Dear all,

I am breaking my silence, contained because I cannot cope with the demands
of activities going around, though I should have said something to the
ongoing discussion since for a couple of years we have been promoting this
very idea from the domusBITae initiative. About this initiative -which is
opened to further collaborations-, I referred to in FIS2010 (Beijin)... The
initiative (for which the site
stylusBITae<> has
been running for 2 years) is aimed at
"bridging across the many research communities devoted to the broad field
of information studies and social stakeholders in order to enable an
interdisciplinary and overarching understanding of information in all its
meaningful aspects."
We got a interim support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and are
applying for support of the European Commission in a couple of support
programmes -though as you may know just the application is a long-term run
we started 13 Months ago-. Particularly all over 2011, we have increased
the weight of educational orientation, as it can be seen in the website. We
are indeed planning to apply to the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EC
next February proposing teaching on information and systems as vehicles for
a interdisciplinary training. One of the priorities pointed by the EC in
several strategic domains (for instance "trust in the information society"
-trustis as they term it) concerns interdisciplinary approach of complex
problems, whereas there is no particular training in interdisciplinary
competences -or it is clearly not main-stream. That is what we will try to
offer... The lectures I have been giving this year in Munich ("Utopias,
dystopias and hopes of the information society", "Information: bridge
between objects and subjects" and "A General Understanding of Information")
at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies are -so to say- essays in this
direction (s. research stay at

Best regards,

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>        Dear all,
>        It is possible find some useful ideas to build multi-inter-trans
> disciplinary approaches in last ?closing statement? of Ubiquity
> Symposium: What is Computation?
>        What Have We Said About Computation? [1]
>        If you are interested in all papers of this ACM Ubiquity Symposium:
> [2]
>        Sincerely,
>        Walter Riofrio
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>        Walter Riofrio
>  Researcher; Complex Thought Institute Edgar Morin ? University
> Ricardo Palma, Lima-Peru
>  Chercheur Associé; Institut des Systèmes Complexes ? Paris
> Île-de-France (ISC-PIF)
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>  On jue 08/12/11 06:25 , John Collier sent:
>   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.
>  John
>  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!
>  yours,
>  ---Pedro
>  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. [3]
>  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,
>  Gordana
> [4]
>  From: [
>] On Behalf Of Stanley N Salthe
>  Sent: den 5 december 2011 20:53
>  To: fis
>  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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