UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN

Cooperation image of University of the AegeanWebsite: http://www.syros.aegean.gr

The University of the Aegean is an international research oriented university. It is an inspiring, innovative, socially committed institution situated in the Aegean Archipelago, the ancient cradle of knowledge. The scientific subject of the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering (DPSD) of the University of the Aegean is the integrated design of Products and Systems, using creatively the knowledge and the ideas emerging from a wide variety of arts and sciences, emphasizing in the exploitation of new technologies. In particular, the research unit of the department specialises in Interactive Systems design, Media Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction and User Experience Design, Information Systems Design, Collaborative Systems Design, Complex Systems Analysis and Design of Audiovisual Arts.

Together other members belonging to an international consortium, they have joined the domusBITae initiative, in which this very websystems represents a first step towards its development, designed by Modestos Stavrakis, who is member of the DPSD as well.

UNIVERSITY OF LEÓN

Cooperation image of University of LeónWebsite: http://www.unileon.es/

The University of León (at the Northwest of the autonomous community of Castilla y León, Spain) has been recognized by the excellence of their information technologies infrastructures and has constituted the promoting and management center of an open community in information studies. The University of León has promoted the domusBITae initiative since 2010, and has received to this end the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science. Within this framework, University of León offers support to ISIS for hosting its web content management system.

ISIS member J.M. Díaz is lecturer at ULE.

BITRUM RESEARCH GROUP

Website: http://en.bitrum.unileon.es/

The interdisciplinary research group BITrum (with Headquarters) was constituted to develop a conceptual and theoretical clarification of information, intending to gather all the relevant points of view and pursuing to preserve all the interests at stake (scientific, technical and social). Born at the First international Meeting of Experts in Information Theories-An interdisciplinary approach (León, November 2008), BITrum allegorically refers to the conjunction of the information unit “BIT” and the Latin term “vitrum” (standing for the assembly of a multiplicity of colors).

Among other activities, BITrum has promoted the domusBITae initiative together with other associated institutions from Europe, America and Asia, aimed at fostering the interdisciplinarity in information studies by means of building a virtual research and educational center as a global house (domus) for information studies (symbolically represented by the unit of information, BIT). The website of the Science of Information Institute itself -designed as a generic site for the interdisciplinary and collaborative work in information studies- represents a first step in the development of the domusBITae infrastructure. In relation to ISIS’ purposes, it is also worth mentioning BITagora (where the words BIT -standing for Information- and agora -the classic Greek place for congregation- are brought together) proposed as an arena of discussion on information concerns.

J.M. Díaz Nafría, P. Fleissner, W. Hofkirchner, G. Dodig-CrnkovicE. BuchananL. Bruni, members of ISIS, are members of BITrum as well.

BCSSS BERTALANFFY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SYSTEMS SCIENCE

Website: http://www.bcsss.org/

Given the global challenges of today, systems science is needed more than ever. Yet system theory is not mainstream. The objective of the BCSSS is to inspire the development of systems science.

The BCSSS aims at the advancement of scientific research in the field of systems thinking. In particular, it revisits General System Theory (GST) as founded by Ludwig von Bertalanffy and others in order to reassess it in the light of today’s global challenges and to illuminate the course of development systems science has taken since. The BCSSS owns the Ludwig von Bertalanffy archive and possesses a collection of publications of the systems movement.

OCG AUSTRIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY

Website: https://www.ocg.at/en/ocg-frontpage

The Austrian Computer Society (OCG) is a non-profit association and was founded in 1975 to promote informatics and ICT. The association acts as an interdisciplinary forum for the latest IT topics, it is an important and respected dialogue partner and has thematic leadership for socio-political IT topics.

ISIS is staging the working group “Information Studies” together with OCG.