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Upgrading domusBITae as a crossroad for interdisciplinary studies to the Lifelong Learning Programme 2013

posted Dec 27, 2012, 10:04 AM by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated Dec 28, 2012, 5:19 AM ]
As previously mentioned within this site, the domusBITae initiative has been focused on the promotion of interdisciplinary studies as a whole, including of course the former objective of establishing a ground for the interdisciplinary study of information. Though the proposal of a Resource Centre for Information Studies, thoroughly developed at the end of 2010, shall be updated whenever a proper call is convened again (what has not been the case in the last two years, but is expected for the next European Frame Programme), in the meantime, the activities carried out within domusBITae circle, particularly between the Universities of León (ULE) and Munich (HM) have put the accent on the broad sense of interdisciplinary studies, from which a proposal -due at the end of January- is planned to be submitted on this topic to the Lifelong Learning Programme (as a Multilateral Project, see call).

This focus meets indeed one of the objectives of the European Commission as a means to face the complex challenges of our societies (s. EC: "New societal challenges for the European Union", Brussels, 2009; EURAB: "Interdisciplinarity in Research", 2004). These strategic objectives together with the European authorities' intention to boost social responsibility in compliance with the recommendations of the recently approved International Standard ISO 26000 provides a solid starting point to the promotion of interdisciplinary methodologies in research and education. This is particularly the case because, as several studies has shown, there is still a lack of methodology and general criteria for properly assessing and deploying interdisciplinarity -despite its strong support by different public public bodies in Europe and abroad (e.g., DEA-FBA: "Thinking Across Disciplines", Copenhagen, 2008). 

In order to fill this gap, we propose relying on a double focus: a systematic one, based upon systems and complex thinking; and a paradigmatic and practical one rooted on ongoing, successful interdisciplinary research (as information studies, cybernetics, environmental studies, or biotechnology), to be applied simultaneously at the education and research work through the problem-oriented cooperation enabled by the participants. It is needless to say that according to this focus the intention to participate by the Institut für Design Science (IDS) of Munich, the Betalanffy Center for the Study of System Science (BCSS), and the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) represents a significant added value to the initiative. To this end, a preliminary proposal was presented to these research organisations, and approved past summer. In December the preliminary proposal was also approved by both the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies of HM and ULE.