6. Updates (en)
After a long navigation, the second book edition is presented on Tuesday, August the 30th, at 18:00 (Ecuadorian time) in the auditorium of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena-UPSE (La Libertad university campus, Ecuador). The presentation also includes the endeavor, in which we are currently working to modernize the interactive system, as well as the scientific journal, now launched in virtue of the inter-institutional cooperation among BITrum, UPSE, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana and Yachay Tech.
The three components: gB-interactive, gB-journal and gB-book, are now entangled in a multimodal publishing system through which we expect to achieve the objectives of developing a fruitful and novel approach to investigating the thousand faces of information, as we started in 2008. Now we are standing on firm foundations and, since the object of study undoubtedly cross all the sciences, we hope that it will be a place where many of us meet in the arduous task of understanding the complexity of our surrounding world. To this end it is obvious we need many lights. Nevertheless, we count on the guiding thread of "information" as to weave endeavors. We hope you can join us!
The Ecuadorian Public University of Santa Elena (UPSE) in cooperation with BITrum publishes the 2nd glossariumBITri book edition
in book of the glossariumBITri (2nd edition) was agreed during the summer of 2014 in virtue of a cooperation agreement between the Ecuadorian "Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena" (UPSE) and BITrum. This edition, exclusively in English, includes with respect to the previous edition voices edited after the 2010 edition, among them: articles related to the General Theory of Information, Algorithmic Theory of Information (or complexity theory), info-computationalism, cybersemiosis, information and medicine, etc.
The cooperation was agreed within a partnership framework between both entities envisaging actions related to the development of interdisciplinary studies of information. Indeed such development is included in the project supported by the Ecuadorian postdoctoral research programme PROMETEO entrusted to our colleague J.M. Díaz Nafría. Among the joint activities the development of the scientific journal glossariumBITri (gB) is also included. It will be linked to the interactive-gB for a periodical extraction of the contributions of higher quality aiming to increase impacts.
The electronic book edition can be accessed from BITrum-contributions repository: here.
As we informed past year, the visibility of the glossariumBITri has keep on growing, even without taking care of being indexed or referred in public bibliographic catalogues until recently. The number of visits has grown in the same proportion as past years, and readers come now from all over the globe, concentrating the Latin American countries the higher audience. The achieved impact can be somehow reflected in the maximum figure of 10.413 pages visited in past October (the figures below show the number of visits between 1/1/2010 and 31/12/2013, excluding visits done to the domain bitrum.unileon.es).
Concerning new content proposals, there is a number of new contributions that have been forwarded by different authors covering new areas, and -at the same time- we welcome new editors in areas previously unattended, as Balu Bathreya -who will take care of the voice "information in medical sciences"- and Cecile Malaspina -who will cover the interesting but quite unknown French author "Gregory Simondon"-.
Insofar as one of our objectives was to facilitate the visibility of the contributions through different publishing means, and while TripleC (with whom we had agree the publication of selected articles) has significantly changed its orientation as to cover the areas of the glossary, we have been hesitating about what to do next. We have finally taken the resolution of opening an electronic open journal, hosted in some of our collaborating universities, for the periodical publication of new and reviewed articles. In the next general assembly we would like to discuss some details.
Since its first on-line publication in September 2010, followed by its publication as a paper-book in November 2010, the visibility and influence of glossariumBITri has grown significantly and still further expansion is foreseen. The website tracking results in the graphic show a constantly increasing number of weekly accesses and downloads from glossariumBITri website. From 206 visits in September 2010 to 1254 in September 2012. More than 4000 visits and 5000 accessed pages have been recorded.
Concerning the geographical origin of visits, they mainly come from the American continent, specially iberoamerican countries, with about 24 % of visits from Mexico, 14 % from Colombia, 13 % from Spain, etc. From non-spanish speaking countries, we highlight 3.3 % of visits from USA, 1 % from India, 0.8 % from the UK or 0.5 % from Germany.
The Glossary is being enriched with further articles on information from transdisciplinar perspectives
Among the recently uploaded articles you may find: (1) Søren Brier's proposal at the confluence between cybernetics and semantics; (2) the General Theory of Information (GTI) offered by Mark Burgin as a powerful formal tool to unify distinct formal approaches to information; (3) physical aspects of information studied by Igor Gurevich in terms of heterogeneity; and (4) within the field of algorithmic information theory and complexity, in which Mark Burgin has worked out an enlightening clarification in a field where he has a thorough expertise, started in his early collaboration with Kolmogorov in the 1980s.
In particular, the following are new entries in the glossariumBITri:
The edition comprises: an introductory section clarifying the work scope and methodology, the structure of the articles and the symbology used; a concise description of the editorial team; the compilation of all edited and reviewed articles in two sections: Spanish articles, and English ones; and indexes.
This book and the glossary as a whole is indebted to the work of all members of the editorial team (correctors, editors, authors, coordinators) and also to the support given by the Universidad de León and Caja España.
The date in which the book was finished, November the 8th, coincides with the second aniversary of the foundation of the BITrum group. Therefore this publication brings about the oportunity to celebrate these two years of scientific voyage. Congratulations and best wishes for the rest of the journey!
Recently, new distinguished members has joined the editorial board of glossarium BITri proposing the editing of new voices and the authorship of new entries in already existing articles: Mark Burgin (University of California, Los Angeles), Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Mälardalen University, Sweden) and Luis Bruni (University of Aalborg, Denmark). Their excellency in fields which were not properly covered before undoubtedly strengthen the pillars of the glossary.
We wish to express our gratitude to our colleagues and TripleC editors, Wolfgang Hofkirchner and Christian Fuchs, for offering us the opportunity of increasing the impact, the recognition of contributors and the discussion arena pursued in the Glossarium.
Since the contributions to BITrum in Spanish and English are not simultaneous, the blogs in both languages are different in content and publishing calendar. In the English blog, the contributions to TripleC (new with respect to the Proceeding of 2008) are being published until the end of April, while glossary articles -in English- will start to be published in May. In the Spanish blog, glossary articles in Spanish are being published since the beginning of March (Open Access, Commodification, Communication, Sign, Endogenous Information, Holographic principle, data, knowledge, message, etc.).
As stated in the glossary objectives, the mutual understanding and theoretical clarification that is pursued within the glossary will only be achieved by means of discussion, critical reflection in the problems concerning information from their many sides and constructive remarks pointing to those aspects that any sight might leave aside. We hope the publication of articles on the blog furthers this necessary discussion, bringing new insight to enrich glossary contents.
Since June, and being the website only accessible to collaborators (33 contributors), 850 visits have been accounted, staying within the site for a total of 163 hours (discounting visits and time spent by coordinators), whereas the work time spent by contributors out of the system is of course difficult to be guessed. This dedication has undoubtedly been translated in a growing quality of glossary contents… We wish to address our most cordial gratitude to one and all who have somehow contributed to the first version (even if not reflected now in the published articles): J.M. Aguado, C. Aguilar, B.M. Al-Hadithi, Y. Andreadakis, L. Barrionuevo, S. Burset, M. Campos, R. Capurro, E. Carbonero, E. Curras, J.M. Díaz, P. Fleissner, A. Florio, A. Fraga, C. Fuchs, X.A. García-Sampedro, R. Gejman, M. Golkhosravi, W. Hofkirchner, M. Liz, R. Macarro, A. Marcos, P. Marijuán, E. Mastromatteo, J. Morato, J.A. Moreiro, M. Osorio, J. Ostalé, M. Pérez-Montoro, C. Requena, B. Rodríguez, F. Salto, L. Sánchez, S. Sánchez-Cuadrado, J. Segal and M. Vázquez.
The editorial coordinators still have some work to do before the official publication of the first glossary version (format homogenization, texts review, layout…). Nevertheless, we can start to think about the following stages. The publication has probably been a way to achieve a critical mass, but the objective is to maintain the glossary alive, a place for reflection of our pursued clarification of concepts, theories and problems concerning information. To this respect we might say:
We believe that what we have achieved so far is a good platform to reach these objectives making it possible for the next stage to be even more fruitful… But for now, there it is our gratitude and our best wishes for the next stage.
Editorial coordination, José María, Francisco, Mario