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Publications by Ramiro Gonçalves

2016

Computer Supported Cooperative Work - Exploratory Study on CSCW and Groupware Technologies and its Applicability in the Health Area

Authors
Branco, F; Goncalves, R; Martins, J; Bessa, J; Baptista, A;

Publication
NEW ADVANCES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES, VOL 2

Abstract
Since the dawn of human civilization that cooperation among individuals is observed. In the most primitive stage this phenomenon was manifested through hunting groups, progressing to the construction of objects and buildings and in a later phase in the construction of modem society itself. Nowadays with the advent of technology and rise of ICT, collaborative processes across workgroups in organizations have been increasingly supported by this concept. The use of technology for supporting collaborative processes of working groups led to the creation of areas of study as CSCW and Groupware. In the health area, collaborative platforms have been used for supporting medical distance learning, social networks for collaboration, patient monitoring, discussion forums and sharing of medical media content. This paper has the goal of analyzing teclmological advances and the application of collaborative platforms in the health area, through an exploratory work of literature and application analysis and discussion.

2016

Emerging Industrial Visualization Systems: The Challenges and Opportunities of Virtual and Immersive Reality Technologies

Authors
Cota, M; Gonzalez Castro, M; Branco, F; Goncalves, R; Martins, J;

Publication
TRENDS AND APPLICATIONS IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Abstract
The continuous process industry is currently facing a serious need for systems that allow to monitor and manage their factories. Despite the existing industrial visualization screens provide for a partial answer to the identified issue, there is a set of new technologies who might help on developing the existing industrial visualization systems and provide and improved aid to the human controllers who monitor and manage the production processes. The presented paper aims at not only delivering a serious and focused characterization on the existing industry visualization screens, but above all, it intends to present several opportunities, challenges and new perspectives for the use of innovative visualization technologies (such as 2.5D/3D screens, augmented and virtual reality) in those industries whose production process assumes itself as continuous. This contribute, from our perspective will serve as a basis for further research on the field.

2016

How Ill is Online Health Care? An Overview on the Iberia Peninsula Health Care Institutions Websites Accessibility Levels

Authors
Martins, J; Goncalves, R; Branco, F; Pereira, J; Peixoto, C; Rocha, T;

Publication
NEW ADVANCES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES, VOL 2

Abstract
The current urge on using Internet for both social and professional tasks, alongside with the existence of over 80 million European citizens with some sort of disability as led to the need for an accessible Web [1]. Given, the also increasing thrive for searching the web for health related information and the assumption of heath care institutions as the creators of this type of information, a research study was developed in order to evaluate the accessibility levels of the Iberian health care institutions. From this study, that used ACESSWEB as the evaluation platform, it was possible to perceive that none of the evaluated websites was WCAG 2.0 compliant and that, despite the poor results, Spanish websites presented more accessibility concerns than the Portuguese. Hence, the situation is critical and a significant effort must be done in order to allow citizens with disabilities to have access to the much needed health related information.

2016

Increasing the Reach of Enterprises through Electronic Commerce: A Focus Group Study Aimed at the Cases of Portugal and Spain

Authors
Goncalves, R; Martins, J; Branco, F; Perez Cota, M; Oliveira, MAY;

Publication
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Abstract
E-commerce notably increases the reach of enterprises, bringing a firm's products and services into the international arena. In times of shrinking domestic markets, due to national crises, becoming available in global markets is essential for survival and growth. We have thus held three focus group interactions to produce a set of strategic recommendations with regards to how to improve e-Commerce adoption levels in Iberian enterprises, essential in times of local hardship and market contraction. Suggestions include creating actions to influence governments to re-evaluate the legislation that regulates e-Commerce, making it more transparent; encouraging venture capitalists, banks and business angels to finance such e-Commerce endeavors; encouraging higher education institutions (HEI) to partner with Iberian enterprises to ensure knowledge transfer in both directions; creating, with HEI and training organizations, a set of new training courses directed at Iberian enterprises and focusing on concepts such as Web 2.0 capabilities and a coherent online organizational identity. Fundamental is the perspective that e-Commerce is a strategic issue, warranting funds and qualified personnel, at different levels in the hierarchy, for adequate strategic e intent, e-vision, and e-mission formulation, followed by effective e-process implementation.

2016

Internet and social networks as enhancer's business instruments [Internet e redes sociais como instrumentos potenciadores de negócio]

Authors
Gonçalves, R; Martins, J; Rocha, Á;

Publication
RISTI - Revista Iberica de Sistemas e Tecnologias de Informacao

Abstract

2016

Promoting e-Commerce Software Platforms Adoption as a Means to Overcome Domestic Crises: The Cases of Portugal and Spain Approached from a Focus-Group Perspective

Authors
Goncalves, R; Martins, J; Pereira, J; Cota, M; Branco, F;

Publication
TRENDS AND APPLICATIONS IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Abstract
Focus group interactions led to a set of strategic recommendations with regards to how to improve e-Commerce adoption levels in Iberian enterprises, essential in times of crises. Suggestions include: (1) Create actions to influence the governments of the Iberian Peninsula to re-evaluate the legislation that regulates e-Commerce; (2) Encourage venture capitalists, banks and business angels to create financing lines with better access; (3) Encourage European institutions of higher education to create partnerships with Iberian enterprises in a way that the technical know-how in these enterprises could be mixed with the scientific knowledge of those institutions; (4) Create, alongside with training organizations and universities, a set of new training courses directed at Iberian enterprises focusing on concepts such as Web 2.0 capabilities and the maintaining of a coherent online organizational identity. Increases in e-Commerce transactions may bring changes in mentality and greater prosperity to nations such as Portugal and Spain.

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