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The International Society for Information Studies (IS4SI) convenes a great melting pot on information research where glossariumBITri will serve as weaving device

posted May 31, 2017, 7:59 AM by MARIO GALINDO GALVEZ   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 5:49 AM ]

IS4SI Summit | Gothenburg (Sweden) | 2017, 12-17 

Since its constitution, the International Society for Information Studies (IS4SI) organises a biennial summit that gathers researchers from all over the world within information studies and related fields, associating in one single event different international conferences related by their interdisciplinary perspectives. The summit was previously held in Vienna 2015 (where BITrum-RG organised a Symposium and its General Assembly, see BITrum new 19/01/2015) and is planned to be convened in the University of California, Berkeley, in 2019. Their predecessors were the conferences held in Beijing in 2010 where the foundations of the Society were built (see BITrum update from 2010/10/20), and Moscow in 2013 (s. BITrum update 2012/09/12). IS4SI 2017 brings under the same roof four conferences previously held separately:

  • The Seventh International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FIS), now under the focus: Structure, Dynamics, Complexity in the Informational Nature
  • The Third International Conference on Philosophy of Information (ICPI) now focused on: Information Philosophy: The Philosophical Foundations of the Information Era
  • The Sixth Difference that Makes a Difference (DTMD) conference, now focused on: Information, Narrative and Rhetoric: Exploring Meaning in a Digitalised Society
  • The International Forum on Ecological Methodology in Information Studies (IFEIS) with a focus on The Problem of Reductionism in Information Studies

These conferences, and a number of other parallel and consecutive scientific events are assembled in IS4SI 2017 Summit under the umbrella theme DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY: Embodied, Embedded, Networked, Empowered through Information, Computation & Cognition!. The summit will provide a meeting place for researchers from academia and industry, educators, societal stakeholders and others from a broad range of communities to build connections between fundamental scientific questions and the most urgent human aspects of digitalization, seen from an interdisciplinary informational perspective.

Besides the four aforementioned major conferences, the summit will feature:

  • 10 international recognized keynote speakers
  • 4 different symposia presenting state of the art research results, including a special doctoral symposium for PhD students working on the major themes of the submit 
  • 7 workshops to foster discussions, mutual exchanges, critical thinking and co-production of knowledge
  • 14 panels of experts open to the elucidation of relevant and oft puzzling topics
  • 2 specialized tutorials to provide interactively better acquainted with a specific topics
  • An  artistic programme with music and dance related to algorithms and generative models
glossariumBITri as a tool to weave strands
The glossariumBITri, which is now going through a vigorous transformation, will be used in IS4SI Summit Gothenburg 2017 as a way to  weave the strands of the many different (and somehow scattering) matters dealt with in the Summit. The glossariumBITri (gB) will aim to clarify the different concepts used in the Summit as a kind of transversal tool within the Summit. Under its new development phase, the system is intended to serve as a retrieval resource and assessment tool (using semantic network analysis) to determine the achievements in knowledge integration.

On the one hand, the glossariumBITri will provide IS4SI Summit with a tool to weave its parts, increasing the possibilities to achieve synergetic results; on the other, the summit offers the clarification project, in which BITrum Research Group has been engaged since its origins, with the possibility to make a significant leap forward. The roots of this endeavour has been established in the joint partnership established among BITrum-RG, the National University of Santa Elena (Ecuador) and the Bertalanffy Center (Vienna).

Presentation of glossariumBITri book edition and multimodal publishing system

posted Aug 29, 2016, 9:29 PM by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

glossariumBITri enters a new developing phase thanks to the inter-institutional cooperation among BITrum and the Ecuadorian universities of Santa Elena, Politécnica Salesiana and Yachay Tech. Hereinafter glossariumBITri integrates three components: interactive, journal and book edition.

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

posted Jan 15, 2015, 12:06 PM by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 8:20 PM by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA ]

The publication 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.

GlossariumBITri's Evolution in 2013

posted Jan 25, 2014, 4:03 AM by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 4:05 AM ]

Impact progression

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).

New proposal, new editors

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"-.

Creation of GlossariumBITri as Electronic Open Journal

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.

The impact of glossariumBITri grows steadily since its 2010 publication

posted Oct 10, 2012, 8:00 AM by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated Oct 12, 2012, 4:16 AM ]

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

posted Oct 10, 2012, 7:57 AM by José María Díaz Nafría

After the October 2010 edition of the glossariumBITri, a number of extraordinary new articles have been added, offering contributions to formal, physical and transdisciplinary perspectives on information. Even with these new items, the glossary is still in need for further work. In this regard, a significant number of proposals have been either entered into the proposal's page or informally communicated.

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 first book edition of the glossarium BITri is published in the second anniversary of BITrum

posted Nov 10, 2010, 2:10 PM by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated Nov 12, 2010, 4:24 PM ]

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the first book edition of the glossary, which is right now coming out the press. After about two years of editorial work, this first edition means an early and decisive step forward in an ambitious enterprise covering at its completion all relevant notions relating to INFORMATION in any scientific context. During this foundational phase of the glossarium BITri: the team was progresively convened; the cooperative edition system was created and managed; the contents were elaborated by contributors and eventually discussed with editors and critics, and consequently vertebrated in articles; the articles were reviewed by coordinators and correctors, etc. In a last step, the contents were compiled in the form of an electronic book conveyed in a CD within a printed case with ISBN: 978-84-9773-554-4.

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!

Welcome to new members into the editorial board

posted Oct 25, 2010, 3:33 PM by José María Díaz Nafría

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.

Mark BURGIN (Mathematical theories of information and knowledge)
He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University and Doctor of Science in logic and philosophy from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at UCLA, USA. Previously he was a Professor at the Institute of Education, Kiev; at International Solomon University, Kiev; at Kiev State University, Ukraine; and Director of the Assessment Laboratory, Research Center of Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is Chief Editor of the International Journal "Integration: Mathematical Theory and Applications", Chief Editor of the International Journal "Information", and Associative Editor of the International Journal on Computers and their Applications. He is also a chair of the IEEE SFV Computer and Communication Chapter. Dr. Burgin is doing research, has publications, and taught courses in mathematics, computer science, information sciences, artificial intelligence, logic, psychology, education, social sciences, and methodology of science. Dr. Burgin has authorized and co-authorized more than 500 papers and 17 books.

He will be the editor of General Theory of Information
Gordana DODIG-CRNKOVIC (Info-computation approach, Physics of Information
She is Associate Professor of Computing at Mälardalen University, Sweden. After finishing her PhD in Physics, she worked as a researcher at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. She moved to Sweden working at ABB Atom as criticality safety analyst. In the third phase, she joined Mälardalen University, making her second PhD in Computer Science, entitled Investigations into Information Semantics and Ethics of Computing. Her research includes info-computational modeling and philosophy of computing and information. She is teaching courses in Theory of Science, Computing and Philosophy, Ethics, and Formal Languages and Automata.
She organized ECAP 2005 conference and published around hundred articles including one authored (Information and Computation Nets) and two edited books: Computation, Information, Cognition (with S. Stuart) and Information and Computation (with M. Burgin).

She has already authored and is editor of the article 

Luis Emilio BRUNI (cultural and technology studies)
He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Theory of Science at the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; M.S. International and Global Relations, Universidad Central de Venezuela; B.S. Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, USA. Since 2004 he is at Aalborg University (Denmark) where he is associate professor at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, teaaching courses on multimodal perception and cognition, digital culture and theory of science. His current research covers relations between cognition, technology and culture with focus on sustainability. He has been guest lecturer in bioethics and sustainability at University of Copenhagen; researcher at the Communication Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Centre "Semeion" of Rome, Italy; especial adviser on biodiversity, bioethics and sustainable development to the Amazonian Parliament; and researcher at the Venezuelan Centre for Global and International Relations of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was founder member of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS), currently serves in its executive committee and is member of the editorial boards of the Biosemiotics Journal (Springer).

He will be the editor of symbol, bio-semiotics.

Moreover, the correction team for English has also been enriched with the incorporation of Anthony HOFFMANN from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he works on information ethics and policy. He has previously collaborate with BITrum managing BITagora, and concerning glossarium BITri, he has recently carried out a review of all English text to be publish in the first book edition.

From coordination we wish to express our most heartfelt welcome to all these valuable new contributors to the glossary. We are sure the common purpose of bringing some clarity and richness of scopes on information and related concepts and problems will now be somehow easier to achieve.

TripleC will devote a space in its "reflections" section for publishing glossary articles

posted Apr 17, 2010, 7:19 AM by José María Díaz Nafría

The editors of TripleC accepted on April the 16th the publication of a Glossary article selection. Considering it falls into the frame of interest of the journal (Cognition-Communication-Cooperation), the Glossarium editorial counsel proposed to the journal editors to bring into their pages those articles more open to controversy, i.e. those presenting several points of view or the analysis of some problem concerning information.

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.

Glossary articles are being published in BITrum's contributions blog for discussion

posted Apr 5, 2010, 3:28 PM by José María Díaz Nafría

Aiming at discussing and disseminating glossary contents, relevant articles (fulfilling editorial criteria) are been periodically published in BITrum's contributions blog. A distance of about 3 days is being left between consecutive articles to enable a space of discussion. The thread of articles puts forth a thematic illation aimed at facilitating discussion.

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.

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