Social Information Science Institute, China


The Social Information Science Institute (SISI) is dependent of the Huazhong Univesity of Science and Technology (HUST), a national key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of P. R. China, and among the first Universities joining the national “211 Project” and “985 Project”. The SISI was established in 2006, aimed at: developing systematic innovation research in social information science; promote discipline innovation in information science and humanities; and foster interdisciplinary approach in humanities and science. SISI has organized first national conference on social information science (MCSIS’07) and first International Forum on Systems Science and Information Science (IFSSSIS’07) and the Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FlS 2010), in Beijin 2010 where the International Society for Information Studies was founded.

  • Advising and assessing regarding the necessities of the Chinese scientific community in the usability and user experience council;
  • Developing the Chinese version of the domusBITae interface adapted to the usability of Chinese users;
  • Contributing to the glossary with: (a) Chinese terms, (b) The Chinese viewpoint (or belonging to a specific discipline) in English if different from the already clarified usage.
  • Ccustomizing the information studies campus of domusBITae for Chinese users
  • Developing some Working Group in education and research using the WG module adapted the Chinese.


With more than twenty research projects, Scholars from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Peking University, and other universities and research institutions all over China are gathered in SISI to carry out research in interdisciplinary areas. Following are selected research projects of SISI funded by National 985II-Project for HUST Science & Technology and Humanities Development, National Philosophical Social Innovation Base. 

Carried out between 2007 and 2009: “Project: Study on the Historical Information Issues in the Viewpoint of Social Information Science”; “Project: Linguistics Study from the Perspective of Information Science”; “Project: Information Operation of Editing and Publishing Systems”; “Project: Study on the Media Information Dynamics”; “Project: Information Operation in the Trans-language Communication”; “Project: Study on the Social Information and Information System Science”; “Project: Discipline Informatizing in Information Science”; “Project: Study on the Informatizing of Social “Decision-making and Executing” System”; “Project: Study on the Communication of Mass Culture and Industry”; “Project: “Poor” Information Operation of Social System and Gray Model Technology”; “Project: Study on the Construction and Optimism of Environment of Modern Communication and Social Information”; “Project: Soul-Conscious-Information: Study on the Cognitive Process of Mental World of Human Beings”; “Project: Study on the Social Information Problems in Philosophy and Religion”. 

Carried in the period 2009-2011: “Project: Comparative Research on Foreign Social Informatics”; “Project: Study on Britain Informatics and the Development of Information Technology”; “Project: Study on the Prospect of Australian Information Science”; “Project: Study on the Prospect of Canadian Information Science”; “Project: Study on the History and Present Status of Russian Social Informatics”; “Project: Study on the History and Present Status of Japanese Social Information Science” Conferences: 2007 First National Conference on Social Information Science (NCSIS’07); 2007 First International Forum on Systems Science and Information Science (IFSSIS’07); 2010 Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FlS2010)

Profile of staff

The research team of SISI is a dynamic and diverse group in which researchers come from different disciplines of engineering, medicine and social sciences. Interdisciplinary researches are carried out in various levels, such as the philosophical and theoretical foundation of information science, the theoretical level of social information science, the practical level of concrete application of information theories in both social and scientific areas and so on.