Versión española - After a silent summer in which several activities have been carried out –as can be seen in the portal–, we come back again to recall –at the beginning of the academic year- the most relevant activities developed along the last months.
During the summer semester, Francisco Salto and José María Díaz enjoyed research stays at the “Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)”, Brasil, and at the “Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM)”, Germany, respectively, which partially justifies the summer silence. In both cases their research activities had significant effect on their particular approaches to the objective of finding a proper foundation to the interdisciplinary study of information. See report of the stay of Francisco at UFSC and of the stay of José María at HM.
A number of events, relevant to the development of BITrum project, mark out as well the activity of BITrum in 2011 as announced in "Events involving BITrum participation in 2011"
As previously announced, several proposals were submitted to different European Research Programmes concerning, on the one hand, the domusBITae initiative, at both the scientific (Capacities FP7 Programme) and educational fields (Alfa 3), on the other hand, the interdisciplinary approach to information (COST Programme).announcement in stylusBITae)
Regarding the COST proposal, though we changed the design of the project with respect to previous editions in order to fit it better to programme objectives, we confirmed again the difficulties to obtain a high global evaluation for interdisciplinary proposals under the ERA evaluation system. Indeed, although we have obtained in our proposal since 2009 optimal evaluations accompanied by reviewer-comments of the kind: “A very deep and general question is exposed in this excellent proposal, there is hope for a breakthrough” (assessment received on past may), these positive assessments have been in all cases counterbalanced by the specialist point of view of no-relevant-outcome-in-the-field-is-expected. Such specialist evaluation makes –regarding our experience– difficult to obtain a sufficiently high global score if a broad interdisciplinarity is really addressed.
We sincerely thank the participation and collaboration of all involved parties in the mentioned proposals.
We wish to give our warmest welcome into our Scientific Committee to: Francesca Vidal from the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), expert in rhetoric and cultural studies who recently published a thoughtful work concerning the rhetoric of virtual spaces (“Rhetorik der Virtuallen”, Talheimer, 2010). She took part in the Meeting organized by our colleague Rainer Zimmermann “Discourse of topology: language and space in the urban system” in Berlin, March 2011 (see announcement of BITrum events). She has since supported the investigation regarding the foundation of the interdisciplinary approach to information developed by Rainer and José María (s. research stay at the HM), and shall contribute to the Glossarium BITri concerning issues related to rhetoric.
Finally we wish you all a cheerful academic year!