ODS project meeting in Bayreuth

The 4th cluster and 5th coordination ODS meeting was held in Bayreuth, Germany last week, from Wednesday to Friday. IE members David and Enayat participated in the meeting. In the second day (Cluster II meeting), Enayat (and Kostas from GRnet) presented the work done in the past months regarding the ODS harvesting and its metadata analysis in WP7. They also discussed several issues, ideas and plans that ODS faces in the forthcoming harvesting round.

ODS partners also exchanged their ideas about some tasks which should have to be prepared for the review meeting in June.

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Bayreuth is a sizeable town in northern Bavaria, Germany, on the Red Main river. The town’s roots date back to 1194 and it is nowadays the capital of Upper Franconia with a population of 71,482. It is world-famous for its annual Bayreuth Festival, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Above, some snapshots taken during these 3 days.


agINFRA 4th project meeting + 2nd technical training school

From 27th to 30th of May was organized the 4th agINFRA project meeting. It took place in Budapest, Hungary, at Sztaki Institute. IE members Miguel Ángel Sicilia, Jaakko Lappalainen and Alberto Nogales attended to it.

During the meeting some deliverables were presented, also the progress of the project and future issues were discussed. In parallel the 2nd technical training school was carried out. Here Jaakko Lappalainen and Alberto Nogales learnt how to port data components to the agINFRA infrastructure.

We keep on researching!

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Open Discovery Space project kick-off in Athens

51 organizations from 23 countries gather from monday in Athens, Greece, for the kick off of Open Discovery Space – an innovative European Commission funded project (CIP PSP program) that aims to create a socially-powered, multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adaptation of eLearning Resources.

Panoramic view of Athens from the 11th floor of the President Hotel

According to Antonis Ramfos, Project Coordinator, “We are eager to rethink the current model of education […] Open Discovery Space aims to turn the world of learning upside down by creating an entirely new model that will become the most powerful engine of change and innovation that the world of education has ever seen.” Open Discovery Space will achieve its ambitious goals by engaging teachers and pupils in the co-creation of innovative, new educational practices, it will advance the modernization of school education and, ultimately, it will engage stakeholders in the production of new user-generated educational activities in a socially-empowered, multilingual environment and empower them with integrated access to unique eLearning resources from educational repositories around the world.

Information Engineering team has a relevant role in Work Packages 7, 8 and 9 (mostly devoted to software design and development) but also some effort in WP6 and WP10, and this is the reason why Salvador is from last sunday in Athens working but also meeting old friends from previous and running projects such as Mathias Palmer, Hannes Ebner or Juanma Dodero just to name a few.

Plenary session with more than 90 representatives from the more than 50 partners of the consortium


Online interface for the ADL2OWL translator

During the last three years the IE research unit has been developing a Java based translator framework to convert openEHR archetypes (ADL) to an OWL representation. Recently, an online interface that allows uploading an ADL file and executing the translation has been made available and, yesterday, the openEHR Foundation has acknowledge such new tool by adding a link on their official website.

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4th VOA3R project meeting in Izmir, Turkey

Monday to Wednesday this week the VOA3R project consortium representatives gathered together in Izmir for the project 4th plenary meeting. This fourth VOA3R Project Meeting, hosted by Yasar University, formally discussed the next steps to be taken and planned for the project particularly surrounding systems integration, as well as metadata profile definition.

IE members Miguel Angel and Salvador attended the sessions as the University of Alcala is the coordinator partner. Below some pictures taken during these 3 fruitful days of  intensive work.

Different moments of the meeting

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Second meeting of Organic.Lingua taking place in Alcala de Henares

During today’s afternoon and until the end of this week, IE members Alberto, Ramiro, Miguel Refusta, Miguel Angel, Giannis and Salvador will attend to the different sessions of the second Organic.Lingua project meeting. The meeting takes place in the Faculty of Law of the University of Alcala, in downtown Alcalá de Henares a Human Heritage city listed by the Unesco.

Organic.Lingua is a 3.5 million Euro budget project funded by the ICT-PSP program and coordinated by the IE research unit of the University of Alcala. The main aim of this multinational effort is to enhance the Organic.Edunet portal with educational content on Organic Agriculture and Agroecology, introducing automated multi-lingual services that will further support the uptake of the portal from its targeted audiences, facilitate the multilingual features of the portal, and further extend its geographical and linguistic coverage.

Different moments of the second day sessions

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IE members at SPDECE 2011

Salvador Sánchez and Miguel-Angel Sicilia are attending SPDECE 2011 – the eigth edition of the pluri-disciplinary conference on “learning objects”. Around 100 attendees discussed in Ciudad Real and Almagro, Spain, on reusability, pedagogy and technology of educational resources. Organized by University of Castilla la Mancha, this year’s edition provides an open framework for educators and computer specialists to discuss progress in the implementation of new technologies in education, covering aspects such as new teaching and learning environments, content standards and metadata, Learning Objects and Learning Designs and teaching materials in digital format.

Given that SPDECE is a conference series that was  initiated in 2004 by Information Engineering members, there is  a very cohesive group which makes us feel at home in every edition.

Salvador and Miguel Angel in Almagro