Microsoft Hellas Top HR Executive visits Aegean University - ICSD MSc Programme

Mr. Yannis Koutrakis, Human Resources Manager of Microsoft Hellas, visited the Information and Communication Systems Engineering Department of the Aegean University in Samos.

Talking and discussing with the Information Systems Management MSc course students, Mr. Koutrakis presented the human resource management processes, systems and initiatives of Microsoft Corporation, at a global scale. He also provided specialised information on career management in ICT, as well as hints for succeeding in entering the ICT market in Greece and abroad.

PADGETS started in Athens: More than 40 researchers on Policy Modelling

The Kick-off meeting of PADGETS FP7 Research Project was held in NTUA, Athens on 25th - 26th January 2010.
The PADGETS project applies social networking techniques together with societal modelling, to enable policy makers in reaching justified decisions. Cizens participate in various modes and forms with the assistance of Policy Gadgets, specialised micro-applications in social nets, that can have several types of behaviour.

PADGETS is being implemented by a joined multi-national team of more than 40 researchers, coming from 12 partners:
Join the PADGETS Linked-in Group at:

Visit the project site at

Call for Contributions on “Future Research on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling

The CROSSROAD project, a Support Action funded by the European Commission, aims to deliver a Research Roadmap on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling, which will be supported by the contribution of the results deriving from other FP7 projects in this domain and by the involvement of the research community. Lasting the whole of 2010, CROSSROAD will create a shared vision to support policy and research in this domain.

With this call for contributions, CROSSROAD aims to attract high-quality innovative contributions that depict sound positions and views for: (a) new research fields, (b) state of the art, (c) innovative scenarios and applications.

Deadline for submission of position papers: 25th February 2010

Call for Papers : Scientific Base for Enterprise Interoperability Workshop in iESA 2010

Workshop Description

Interoperability is recognized as a high-impact productivity factor both within the private and the public sector, affecting the overall quality, yield time and cost of transactions, design and manufacturing operations or digital public services. Up to now, the principal tools for targeting the above challenges appear as the various standards that try to govern information systems development and operation. Such standards are usually linked with specific market sectors, application areas or technology trends, thus having a limited time span, a static nature and quite often different interpretations by technology vendors.From the State of the art, open research questions of interest for the establishment of Enterprise Interoperability as a science are:
  • Why is there so much effort wasted in the development of dedicated technical solutions for interoperability problems ?
  • How can we predict and guarantee the long-term knowledge and behavior of interoperability in engineering systems ?
  • Why do certain interoperability problems appear to be very complex at first, but are actually not complex at all once we find a dedicated solution for them ?
  • How can these solution be generalized and formalized ?
    Is complexity in engineering any different from complexity in natural science or social science ?
  • How do we reduce complexity in systems interoperability?

The workshop aims to address the issues of scientific formalisation of Enterprise Interoperability, as a multidisciplinary research domain. Following on the works of European Commission Enterprise Interoperabilty Task Force (EITF) and relevant work by INTEROP-Vlab, the workshop aims at capitalising recent developments in the domain and set the agenda for further coordinated research activities in the enterprise interoperability community.

The main topics of the workshop include:

  • Basic research and foundational principles on interoperability
  • Formal methods to describe interoperability problems and solutions
  • State of the art in scientific methods for interoperability
  • Populations of formal descriptions, generalization of approaches for enterprise interoperability
  • Scientific methods for interoperability in specific sectors and vertical domains
  • Impact assessment, simulation methods and tools
  • Proposals academic curricula on interoperability
  • Proposals on marketing of the scientific offerings for enterprise interoperability

Workshop chairs and organizers

Yannis Charalabidis
National Technical University of Athens – Greek Interoperability Centre, Greece
Phone number:+30 210 7723555
Ricardo Goncalves, UNINOVA, Portugal
Keith Popplewell, Coventry University, UK

Submission Process
Full papers may be submitted, via e-mail, to the workshop co-chairs. Papers will be peer-reviewed using a double-blind review system and published in the post conference proceedings book. Formatting rules should be according to those described in the conference portal.

Extended versions of selected papers presented in the workshop will be submitted to a special issue for a recognised WoS IF international journal.

Key Dates
• Full Papers Due: March 1, 2010
• Notification of Acceptance: March 8, 2010
• Camera Ready Copy Due: After the workshop

Aegean University Team wins 3rd prize in eBusiness Awards

The Aegean University team, with MSc students from the ICSD Department in Samos won the 3rd prize in the eBusiness Awards, organised in Greece from the Athens University of Economics and Business - ELTRUN.

Nikos Bistis and Afroditi Madika, the Aegean Team, are postgraduate students of the Information Systems Management course in Karlovassi, Samos.

Below, an extract from the NET Fax daily news bulletin, of 21.01.2010.

CROSSROAD Project started - to develop the new Roadmap for ICT research on eGovernance

The CROSSROAD project made its first meeting in Athens, Greece, on January 12, 2010.

The CROSSROAD project (, a Support Action funded by the European Commission, aims to deliver a Research Roadmap on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling, which will be supported by the contribution of the results deriving from other FP7 projects in this domain and by the involvement of the research community. Lasting the whole of 2010, CROSSROAD will create a shared vision to support policy and research in this domain.

More information at and

International Workshop on Government Interoperability in HICSS 2010

Within the 43th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010), a half-day workshop session on "eGovernment Infrastructures and Interoperability" hosted presentations of international research achievements and in concluded in interesting results for administations and the industry.

The session was co-organised by:
- Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology
- Yannis Charalabidis, Greek Interoperability Centre, NTUA
- Apitep Saekow, Stamford International University

The workshop included presentations of high quality research papers and discussion. Interesting results and conclusions where noted, in the areas of:
- New scientific approaches on interoperability
- The virtualisation of organisations in public sector
- Multi-national dimensions and practices
- Interoperability infrastructures in the cloud
- Social participation networks
- Decision making and IT planning in local administration

The presentations made are as following:

Construction of a Complex Adaptive Systems Pattern as an
Epistemological Lens for E-Government Systems
by Adrian Krolczyk, Christian Senf, and Nils Cordes (DE)

Attitudinal and Behavioural Determinants Influencing Top Managementís Decision Making Process for Adopting Integration Technologies Vital for e-Enabling Local Government: A Strategic Perspective
by Muhammad Kamal, Vishanth Weerakkody, and Zahir Irani (UK)

Extending Virtual Organizations in the Public Sector: Lessons from CSCW, STS, and Organization Science
by Radaphat Chongthammakun and Steven J. Jackson (US)

Multinational E-Government Collaboration, Information Sharing, and Interoperability: An Integrative Model
by Celene Navarrete, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Sehl Mellouli,
Theresa Pardo, and Jochen Scholl (US, Mexico)

Implementing Federated Interoperability Infrastructures: Issues and Challenges from the Citizens’ Base Registry in Greece
by Fenareti Lampathaki, Nikos Kroustalias, Sotiris Koussouris,
Yannis Charalabidis, and John Psarras (GR)

eGovernment Ontologies: Social Participation in Building and Evolution
Alessia Barbagallo,Antonio De Nicola, and Michele Missikoff (IT)

For more information, on this year eGov Interoperability session and HICSS 2011 Minitrack on Interoperability and Cloud Infrastructures please contact and

43rd HICSS Conference - eGovernment Track

The 43th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences is taking place in the Grend Hyatt Hotel, in Kauai, Hawaii, US from 5th to 8th January 2010.

The eGovernment Track within HICSS bring together the international electronic government research and practice community, presenting and discussing on breakthrough approaches for several aspects of electronic government, structured along the following minitracks:

- Development Methods for Electronic Government
Emerging Topics
E-Participation, e-Citizenship, and Digital Democracy
E-Policy, e-Governance, Ethics, and Law
E-Services and Information
Information Security
Infrastructure and Interoperability
Organization and Management

For a detailed view of the HICSS conference papers and the eGovernment Track, please visit: