Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems, CECIIS 2010 22nd – 24th September 2010, Varaždin, Croatia

After having participated in the conference in the last two year’s, Mag. Daniel Medimorec again represented the Centre for E-Government of the Danube University Krems at the 11th Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems, CECIIS 2010, the 21st ICT conference in Varazdin (previously just called IIS: Information and Intelligent Systems.

The conference was organized by the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI) in Varaždin, Croatia, and had a strong technical approach and an excellent reputation in the SEE-region.

Rathaus von Varazdin

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The conference started with an invited lecture about this year’s topic of the conferenc Service Science by o. Univ. – Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolf Rauch, Dean of Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria. This was one of the most interesting presentations of the day.

Service Science can be seen as a new approach of science. At last years CECIIS, Prof. Wolf presented the same topic, but with an approach from an economic perspective. This year, his approach was from a science perspective. “Scientific disciplines are a social construct” (not given by good). It is formed by social needs like:

  • Interests (military, economics – applications, especial in the area of IT,…)
  • Scientists (background –  e.g. mathematics, engineering,…)
  • People (usage – e.g. Web 2.0)
  • Or…

Computer sciences grow very quickly, the social component of computer science only developed very slowly or was not even there.

Society needs certain scientific services. Science is more than just the gathering of new knowledge. It comprises of: studying, training, research and active citizenship (which should lead to social justice).

Education (“Bildung”) can be seen as:

  • Education for personal development (and social status) – „educated person”: literature – history – geography – art – Latin
  • Septem artes liberales (homo liber)
  • “Bildung durch Wissenschaft” as purpose of the university (UG 2002 in Austria)
  • elite concept

Information science should be a part of this list! In the future it will be a must.

Training (“Ausbildung”)

  • Preparation for labour market (“employability”, “work force development”).
    • Early European universities: Theology, law, medicine
    • Latin
    • Technical University
    • Literacy in the knowledge university
  • Social advancement

Studying vs. Training:

  • Studying without any aim of employment (e.g. senior students)
  • Studying with little reference to employment (e.g. artists)
  • Training for employability for the rest of your life (e.g. PhD-Students)
  • Training for immediate employment on the job market (“FH´s”).

Training:

  • Traditional classroom lecture with strict time table
  • Computer assisted learning
  • Focus on inputs

Studying:

  • Independent study
  • Studium generale
  • Focus on learning outcome

Good practice is always a part of both!

Research: development of scientific knowledge

Research as basis for studying and training (“Bildung durch Wissenschaft”).

Contemporary societies and economics are based on research and development.

Active citizenship in modern societies

  • “Useful subjects” for the country (not for the labour market): Analytical skills, critical voices, environmental sensibility, gender competence, shared values,…

Why should society sponsor the university system?

Research? Scientific excellence? Economy?

Possible answer: social justice – social permeability: help children from educationally disadvantaged families to improve in society.

Need to fulfil all mentioned arguments.

Studying for:

  • Asking the right questions
  • Getting a framework of knowledge and competence

Training:

Training for computer literacy

Research:

Development of new systems

Society:

Active citizenship – “the haves and the have-nots”. The need for training for active citizenship. High potential for conflicts in the future, if we do not tackle this problem as soon as possible!

Conclusion:

System of higher education, especially universities should offer all: studying, training, research and social values. To tackle the new challenges through the incorporation of this new approach of Service Science and Intelligence Systems into all curricula’s.

Besides the conference there were also several bilateral meetings with several stakeholders of the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI), like the Dean PhD. Professor Tihomir Hunjak, the former Dean PhD. Professor Boris Auer and several other colleagues, with the purpose to present the work of the Center for E-Government and to discuss possible further cooperation.

Besides that, the participants of the confernce were invited to CeDEM11 which takes place on the 5. – 6. May 2011 at the Danube University Krems. The CeDEM11 brings together e-democracy, e-participation and e-voting specialists working in academia, politics, government and businesses.

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