We aim at using this space to harvest relevant news in regard to the project and its members (remarkable steps, meetings, agreements, incorporations, new tools, achievements…).
Every BITrum member is invited to keep this space alive, with whatever is considered relevant. Any announcement will be received by the editorial coordination board with their arms well opened.
In December 2012 The Spanish Edition of Le Monde Diplomative published a special issue with a selection of contributions to the Social Networks event held in September 2012 (acess
). Other contributions to the events, convened by BITrum since December 2011, were collected in the monograph issued by the International Review of Information Ethics and co-editied by Wolfgang Hofkirchner and J.M. Díaz Nafría together with C. Coenen (acess
). In the BITrum’s blog of contributions (in English
, in Spanish
) you can find links to the collective and specific contributions.
For the contributions done to the 2013 events, two further collective works are in press: The special issue of the Austrian Journal Systems “Facing complexity: networks, systems and the information society” (LINK), a new issue on Social Networks in the Spanish version of Le Monde Diplomatique, compiling a selection of Spanish texts.
In May 2013, we held the Workshop “Open System Thinking: at the crossroad of a complex world
”, in Sierra Pambley, León, counting with the participation of veteran colleagues as Wolfgang, Gordana, José María, Paco, and new ones: Julian Marcelo, Francisco Álvarez, Enrique Díez, Mahmoud Rasmi, Marcelo León, Mauricio Ortiz, as well as other frequent collaborators. Linked to this event, we also convened a webinar at the end of the Month. In the portal of the event you can access to the contributions, videos of the lectures, and other materials (access
In September 2013, we held a second edition of the workshop on social networks
, in this occasion under the motto “from communicating to solidary networks (an interdisciplinary approach)
” in Sierra Pambley, in which several BITrum colleagues had the occasion to meet: Peter Fleissner, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Julian Marcelo, Paco Alvarez, Mahmoud Rasmi, Enrique Díez, Mauricio Ortiz, Paco Salto, José María Díaz, as well as other frequent collaborators. Linked to this summer event, we organised a Soundpainting Workshop and a couple of Webinars during Fall 2013 gathering further participation. In the portal of the event you can access to the contributions, videos of the lectures, and other materials (access
This initiative expands the interdisciplinary conception of BITrum to other knowledge areas, though taking information studies as a paradigmatic case. It was discussed in 2012 and set up at the beginning of 2013 according to a strategic statement aimed to provide support to the most of the activities held past year and to be presented as a candidate to the new Erasmus+ programme of the EC in April 2014. Among other activities we developed a new web linked to BITrum web-system in which the related events has been informationally hosted. The supporting effort of the participating institutions have been decisive for the ongoing success of the initiative which so far has gather some hundreds of participants. More details of the activities, rationale and collaboration network can be found in PRIMER portal.
As a result of the deployed activities BITrum has collaborate with a number of institutions and projects beyond the mentioned PRIMER network:
- With the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) we have keep our collaboration setting up its information system based on domusBITae concept.
- Several events in Spain and Germany have been enriched by our collaboration with the Institut für Design Science (IDS), hub of the project Foundations of philosophy we have also contributed to, and the Observatory of the Cybersociety (OCS).
- Together with the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE), and the American IEEE, we are co-organising an Information Ethics panel for the 21 Century Norber Wiener IEEE Conference, June 2014, Boston.
- With University of León, and besides the organisation of most remarkable events, we have contributed with the projects: (i) Impact of ICTs in civic attitudes in Education; (ii) Education in values: inquiry into the hidden syllabus; and (iii) MyUniversity, eDemocracy in the European Higher Education System.
Nothing is more important to the fulfilment of our objectives than gathering efforts and enthusiasm around them, thus nothing can be more effusively saluted than the willing to participate in the group of new researchers who have indeed amounted new contributions, proposals, ideas…
First we must grateful mention Francisco Álvarez and Julian Marcelo, who were actually part of the group in the past General Assembly but not properly presented to the rest of the group, both have done significant contributions in the past years in the areas of Philosophy of Science and Technology and Information Uncertainty respectively; but we also joyful greet Enrique Díez, who has contributed in the field of ICT and education as well as in organisational matters, Paz Benito, expert in geography and co-organiser of upcoming events; Marcelo León, expert in regional economic development and contributor to some webinars held in May and December, and promotor of the collaboration with Ecuador; Cecile Malaspina, expert in aesthetics and translator of Simondon and Morin, who has contributed to the event recently held; Mahmoud Rasmi, expert in aesthetics and finances and contributor to several activities since past year; Balu Athreya, interested in clarifying information phenomena in medical concerns and eager to lead an article of glossariumBITri regarding the issue; and Mauricio Ortiz, student of mechanical engineering who has widely contributed to the deployment of the PRIMER initiative. (See members' presentation)
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. 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.
Carlos Aguilar accomplished his doctoral thesis, “Information processing of audiovisual contents”, with honours. Wolfgang Hofkirchner's book “Emergent Information” was published by World Scientific Publishing. Therein, our colleague completes previous works in the matter and deepens in the aspect we already discussed in the Colloquium BITae (León, 2009). Rainer Zimmermann's book “Kreativität und Form” (creativity and form) was published by Springer, containing interesting insights for the foundations of informational dynamics, social games and networks and the related problem of emergence and evolution of meaning. Rafael Capurro's co-authored book “Digital Whoness” was published by Ontos. Therein he tackles the problem of identity, privacy and liberty in the information era with renewed breadth and depth.
A number of articles and contributions to collective works, difficult to summarize, have been published by BITrum members concerning the understanding of information we encourage to share and discuss with the rest of the group through the BITrum blog of contributions and the BITrum’s Facebook-page newly open. All of them represent significant contributions we grateful cheer.
We hope this brief summary provides you a sufficient picture to be aware of BITrum’s activity and endeavour to develop our objectives. We are eager to keep on developing them, and to open more spaces of participation among all members. We would like to discuss with you the future course in the (off- and on-line) general assembly to be held next week coincident with a seminar held by Rainer Zimmermann in León, concerning the Understanding of complexity, with interesting regards to the conceptualization of information in relation to the dynamic of reality...
Nothing is more important to the fulfilment of our objectives than gathering efforts and enthusiasm around them, thus nothing can be more effusively saluted than the willing to participate in the group of new researchers who have indeed amounted since 2012 new contributions, proposals, ideas… In name of the group our most cordial and grateful welcome.
First we must grateful mention Francisco Álvarez and Julian Marcelo, who were actually part of the group in the past General Assembly but not properly presented to the rest of the group, both have done significant contributions in the past years in the areas of Philosophy of Science and Technology and Information Uncertainty respectively; but we also joyful greet Enrique Díez, who has contributed in the field of ICT and education as well as in organisational matters, Paz Benito, expert in geography and co-organiser of upcoming events; Marcelo León, expert in regional economic development and contributor to some webinars held in May and December, and promotor of the collaboration with Ecuador; Cecile Malaspina, expert in aesthetics and translator of Simondon and Morin, who has contributed to the event recently held; Mahmoud Rasmi, expert in aesthetics and finances and contributor to several activities since past year; and Balu Athreya, interested in clarifying information phenomena in medical concerns and eager to lead an article of glossariumBITri regarding the issue.
Francisco Álvarez Álvarez
(Islas Canarias, 1950), Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UNED, Madrid and Founding Member of the Cybersociety Observatory. Doctor in Philosophy by the University of La Laguna where he was Professor of Logic from 1974 to 1984. He was Vice-chancellor for research and vice-chancellor for International Relations of UNED. He has ben associated researcher at the Darwin Collega, Cambridge, UK (1992-1993), researcher with chair of excellence CANACYT -México- in 1994. He has partaken in a number of national and international projects, particularly in the field of bounded axiological rationality, argumentation theory, the emergence of norms in scientific activity, knowledge transference, social and cultural transformations associated to ICTs.
Paz Benito del Pozo
Doctor in Geography and History. Expert in the analysis of industrial and urban areas. Professor at the Department of Geography of the Universidad de León. She has been EEC expert-consultant in industrial ruins (1991-1994), director of urban planning in Asturias (1994-1997), expert and advisor in territorial policy and regional planning in Asturias (1993-1995). She has been visiting professor at the universities of Turin and South California (2000, 2009 and 2011). She also spent periods in other European universities. President of the research group INVESTER of the University of León. Board Member of the Spanish section of the The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage; Expert board for industrial heritage of Castilla y León; Board of the Spanish Association of Geographers, and Fellow of the Real Geographic Society.
Julian Marcelo Cocho
(Naval Engineer and Computing Engineer; MSc. Industry Management; PhD. in Computing Engineering) Professor emeritus of information systems at the Universitat Politècnica de València. He is expert in information technology and Information Organisation and Management, fields in which it is worth highlighting his research in risk and security of systems and projects of high complexity or general uncertanity. He has been scholar in several universities; international officer between 1982 and 1988, directing the UN's Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics (IBI) and Board of News Agency IBIPRESS; direction of IBI's International Institut for Industrial Informatics.
was trained as a curator in contemporary art at the Royal College of Art in London (2001) and has collaborated as assistant curator and researcher on exhibitions at the Tate Gallery before studying contemporary philosophy and critical theory (2005-2007) at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CREMP) then at Middlesex University (now Kingston University). Her research into French epistemology led her to register for PhD at the University Denis Diderot, Paris 7, supervised by Prof Alain Leplege and Dr Iain Hamilton Grant, University of the West of England (2009 – ). She is translator of G. Simondon and E. Morin -among other French authors-.
Enrique Díez Gutiérrez
Doctor in Education Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid; M.S. in Philosophy, B.A. Social Work, B.S. Social Education, B.S. Specialist in educational organization) he is Professor at the Faculty of Education, where he carries out teaching and research in the fields of intercultural education, ICTs in education, as well as gender and diversity education. He has participated in more than 15 R&D projects. He has published 13 books (among them Neoliberal globalization and its repercussions on education", 2007), 79 chapter books, 130 scientific articles, more than 140 contributions to national and international conferences, and numerous popular contributions in media (Biography in Wikipedia)
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the Schools of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia. He graduated at the University of Madras (currently known as Chennai) in India. He did his postgraduate studies and research in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a pioneer in the field of pediatric rheumatology and has played a significant role in the elucidation of several new syndromes. He has published extensively in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology. His current interest is in understanding the nature of information, its interplay with matter, energy and how defects in the structure and transmission of information lead to human diseases.
is commercial Engineer, MSc in Social Education and Development, PhD in regional economic Development, and works as consultant and professor in the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial and the Universidad Estatal de Santa Elena in Ecuador. His research interests focus -among other areas- on the transition from the economy of autonomous agents to a popular and solidary economy based on current experiences of socio-economical change in Ecuador trascending the neo-liberal model intensively developed therein in previous decades. The analysis of this evolution in terms of the dynamic of social networks converges with the critical study of the information society.
Mahmoud Rasmi is a Part-Time Instructor of Philosophy at the Lebanese American University, and a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Salamanca. In his PhD dissertation he focuses on aesthetics and the philosophy of art of Friedrich Schelling arguing for a tautegorical interpretation of the cinematic image taking as an example the films of the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. Some of his philosophical interests include film and philosophy, aesthetics and philosophy of art, Friedrich Schelling and German Idealism. Tentative title of the disseration: “Making Sense of Reality through Film. Andrei Tarkovsky and the Cinematic Image as Tautegory.”
Mauricio Ortiz Osorio
is student of mechanic engineering at the University of León, where he is member of the University council, social activist, and participant in research groups on education and interdisciplinarity. He has contributed organisationally and thematically in the deployment of PRIMER initiative. His research interest focus on information and system theory and particularly concerning politic-economical matters.
Understanding complexity: systems, emergence and evolution
Case study: the city (Workshop)
Since 16/1/2014 at 12 am, the seminar "Understanding Complexity" will be active for registration in the website of Universidad de León
. Other activities concerning BITrum will be therein included. As in previous ocassions, San Isidoro will offer us an exceptional framework as to develope fruitfull debates with our collegue Rainer Zimmermann, who has developed an exciting programme plenty of fundamental and intriguing questions.
The problems that our contemporary societies are facing overwhelm the methods of the specialised scientific and professional disciplines. They demand –in order to harness our very existences– a decisive confrontation of the complexity in which our problems are rooted. The theory of systems offers a path for such confrontation whenever the crucial aspects of how complexity emerges, how it is structure, and how it evolves is properly addressed. Under this perspective the course aims at offering an introduction into the general foundations of systems with a view to the conceptualizing of energy and information, insofar as such conceptualizing can constitute a keystone for the effective articulation of scientific and practical disciplines. Such articulation is indeed the main goal of the European initiative PRIMER (PRomotion of Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education and Research, http://primer.unileon.es) under which this event is convened, complementing other courses held during the past years.
The city constitutes a complex system example of particular interest in which almost all scientific and practical disciplines can be convened in order to exhaustively dealing with the dynamics of its complexity. Hence, the city will serve as paradigmatic case for the study of the emergence and dynamics of complex systems, addressing at the same time the relevant relation between design and ethics, which in urban planning is particularly clear.
Introductory Webinar: The social praxis in the theory of systems
The thematic will be fundamentally developed by Rainer Zimmermann, from the Munich University of Applied Sciences and Clare Hall of Cambridge and director of the Institut für Design Science, who has previously participated and co-organised other PRIMER events. In the Webinar here available, broadcasted from Munich in October 2013, Prof. Zimmermann discusses about the groundings of social praxis in the theory of systems, advancing the topics that will be further elaborated in León during the seminary "Understanding Complexity". Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, from the Swedish Mälardalen University, and J.M. Díaz Nafría will also contribute to the topic offering additional perspectives (s. programme).
24-26 June 2014, Boston MA
In the co-organisation of this meeting BITrum is involved through the collaboration with the International Center of Information Ethics (ICIE) directed by Rafael Capurro and represented by José María Díaz Nafría. You are therefore particularly invited and welcomed to partake. It is needless to say the relevant role of Wiener's work in the understanding of information and the potential to achieve an even better and wider understanding of information throughout the sciences.
Abstract Submission Deadline has been extended to: Jan 31th 2014
Call for Papers
Summer Course and International Workshop: Social Networks, from communicating to solidary networks (an interdisciplinary approach)
13 -15 September, 2013 :: Sierra Pambley :: León :: Spain
Continuing the series of international events organised along the past two years concerning the promotion of interdisciplinary studies, BITrum co-organise once again an international summer course on social networks in collaboration with the institutions involved in the PRIMER initiative. Such initiative continues and broadens the horizon of domusBITae initiative, preserving the commitment of developing interdisciplinary information studies.
- Portal of the event containng updated information
- Evento Facebook
- INSCRIPTION (attendance is free; certification requires a symbolic fee)
- Hybid event: Offline and Online participation possible
- An optional Soundpainting Workshop is included in which a Musical and Dramatic Performance concerning solidarity will be developed.
At the crossroads of a complex world
May 15-17, 2013 :: Sierra Pambley :: León :: Spain
The foreseen activities for the meeting include –besides the scientific gathering– an open course for the public (in Sierra Pambley) and a training activity for academics (in the Language Center of León University). Both can be followed through the virtual rooms of UNED. It constitutes a first milestone in the development of an international academic programme coordinated by University of León for the promotion of interdisciplinary studies; a project emerged from domusBITae initiative, which in turn was initiated by BITrum in 2010 (s. PRIMER initiative). The activity is a result of the collaboration among several European universities (Vienna University of Technology, Munich University of Applied Sciences, UNED, Mälardalen University –Sweden-, University of the Aegean –Greece) and other scientific institutions (BITrum, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of System Science, Cybersociety Observatory and MyUniversity project).
INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES
Interdisciplinarity in education and science represents a fundamental path for facing global challenges, as recognised by several international education and scientific policies –substantiated in important funding policies. This approach is rooted in the fact that the complexity of the problems concerning our modus vivendi –regarding its biospheric, geo-politic, intercultural and socio-economic dimensions– grows in higher degree than the capacity to cope with problems by science articulated through the traditional schema of subdivided specialities. Hence, the possibility to master the complexity of our problems will rely on the capacity to jump over the barriers between specialities and to success in the effective collaboration among them. Nevertheless, despite efforts is repeatedly observed the insufficient advance in the cooperation between scientific disciplines.
There is however science and technical methods, widely and successfully used for decades (for instance, cybernetics), used to jump over the borders of traditional disciplines in order to understand and steer systems of high complexity, as ecosystems, robots, socio-economic dynamics… In this workshop, a general outlook on methodologies for the combination of scientific and technical domains will be shown, aiming to range the challenges of the scientific organisation and the possibilities of a systematic and open approach to interdisciplinarity. It belongs to a coordinated effort among several European scientific and higher education institutions for the PRomotion of Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education and Research (PRIMER) which integrates systems science, open innovation and design science. Through this “open system thinking” several scientific and educational projects are tackled dealing with different theoretical and practical complex problems. By hosting the event at the Sierra Pambley Foundation, who has been involved for 125 years in a movement devoted to the integral education through the articulation of culture and sciences, the venue in itself offers a living example of systematic facing complexity.
Monograph of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE), vol 18, edited by C. Coenen, W. Hofkirchner and J.M. Díaz Nafría
This special issue, recently published in the Journal chaired by our colleague Rafael Capurro, compiles among other works the contributions done in the International Event “Social networks: from indignation to change (ethical, political and aesthetical aspects)” held in the summer of 2012 in León, as a result of the cooperation among BITrum, the University of León (Spain), the Munich University of Applied Science and other institutions (hosted within this website). Besides the editorial work of three BITrum members (two acting as guest), the issue collects a good representation of articles authored by BITrum members: Rainer Zimmermann, Peter Fleissner, Julian Marcelo. These contributions delve into relevant aspects of BITrum’s endeavors, in particular regarding philosophical, economic and social dimensions.
The opening words of IRIE-editors provide a good outlook of the monography:
“The internet is a revolution – there is no doubt and no discussion about it anymore. But is it also a revolution
of a second order: a (digital) revolution that causes or at least fuels a (real world) revolution? Gutenberg’s technique newly invented in the beginning of the 15th century did so. The revolutionary ability to print books instead of copying them by hand potentiated about a hundred years later one of Martin Luther’s revolutionary basic ideas: the concept of ‘sola scriptura’ – superordinating the (personal) reading of the fundamental texts of Christianity over the magisterium ecclesiae exclusively executed by the Christian authorities of these days. In fact, the driving idea of this issue in a nutshell was and is the question: What could be the revolutionary concept in analogy to the sola scriptura that might be propelled to a break through by the revolutionary abilities of the internet (in probably less than a hundred years though).
This issue does not give a simple and ultimate answer to this question (like we can do with Gutenberg in retrospect). But it gives some very appropriate suggestions and inspiring approaches. ICTs appear to enable or at least support certain new forms of political organizations (thematically oriented, loosely coupled, quickly gathered, and allowing for anonymous affiliation). They appear to be very different to "classical" forms of political organization and are used for actions targeted not only at national and international but also at local levels. Do ICTs therefore facilitate an increase in revolutionary acts, revolts or acts of resistance as political measures? On the other hand, does this ease of use in activist contexts deprave the revolutionary act to clicking an ‘I like it’ button? Is cursoriness the prize political movements heavily relying on the internet have to pay for their speed of constitution in and through the net?
Against the backdrop of the discussions that have taken place since the 1990s, the impacts, shortcomings and potentials of the use of new ICTs and social media by political activists must be further scrutinized. Besides a variety of political uses in Africa, Arabia, Asia and Latin America, the recent developments in Europe and North America also justify a closer look at the role of ICTs in movements aimed at ringing about radical social change. The revolts in Greece, the indignant movement in Spain and Occupy Wall Street all developed as a reaction to political and economic measures and policies that were more typical of developing countries in previous decades; this allows for interesting comparisons, for example with regard to differences between movements which claim and those which defend rights.
One if not ground yet record breaking implication we can state unerringly: These relevant and seminal questions have provoked and gathered more articles in a single IRIE issue than any other subject before. Or maybe it was the phenomenal work of our guest editors, their passion for the subject, their expertise in the field and/or their scientific network they contributed to this outstanding issue.”
In his doctoral thesis –guided by our colleagues Lydia Sánchez and Manuel Campos–, Carlos Aguilar tries to reconcile the concepts of information, situation and interpretation. Under the heading “Information processing of audiovisual contents”, Carlos tackles the fundamental purpose of developing a “theoretical model for the study of information content mediated by audiovisual vehicles, based upon the mathematical development of channel theory
.” To that end, he nurtures Shannon
’s approach with the situational
one, and channel theory with the systematic study of interpretative mechanisms of audiovisual contents
. In addition he develops a formal tool for the tensor treatment of information in audiovisual contents. His viewpoint is objectivist –or as he states, methodologically positivist – (position entirely coherent with the one manifested in the debate held on objectivity during the Meeting of León 2008)
From BITrum group we wish to congratulate this crowning of Carlos endeavor, which work have regularly pushed BITrum’s courses since its beginnings (Meeting in León, monography in triple, ICTs&Society Meeting, FIS2010 Congress and glossariumBITri). Our most heartfelt congratulation!
As indicated in the announcement of the General Assembly, convened on past September 22th, its main purpose was the formal inscription in the association, legally constituted in June 2010, of all those who since November 2008 had manifested their interest of participating in BITrum. According to the received communications, among which no dropping out was manifested, the assembly consequently decided the incorporation of the 71 members declared in the public and private listing of BITrum members (see About Us
, Private Archive
). Additionally, the following was discussed and approved by the General Assembly: the activity report, the accounts balance, future activity forecasting, the establishment of an annual fee of 10€ and the modification of the statutes regarding the explicit validity of telematic participation in assemblies. Finally, the publication of the past and future activity report was agreed and herewith accomplished.
Summary of Activity since the Constitution of the Association
Since the formation of the Association in June 2010, we highlight the
- Collaboration with the 3th ICT&Society Network Meeting, in Barcelona (June-July 2010)
- Co-organization of the FIS-2010 Conference (4th International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science) in Peking (August 2010)
- Design, elaboration and printing of the first book Edition of the GlossariumBITri (financed by Caja España, September-November 2010)
- Constitution of an international Consortium of 15 members for the development of domusBITae initiative; elaboration and submission of a first domusBITae proposal to the e-Infrastructures Programme of the 7FP (October-November 2010);
- Participation in several conferences presenting results and initiatives promoted by BITrum: ICT&Society (Barcelona), FIS2010 (Beijing), SEFA 2010 (Tenerife), Ibersid (Zaragoza), Diskurs der Topologie (2011, Berlin), DTMD-2011 (Milton Keynes, UK), International Workshop on Information and Systems (2012, Munich), EMCSR-2012 (Wien);
- Support granted the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation (MICINN) for a preliminary development of the domusBITae initiative by the University of León (2011, presented before the constitution of BITrum as Association)
- Ellaboration of proposals to the international EU funded programs ALFA-3 and COST (spring 2011)
- Teaching and Research stay at the Hochschule München aiming at establishing a scientific cooperation related to BITrum initiatives (particularly domusBITae)
- Collaboration in the setting up of the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) in July 2011. Development of their information System based in a platform projected within the domusBITae initiative. The project was developed in collaboration with the Univesity of the Aegean in Syros.
- First general assembly of BITrum in Autum 2011, in which the state of the Association was discussed, all activities developed or designed were accounted for and the statement of account was audited. Activity provision for the incoming year including the incorporation of new members for the following Assembly in 2012 was accepted.
- Concerning glossariumBITri, the following activities have been carried over:
— Preliminary work for an english version of glossariumBITri, incorporating recent articles on algorithmic information theory and complexity –with Mark Burgin–, cybersemiotics –with Soren Brier–, info-computationalism –with Gordana Dodig Crnkovic–, physical aspects of information –with Igor Gurevich.
— A significative number of new proposals has been recollected for future editions of the glossary.
— Along the period the visibility of the glossariumBITri has constantly grown, reaching currently over 4000 monthly visits (mainly from Iberoamerica)
- Moreover, the following relevant collaborations took place:
— book edited by R. Capurro (2011): Messages and Messangers;
— collaboration with the Institut für Designe Science of Munich since 2011;
— with the Science of Information Institute, developing a web system in collaboration with the University of Aegean at Syros (as a preliminary development of the domusBITae infrastructure);
— with the course “Information, Freedom and Citizenship facing new communication formulae of the XXI Century” (León, March 2012);
— International Meeting on “Social networks: from indignation to change” (Summer Course at the Universidad de León) organized by BITrum.
Activity Prevision for the next Period
Among the activities to be developed during the coming year, the following are worth mentioning:
(1) Applying to the program Life Long Learning Programme of the EU with a proposal along the lines of the domusBITae initiative though extended to methodologies of interdisciplinary research. This project should be coherent with multilateral university education and previous projects of BITrum. To this end, BITrum calls for the collaboration of the University of León, the Bertalanffy Center and the Institute für Design Science.
(2) In case an adecuate call appears for domusBITae proposal as (already prepared in oct-nov 2010 in the e-Infraestructures subprogram of FP7), a new adapted version of the proposal will apply.
(3) The new English version of glossariumBITri will be finished, followed by the translation to Spanish of all new English articles, thus enabling the publication of a new Spanish version of the glossary.
(4) A call for article proposals will be published in short, and new articles shall be opened according to the decisions of the editorial board.
(5) Within the collaborative frame between the University of León and the Hochschule München, it will continue and deepen all actions initiated in 2012 in the field of interdisciplinary research methodologies (including for example a second edition of the international meeting on social nets; occasion that may be used again for a new general assembly of BITrum).
Call for General Assembly
Since the legal constitution of the society, only the members of the Board of Directors appear as legal members, which has been both sufficient and effective in order to take the first steps for its constitution. Nevertheless, as to this measure was adopted as a transitory solution, it was pending the incorporation of all those willing to be regular members. This is the main objective of the General Assembly, but also the rest of the statutory requirements will be tackled. To this end the following Call is proposed:
Venue: Real Colegiata de San Isidoro de León
Date and time: Saturday, September 22th 2012
- Report of the actions developed so far
- Assessment of accounts
- Incorporation of new members (according to the confirmations received)
- Proposal and election of the Board of Directors (hereby composed by Leticia Barrionuevo as Secretary, Francisco Salto as Vice-president and José María Díaz as President)
- Forecasting of future activity
- Deciding on the adoption of a member fee (in order to cover at least the bank commissions)
- Modification of some points of the statutes (as to explicitly admit telepresence as assembly participation)
Invitation to the community of BITrum members
As it has been signalised since the association was constituted, whoever has manifested her/his interest of contributing to BITum since 2008 is now cordially invited to formalise the membership of the “BITrum – Research Group for the Interdisciplinary Study of Information”. To this end, we BEG you for sending us a CONFIRMATION of acceptance in order to consider you within point 3 of the agenda. We also encourage the proposal of candidacy or any other proposal, considered of interest. It is enough sending us an email either to Leticia Barrionuevo
(secretary) or to José María Díaz
indicating your membership confirmation (and eventual candidacy or suggestions).