BIR2008 - The 7th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in organizations and interorganizational networks. Business and people daily activities are dependent on complex, distributed software systems operating in dynamic and often unpredictably changing business environments. It is in this context that business informatics research is essential.
In order to produce products and services more efficient organizations must be able to adapt and quickly exchange information with internal and external collaborators. The demands for increasing interoperability concern technological, business process and knowledge level. Methods, theories and tools are needed that maintain change and adaptation of business processes, organizations and their supporting software. Furthermore, recent challenges are directed to more human oriented, highly personalized and trustworthy systems enabling to cope with huge variety of languages, technologies and tools needed to develop emerging business applications. However, the new methods and technologies lack enough evaluation to demonstrate that their benefits will overwhelm the payout. Therefore, one of the focuses here is on quantitative and qualitative methods for measuring, predicting, and understanding the value that information technologies bring to the enterprise and the cost before these technologies are ready to use.
The theme for this conference is therefore making businesses, people and systems interoperable and adaptive in highly interconnected and changing contexts.
Research contributions for the conference will be on aspects and future directions in business informatics research with respect to the above theme on interoperability and adaptation, as well as on exploring scientifically the practical aspects and establishing empirically grounded analysis of business cases in order to provide a better evaluation to the applications of information technologies in industry. Contributions from both ongoing research and implications for future directions are welcome.<< Back to top
BIR 2008 PROGRAM
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Business, people and systems interoperability
Business and information systems development
Open source and open information society
Knowledge Management and Semantic Web
Contextualized evaluation of business informatics
BIR2000 Rostock, Germany – Workshop on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
BIR2003 Berlin, Germany – The Second International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
BIR2004 Rostock, Germany – The Third International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
BIR2005 Skövde, Sweden – The Fourth International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
BIR2006 Kaunas, Lithuania – The Fifth International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
BIR2007 Tampere, Finland – The Sixth International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
BIR2008 Gdańsk, Poland– The Seventh International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research<< Back to top
Benkt Wangler, University of Skövde, Sweden - Chairman
Stanislaw Wrycza, University of Gdansk, Poland - Chairman
To be continued...
Stanisław Wrycza, University of Gdańsk, Poland -
Prof. Dr. Jörg Becker - University of Münster, Germany
Reference models - to close the gap
between business requirements
The gap between business requirements and
software implementation is commonly closed by using conceptual models
(business engineering). These are able to represent business requirements in
a formal way, so that they can be used easily as input for the particular
implementation. Through this, the adequate representation of business
requirements by the software is aimed at. Nevertheless, the development of
conceptual models is often an expensive and time consuming task.
Consequently, approaches are eligible which are able to increase the
efficiency of conceptual modeling. Reference models contain knowledge that
is valid for a set of application scenarios. Hence, they are reusable for
different purposes. Reusing reference models as a starting point in software
development is therefore promising, since reference knowledge can be adopted
in the business engineering phase.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Granow - Lübeck University of Applied Science, Germany
E-Learning across borders - business processes across institutions
Among the strategic challenges of e-learning the most potential seems to be setting up learning-environments with virtual groups of international learners and teachers. Virtual mobility combines the advantage of benefiting from intercultural backgrounds and different professional experiences and backgrounds with the opportunity to stay in business. Intercultural learning across borders in inhomogeneous groups of learn-ers creates professional skills and behaviour that supports the needs of a global economy. Business informatics has a dual role in this setup: it is methodology and subject of e-learning.The subject-dimension describes learning business informatics online in its different characteristics of vocational training, bachelor- and master-courses, further and con-tinuing education. In higher education the integration of international experience may be achieved by virtual mobility in co-operations of international universities. To inte-grate the working-experience of professional students learning environments are necessary that allow to study without leaving the job. This is of high relevance ex-pressly in master-courses and continuing education. Different scenarios are ex-plained to achieve these objectives.The methodology-aspect describes how to use the toolsets of business informatics to design and implement e-learning-applications independent from subject. Business-models and business-process-modelling can be used effectively and efficiently for long-lasting, sustainable e-learning-solutions. Implemented successful examples of business-models are based on co-operations among institutions in higher education. The extension of co-operation comprehends academic and curricular aspects, legal questions of copy-rights and national regulations, the technical implementation, the adequate didactical framework as well as aspects of lasting financing. To enable inter-institutional co-operation and even more integrated collaboration dif-ferent system-architectures are discussed in their operational and strategic character-istics. Beyond specific educational offers open architectures and solutions are de-manded to broaden intercultural and inter-professional skills. Disintermediation and re-intermediation of the value-chain facilitate innovative solutions. The integration of learning-environments with professional resource-management-systems in a web-based framework will perform more sufficiently the requirements of next-generation-students.The perspective will show the direction towards a common area of higher education with seamless processes in international as well as intercultural and inter-institutional contexts.
Dr. Piotr Kamiński, Jacek Frankowski - IT Research Division, Research & Development Centre, Polish Telecom
Semantically-Enabled SOA Governance to Improve
The paper deals with a broadly investigated problem of not satisfactory ability to translate business requirements related to business processes into their realisation over the IT infrastructure. In the ICT domain, in scope of convergent services, the necessity of automation of BPM and translation into IT operations becomes ever more vivid. The concept of combined exploitation of SOA Governance in EAI platform and semantic technologies such as Semantic Web Services (SWS) is investigated. Enriching the corporate SOA repository with semantic descriptions based on business and standard-related ontologies allows to link them with business process tasks. Since process components are analogically annotated, with business goals, an automatic composition of tasks performed by related services is possible. Ontologies, translation and composition methodologies applied in the work have been developed within SUPER, the EU-funded project.
Piotr Kociński, IBM Poland
SOA revised. Has anything gone wrong?<< Back to top
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The BIR2008 Conference will be held in the modern building of the Conference Centre of the Faculty of Management of University of Gdansk. Computer access, wireless facilities and multimedia projector will be available. Proximity of the Lech Walesa Airport makes the selected venue as well as the variety of hotels a proper place for the conference.
Department of Business Informatics
The format of the initial submission is not critical, but eventually we will want the camera-ready copies formatted using according to the Springer style (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html )
A full research paper should not exceed 15 pages, while research-in-progress paper - 5 pages.
Please submit the papers via the conference system at
http://bir2008.univ.gda.pl/conference, at the bottom of the left side column you should find "How to use", which contains instructions as to how to upload your submission.
The accepted papers will be included in Conference Proceedings and published with an ISBN.<< Back to top
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"Everyone walking the streets of Gdańsk for the first time is surprised by the extreme beauty with which the city has been laid out and the rare splendour and luxurious sumptuousness that are manifest everywhere. What in Gdańsk enchants most are not the churches, although among these one can find much that is worth attention, but the very foundations of the city and the way in which its power and the riches of its burghers have been embodied in its architecture".
Views such as these may be found not only in any poem in praise of the beauty of Gdańsk but also in scientific monographs on the history of European architecture. When serious scientists use the language of poetry there can be but one reason: a real admiration of the city's beauty. Gdańsk has always evoked admiration and love. We find them in expert treaties, travellers’ tales and the reminiscences of former inhabitants forced to leave the city to live afar. Similar reactions are also to be seen today. Anyone who has, if only once, shown Gdańsk to newcomers has been able to experience it. The visitors absorb its immortal beauty without analysing it or wondering what is authentic and what was reconstructed after the terrible destruction of the last war. They commune directly with the history and draw joy and satisfaction from it. This is the best proof of the rightness of the concept of reconstruction as accepted half a century ago.
A great attraction of Gdańsk lies in its old traditions. It is pervaded by its long and often dramatic history, from the visit of St. Adalbert in 997 to the great celebration of its millennium. Its history is present in its old documents and architectural landmarks, in its science and culture and in the everyday life of its people.
The traditional love of freedom has remained ever alive, revealed equally strongly in the 15th century, when the burghers of Gdańsk shook off the yoke of the Teutonic Knights, and in the times of "Solidarność", when they successfully revolted against the Communist system. Its spiritual power was manifest in the achievements of the pioneers of science from Gdańsk, including such distinguished men as the astronomer Jan Hevelius, the physicists Gabriel Fahrenheit and Daniel Gralath and the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Had they lived in the 20th century, these would have been Nobel pGrass.
Gdańsk has always had its outstanding artistic creators of brick, stone and amber masterpieces. The city was and is the world's amber capital. The most famous achievement of the masters from Gdańsk was the Amber Chamber, unfortunately lost in the last war.
The scientific and artistic traditions of Gdańsk have been maintained and developed by its nine institutions of higher education with their 700 professors and 55,000 students.
What is the secret of this magic of Gdańsk? The city is unique. It is not only its art and architecture that are beautiful but also its surroundings. It is situated at the junction of three geographical regions: the Kashubian Uplands, which reach 300 m in height, the Lowlands of Żuławy, the Polish “Holland” with depressions of more than 1m below sea level, and the sandy beaches of the sea shore, known as the Amber Coast, since amber really can be gathered along it. Gdańsk combines the triple beauty of landscape, architecture and history, as well as being a busy seaport and a centre of science, education, industry and culture. Best of all, however, are its people - freedom loving, open to new ideas and friendly to visitors from all over the world. They have a proverb, old but ever valid: "Everyone loves two cities - the one where he was born and Gdańsk". You may prove this for yourselves.
Prof. Andrzej Januszajtis