Welcome to our blog!

 

I am quite excited to write the very first post in our brand new blog.

Let me briefly introduce who we are and what this blog will be all about.

The Heinz-Nixdorf Chair for Distributed Information Systems is a part of the Institute of Computer Science at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. Given the name, it won’t be a big surprise that we do, indeed, work on distributed information systems. Now, quite obviously, this is a huge area and we do not cover all of it. Some things we are particularly interested in are

  • working with (open) data – providing tools to find and integrate it
  • seamlessly integrating data and functionality (provided, e.g., by sensors)
  • developing solutions that are usable by Non-IT-experts
  • coming up with methods to adapt systems to individual people in a way that is useful for them and that they can understand and influence
  • developing platforms and methods for distributed information systems that support researchers.

We work very closely with researchers from different disciplines, most notably biodiversity scientists. Many of the solutions we develop are geared primarily towards this discipline.

In this blog, we will report on news from the group (e.g., we have already scheduled a report from the first ever BExIS User and Developer Conference which will take place here in Jena on July, 9 -10 2015) and on more general topics that we came across in our work (e.g., stuff related to safekeeping research data, to including citizen scientists in research, to publishing data papers,…) – so stay tuned if those are topics you might be interested in.

Birgitta