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ERCIM-DIS WG Meeting, Glasgow, September 2010


The ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces (DIS) is organizing a meeting this September in Glasgow, co-located with ECDL2010 conference.

The aim of this meeting is to present and discuss DIS members’ work on a white paper (decided in the DIS WG meeting in Amsterdam, May 20th 2010), as well as to run other activities that will highlight current and future research trends concerning the wide scientific area the ERCIM-DIS workgroup members are involved.

More information can be found in the Call for Papers


  • Ingeborg T. Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway (DIS coordinator)
  • Konstantinos Kotis, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Simon Lambert, STFC, UK

Important Dates

  • 15 August - Proposals due
  • 1 September - Notification of acceptance
  • 9 September - Meeting


The meeting will be held in conjunction with the ECDL2010 conference and will be held on September, 9th from 14:00 to 18:00. A social dinner, open to all the interested participants, may be arranged.

Second ERCIM - DIS Workshop, Amsterdam, May 2010


The 2nd ERCIM-DIS Workshop on Large scale and federated information spaces will be held on 20 May 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Call for contributions


Minutes of the 2nd WG Workshop, May 2010 in Amsterdam, provided by Christian Fuhrhop


Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Room L017, "Ada"
CWI Science Park 123, 1098 XG Amsterdam
0900-0930 Register/Coffee/Welcome ERCIM
0930-0945 Setting the scene/ Purpose of the workshop Ingeborg T. Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway
Session 1 Invited Talk. Session Chair Ingeborg Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway
0945-1045 The great research challenges for the Digital Library and the DIS communities in the next decade Slides Maristella Agosti, University of Padova, Italy
1045-1100 Coffee
Session 2 Position paper. Session Chair: Yannis Stavrakas, IMIS, Athena R.C., Greece
1100-1130 Semantic Integration of Distributed and Heterogeneous Information Sources Slides G. A. Vouros, K. Kotis, V. Spiliopoulos, University of the Aegean, Greece
1130-1200 Data spaces in the lifecycle of scientific research Simon Lambert, STFC, UK
1200-1230 Semantic interoperability and semantic search and retrieval in heterogeneous collections I. Sølvberg, A. Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway
1230-1330 Lunch
Session 3 Position paper. Session Chair: Yannis Stavrakas, IMIS, Athena R.C., Greece
1330-1400 Data and Information Spaces at the core of future Emergence Response Systems Slides José Canós, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain and Marcos R.S. Borges, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1400-1430 Collaborative information spaces: Research directions at IMIS George Papastefanatos, Yannis Stavrakas, Christos Papatheodorou, Timos Sellis, Athena Research Centre, Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Greece
1430-1445 Coffee
Closing Session
1445-1530 General discussion and the way forward. Plenary brainstorming and discusssion
1530-1545 Closing remarks Ingeborg T.Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway
1900 Dinner

After the workshop the attendees can join the buses to Novotel and Mercure at 17.30. Arrival estimated at 18.00. From these hotels the bus will then later go to the restaurant at 19.00.

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Call for contributions

The ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces (DIS) is asking proposals for position papers for its second workshop, to be promoted under the theme of large scale and federated information spaces. The main goal of the workshop is to create a white paper presenting the current and future research trends concerning the wide scientific area the ERCIM-DIS workgroup members are involved. This white paper would be useful for the achievement of a common understanding within the workgroup members and the development of prosperous collaborations in the framework of the EU funding programs.

The objective of the ERCIM DIS WG is to build a strong network of researchers in the fields of data and information spaces. Of special importance is the development of methods and tools to make digital, cultural and scientific content available, searchable and accessible for all kinds of users. Also relevant will be the storage, preservation and curation of all types of data, including primary and scientific data. Other relevant issues will be scalability, intelligent information management and interoperability, which should be achieved on multiple levels (schema, repository as well system).

Therefore the main topics expected to be covered will be (but not limited to):

  • Infrastructures and services for DIS
  • Large scale DIS (corporations, research/e-Science, private/family, etc.)
  • Long-term preservation and curation in DIS
  • DIS and interoperability (data and metadata schemas, processes between systems, etc.)
  • DIS in specific contexts (such as geo-referenced/spatial, temporal, etc.)
  • Business processes and workflows in DIS (information life-cycle management, etc.)
  • Other issues in DIS, such as Open access, Open Archives, Federated repositories, etc.

Interested participants are invited to present their (organization's) plans and viewpoints for research in the DIS area for the next 5 years, documented by existing systems, services or technologies or innovative ideas for new projects or actions requiring the cooperation of other participants – experts on complementary domains.

The proposals, in the form of position papers (3 to 5 pages) should be submitted by email to the workshop co-chairs Christos Papatheodorou ( and Yannis Stavrakas (

Depending of the capacity of the room, the participation in the workshop will be open to all the interested, even if the participant does not have submitted a proposal. The main workshop will be organized from 09:00 to 17:30. A social dinner, open to all the interested participants, may be arranged.


  • Christos Papatheodorou Ionian Univ. and Institute for the Management of Information Systems Athena RC, Greece
  • Ingeborg T. Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway (DIS coordinator)
  • Yannis Stavrakas, Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Athena RC, Greece

Important Dates

  • 27 April - Proposals due (extended from 22 April)
  • 30 April - Notification of acceptance
  • 20 May - Workshop

Invited Speaker

Professor Maristella Agosti, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy will present: "The great research challenges for the Digital Library and the DIS communities in the next decade"


The Workshop will be held in conjunction with ERCIM Spring Days 2010, on Thursday 20 May 2010 at CWI in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Information about the whole event is as well as the registration form and a link to CWI hotel booking partner are available at

At the start of the workshop (09.00 - 09.30 a.m.) there will be coffee for the people coming in directly (either from the airport or from self selected hotels), and a bus between the meeting hotels and CWI.

During the day two coffee breaks as well as a standing lunch with sandwiches are planned.

After the workshop a dinner has been arranged for the participants at the Science Park café-restaurant (located 5 minutes walking distance from CWI, on the other side of the campus road, for further reference and the English menu).

At the end of this dinner at a fixed time a bus will bring participants to the meeting hotels. Please register at your earliest convenience but no later than *April 2nd, 2010* to facilitate the organization of this event. Please reserve your stay at one of the two meeting hotels available, if possible, before *March 16th, 2010*.

In case you want to stay at another hotel or you are booking you stay after the expiry date of the block booking, you will have to find and book a room yourself. Probably rooms will be available in the city, maybe even still some in the offered hotels. In case you are staying elsewhere than the Mercure Amstel or Novotel City, unfortunately you can't use the transportation arrangements. Buses will pass only between the above mentioned hotels, CWI and the restaurant.

First ERCIM - DIS Workshop, Paris, May 2009

The ERCIM-DIS working group held its first workshop on large scale and federated information spaces in Paris, France on May, 27th, 2009.


Minutes of the 1st WG Workshop, May 2009 in Paris, provided by Ingeborg Sølvberg


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Wednesday May 27th
0830-0915 Register/Coffee/Welcome ERCIM
0915-0930 Setting the scene/ Purpose of the seminar Ingeborg T. Sølvberg, NTNU
Session 1 Position paper
0930-1000 Information Retrieval Support for Evidence-Based Software D. Cruzes, H. Ramampiaro, R. Conradi, M. Mendoca
1000-1030 Integrating Cultural Heritage Information Sources - Paper,Slides L. Bountouri, M. Gergatsoulis, C. Papatheodorou
1030-1100 BREAK
Session 2 Position paper
1100-1130 DIS as a complex infrastructure: experience from the Socionet project - Slides Sergey Parinov, Victor Lyapunov
1130-1200 Handling of non-standard metadata across archives in the ethnoArc project - Paper,Slides Christian Fuhrhop, Raju Vaidya
1200-1230 LUNCH
Session 3: Invited Talks
1230-1315 Exploiting User Generated Content to Improve Web Search (Abstract) Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S
1315-1400 Data information and knowledge for e-science and e-infrastructure (DIS and e-science) (Abstract), Slides Keith Jeffery, ERCIM
1400-1430 Conclusions/Way forward/Closing Remarks Ingeborg T. Sølvberg, NTNU
2000-2200 Dinner at the Hotel Les Jardins du Marais

Presentations of interests related to possible projects calls

The purpose of a WG meeting in the afternoon from 1500 to 1830, was to encourage and explore the interests for projects within the DIS community for the upcoming EU Calls.


The workshop was held at the hotel "Les Jardins du Marais", 74 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris.


  • Ingeborg T. Sølvberg, NTNU, Norway (DIS coordinator)
  • José Borbinha, INESC-ID, Portugal
  • Anne Gams Steine Asserson, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Heiko Schuldt, University of Basel, Switzerland