i3 Conference: Internet – Infrastructures – Innovations

The “i3: Internet-Infrastructures-Innovations” conference took place in Wrocław on December 1-3, 2010. The conference was organized by the PIONIER Consortium. Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center and Wrocław Center for Networking and Supercomputing played a significant role in organization of this year’s edition.

During the conference we had a chance to present two papers: “Technical Challenges Associated with Presentation of Digital Cultural Heritage in the Internet” and “Architecture and Protocols for Building a Knowledge System – PSNC Tasks in the SYNAT Project”.

The first paper gave an overview of the PSNC approach for the presentation of multi-domain digital objects over the Internet. The idea is to store various types of digital objects (e.g. texts, graphics, audio and video) using generic data model of the dLibra system and present the objects using personalized and dedicated web portals for different institutions, such as libraries, museums or oral history related institutes.

The second presentation “Architecture and Protocols for Building a Knowledge System – PSNC Tasks in the SYNAT Project” was a general overview of the work done by PSNC in the SYNAT project. The development of SYNAT has began in August 2010, so it is still in the early phase. The main purpose of this presentation was to show our initial assumptions and gather feedback which might be useful in our further work.

A number of interesting presentations were given during the conference. There were three main session themes (“Internet”, “Infrastructures”, “Innovations”). Subjects within these themes included e-health, e-education, Future Internet and network safety.

During the regions session a representative of the IZIP company presented a Czech Electronic Health Record system. The system was commissioned by the biggest health insurer in the Czech Republic. It stores information about the patient’s health, diagnoses, ordered analyses and their results. This way the analyses are not repeated by every doctor the patient visits, which significantly limits the costs. Another important goal of the system is health service quality improvement thanks to easy access to the patient’s history, facilitating the decision-making process.

We found the following presentations particularly interesting:

  • “Open Administration Services in Urban Area”, given by Bartosz Lewandowski from PSNC. Bartosz described the open e-administration policy promoted by PSNC and the Municipal Office of Poznań.
  • “The Importance of Digitization and Archival Resources for the Development of New Social Initiatives”, given by Piotr Skałecki. Piotr presented digitization projects from the field of genealogy, e.g. the “Poznań Project: Marriage Database Search” which allows its users to search a base containing data about 540825 marriages contracted in the years 1820-1889 in the former Province of Posen. Also the projects of the Polish Genealogical Society were mentioned, among them Geneteka and the transcription of a document entitled “Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States”.
  • “The URBANCARD Service” – a presentation about the city card (URBANCARD) for which the Municipal Office of Wrocław was awarded the Innovation Pioneer prize. This presentation was given by Dariusz Jędryczek.

Most presentations are available online at the conference webpage (http://www.i3conference.net/online/program.php).

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