Hakikur Rahman email at hakik.org
Wed Mar 7 05:05:46 PST 2012

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 01, 2012
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: July 01, 2012
Ethical Data Mining Applications for Socio-Economic Development
A book edited by Dr. Hakikur Rahman and Dr. 
Isabel Ramos, University of Minho, Portugal

To be published by IGI Global: 

(Call for the chapter:

Data mining is the process of discovering 
significant, valuable and interesting structures 
and relationships in large and complex volumes of 
data, especially in data-enriched areas like 
finance, insurance, marketing, technology, 
science, engineering, research, environmental and 
biomedical sciences, and in many other 
socio-economic domains. In the socio-economic 
aspect of a society, data mining applications 
essentially act as effective instruments for 
providing support to health care facilities, 
electronics-based commerce, supermarket 
purchases, stock trades, insurance claims 
conducted on-line, or measuring socio-economic 
pattern of a society. This way, a wealth of 
information can be amassed about not only on 
clients´ habits and their preferences, but also 
about the behavior pattern, purchase pattern, 
sales pattern, stock pattern and even profit 
forecast. However, practitioners often seek 
personal information not directly from the 
participants themselves, but from other collected 
sources, and this may lead to unreliability about 
the source with privacy protection, and raises 
ethical concern. Social and ethical matters are 
nowadays concerns to the society, of which people 
are the only elements. Furthermore, in the days 
of technology innovations, computers are being 
manipulated with programs to act more like 
people, and eventually several social and ethical 
matters come into focus related to computer 
programming, or artificial intelligence. Hence, 
learning about ethical issues on data mining 
applications is an important area of research interest.

Overall Objective of the Book
The ethical conduct of research is becoming an 
important element of modern scientific research. 
In these days, computer science and its 
technological remnants touch nearly every aspect 
of human life, and computer scientists must 
conduct and report their research in an ethical 
manner. The book will provide an overview on 
ethical issues in research for development of 
ICTs, and socio-economic development aspects. 
This book will also collate scientific 
developments with ethical issues, develop 
theories in relation to researches with ethical 
impediments, examine potential ethical dilemmas 
in this discipline, synthesize experimental cases 
to develop models as success cases and discuss 
how ethical concerns may be addressed to tackle 
these situations. Finally, the book looks to make 
an in-depth study on other areas of ethical 
concern and future development of a common 
acceptable code for ethical computer science research.

Target Audience
As an emerging subject, the target audiences are 
expected to be from the scientists, researchers, 
and practitioners working in the field of data 
mining, data warehousing, database management and 
information systems technologies. Furthermore, 
the audience will include among various 
stakeholders, like academics, research 
institutes, and individuals those are interested 
in this field, and most of all among the huge 
audience in the public sector comprising 
government agencies, ministries, education 
institutions, health service providers, financial 
service providers, social service providers and 
other types of government, commercial and not-for-profit agencies.

Recommended topics for chapters include, but are 
not limited to, the following:
    * primary data, methods and procedures to 
create compilations of accurate reporting with ethical issues;
    * primary data that are based on human 
observation to be treated for prompt recording and accurate presentation;
    * preservation of record for future use and intelligent decision making;
    * recording sufficient detail of data to 
preserve the record of factors that might turn out to be significant;
    * develop methods that minimizes doubt about 
the time of the occurrence or the time at which it was recorded;
    * data record that should be kept reasonably 
free from risk of damage or ethical concerns;
    * necessary research materials that should be 
made available to others who attempt to replicate similar research works;
    * creation, maintenance and preservation of 
large amount of data, content and record;
    * preserving the confidentiality of sensitive 
information about human subjects, if any, in the data record; and
    * preservation of research data for a 
reasonable number of years after the appearance 
of final reports or publications resulting from the research.
Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to 
submit on or before April 01, 2012, a 2-3 page 
proposal clearly explaining the mission and 
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors 
of accepted proposals will be notified by April 
15, 2012 about the status of their proposals and 
sent case guidelines. Full cases are expected to 
be submitted by July 01, 2012. All submitted 
cases will be reviewed on a double-blind review 
basis. Contributors may also be requested to 
serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI 
Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of 
the “Information Science Reference” (formerly 
Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information 
Science Reference,” and “IGI Publishing” 
imprints. For additional information regarding 
the publisher, please visit 
This publication is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Important Dates:
April 01, 2012:                     Proposal Submission Deadline
April 15, 2012:                     Notification of Acceptance
July 01, 2012:                      Full Chapter Submission
August 30, 2012:                 Review Result Returned
September 30, 2012:          Final Chapter Submission

Editorial Advisory Board Members:
Ali Serhan Koyuncugil, University of Baskent, Turkey.
Ángela-Jo Medina, Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, USA.
Derya Altunbas, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey.
Kam Hou Vat, University of Macau, Macau.

Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:
Prof. Hakikur Rahman
University of Minho
DSI, Azurem
4800-058 Guimaraes, Portugal
Tel.: +351 253 510 319  •  FAX: +351 253 510 300   •  GSM: +351 960193872
e-mail: email at hakik.org  

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