Conceptual modeling represents a recent approach to creating knowledge. It has emerged in response to the computer revolution, which started in the middle of the 20th century.
Computers, in the meantime, have become a major knowledge media. Conceptual modeling provides an answer to the difficulties experienced throughout the development of computer applications and aims at creating effective, reasonably priced, and sharable knowledge about using computers in business. Moreover, it has become evident that conceptual modeling has the potential to exceed the boundaries of business and computer usage.
This state-of-the-art survey originates from the International Seminar on the Evolution of Conceptual Modeling, held in Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, in April 2008. The major objective of this seminar was to look into conceptual modeling from a historical perspective with a view towards the future of conceptual modeling and to achieve a better understanding of conceptual modeling issues in several different domains of discourse, going beyond individual (modeling) projects.
The book contains 14 chapters. These were carefully selected during two rounds of reviewing and improvement from 26 presentations at the seminar and are preceded by a detailed preface providing general insights into the field of conceptual modeling that are not necessarily discussed in any of the chapters but nevertheless aid in conceptualizing the inner structure and coherence of the field. The chapters are grouped into the following three thematic sections: the evolution of conceptual modeling techniques; the extension of conceptual modeling to a service-oriented, peer-to-peer, or Web context; and new directions for conceptual modeling.
Angioplasty has completely transformed the treatment of coronary artery disease and is widely used, with more than 800,000 procedures performed worldwide per year. However, the enthusiasm for angioplasty is shadowed by restenosis, which remains a critical problem after the procedure, resulting in clinical recurrence in over a third of patients. Recently, the mechanisms of restenosis have been completely reappraised with an enriched understanding that the original concept of neointimal hyperplasia may not be accounting for the bulk of the problem.
This book's goal is to offer medical practice leadership teams practical guidance on navigating the shift from volume-based to value-based managed care contractual relationships. Medical practices - both independent and affiliated - that understand how their organization can and should position themselves for the future will have a significant advantage over the competition. Honestly identifying where you are and defining where you want to be begins with developing a clear understanding of national and local market dynamics, identifying potential arrangements within your local market and applying those factors to your organization's goals. This exercise can ultimately inform your value proposition, which becomes the cornerstone of your managed care contracting strategy. The book will cover in detail the most common alternative payment models and what your practice should do to prepare for this transition. Models detailed include: Pay for performance Bundled payments Shared savings Capitation
This is a manual about freelance writing with a difference. It won't tell you how to write or what to write. It doesn't set out to equip you for a brief period of freelancing. It will, on the other hand, tell you how to go about living a writer's life in a practical way - how to plan ahead, how to shape your career, how to find clients and how to deal with the money. It will tell you how to make a life out of writing without falling into the many little traps that are set for us once we embark on the idea. If you are thinking of changing your life, you may buy many other books about how to write, or take the cover off your computer. This one will tell you how to live it.
The prediction of producing desirable traits in offspring such as increased growth rate or superior meat, milk and wool production is a vital economic tool to the animal scientist. Summarizing the latest developments in genomics relating to animal breeding values and design of breeding programs, this new edition includes models of survival analysis, social interaction and sire and dam models, as well as advancements in the use of SNPs in the computation of genomic breeding values.
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