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Humphrey D.,Seneca College | Brook C.,A+ Network | MacDonald A.,Bocoup
Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW '10 | Year: 2010

The HTML5 specification introduces the audio and video media elements, and with them the opportunity to change the way media is integrated on the web. The current HTML5 media API provides ways to play and get limited information about audio and video, but no way to programatically access or create such media. In this paper we present an enhanced API for these media elements, as well as details about a Mozilla Firefox implementation created by the authors, which allows web developers to read and write raw audio data. © 2010 Copyright is held by the author/owner(s).

Carothers R.,Technology Partners | Breslin C.,Institute for Work and Health | Breslin C.,Seneca College | Breslin C.,University of Toronto | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health | Year: 2010

Microfinance programs are recognized as a way of improving incomes and creating employment for large numbers of low-income families, but there are concerns that working conditions within these informal microenterprises are far from ideal. For example, when families receive loans to expand a microenterprise, children may make up the labor shortfall until the family can afford to hire adult workers. Through the Promoting and Protecting the Interests of Children who Work (PPIC-Work) project being carried out in Egypt, a set of interventions that can not only improve working conditions, but can also be integrated into standard microfinance programs has been developed. By working with and through self-financing microfinance programs, the PPIC-Work approach provides a way of improving occupational safety and health not only for children working in microenterprises but also for large numbers of children and adults working in the informal sector more generally.

Earnshaw E.,Seneca College
Biology and Philosophy | Year: 2015

The Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium has been argued by Sober, Stephens and others to represent the zero-force state for evolutionary biology understood as a theory of forces. I investigate what it means for a model to involve forces, developing an explicit account by defining what the zero-force state is in a general theoretical context. I use this account to show that Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium is not the zero-force state in biology even in the contexts in which it applies, and argue based on this that drift should not be understood as an evolutionary force. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Woit D.,Ryerson University | Bell K.,Seneca College
KMIS 2014 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing | Year: 2014

In this work we (i) expose and analyse the social-psychological principle of commitment and consistency embedded in the Extreme Programming software development process, (ii) illustrate how this principle can be leveraged to impact upon project success, and (iii) provide practical evidence of the manifestation of this principle and its effects in the Extreme Programming domain, through nascent results from our qualitative case study. This work is in its initial stages; our intent is to persuade the reader that commitment and consistency are indeed relevant factors in Extreme Programming process, are potentially impactful on organizational success, and are worthy of further study.

Korus M.,University of Toronto | Stinson J.,University of Toronto | Pool R.,University of Toronto | Williams A.,University of Toronto | Kagan S.,Seneca College
Progress in Transplantation | Year: 2011

Context-Adolescents are at higher risk for organ loss than are all other age groups, but no studies have been conducted to examine the specific information needs of adolescents. A better understanding of adolescents' information needs is essential for developing programs tailored to their unique requirements.Objective-To explore information needs of adolescents who have undergone kidney transplantation in order to inform development of an education program.Design-A qualitative descriptive design was used. Focus groups (n = 2) were conducted by using a semistructured interview guide. Transcribed data were organized into categories that reflected emerging themes by using simple content analysis.Participants and Setting-A convenience sample of 8 adolescents (50% female) who varied in age, donor type, and time since transplantation were recruited from a large Canadian tertiary care pediatric center.Results- Adolescents articulated that the process of undergoing kidney transplant was very stressful and affected all aspects of their lives. In particular, adolescents identified 4 main stressors: changes in body image, wanting to be normal, pain, and breakdown in communication processes. The 2 strategies that assisted adolescents in coping with these stressors were (1) gaining knowledge about the transplantation process and (2) experiencing understanding through social support. They wanted information provided to them gradually throughout the transplant experience with choices given as to how they receive the information.Conclusion-Adolescents were united in their call for information, self-management strategies, and meaningful social support to better manage their kidney transplant and prepare for transition to adult health care.

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