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Every BITrum member is invited to keep this space alive, with whatever is considered relevant. Any announcement will be received by the editorial coordination board with their arms well opened.

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    Díaz Nafría, José María:
    Salto Alemany, Francisco:
    Pérez-Montoro, Mario:



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Call for BITrum's General Assembly on Friday, September 28st, 2018

posted 18 Sep 2018, 15:57 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA   [ updated 27 Sep 2018, 13:55 ]

Since the past general assembly of the association held in 2015 on the occasion of the Scientific Summit of the International Society for Information Studies (IS4IS) that took part in Vienna, the organisation has treated its main executive issues through board assemblies. In order to make decisions about matters that require the attention of the association as a whole,
a general assembly is convened next Friday 28th of September  at 11:00 am in first call (11:30 in second call) in the Library of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of León (Spain) and by telematic means through Hangout and Skype following the notification that will be sent to the members.


1) Activity report 2015-2018
2) Forecast of the scenario 2018-2019
3) 2015-2018 Acounting
4) Fees
5) Budget 2019
6) Activity forecast 2018-2019
7) Election of coordination posts
8) Question time

BITrum welcomes new members

posted 6 Mar 2018, 04:11 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA   [ updated 7 Mar 2018, 00:58 ]

In the past years, several collaborations have enriched BITrum scientific capacities, covering some areas previously weak, which are certainly relevant for the objetives we aim to achieve. Today we wish to cordially greet these new members. The following very short bios let you take a brief look at their interesting careers.

Dear Flor, Annette, Daniel, Alexey, Nardy, Teresa, thank you for join us in our endeavours. With your support, we'll surely reach further ahead.

Flor Álvarez Taboada

flor.alvarez (at)

Areas: Spatial Information, Geomatics, Forestry Engineering

Annette Grathoff

annette.grathoff (at)

Areas: Systems biology, chemical ecology

Daniel Martínez Ávila

dmartinezavila (at)

Areas: Library and Information Science, Information Organisation

(B.Sc. Forestry Engineering by the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 1998, M.Sc. Forestry Engineering by the same university; European PhD. by Universidad de Vigo, 2006). She is Professor at the Universidad de León (2011) with a teaching and research profile in remote sensing and monitoring of natural resources using GIS and remote sensing. She has participated in numerous national and international projects, having enjoyed 9 research assignments: 2 (6 Months) in the Technische Universitat Munchen (Germany); 6 (17 Months) in the Pacific Forestry Centre (Victoria, Canada) and one in the ITC (Holland) (6 Months). She has published more than 20 scientific articles indexed in JCR in the field of spatial information, with more than 500 cites. She has co-authored works about the application of problem-based learning and online environments (blended learning, mobile learning, and augmented reality) in the field of forestry engineering and geomatics.

Born in 1980 in Nürnberg (Germany). She received her diploma degree (M.Sc.) in Biology from the University of Erlangen (Germany) 2004 and her doctoral degree (PhD) in chemical ecology from the Institute for the Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany) 2009. She moved to Vienna (Austria) 2012 and is currently a research fellow at the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) in Vienna. Her research interests involve the fields of chemical ecology and systems biology. Her principal object is to describe and analyze information processing systems from the viewpoint of evolutionary biology.

He is Assistant Professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (São Paolo, Brasil). B.Sc. in Library and Information Science by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2005), where he also was awarded with the degrees of: Licentiate in Documentation (2007), M.Sc. in Documentation Research, and international PhD. through the doctoral official programme on Documentation Science. He was researcher and adjoin trainer at the University of Wisconsin- Milwauke until September 2014 and assistant Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid until September 2013. He has experience in the area of information science with specific focus on Information Organisation. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).

Alexei L. Eryomin

aeremin (at)

Areas: Information Ecology, Information Hygiene, Noogenesis

Nardy Díez

nardydiez (at)

Areas: Biology, Biotech., Proteomic, Genomic

Teresa Guarda

tguarda (at)

Areas: Business intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Computation, Knowledge management

Born in 1958 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He was graduated in Medicine in 1981 at the Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University (Saint Petersburg, Russia). He defended his PhD thesis “Estimation of Developing Emotional Stress” in 1990 at the Institute of Occupational Medicine of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow; and his Doctoral. Dissertation “Problem of Physiological-hygienic Assessment of the Information Loads for Optimize Intellectual Work” in 2014 at the Research Institute of Occupational Health affiliated to the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Since 2008, he holds a chair on “Hygiene and Ecology” at the Kuban State Medical University, Krasnodar, Russia; Between 1998 and 2008, chair on fundamental medical science at the Krasnodar Municipal Medical Institute; Between 1992 and 1998, chair on pathophysiology at the Kuban State Medical University, Krasnodar, Russia. Among his work is worth mentioning: –– (1998). Information ecology - a viewpoint. International Journal of Environmental Studies 54(3-4); and –– (2005). Noogenesis and Theory of Intellect (in Russian). Krasnodar Publishing House.
PhD in Biology by the University of Alcalá, Spain. She is professor at the Ecuadorian Center of Biotechnological Research of the Escuela Politécnica Superior del Litoral (ESPOL, Guayaquil, Ecuador) since 2015. From 2014 to 2015, she was Prometeo researcher and lecturer at the State University of Santa Elena Peninsula, Ecuador; between 2004 and 2015, she was main researcher at the Fundación Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA), Caracas, Venezuela, creating the interdisciplinary platform of Proteomic for studies of biotechnology applied to agriculture and biomedical sciences. She has been invited professor in the field of proteomic and genomics in several Venezuelan universities.  She has trained human talent who is currently developing proteomic studies in different countries. She has directed and participated in projects of the Inter-American Development Bank, and has served to international organisations as the UNDP
Doctor in Technologies and Information Systems from the Minho University (Guimarães, Portugal) and M.Sc. in Systems and Information Technologies from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). She has been scholar in different academic institutions since 1991, and currently is teacher and investigator at the Faculty of Systems and Telecommunication of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena. She is researcher at ALGORITMI Research Centre at University of Minho, Portugal. Her research interests focus on business intelligence, information science, marketing, internet of things, computation theory and knowledge management.

BITrum co-organise The International Workshop on Information and Knowledge in the Internet of Things, IKIT 2018

posted 6 Mar 2018, 01:38 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA   [ updated 6 Mar 2018, 07:24 ]
IKIT2018 is organised within the FiCloud, the IEEE 6th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud, to be held in Barcelona, next August. This workshop aims to explore the information and knowledge in the IoT, in particularly investigate data management and processing, information extraction, technology, knowledge management, knowledge sharing, and the development of new intelligent services available anytime, anywhere, by anyone and anything.


Topics of interest
  • Context Aware Systems and Applications
  • Data management in IoT
  • Decision Support Systems in IoT
  • IoT Knowledge Network

    Practical Information


    April 16, 2018: Deadline for paper submission to the Workshop

    May 16, 2018: Notification of Acceptance and Early-bird Registration starts

    June 1, 2018: Submission deadline for the final version of the Papers 

    August 6-8, 2018: IKIT Workshop



    All papers should be in PDF format and submitted electronically on the link to EasyChair submission system and selected the track associated with The International Workshop on Information and Knowledge in the Internet of Things (IKIT) workshop.

    Note: To submit a paper you need to have an EasyChair account. Follow the link EasyChair Signup to create EasyChair account, if needed.

  • IoT sensing things technology and applications
  • IoT in Education
  • Mobile and Cloud Computing in Pervasive Systems
  • Knowledge Systems in IoT
  • Pervasive Business Intelligence
  • Pervasive environments
  • Pervasive Information Systems Applied to society solutions
  • Pervasive Systems Based on Cloud Computing
  • Security in Information Systems
  • Security, trust, and privacy issues in IoT
  • Smart City and Smart Home IoT
  • Smart Destinations
  • Wearable Devices
Authors are requested to submit papers reporting original research results and experience. The page limit for full papers is 8 pages and for short papers is 6 pages. Papers should be prepared using IEEE two-column template. IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines are available at:

Submitted research papers may not overlap with papers that have already been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

All papers accepted for this conference are peer-reviewed and are to be published in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Service (CPS).


General Chair
  • Teresa Guarda, State University Peninsula of Santa Elena, Ecuador
  • José María Díaz-Nafría, BITrum-Research Group, León, Spain
  • Filipe Mota Pinto, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
  • Sajid Anwar, Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar, Pakistan

The International Society for Information Studies (IS4SI) convenes a great melting pot on information research where glossariumBITri will serve as weaving device

posted 31 May 2017, 02:51 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA   [ updated 1 Jun 2017, 13:52 ]

IS4SI Summit | Gothenburg (Sweden) | 2017, 12-17 June

Since its constitution, the International Society for Information Studies (IS4SI) organizes a biennial summit gathering researchers who work on information studies and related fields from all over the world. The summit associates in one single event different international conferences related by their interdisciplinary perspectives. The summit was previously held in Vienna 2015 (where BITrum-RG organized a Symposium and its General Assembly, see BITrum new 19/01/2015) and is planned to be convened at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2019. Their predecessors were the conferences held in Beijing in 2010 where the foundations of the Society were built (see BITrum update from 2010/10/20), and Moscow in 2013 (s. BITrum update 2012/09/12). IS4SI 2017 brings under the same roof four conferences previously held separately:

  • The Seventh International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FIS), now under the focus: Structure, Dynamics, Complexity in the Informational Nature
  • The Third International Conference on Philosophy of Information (ICPI) now focused on: Information Philosophy: The Philosophical Foundations of the Information Era
  • The Sixth Difference that Makes a Difference (DTMD) conference, now focused on: Information, Narrative and Rhetoric: Exploring Meaning in a Digitalised Society
  • The International Forum on Ecological Methodology in Information Studies (IFEIS) with a focus on The Problem of Reductionism in Information Studies

These conferences, and a number of other parallel and consecutive scientific events are assembled in IS4SI 2017 Summit under the umbrella theme DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY: Embodied, Embedded, Networked, Empowered through Information, Computation & Cognition. The summit will provide a meeting place for researchers from academia and industry, educators, societal stakeholders and others from a broad range of communities to build connections between fundamental scientific questions and the most urgent human aspects of digitalization. All these subjects are understood from an interdisciplinary informational perspective.

Besides the four aforementioned major conferences, the summit will feature:

  • 10 international recognized keynote speakers
  • 4 different symposia presenting state of the art research results, including a special doctoral symposium for PhD students working on the major themes of the submit 
  • 7 workshops to foster discussions, mutual exchanges, critical thinking and co-production of knowledge
  • 14 panels of experts open to the elucidation of relevant and oft puzzling topics
  • 2 specialized tutorials to provide interactively better acquainted with a specific topics
  • An artistic programme with music and dance related to algorithms and generative models
glossariumBITri as a tool to weave strands

The glossariumBITri, which is now going through a vigorous transformation, will be used in IS4SI Summit Gothenburg 2017 as a way to  weave the strands of the many different (and somehow scattering) matters dealt within the Summit. The glossariumBITri (gB) will aim to clarify the different concepts used in the Summit as a kind of transversal tool within the Summit. Under its new development phase, the system is intended to serve as a retrieval resource and assessment tool (using semantic network analysis) to determine the achievements in knowledge integration.

On the one hand, the glossariumBITri will provide IS4SI Summit with a tool to weave its parts, increasing the possibilities to achieve synergetic results; on the other, the summit offers the clarification project, in which BITrum Research Group has been engaged since its origins, with the possibility to make a significant leap forward. The roots of this endeavour has been established in the joint partnership established among BITrum-RG, the National University of Santa Elena (Ecuador) and the Bertalanffy Center (Vienna).

Presentation of glossariumBITri book edition and multimodal publishing system

posted 29 Aug 2016, 21:38 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA   [ updated 5 Sep 2017, 07:56 ]

glossariumBITri enters a new developing phase thanks to the inter-institutional cooperation among BITrum and the Ecuadorian universities of Santa Elena, Politécnica Salesiana and Yachay Tech. Hereinafter glossariumBITri integrates three components: interactive, journal and book edition.

After a long navigation, the second book edition is presented on Tuesday, August the 30th, at 18:00 (Ecuadorian time) in the auditorium of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena-UPSE (La Libertad university campus, Ecuador). The presentation also includes the endeavor, in which we are currently working to modernize the interactive system, as well as the scientific journal, now launched in virtue of the inter-institutional cooperation among BITrum, UPSE, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana and Yachay Tech.

The three components: gB-interactive, gB-journal and gB-book, are now entangled in a multimodal publishing system through which we expect to achieve the objectives of developing a fruitful and novel approach to investigating the thousand faces of information, as we started in 2008. Now we are standing on firm foundations and, since the object of study undoubtedly cross all the sciences, we hope that it will be a place where many of us meet in the arduous task of understanding the complexity of our surrounding world. To this end it is obvious we need many lights. Nevertheless, we count on the guiding thread of "information" as to weave endeavors. We hope you can join us!

BITrum signs a cooperation agreement with the universities of León and Santa Elena for the development of the glossariumBITri journal

posted 27 Jun 2015, 21:06 by GRUPO DE INVESTIGACIÓN BITRUM - FACULTAD DE EDUCACIÓN   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 11:25 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA ]

Within the cooperation framework regulated by bilateral agreements with the universities of Santa Elena and León, a trilateral specific agreement has been recently signed aiming at the development and management of the scientific journal glossariumBITri (gB) that will be articulated with the interative-gB (online) and the other publication, discussion and dissemination means of BITrum’s environment. The editorial and scientific team provides an excellent basis for the development of this project and its specific interdisciplinary approach. The nature of the publication, its inherent relational components and the impact already achieved by the interactive-gB are supposed to constitute an excellent basis for quickly achieving a relevant impact.

The journal will include peer-reviewed contributions divided in the following sections:
1) original research, linked to the interactive-gB and its discussion;
2) specific reviews, be them systematic (about topics related to the study of information) or interdisciplinary (facilitating the access to the results of a discipline from others) of high impact works (books or articles) from third authors;
3) free mirrors, namely reviewed versions of high impact articles which introduce enough variations so that they can be considered as new.
4) novel research (pre-doctoral works, thesis chapters, etc);
5) Reviews of book or articles of relevant thematic interest.

Additionally it will host non-peer-reviewed contributions classified in the following categories: calls and news; interviews to outstanding researches; reports of international gatherings; comments to scientific contributions; open questions and bibliographical catalogue of shared texts.

BITrum signs a cooperation agreement with the Ecuadorian University of Santa Elena

posted 5 Jun 2015, 01:56 by Mauricio Ortiz Osorio

The deployment of an Ecuadorian network connected to BITrum’s research and educational cooperation framework is among the objectives of the project approved by the Ecuadorian funding programme PROMETEO to be developed by BITrum’s coordinator, José María Díaz, between 2014 and 2016. One of its first results is the education and scientific cooperation agreement with the Ecuadorian University of Santa Elena. Its development foresees several acting lines as the publication of the second glossariumBITri (gB) edition, the establishment of a journal linked to gB, the development of research and educational projects in interdisciplinary methodologies including the interdisciplinary study of information (according to the approach posed in PRIMER initiative, launched by BITrum in 2012).

The PROMETEO Project of the Ecuadorian Government selects BITrum’s research programme

posted 5 Jun 2015, 01:11 by Mauricio Ortiz Osorio

Since the “Citizens’ Revolution” and the subsequent constitutional process, 2007/2008, Ecuador walks towards an strengthening of the scientific and educational system as pillars of a radical change in their socio-economic roots and the establishment of a genuine democracy able to cope with geopolitical and environmental challenges of nowadays. The PROMETEO programme, through which the Andean republic tries to attract scientists from the international scientific community, selected the candidacy of José María Díaz. BITrum’s coordination team considered then appropriate the presentation –with some variants and specificities– of a relevant part of BITrum’s research programme, which was later approved by the State Secretary of Science (Senescyt) for its development between June 2014 and September 2016. Such programme foresees –among other objectives– the deployment of an Ecuadorian network connected to the research institutions in the framework of BITrum’s cooperations. The development of a general approach to information from the different scientific angles, the clarification of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems constitute central objectives of the proposed programme.

BITrum convenes a Symposium in the IS4IS Summit Vienna in June 2015

posted 19 Jan 2015, 02:01 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 31 May 2017, 03:15 by José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA ]

Call for Contributions:
Weaving the understanding of information

Track within the IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015 3-7 June

As co-organisers of the Summit, BITrum will coordinate this track designed to re-launch the fabric of the glossariumBITri. Both the new journal and the activities started in Ecuador offer a fruitful arena for BITrum's objectives. The unification endeavour, to which our Vienna colleagues have trend, represents an exceptional opportunity to surmount the differences often hindering the weaving of a common understanding of information, as we aim to. We hope to meet you in Vienna!


Is it possible to build a coherent model of information that bridges vested interests across the sciences? In the past two decades, efforts have been made toward a common understanding of information, but concurrently and even to a larger extent, this understanding has been scattered by specialised disciplines focused on their disjoined insights. In a practical context, this opposition is analogous to the one established between those advocating for information as a “commons” and those promoting the commodification of information. Whereas the former consider information as necessarily attached to a larger cultural and societal basis, the latter deem information as a kind of asset that can be used for the own benefit.

Despite the universality of “information” as a concept, we still lack a sort of continuity in the fabric of concepts each discipline weaves around information. Beyond the kind of “interdisciplinarity” in which the scientific concept of information has been entangled, a strong interdisciplinary or even a trans-disciplinary approach may bridge the gap. A group of scholars after several years of attempting to weave the understanding of information across disciplines (, now calls for summing up efforts in this endeavour to seed lights into the common enterprise of properly addressing the informational phenomena in physical, biological, cognitive, social, and technical realms. We ask: What formal tools enable us to capture the different perspectives? What must be clarified in the web of related concepts to enable a common understanding? What common theoretical soil can we plough to build up an inclusive information society?


José María Díaz Nafría, Universidad de León, Spain; Senescyt, Ecuador; Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Marcus Abundis, Bön Informatics, Switzerland
Francisco Salto Alemany, Universidad de León, Spain; BITrum, Spain; UTI Research Group

Subjects and scope

Papers that help clarify concepts, metaphors, theories or problems concerning information are welcomed, for example: What is information content? How can we account for the essential fuzziness of awareness and morphogenesis? What is the relation between information and knowledge, information and energy, information and computation? What are the logical properties of informational states? Is an evolutionary concept of information pervasive enough to cover all information phenomena?

Further, papers that help develop the glossariumBITri’s network are encouraged, whether they present a new node (concept, metaphor, theory or problem) or a critic, discussion or extension of an already weaved node. Some proposals may be added early (prior to IS4IS) to the interactive-glossariumBITri, which will then be interconnected with other online media to stimulate open discussions on hot topics. A selection of relevant contributions will be collected in a special issue of glossariumBITri-journal.

Target groups

  • Scientists from any field willing to look beyond their disciplinary borders towards an interdisciplinary understanding of information;
  • BITrum members; UTI members
  • Scientists and technologists committed to the development of a general or unified understanding of information;
  • Scientists and technologists committed to develop the formal underpinnings of a general science of information

Important Dates, Submission, Information

Submissions (from april on, please notify to BITrum coordination):

Registering (for special rates contact BITrum coordination):

Information about IS4IS Summit Vienna 2014:

BITrum co-organises the third edition of the interdisciplinary workshop on social networks

posted 29 Nov 2014, 11:29 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 29 Nov 2014, 14:30 ]

Social Networks,globalization and inequality  
An Interdisciplinary Approach  

19-21 September 2014 :: Sierra Pambley :: León :: Spain  

Following the line of international courses and scientific gatherings carried out during the past three years to promote interdisciplinary studies, BITrum co-organises an international course on social networks in collaboration with Universidad de León and the institutions involved in the PRIMER initiativeSuch initiative continues and broadens the horizon of domusBITae initiative, preserving the commitment of developing interdisciplinary information studies. This endeavor is now strengthened through the decision of some Ecuadorian public institutions to develop BITrum's activities in this field. This commitment has been manifested in this occasion through the participation of 3 researchers of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (UPSE), the professors: Villao, Orozco and Torres. The event includes a workshop aimed at developing the exposition Geography of Inequality, in collaboration with Le Monde Diplomatique.

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