscripts, which have seriously technical flaws, will not be accepted.

Call for Journals

Research Online Publishing (RonPub, www.ronpub.com) is a publisher of online, open access and peer-reviewed scientific journals.  For more information about RonPub please visit this link.

RonPub always welcomes suggestions for new journals in any research area. Please send your proposals for journals along with your Curriculum Vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Be an Editor / Be a Reviewer

RonPub always welcomes qualified academicians and practitioners to join as editors and reviewers. Being an editor/a reviewer is a matter of prestige and personnel achievement. Upon the quality of reviewing work, a reviewer will have the potential to be promoted to a full editorial board member.

If you would like to participate as a scientific committee member of any of RonPub journals, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your curriculum vitae. We will revert back as soon as possible. For more information about editors/reviewers, please visit this link.

Contact RonPub

Location

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Comments and Questions

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For specific questions on a certain journal, please visit the corresponding journal page to see the email address.