University of León, Spain

Institution: The University of León (at the northwest of the autonomous community of Castilla y León, Spain) 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.


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.


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


the team has carried out in the last years an intensive and well recognised activity in the promotion of Information Science:

  • Coordination of BITrum research group (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.

Profile of staff

To carry out the coordination tasks three profiles are proposed:

  1. A General and Technical Coordinator (GTC) 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 GTC has an interdisciplinary academic experience in humanities, engineering and natural science, 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.
  2. The Scientific Coordinator (SC) is 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. He has interdisciplinary experience, has coordinate international research activities and is also well centred in the target community.
  3. The secretary is in charge of keeping the agenda, communicate the calls, recording decision and reports, keeping procedures and format documentation, making documentation available to all parts (including FP7 assess), requesting reports, and editing. The proposed secretary has experience in the management of international research and development.

Team of Repository development

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.


Development of the institutional and thematic repository and content load.


Profile of staff

The team is composed by two figures,

  • Repository Manager (RM), who manages the ‘human’ side of the repository including content policies, advocacy, user training and a liaison with a wide range of institutional departments and external contacts.
She will be: Promoting the use of repository. Managing the day-to-day operation of the research repository service. Providing training and advice to contributors. Manage the repository service by identifying goals and future strategies for improvement in the repository service.
She has recognised professional qualification (at degree or postgraduate level) in librarianship or information science. Experience of working in a higher education library or relevant research/special library environment. Excellent IT skills and familiarity with institutional repository software and metadata standards. Strong advocacy skills and a customer orientated approach to service design and delivery.
  • Repository Technical Developer (RTD), who manages the technical implementation, customisation and management of repository software; manages metadata fields and quality, creates usage reports and tracks the preservation issues.
The RTD will: design, implement, test and maintain the repository and associated tools and applications; develop or contribute to the development of technical/specialist documentation and advocacy and outreach activities.
The RTD has excellent IT skills in particular experience of web systems and web-based technologies, software e.g. Web 2.0 tools, website monitoring tools such as Google. Analytics, and software systems and languages such as Linux, SQL, XML, PHP. RTD is acquainted with at least one (or a specific) repository software, as well as relevant metadata standards and protocols e.g. OAI-PMH, Dublin Core.