[Fis] New Course Novelties

Pedro C. Marijuan pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es
Tue Oct 1 14:43:36 CEST 2019

Dear FIS & IS4SI Colleagues,

We start this 23rd year of activities in the list with the novelty 
commented in my last message: the incorporation of IS4SI Board members. 
We will count with a network of a dozen correspondents or so who will 
keep all of us updated on a variety of fields belonging to "the study of 
information" on a seasonal basis. Of course all members of the list are 
invited to participate in this periodic informative contact too. 
Whatever matters to our common interest on information might be 
reflected by someone in the list.  The new purpose is that this list 
becomes not only an arena of discussion, as we have so much accumulated 
in the past (see https://fis.sciforum.net/fis-discussion-sessions/ ), 
but also a dynamic repository of exciting ideas & criticisms, of 
relevant scholarship of articles and bibliography, of new insights on 
contemporary problems, etc. Everyone in his/her style, we  could work as 
a collective intelligence trying to make better sense of our strange times.

For a start I would suggest a rough evaluation  of the past meeting in 
Berkeley (could it be possible some comment from your side, Terry?). It 
was really an experience listening to technological avantgarde's 
prognostics & criticisms. Possible exits to the contemporary crossroads 
are difficult to foretell... In my opinion, a monumental 
misunderstanding of information underlies a good portion of the 
conceptual disorientation among the cognoscenti. I will try to argue 
more concretely about this along the debates of this New Course. The new 
inscribed parties may present themselves and produce their arguments 
when they wish (with the traditional limitation of two messages per week).

But we are far less people than before in the list (sadly the University 
of Zaragoza's mindless application of the European Law on Data 
Protection decimated this list), so to facilitate the new functioning, 
maybe relaxing the two messages per week could be a good idea now. What 
about putting the limit in three messages per week?

Finally, to the group of veteran FISers who have spent 20 years or more 
in this list, a strong hug. Let us hope the new venture with IS4SI will 
mean a new horizon of creativity and influence for our long-term project.

Best regards


Pedro C. Marijuán
Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group

pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es

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