by Ingeborg Torvik Sølvberg
18 September 2008 was the kick-off date for the new ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces (DIS). The objective of DIS is to build a strong network of researchers in the fields of information repositories and digital libraries and their interoperation.
DIS will focus on issues relating to digital libraries, and the storage, preservation and curation of all types of data, including primary and scientific data. Intelligent information management and interoperability and scalability will be addressed. The development of methods and tools to make digital, cultural and scientific content available, searchable and accessible to all kinds of users is of special interest.
Eleven ERCIM organizations have registered for the WG, suggesting the topic is relevant and timely for ERCIM members. At the kick-off meeting, eight organizations were represented by thirteen individuals. Among the issues discussed was the name of the WG. It was decided to change it from Working Group on Digital Libraries to Working Group on Data and Information Spaces, DIS. A draft of the work program for the two years was discussed. The WG intends to initiate research projects in areas that are of interest to its members, to arrange workshops and to encourage exchange of researchers and students. The next meeting is the open Workshop that will take place in Paris on 27 May, 2009 in conjunction with ERCIM's 20th anniversary meeting. Scientists interested in participating in the ERCIM DIS Working Group should contact the coordinator.
Ingeborg Torvik Sølvberg
ERCIM DIS Working Group chair, NTNU, Norway