Programme: Invited Professor at Universidad de León, Spain
Activities: Project foundations; International projection; Book on information concept; Colloquium BITae (discussion on UTI); DomusBITae Proposal
During the last three months of 2009, Prof. Hofkirchner, as visiting Fellow has been collaborating in person in BITrum activities, planning and projection. His research stay has also been devoted to his new book about the Concept of Information, to be published by World Scientific Publishing during 2010. With his help, relationships have been narrowed with other international commnunities and scientific, giving rise to the initiative DomusBITae (international virtual community of informational studies). Moreover, the Colloquium BITae attended weekly meetings discussing Wolfgang's unifying approach to information and other questions concerning cooperative international initiatives.
Effective links have been set up with scientific organizations and nets particularly relevant for informational studies, in which Wolfgang is involved, such as: “Science of Information Institute” (SoII), “Unified Theory of Information Research Group” (UTI), “ICTs and Society Network” (ICT&S), “Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science", the journal “TripleC”; the discussion forum “Foundations of Information Science”, among other information-related scientific communities. Moreover, the first impact of the proposal Domus BITae has reached other institutions such as the Egean University (Greece), Mälardalen (Sweden) and others. Prof. Hofkirchner also supports the coming Beijing Conference on Information Science.
Debates on information concept: Colloquium BITae
In order to discuss Hofkirchner's first version of his book partially written during his research stay in León, the Colloquium BITae met for the first time. Discussions were lodged in Sierra Pambley House arround twenty fundamental questions posed by Prof. Hofkirchner and distributed in seven sessions. By means of those questions, basic conceptual problems concerning information were posed and stated.
As a result of such debates, an interview with Prof. Hofkirchner is published in BITagora (with SOII).
Within BITrum Group he is head of the Unification team and member of Scientific Committee in System Theory and Information Society. He participates in Glossarium BITri as author and editor of several voices.