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Cho H.,National University of Singapore | Chen M.,Ministry of National Development | Chung S.,National University of Singapore
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology | Year: 2010

This study explores how and why people participate in collaborative knowledge-building practices in the context of Wikipedia. Based on a survey of 223 Wikipedians, this study examines the relationship between motivations, internal cognitive beliefs, social-relational factors, and knowledge-sharing intentions. Results from structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis reveal that attitudes, knowledge self-efficacy, and a basic norm of generalized reciprocity have significant and direct relationships with knowledge-sharing intentions. Altruism (an intrinsic motivator) is positively related to attitudes toward knowledge sharing, whereas reputation (an extrinsic motivator) is not a significant predictor of attitude. The study also reveals that a social-relational factor, namely, a sense of belonging, is related to knowledge-sharing intentions indirectly through different motivational and social factors such as altruism, subjective norms, knowledge self-efficacy, and generalized reciprocity. Implications for future research and practice are discussed. © 2010 ASIS&T.


BUDAPEST, 13-Feb-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — MOL Group expanded its exploration portfolio by acquiring new licenses in Hungary and Norway. MOL acquired 6 new licences in the 4th bid round in Hungary, doubling its exploration acreage in the country. MOL Norge participated in the latest APA licensing round and acquired 4 licences in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, one of which with operatorship. These successes significantly contribute to the implementation of the MOL 2030 strategy. MOL has won 6 new licences in the fourth Hungarian hydrocarbon exploration tender and the concession contracts have been signed by the representatives of the Ministry of National Development and MOL. As a result MOL can start hydrocarbon exploration on nearly 4,200 square kilometres in the area of Bázakerettye, Bucsa, Jászárokszállás, Mezőtúr, Okány-West and Zala-West in addition to the almost 4,200 square kilometres area covered by mining authority decisions and concessions already acquired. MOL is targeting both proven exploration plays in Hungary as well as new plays which are the result of our ongoing new Trans-Pannonian basin study. Separately, it was announced earlier that the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy granted four licences to MOL Norge on the Norwegian Continental Shelf at the 2016 APA (Award in Pre-Defined Areas) licensing round, including one with operatorship. MOL has been granted operatorship in an additional position in the Mandal High Area, one of MOL Norge’s core areas in Norway. The partners in the new operated licence include Statoil and Petoro AS, the leading national oil and gas companies in Norway. MOL has also successfully joined three licenses operated by AkerBP. „We are very happy that we have successfully competed in the latest bid rounds in two of our core countries doubling our exploration footprint in Hungary and adding exciting prospects in Norway with worldclass partners. I am confident that the expansion of our Central Eastern European and Norwegian exploration portfolio will support the delivery of organic reserve replacement for the Group.”


The real challenge for the Member States of the EU is to handle the growing demand in the area of road transport together with the decrease of harmful effects of road transport - reducing road transport casualties and congestions and also environmental effects. The paper shows the EU objectives related to road safety, the eSafety initiative aiming to reduce the number of accidents on Europe's roads by using advanced information and communication technologies and the in-vehicle eCall emergency call service, which makes it possible that in case of emergency an emergency call can be initiated. Moreover the so-called harmonized eCall European pilot project is also presented, which is granted by the European Commission to support the European implementation of eCall.


Fessehaye M.,Ministry of National Development | Fessehaye M.,University of Bern | Abdul-Wahab S.A.,Sultan Qaboos University | Savage M.J.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | And 3 more authors.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2014

Fog is a potential source of water that could be exploited using the innovative technology of fog collection. Naturally, the potential of fog has proven its significance in cloud forests that are thriving from fog interception. Historically, the remains of artificial structures in different countries prove that fog has been collected as an alternative and/or supplementary water source. In the beginning of the 19th century, fog collection was investigated as a potential natural resource. After the mid-1980s, following success in Chile, fog-water collection commenced in a number of developing countries. Most of these countries are located in arid and semi-arid regions with topographic and climatic conditions that favour fog-water collection. This paper reviews the technology of fog collection with initial background information on natural fog collection and its historical development. It reviews the climatic and topographic features that dictate fog formation (mainly advection and orographic) and the innovative technology to collect it, focusing on the amount collected, the quality of fog water, and the impact of the technology on the livelihoods of beneficiary communities. By and large, the technology described is simple, cost-effective, and energy-free. However, fog-water collection has disadvantages in that it is seasonal, localised, and the technology needs continual maintenance. Based on the experience in several countries, the sustainability of the technology could be guaranteed if technical, economic, social, and management factors are addressed during its planning and implementation. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Ojo A.S.,Ministry of National Development
COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors | Year: 2010

The construction industry faces challenges ranges from technical, social, political, financial and lots more but only the competencies of the key player will determine how the challenges will be handled and overcome. Construction professionals must constantly seek to improve their performance if they are to survive in the marketplace. There is a need to equip the professionals with necessary tools of development and training, both hard and soft training. The paper assessed the professional development level of 60 professionals in the industry with the aid of questionnaire and short relational interviews. Out of 96 questionnaires distributed, 60 were returned for assessment. It was discovered that majority are not engaging themselves in the aspect of continuous development on their job. Several factors contributed to their non-responsive to training and developments, such as organizational structures, working condition, location, work schedule, and lots more. The data collected helped to identified critical areas of concern for professional development and obstacles to avoid. The study also identified the effects of low interest in professional development either theoretically or practically.


Ojo A.S.,Ministry of National Development
COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors | Year: 2010

Delay and cost overruns are common in construction projects and construction activity requires major investment, yet the bureaucratic activity makes it more excessive in times of the cost and time. Indeed, the problem of time and cost overruns in Seychelles is widespread and severe both to the government and the public awaiting the allocation of the house. This study investigates the various reasons related to delays and cost overruns being caused by the bureaucracy. The following questions are posed and answered: Are the bureaucracy really needed? How common and how large are the time and the cost overruns due to the bottle neck or red tape? What is the way forward? An interim report is presented on the survey, suggesting the major underlying results of the bureaucracy are the lack of prompt payment by agencies concerned to contractors, fluctuations in material, labor and plant costs etc.


Sunday O.A.,Ministry of National Development
Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference | Year: 2010

The almost inevitable situation in construction projects is variation. It is common in all types of construction projects and plays an important role in determining the closing cost and time of the projects. The study examines the impact of variation on construction projects in relation to the handler that is the in-house staff and the consultants. To achieve the study objectives, a critical review of relevant literature was done coupled with questionnaire survey to collect information on potential causes of variations in the public projects with special emphasis on projects carried out by the class 1 and 2 contractors for government. Through the literature review, 53 causes of variation orders were identified which provided the basis for the formulation of the questionnaire. The identified causes were earlier subjected to test by the professionals to determine the relevance of the causes of variation in Seychelles construction projects. 58 questionnaires were distributed to the in-house construction professionals, consultants and contractors involve in handling government projects. 30 in house staff responded to the questionnaire and 18 responded by both the consultants and contractors who were involved in government construction projects. Through the analysis of the data it was discovered that the projects handled by the consultants are more prone to variation orders than projects handled by the in-house professionals. Aside the study also discovered that the percentage difference in the initial contract sums and final sums was significant both for the projects managed by the in-house project staff and the consultants but higher in the consultants managed projects. The study concluded that the projects handled by the consultants suffered both cost and time overruns than the projects handled by the in-house staff.


Ojo A.S.,Ministry of National Development
COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors | Year: 2010

Almost all standard forms of contract contain a provision that deals with defective works. Defective works during construction is easily admissible to contractor and those that occur during defect liability period are within the tune of contractors' normal music. After this defect liability period, most contractors believe that the ball has been passed to the employer or the buyer. Can this always be true? It is a supposed truth that the final certificate will discharge the contractor's liability for the defective works and the cost of remedying same. This has been proved wrong times without number by the court. The court generally does not regard a certificate as being final except where very clear words are used in the contract. This paper examines the legal position of the construction contract in relation to their rights and whose liabilities are the defects after issuance of final certificates. A careful examination and documentary analysis of the law journals and law reports was carried out with final consideration of the position of Housing Finance Management on large low-cost housing projects. The result shows the circumstances to be considered when determining the liability of defects after issuance of final certificate, these are the conclusiveness evidence, consequential extent of the damages/loss, patent defects, fraud and concealment of defects.


Ojo A.S.,Ministry of National Development
COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors | Year: 2010

This paper examines the factors that have contributed to very low hazards and accidents in the Seychelles construction industry in recent years, the values, perception, attitude, competencies and behavioural patterns of the stakeholder as well as the employee placed on safety on site. Every job has its own hazards and construction industry is not an exception, but it was discovered that level of accident in the construction industry were getting reduced compared with other areas of work. A questionnaire was administered to construction managers, supervisors and frontline workers from 30 construction sites. Data were collected using questionnaire and in-depth interviews for a period of three months. The result shows that organizational structures and compliance with the on-site safety rules were the factors that have enhanced the high improvement of safety standards in construction industry in recent years as they were ranked highest while others factors such as safety perception, job satisfaction, compliance with safety management policies, effective communication, foremen supervisory attitude to safety also contributed immensely to the safety standards in the construction sites.

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