EUROCORES

Updated: May 2010

Title: 
Bridging domains: a multidimensional approach to information

Co-proposers
 (4-10 
scientists of at least 4 country members
BITrum as a whole, and some members from different institutions are mentioned as interested researchers
): 
S. BRIER (DK), E. BUCHANAN (USA), D. BUZZETTI (IT), R. CAPURRO (GE), J.M. DÍAZ (SP), L. FLORIDI (UK), P. FLEISSNER (AT), W. HOFKIRCHNER (AT), P. MARIJUÁN (SP), M. PETITJEAN (FR).

Abstract (max. 300 words):

This is an interdisciplinary research proposal on the very understanding of information in all its variety. It aims at unifying perspectives and integrating techniques from different fields of knowledge and practice, searching for the most overarching account of information phenomena, a better formalisation of real processes and a global stance towards problems concerning information. The investigation posed: Which are the basic distinct accounts of information to be applied in fields from telecommunication to philosophy, from biology to documentation, from logic to quantum physics? Which are the minimum primitive concepts that may cover all of them? Is a unified theory feasible? Could a better information measure be found? Could the societal and practical interest be better preserved in an integrated perspective of information?

This proposal aims at opening a space for the interweaving of different scientific frameworks (characterised by specific paradigms and methodologies) to delve into the very landscape of information, searching for a transdisciplinary treatment of theoretical, technical and practical problems concerning information. It is based on an already active interdisciplinary European community and a critical mass of research groups at the global level. By means of bridging these communities, a new transdisciplinary science of information might emerge –with a European leadership- as an integrated framework in which information will be considered in all its formal, natural, cognitive, social, technical, ethical and philosophical aspects.


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