Good to see that fis perspectives are used in teaching. I use information ideas fundamentally in our second year Cognitive Science course, and also in some postgrad courses I teach.


At 03:03 PM 2011/12/07, Pedro C. Marijuan wrote:
Thanks a lot, Gordana. It is a very good idea. Unfortunately I could not participate in the opening of the session,  well, at least I can say now that I had the experience of teaching for Engineering graduate students two neatly informational ("FIS") disciplines. One of them, Bioinformation: informational analysis of living systems; and the other Science, Technology and Society: an introduction to the informational history of societies.  Both of them in Spanish. They were very successful, particularly the latter. The FIS perspective is ideal not only for breaking down on "impossible topics" (our familiar demons) but also for promoting a new, highly original way of analysis --of knolweldge recombination processes-- on topics of our time and of the most contentious past.

missing a lot the direct involvement in the discussions!



Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic escribió:
Hi All,
One way of looking at the question of curriculum would be from the point of view of what already exists
of education in the Foundations of Information.
Are there any courses which might be a part of such a curriculum?
To start with I can tell about the course I have, which does not cover much of Science of information, but there are several connections.
As I work at the computer science department, my perspective is computational.
For me computing is information processing and information is that which is processed, and that which is a result of processing.
Processing may be done by a machine or by an organism or anything else – the whole of nature computes (processes information) in different ways.
As info-computationalist, I believe that information is unthinkable without computation.
So the course is on Computing and Philosophy but addresses Philosophy of Information and Science of Information as well and topics on evolution of life, intelligence (natural and artificial), consciousness, etc.
I believe it would be good to have a course on the foundations of information science for people in the computing.
Information and computation are completely entangled! And this gives also an opportunity to introduce other fields into computing, to contribute to building bridges and
facilitating inter-disciplinary/ cross-disciplinary/ trans-disciplinary  learning.
This is not as ambitious as the original question, but can help understanding where we are now and where we want to be.
Best wishes,
From: [] On Behalf Of Stanley N Salthe
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Subject: Re: [Fis] Discussion of Information Science Education
And it could feature in 'Science for Non-Majors' courses as well.
On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM, Guy A Hoelzer <> wrote:
Hi All,

I agree with those who are suggesting that Information Science makes sense
as a widely useful way to think about different scientific disciplines
even if we don't have a strong consensus on how to define 'information'.
I think there is enough coherence among views of 'information' to underpin
the unity and universality of the approach.  Perhaps Information Science
is less a discipline of its own and more of a common approach to
understanding that can be applied across disciplines.  While I can imagine
good courses focusing on Information Science, it might be most productive
to include a common framework for information-based models/viewpoints
across the curriculum.

Guy Hoelzer

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