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1.3 Methodology and Working Plan

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Deployment of the Interdisciplinar work

The following flowchart summarises the methodology for the interdisciplinary work, where four developmental stages and three working levels can be distinguished. The stages for diachronic deployment are:
1) specification of the objectives (after a first approach to the points of view involved and forces gathered); 
2) planning (divided into working groups with specific and agreed objectives); 
3) development (mainly within the working groups but with the possibility of accessing for the other groups) and 
4) integration, assessment and dissemination of results (according to the specified objectives and publication of results).
The levels for synchronic deployment are:
1) specific working groups (trained according to specific problems and a theoretical reference); 
2) coordinative (with the aim of ensuring the achievement of the stated objectives under the supervision of some figures of responsibility) and 
3) global (open to the contribution of all participants).

As shown in the flowchart, a first specification of objectives and a strategical plan was agreed at the First International Meeting of Experts in Information Theories held in León, Spain, November 2008. After discussion among the interested parts on the objectives, methodology and working plan, a strategy and a group structure was accorded (collected in the attached page and in BITrum Constitution Memorandum). 

Deployment of the interdisciplinary work

Projection and research internationalization

According to the agreed strategy in the project deployment, three stages can also be distinguished concerning research internationalisation which time distribution is shown at the right side of figure 1: 

First: BITrum group constitution (achieved with support of the Spanish National Institute of Communication Technologies, Inteco)
Second: deployment of the interdisciplinary work and consolidation of the group as national reference in information theories (maintaining the commitment of encouraging Spanish discussion in the field)
Third: research internationalization as European Programme.

The deployment of the foreseen work requires the financial support, national in first stages and international (European) in the last. Thus one of the fist mission of the coordinative boards (Strategy §6) is the proposal submission to international research programmes.

Tools for interdisciplinar research

With regard to the agreed tools for the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary work, the glosarium BITri can be distingued, to developed with a twofold objective:

  1. To serve as a tool for an interdisciplinary approximation towards information notion, enabling access to problems from different perspectives, the mutual understanding of theoretical or disciplinary terms, as well as a better understanding of the used metaphors.
  2. To reflect the state of the interdisciplinary research within the project as a result of disciplinary work and the interdisciplinary debate, thus being one of the public faces of the project.
Due to the geographic scatter of the group, the integrative structuring of all the tools for collaborative work is essential, including:
a) Public area containing: project description, members and group structure, information about activities, access to resources offered to scientific community (glossary, archives, links, contributions, calls) and news.
b) Working teams (private) area, in which every working team has:  forum, member list, agenda, contact list, links, archive; 
c) Edition area for the glossary: adapted to our editorial elected features.