[Fis] summit reminder

2015-01-31 Thread Wolfgang Hofkirchner
dear friends, 

just a remark and reminder. terry will have his talk at our summit on the 
opening day and bob will facilitate the discussion. the opening day is the 3rd 
of june, 2015. bob will have the last talk of the summit on the 7th of june, on 
the boat trip. 

so you are welcome to attend and there will be plenty of opportunities to 
discuss face-to-face. 

there are also many other possibilities to engage with the summit. just browse 
the website summit.is4is.org.

if you consider a contribution by yourself, look at the calls for papers (only 
an abstract is needed) and don’t forget that he deadline is the 27th of 

i recommend to book your flight and stay in vienna asap (vienna will be crowded 
at that time). pls, register also now for the conference (there is no risk if 
for any reasons you might be forced to cancel your visit – look at our 
cancellation policies.)

so hope to see you here in vienna, 




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[Fis] vienna summit 2015

2014-11-03 Thread Wolfgang Hofkirchner
dear fisers,

just a note to remind you that there is still time (until 17 november 2015) for 
suggesting topics and organised events for the summit 2015. the suggestions i 
reveived so far from you can be counted with the fingers of one hand. 

have a look at summit.is4is.org and see the progress we are making. 

the formats of the proposed events are endless: you can suggest somebody for a 
keynote, a discussion between 2 experts, a podium/round table, a workshop, a 
paper session with a call for papers or invited papers etc.; the topics might 
touch any field dealt with so far in the discussion list or a new one. we can 
use the summit as opportunity to have face-to-face discussions. 

you can use the fis-list to prepare your proposal with other fisers as our 
friend javorszky did. 

looking forward to your suggestions,


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[Fis] next fis conference

2014-10-06 Thread Wolfgang Hofkirchner
dear fisers,

the website for the upcoming conference is online and you can follow the 
progress we are making in organising the event. 

we are still in the phase of shaping the event. it is now up to you to 
contribute and make proposals for what you would like to see at the event, for 
what you would like to organise at the event (from poster sessions to paper 
sessions to installations to panels and else). send that proposal to 
sum...@is4is.org well before 17th of november. 

for deliberation look at summit.is4is.org/calls/call-for-participation. 

if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. 

looking forward to your suggestions,


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[Fis] emcsr 2014 vienna

2014-02-22 Thread Wolfgang Hofkirchner
dear fisers,

just wanted to announce the european meeting on cybernetics and systems 
research to take place in vienna from 22nd to 25th of april. as a conference 
addressing systems sciences and related fields you might find overlappings with 
your own expertise or research interests. some of you are already involved 
(e.g. john collier will hold a keynote on emergence, søren brier chairs a 
session on transdisciplinarity etc.). 

if more of you are willing to contribute, the time is still there to do so. you 
can submit an abstract until the end of february. feel free to contact me, if 
you have questions about your participation.

that's the link: http://emcsr.net/

with the overall theme of civilisation at the crossroads (what are the 
responses of systems sciences, systems thinking, systems practice to the global 
challenges and what's the responsibility of them?) that conference builds also 
a first step to next year's fis/isis conference to be held at my university in 
vienna under the leitmotif of information society at the crossroads which 
shall address the response and responsibility of all sciences of information in 
our times. 


wolfgang hofkirchner

associate professor, vienna university of technology 

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Re: [Fis] The State of the Art - Discussion of Information Science Education

2011-12-07 Thread Wolfgang Hofkirchner
dear gordana,

maybe the following is of interest to the topic. first, the description of the 
module i am responsible of in the curriculum of master students of technical 
informatics and media informatics from this year on (see below). and second, a 
link to download a background information from my website referring the field 
i'm teaching in (and taught in salzburg) including a description of my courses 
that i had called years ago foundations of information science 

Designing Technosocial Systems
Regelarbeitsaufwand: 6Ects
Fachliche und methodische Kenntnisse: Students acquire, for tayloring their 
methodolo- gies of designing socially embedded systems, theoretical knowledge 
in the fields of
• Information Ethics • Information concepts • Philosophy of Science • 
Science–Technology–Society with special focus on ICTs
Kognitive und praktische Fertigkeiten: Students develop skills • to reflect 
different perspectives of computer science • to get aware of impacts of 
technology design on society • to understand multi-, inter- and 
transdisciplinary needs • to discriminate between mathematical, empirical and 
engineering approaches • to choose and tailor the appropriate methodology
• to better master complexity
Soziale Kompetenzen, Innovationskompetenz und Kreativität: Students are 
capacitated • to feel comfortable with teams going beyond disciplines • to 
respond to the requirement to take social responsibility • to balance formal 
and informal requirements
Inhalt: Theoretical foundations: Philosophy of Information (Computing and 
Philosophy) and Science-Technology–Society with special focus on ICTs 
(Information and Society):
Computing and Philosophy issues: Location of informatics in the classification 
of disci- plines; ways of thinking (reduction, projection, dichotomisation, 
integration); transdisci- plinarity in science and engineering; information 
processing and information generation; system theoretical concepts; computers 
and information ethics. Information and Society issues: Information society 
theory and empirical studies; global challenges; technological systems as 
social systems; the quest for automation and impacts on society (desaster 
analysis); design requirements for socially embedded systems; law aspects: 
liabilities, certification.
20Erwartete Vorkenntisse:
Fachliche und methodische Kenntnisse: Bachelor-level knowledge of computer 
systems and information processing in cyber-physical systems.
Kognitive und praktische Fertigkeiten: Bachelor-level Reading and writing 
Soziale Kompetenzen, Innovationskompetenz und Kreativität: Interest in inter- 
and transdisciplinary issues in information sciences and technology.
Diese Voraussetzungen werden in folgenden Modulen vermittelt:
Verpflichtende Voraussetzungen: Keine.
Angewandte Lehr- und Lernformen und geeignete Leistungsbeurteilung: Lectures 
with accompanying practicals in which the students make use of the new 
knowledge when applying the different skills and capabilities they have been 
trained in on the Bachelor- level. Working in groups is permitted. The students 
give presentations of the results, author written reports and perform tests.
Lehrveranstaltungen des Moduls: The course on Computing and Philosophy is 
obligatory. Of the other two, one has to be selected.
3.0/2.5 VU Computing and Philosophy 3.0/2.5 VU Information and Society 3.0/2.0 
SE Neue Technologien und sozialer Wandel



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Am 06.12.2011 um 16:01 schrieb Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic:

 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 
 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