3. Participants

3.1 Universidad de Leon (ULE)

The University of León has been recognised by the excellence of their information technologies infrastructures and has constituted the promoting and management centre of an open community in information studies around BITrum initiatives. The participants belonging to this institution are divided in two groups: the first devoted to the coordination, design and furthering of the DomusBITae initiative, and the second for the development of the repository and other documental tools.

3.1.1 Coordination and domusBITae gathering

The team proposed for the coordination of Domus BITae consortium belongs to the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy and has maintained a broad and intensive activity in gathering Information Science Research at the National and International Level.

Task: General project coordination, including: communication, approval, development control, calls, scientific gathering and secretary.

Experience: the team has carried out in the last years an intensive and well recognised activity in the promotion of the Information Science: Coordination of BITrum research group (over 60 members of 11 nationalities),

           Taking active part in many communities of Information Studies (SoII, UTI, ICIE, FIS, ICT & Society, Bertalanffy Center),

           Organizing International gatherings (First International Meeting of Experts in Information Theories, Colloquium BITae, Visiting lecturing),

           Fostering research projects (BITrum project, several proposals to the ESF and EC), 

           Publishing activities (books, special issue, glossary),

           Virtual research within BITrum group by means of a self developed Internet environment composed by: 1) diffusion facilities (public site and blog of contributions), 2) working facilities (archives, discussion, agenda, etc.), 3) glossary edition system.

           Development of software Ithaca on game theory as academic and research tool.

           Educational activities for graduate and postgraduate studies in the field.

Caracterización semántica de lógicas alfabares cuantificadas: marcos canónicos, juegos, completad y aplicaciones | Entidad financiadora: Junta de Castilla y León 004A09 | Entidades participantes:  Universidad de León, Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de La Laguna | Duración,  desde: 2009  hasta: 2011  Investigador responsable: F. Salto

Las lógicas constructivas básicas para cuatro conceptos de consistencia en la semántica relacional ternaria con un conjunto de mundos designados | Entidad financiadora: Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, FFI2008-05859 | Entidades participantes:  Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de León y Universidad de La Laguna | Duración,  desde: 2008  hasta: 2011 |  Investigador responsable: J.M. Méndez.

Francisco Salto Alemany (Professor in the department of Psicology, Sociology and Philosophy)

Doctor in Philosophy by the Universidad de Salamanca. He studied in the Ruhruniversität Bochum (Germany) and was visiting scholar in Leuven (Belgium) and Princeton (New Jersey, USA). He is professor of Logic at the Universidad de León since 2002 and collaborates with the Institute for Logic, Cognition, Language and Information at the University of the Basque Country. He is coordinator of the BITrum Research Group, Scientific Advisor of the Science of Information Institute (SoII), member of the Research Group on Philosophical Logic at the Universidad de Salamanca, of the Humanities Quality Research Group at the Universidad de León, of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group of the Technische Universtät Wien, and others. His research on mathematical logic and philosophy has been published in different papers and journals. Among other contributions in the field is worth to mention: co-edition with J.M. Díaz Nafría and M. Pérez-Montoro the “Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information” (Universidad de León, 2010), where he has authored several articles; co-edition with F. Salto the special issue of the journal TripleC “What is really information? An interdisciplinary approach” (2009); as well as “¿Qué es información?” (Universidad de León, 2008).

Role within the propose action: General Coordinator (GC) must control the whole technical development, driving the different parts in their commitments, monitoring the decision making, the completion of objectives, signing approvals and summoning the concerned parts. The proposed GC has an interdisciplinary academic experience in humanities, and formal sciences, proven by academic awards and recognised work, as well as experience in the coordination of interdisciplinary activities (research, summoning, dissemination and academia), he has also proven experience in multidisciplinary development of edge technology. He is well centred in the international community of informational studies, belonging to several leading communities in the field.

José María Díaz Nafría (invited Professor in the department of Psicology, Sociology and Philosophy)

Doctor in Telecommunication Engineering by the Technical University of Madrid and graduated in Philosophy by the UNED. He is currently invited Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of León, Spain. He worked as associate Professor in the University Alfonso X, and as researcher in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, and the Technische Universität Wien, Austria. He has been invited Professor by several universities in Germany and Austria. He is part of the board of directors of the Science of Information Institute (SoII), coordinator of BITrum Research Group and is member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (UTI), of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE) and belong to the editorial team of the Journal TripleC. Among his publishing contributions is worth to mention: co-edition with F. Salto and M. Pérez-Montoro the “Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information” (Universidad de León, 2010), where he has authored several articles; co-edition with F. Salto the special issue of the journal TripleC “What is really information? An interdisciplinary approach” (2009); as well as “¿Qué es información?” (Universidad de León, 2008). His research interests lie in the observation problem (both electromagnetic and general), and models of technological development (telecommunication; culture, society and man).

Role within the propose action: As Technical and Scientific Coordinator (TSC)  1) must control the whole technical development by assessing and developing the general design and 2) is also in charge of summoning the scholar and scientific community, bringing the Information Studies research interests and activities into the system, as well as disseminating results. For fulfilling this twofold task, he has interdisciplinary experience in both engineering (with proven experience in multidisciplinary development of edge technology) and interdisciplinary science and philosophy (coordination of international research activities) and is also well centred in the target community.

3.1.2 Team of Repository and other documental tools

The team proposed for the development of DomusBITae repository belongs to the University Library. It has provided information system support for the mentioned networking and research activities of ULE in the advancement of Science of Information.

Task: designing and first steps development of the repository by customisation and management of repository software; and dumping the pilot community archives into the system.

Leticia Barrionuevo Almuzara (Librarian at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras)

Dipl. in Biblioteconomy and Documentation by the Universidad de León, and graduated Library and Information Science by the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid). She is in charge of the Library at the Faculty of Filosofía y Letras at the Universidad de León and currently works on her PhD. with a thesis about Evaluation of Institutional Repositories. Since 2005 she is responsible of the library of the faculty and has 9 years of professional experience in the field of document and library management. She partake in the “e-archivo unileon” project for designing and developing an open institucional archive, and provides training to university staff on e-resources and Open Access initiatives. Within BITrum research group, she is coordinator for virtual research and dissemination tools.

3.2 Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías de la Comunicación (INTECO)

The National Institute for Communication Technologies is a state company attached to the Spanish Ministry of Industry (www.inteco.es). It is a contracting party of the State Administration promoting the development of Information Society and ICT competitiveness.

Task: preliminary design of the e-meeting Room and Meta-glossary; design advice and assessment regarding security and accessibility, which is a transversal role to the other designs and developments.

Experience:  INTECO has a wide proven activity in three main areas:

1) ICT Security. Promoting trust and preventing risks that affect people, the absence of regulation or operational capabilities within organizations. INTECO has received a mandate from the Cabinet Council on the 21st of December of 2007, to generate Internet trust among the public through awareness rising, and an operational centre with adequate support from law authorities, to generate trust and confidence in Internet among citizens. INTECO is a National Incident Response Center for SMEs, a National Security Office for the citizens - 24h support-line (OSI), and operates a Security Show-Room for SMEs. INTECO provides services on Security auditing (risk mitigation and consulting), System hardening (fortification of an organizational system), Forensic analysis of systems, Risk analysis, Security master plans, Managed security, and Integral security services.

2) Accesibility. Promoting accessible digital services in Spain. INTECO is the Reference in Web Standards, supports the National Centre of Accessibility (CENTAC), and develops Interactive Public Services for Digital TV. INTECO provides services on Accesibility auditing (comprehensive reports and validation after corrections), consulting, training, continuous operation (monitoring and methodology implementation, metrics follow up), Integral Management (System for Web Accessibility Management - SIGA).

3) Quality in digital services. Promoting standardization and service quality in Spain, spreading the culture of quality improvement. INTECO is a reference in quality of digital services and uses its national Laboratory for developing, testing and piloting projects. INTECO services its customers with a complete market offer, evaluating product and service quality and providing certification, consulting, training, operational support for a technical office (methodologies, organization, and tools), advice, design and implementation of management offices for software projects,  and outsourcing (e2e operations to guarantee product and service quality).

As a public entity of the Spanish Government, INTECO develops various policies and initiatives in the area of the security, and in coordination with other agent and the European Union institutions. INTECO is a member of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) participating in different working groups, as well as providing its experience and initiatives.

The Institute is/has been involved in the following national projects:

           CERT, OSI, and Secure Technology Demo Centre

           Interactive OS iTV development for Accessible Set Top Boxes (IDTVOS)

           System development for a complete accessibility Management (SIGA)

           Sensor network development for monitoring malware.

           System development for automatic diagnosis of process areas in software development companies.

Within the ERA, the Institute is involved in the following international projects:

           SAFER INTERNET | Call for proposal / Safer Internet Centres | INTECO SAFER ES | Building on current success to better protect children from risks online, by enhancing INTECO’s operations and awareness raising activities

           FP7 ICT | Call 5 / Trustworthy ICT (Objective 1.4) |   SACRED | Security Assurance through CollaboRative Exchange of Data

           FP7 ICT | Theme 10 – Security. Call FP7-SEC-2010.4.4-1 | EU-ReBaS | Supporting the Restoration of Basic Services in Europe

           FP7-SEC | 2010-1 SEC-2010.6.3-1 | REFSEC | Developing a reference framework for the European security culture: the perception of threats and the trust in public authorities and the police and the perception of security as a service

           CIP | ICT PSP WP 2010. Objective 2.5 – Open access to scientific information | domusBITae | Pilot network of research work related to scientific articles and associated datasets, monographs in the area of Unified Theory of Information and Trust.

           DG Justice, Freedom and Security | Prevention and fight against crime (ISEC) 2010 | ASASEC| Illegal use of Internet. Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of risks related to Sexual exploitation of children on internet.

Félix Barrio Juárez.

Ph.D. in Science & Technology Management. With both a technical and humanistic background, Félix Barrio is a creative ICTS Manager, specialized in the organizational application of cutting edge Technologies and Research & Development. He is focused on the organization and implementation of New Technologies Programms, R&D Management and e-Accesibility.

He is currently working at the National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO) as Quality Software, eAccesibility and Industry Development Manager. He has worked as Director of Planning and Projects and as R&D Management in different Universities (León, Salamanca, Burgos), Foundations and Companies. Moreover, he has managed R+D university courses and enjoys expertise in programming.

3.3 Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

The University of Barcelona is the principal centre of university research at Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity. The team part of the consortium constitutes a research group integrated at Faculty of Library and Information Science.

Task (within the project): The participation of UB’s research group in the project’s development is transversal and is involved in all work packages; but it is lead party of work package #1 Global design and coordination of module designs.

Mario Pérez-Montoro (professor in the department of Information Sciences)

Doctor in Philosophy and Education Sciences by the Universidad de Barcelona, where he has been researcher at the Departamento de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la Ciencia. He studied in the Istituto di Discipline della Comunicazione in the  Università di Bologna and was Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University. He has been docent and researcher in several universities: Complutense de Madrid, Autònoma de Barcelona, Oberta de Catalunya and he is currently at the Departamento de Ciencias de la Información at the Universidad de Barcelona. Among other scientific contributions in the field is worth to mention: “The Phenomenon of Information “(Scarecrow Press, 2007, published in Spanish by Trotta), “Gestión del conocimiento en las organizaciónes” (Trea, 2008), co-edition with F. Salto and J.M. Díaz the “Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information” (Universidad de León, 2010), where he has authored several articles.

Expertise: 2008-2009: Project: “Success critical factors for the implantation of communities of practice in Public administration” funded by the School of Public Administration of Catalunya; 2005-2006: Project “Content and Knowledge Management Systems” funded by the Agency of University and Research Support of Catalunya (AGAUR); 2003-2005: Project “Taxonomy for Knowledge Organization in Information Society” funded by Biblioteca Digital de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; 2002-2004: Project “Knowledge Assets Identification and Methodologies of Implementation in Organizational Knowledge Management” funded by Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; 2002-2003: Project “Campus Information System for students in Spanish Universities: characterization and análisis” funded by Ministerio de Educación; 2000-2002: Project LAGNIKS (Latin-American Government Network on Information and Knowledge Systems) funded by United Nations Development Programme NDP at UN and Generalitat de Catalunya.

The work of UB’s research group is focussed on some of the diverse aspects (conceptual, semantic, epistemological, and practical) related to the subject of Information Science and Knowledge Management; and, in a particular way, on information visualization and architecture as well as collaborative environments development.

3.4 National and European programmes in which the proponents are involved

The following research is being currently developed by the proponents of the action:

         European projects: COST action “Bridging Domains: Multidimensonal Approach to Information” (in evaluation process), Main Researcher involved: José María Díaz Nafría

         Current National Project: “Lógicas constructivas básicas para conceptos de consistencia” FFI2008-05859 . Involved researcher: Francisco Salto.

         Recent Nacional Projects: “Negaciones mínima y submínima en la semántica relacional” HUM2005-05707, “Negaciones positivas para lógicas subestructurales” BBF2001-2066. (Involved researcher: Francisco Salto)

         Other current competitive project directed by the group is: 004A09 “Caracterización semántica de lógicas alfabares cuantificadas: marcos canónicos, juegos, completad y aplicaciones”

         The reader may also consider multifaceted research activity of INTECO, referred above, within national and European programmes.

3.5 Other related research

BITrum members lead a number of relevant research projects related to domusBITae (the BITrum constitutional act is attached). Since this projects determin the scientific interest of the informational studies community we indicate here a selection, distinguishing if they belong to the National Research Plan (NRP) or to the European Research Area (ERA). Note this facts underlines BITrum active scientific stance.


BITrum member involved in the project

Description of the project


Manuel Liz

Plan Nacional de I+D+I, el proyecto de investigación titulado Mundo externo, experiencia y reflexión


Jorge Morato Lara

Desarrollo de un sistema de recuperación conceptual mediante niveles semánticos en la representación de esquemas metadatos. MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION Y CIENCIA SEC. DE ESTADO DE UNIVERSIDADES. 01/10/2007- 30/09/2010



Filtrado Terminológico para el análisis de dominios mediante ontologías.  01/09/2009-31/08/2010. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Ayudas José Castillejo. Univ. Trento


Sonia Sánchez-Cuadrado

Sistema de definición de perfiles profesionales y de competencias de formación para estudiantes de Información y documentación: estudio comparativo para Brasil y España basado en la gestión semántica del conocimiento. MEC y MAE. Programa hispano-brasileño de cooperación interuniversitaria. (2008-2011).



Desarrollo de un sistema de recuperación conceptual mediante niveles semánticos en la representación de esquemas de metadatos TIN2007-67153.


Jesús Ezquerro

Modularity, reasoning and social cognition: a critical analysis of Evolutionary Psychology (MoReSCEP) (FFI2009-08999).



Management Committe of the Eurocores programme Logic for Interacction, Communication, Cognition and Computation (LogICCC)


Rafael Capurro

7th Frame Programme | EU Project ETICA (2009-2011): Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications


Christian Fuchs

EU COST Project “Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS)“ (ISO 807) | Funded by COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology | Duration: 2009-2012


Juan Miguel Aguado Terrón

Convocatoria I+D+I 2009 | Evolucion del medio movil en españa: actores, contenidos, modelos de negocio y percepcion de los usuarios | Referencia: CSO2009-07108 Subprograma SOCI | Investigador principal: Juan Miguel Aguado (Universidad de Murcia) | Duración: 2010-2012