In August 2010, the Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FIS) took place in Beijing. It was organized by the Social Information Science Institute (SISI) at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, and sponsored by theTechnical Committee on Artificial Intelligence Theory (TCAIT) of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI). It was the first-ever scientific conference held under the motto “Towards a New Science of Information”.
At the conference a committee was established to prepare the founding of an International Society for Information Studies that shall advance global and collaborative studies in the sciences of information, information technology and information society as a field in its own right, elaborate common conceptual frameworks and implement them in practice so as to contribute to mastering the challenges of the information age, and hold conferences in the field every two years.
On June 24th, 2011, the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) was registered in Vienna as association by Austrian law.