President: Terrence Deacon, Berkeley University, USA
President Elect: Marcin Schroeder, Akita International University Japan
Immediate Past President: Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Vice-President for Protocol: Pedro C. Marijuán, Aragon Health Sciences Institute, Spain
Vice-President for Inter- and Transdisciplinary Projects: Joseph Brenner, Switzerland
Vice-President for Institutional Membership: Xueshan Yan, Peking University, China
Vice-President for Special Interest Groups: Vacant
Vice-President for Regional Chapters: Tadashi Takenouchi, Tokai University, Japan
Vice-President for Archives: Kun Wu, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Vice-President for Research: Søren Brier, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Vice-President for Educational Affairs: Yagmur Denizhan, Bogazici University, Turkey
Vice-President for Conferences: Luis Emilio Bruni, Aalborg University, Denmark
Vice-President for Communication: José María Díaz Nafría, University of León, Spain
Vice-President for Funds: Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
IS4SI Secretary: Annette Grathoff
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The International Society for the Study of Information is an umbrella organization of scientists and other scholars, research institutions, practitioners and society at large worldwide dedicated to trans-disciplinary global study of information for the good of humanity, through the dialog between disciplines and respect for the complementary views on its complex problems.
Study of Information address information processes in natural, social and artificial systems including explanation, critical evaluation, modelling and the design of those processes. Among others, the following research fields are part of the Study of Information:
- Cross-disciplinary approaches to information from system-theoretical, cybernetic, evolutionary, network or complexity perspectives
- Philosophical approaches from Philosophy of Information, Information Ethics, informational approaches to Epistemology, Information Ontology, informational approaches to Philosophy of Science
- Informational approaches in the sciences:
– Physical sciences (such as Quantum Information, Molecular Recognition);
– Life Sciences (Bioinformation, Biosemiotics, Cognitive Sciences)
– Social and Human Sciences (Psychology, Mind-Brain-Research, Consciousness Studies)
- Informational approaches in the following fields:
– Interaction of individuals, (Communication Studies, Linguistics)
– Integration with society (Collective Intelligence, Global Brain Research, Semiotics,
– Knowledge Management, Information Society, Internet Research, New Media Studies, Media Theory)
- Applied information studies within:
– Engineering sciences (such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning, Robotics)
– Applied sciences (such as Informatics, Bioinformatics, Information and Communication Technologies,
Library and Documentation Science), and more.
The overall purpose of The International Society for the Study of Information is to turn study of information into a field in its own right, through co-operation and networking. It works on creating and maintaining the community as a network of networks of scholars within the field.
The International Society for the Study of Information works on the:
- Establishing and maintaining networks of researchers and research institutions as well as knowledge transfer in the promotion of science of information, information scholarship, information technology and information society
- Facilitating the exchange between informational disciplines concerning different and complementary tasks, objects of study, and methodologies
- Helping, based upon insights into information, to promote understanding and critical study of technological and social innovations that bring about a more humane society
- Enabling, as catalyst projects that advance knowledge about information generation and utilization
- Archiving information about the activities of the organization.
Each biannual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Information addresses a specific topic as we orient focus of communities networked under the umbrella of the society towards a common theme, discussing and exchanging thoughts across disciplinary borders.
The recent meeting in Gothenburg in 2017 addressed Digitalisation for a Sustainable Society – in light of information, computation & cognition, when the change of the name of the society was decided- from the International Society for Information Studies to the International Society for the Study of Information. As our earlier meetings, the summit 2017 reflected the moment we live in – a nascent movement of digitalization which has started to radically change our society, globally, in literally all its aspects. Digitalization is based on the computing technology, which in its turn is based on information and data processing, which all goes back to cognition thus constituting relations between information, its dynamics and meaning. Previous meeting in Vienna in 2015 went under the motto Information Society at the crossroads. In 2013, in Moscow, the topic was Perspectives of Information in Global Education as a new Approach for the 21st century.
In August 2010, the Fourth International Conference on the Information Science 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 that occasion, variety of loosely bound associations of research communities founded officially the International Society for Information Study. At the conference a committee was established to prepare the founding of an International Society for Information Study that shall advance global and collaborative study 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 Study was registered in Vienna as association.
However, history of associations between different communities and individual scholars within information study is much older than that. Foundations of Information Science, one of our core communities, held its first conference in Madrid, Spain, as early as July 11-15, 1994 – thus more than 20 years ago. This community is still going strong, presenting one of the characteristic constants that in different constellations re-appear year after year. Science of information institute SOII was part of the development of the community. Among the most active communities is BITrum, engaged with the project of a Glossary. The interdisciplinary research group constituted in November 7th 2008 on the occasion of the First International Meeting of Experts in Information Theory held in León, Spain, is nowadays composed by more than 60 members. In the information age concept of information appears in virtually all fields of study and practice. Therefore IS4SI also aims to support fields that use results of information study for their specific applications, through the dissemination of research results across the disciplinary borders of variety of communities in the mutual process of learning between the theory and the communities of practice. In this way IS4SI wants to enable the integration of the field and orient it towards the future, both based on technology and on the critical assessment on its social aspects.[/av_textblock] [av_hr class=’default’ height=’50’ shadow=’no-shadow’ position=’center’ custom_border=’av-border-thin’ custom_width=’50px’ custom_border_color=” custom_margin_top=’30px’ custom_margin_bottom=’30px’ icon_select=’yes’ custom_icon_color=” icon=’ue808′] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”]
ASSOCIATIONS/ AFFILIATIONS/ COLLABORATIONS/
FIS – FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION SCIENCE NETWORK AND DISCUSSION GROUP:
http://fis.sciforum.net/fis-discussion-sessions/ contains archived previous discussions
BCSSS BERTALANFFY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SYSTEMS SCIENCE, http://www.bcsss.org/
OCG AUSTRIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY, https://www.ocg.at/en/ocg-frontpage
Unified Theory of Information (UTI) Research Group – Association for the Advancement of Information Sciences http://uti.at/
SIG Emergent Systems, Information and Society, supported by the:
Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, http://leibnizsozietaet.de/
Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science Wien, http://www.bcsss.org/
Institut für Design Science München http://www.designscience.de/
UNIVERSITY OF LEÓN, http://www.unileon.es/
BITRUM RESEARCH GROUP, http://en.bitrum.unileon.es/
UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN, http://www.syros.aegean.gr
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