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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.
Call for Contributions:Weaving the understanding of information
Track within the IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015
As co-organisers of the Summit, BITrum will coordinate this track designed to re-launch the fabric of the glossariumBITri. Both the new journal and the activities started in Ecuador offer a fruitful arena for BITrum's objectives. The unification endeavour, to which our Vienna colleagues have trend, represents an exceptional opportunity to surmount the differences often hindering the weaving of a common understanding of information, as we aim to. We hope to meet you in Vienna!
Is it possible to build a coherent model of information that bridges vested interests across the sciences? In the past two decades, efforts have been made toward a common understanding of information, but concurrently and even to a larger extent, this understanding has been scattered by specialised disciplines focused on their disjoined insights. In a practical context, this opposition is analogous to the one established between those advocating for information as a “commons” and those promoting the commodification of information. Whereas the former consider information as necessarily attached to a larger cultural and societal basis, the latter deem information as a kind of asset that can be used for the own benefit.http://glossarium.bitrum.unileon.es/glossary), now calls for summing up efforts in this endeavour to seed lights into the common enterprise of properly addressing the informational phenomena in physical, biological, cognitive, social, and technical realms. We ask: What formal tools enable us to capture the different perspectives? What must be clarified in the web of related concepts to enable a common understanding? What common theoretical soil can we plough to build up an inclusive information society?
José María Díaz Nafría, Universidad de León, Spain; Senescyt, Ecuador; Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Papers that help clarify concepts, metaphors, theories or problems concerning information are welcomed, for example: What is information content? How can we account for the essential fuzziness of awareness and morphogenesis? What is the relation between information and knowledge, information and energy, information and computation? What are the logical properties of informational states? Is an evolutionary concept of information pervasive enough to cover all information phenomena?
Further, papers that help develop the glossariumBITri’s network are encouraged, whether they present a new node (concept, metaphor, theory or problem) or a critic, discussion or extension of an already weaved node. Some proposals may be added early (prior to IS4IS) to the interactive-glossariumBITri, which will then be interconnected with other online media to stimulate open discussions on hot topics. A selection of relevant contributions will be collected in a special issue of glossariumBITri-journal.
Submission deadline: 27 March 2015
Information about IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015: http://summit.is4is.org/
An Interdisciplinary Approach
19-21 September 2014 :: Sierra Pambley :: León :: Spain
Following the line of international courses and scientific gatherings carried out during the past three years to promote interdisciplinary studies, BITrum co-organises an international course on social networks in collaboration with Universidad de León and 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. This endeavor is now strengthened through the decision of some Ecuadorian public institutions to develop BITrum's activities in this field. This commitment has been manifested in this occasion through the participation of 3 researchers of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (UPSE), the professors: Villao, Orozco and Torres. The event includes a workshop aimed at developing the exposition Geography of Inequality, in collaboration with Le Monde Diplomatique.
Since the past general Assembly in September 2012 (held in San Isidoro in the mid of an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social Networks) many things have been going on in BITrum’s arena:
- Two monographs related to the social aspects of information have gone out of the presses while two other, related to systematic approaches, will come out soon.
- Two major public events have been held in May and September 2014, linked to other online and offline activities along the year;
- A new international initiative aimed at the PRomotion of Interdisciplinary Research and Education (PRIMER) have been set up, consolidating previous efforts and collaborations, and specifically gathering the support of a significant number of institutions;
- BITrum have also collaborated with other projects and institutions in relevant areas to the deployment of BITrum’s objectives.
- New members have been welcomed into BITrum Group, who has clearly enriched our sail with their contributions;
- A number of new article proposals have been received to enhance the GlossariumBITri, whose audience has keep on growing;
- Some BITrum Members have authored along the period some significant bibliographic contributions to the understanding of information in its polyhedral being.
But to know what we are really talking about, let us see these points a little more in detail:
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Understanding complexity: systems, emergence and evolution
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,
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)
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.
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.
“New ICTs and Social Media: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Social Change” – A monograph with prominent BITrum’s representation
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:
Our colleague Carlos Aguilar culminates his doctoral thesis through a worthy unification of information theoretical perspectives
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!
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