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Hyperpolitics

Hyperpolitics

Concept Development in the Web Environment

Hyperpolitics is an online platform for the hypertextual framing and navigation of political science concepts. It has been developed by an international research team directed by Mauro Calise and Theodore J. Lowi. Hyperpolitics allows for rapid access, through hypertextual links, to a wide range of full text references, thus stimulating and guiding the organization of knowledge. All definitions are constructed using the same analytical pattern, a matrix of twelve logically interrelated keywords. This results in a dynamic process of conceptual processing, combining the breadth of specialized sources with strict control of the logical steps. Construction of a definition is a stepwise process, allowing for better exposition – and discussion – of the various parts. Definitions share a common logical structure, which makes for easier comparison. As each matrix is developed using a common set of 100 keywords, Hyperpolitics grows into a systemic network of logical crossreferences: a hyperdictionary.

Thanks to its user-friendly interface, Hyperpolitics can be used for scholarly research as well as for teaching purposes, in both the classroom and distance education. It is an easily exportable model for other disciplines in the Social Sciences domain. Hyperpolitics is open to any user both in a «read» and «write» mode.

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Federica

Federica

the Web-learning portal of the University of Naples Federico II

Mauro Calise is scientific director of Federica, the E-learning portal created by the University of Naples, Federico II as an effort to provide free access to academic knowledge: syllabuses, lesson’s summaries, research materials, images, videos, links to Web resources. A new  frontier for distance learning.
With Federica you have a single free access to four different learning experiences: open educational resources, podcasting, Living Library and Federica 3D, the virtual campus.
The interface is structured through a single logical and graphic format that guarantees the modularity and uniformity of the materials, as well as the simplicity of the navigation.
Materials produced by Federica are all open access and free of charge, shared through a Creative Commons license and created for use anywhere and at any time. All of the 13 faculties at the University of Naples are participating in the project.

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More than 600 lessons can be downloaded as podcast files, easy to use anytime and anywhere on last-generation multimedia device. Among the most innovative features of Federica is its Living Library, a unique gateway to an extraordinary selection of electronic resources. Drawing from a professional team of e-researchers, Federica offers authoritative guidance to the best on line libraries and archives worldwide, a tremendous plus for all students searching for more content, more data, and more knowledge. All of its resources are classified according to the faculty and are accompanied by a description of its contents, degree of  access and usability of each Web site.
Federica also presents the University of Naples in high resolution graphics. The heart of the 3D environment is piazza Federica, bringing all university’s buildings  together in a virtual square.

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IPSA Portal

IPSA Portal

The Electronic Frontier

Mauro Calise is the director of IPSAPortal, an official publication of the International Political Science Association.
Aim of the Portal is to foster on-line research, providing authoritative guidance to students and scholars worldwide.

With a  special concern for political scientists from developing countries, where access to electronic sources can become a formidable substitute for the lack of adequate libraries.

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The identity and visibility of the IPSAPortal relies on the following features:

  • authoritative selection
    IPSAPortal guides the user through a selected number of websites prominent for each specific area and subfield
  • expert guidance
    each selected site is carefully reviewed and assessed, in order to make the user informed about its actual compliance with the user’s needs
  • innovative interface
    IPSAPortal has designed its interface with a sharp focus on the specific needs and habits of the academic community.