Sunday, September 20, 2009

GIC selected among European eGovernment Awards 2009 Finalists

The case “Interoperability Standards and Infrastructures for Service Transformation”, developed by the Greek Interoperability centre in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Interior, was selected among the finalists for the 2009 European eGovernment Awards, in the category 3 “eGovernment enabling administrative efficiency and effectiveness”. The European eGovernment Awards is being organized by the European Commission and is one of the most prestigious eGovernment excellence contests worldwide. The call received a total of 259 submissions from European Member states in June 2009 and finalists were announced in September 2009. The eGovernment Awards finals will take place in Malmoe, Sweden, November 2009. More information at

GIC in AMCIS 2009 Conference, San Francisco, US

Members of the Greek Interoperability Centre joined AMCIS 2009 (15th Americas Conference on Information Systems) in San Francisco, California, August 6 - 9, 2009, presenting 3 research papers in the core programme of the Conference, within the eGovernment Track (chair: Prof. M.Janssen). In a session devoted to Government Interoperability and Infrastructures, chaired by Y. Charalabidis, R. Goncalves, R.Klishewski and E.Hovy, latest eGovernment Interoperability developments were presented, by researchers and practitioners from Europe, US and Asia.
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San Francisco view from the Coit Tower (Nikon D90)

GIC visits ORACLE Headquarters, in Silicon Value, US

Members of the Greek Interoperability Centre visited ORACLE Corporation Headquarters in San Francisco, California, during August 2009. ORACLE – GIC workshops covered Enterprise 2.0, ORACLE Application Framework, Enterprise Modelling Suites and Business Applications, building on the existing collaboration between the two organisations.

Fenareti Lampathaki, Yannis Charalabidis (GIC Manager) and Christina (Gibb) Kolotouros, ORACLE Product Manager

GIC visits MICROSOFT Research Centers in Redmond, US

Members of the Greek Interoperability Centre visited Microsoft Research Centers in Redmond, Seattle, during August 2009. Following a running collaboration between Microsoft Hellas and GIC, the teams exchanged research ideas and outlook for future interoperability standards and services worldwide, in the area of electronic Government and electronic business.
Yannis Charalabidis, Euripidis Loukis, George Kanellopoulos (MICROSOFT Specialist), Fenareti Lampathaki, Spyros Passas and George Gionis, in Microsoft Redmond

Semantic Week 2009, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Yannis Charalabidis for the Greek Interoperability Centre served as the Keynote Speaker in the “Semantic Week 2009”, held in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, on June 22-26, 2009. His speech “A Collaborative View on Semantics” stressed the importance of collaborative methods and tools in the creation and formulation of semantics, especially in the age of social media and massive collaboration web sites. The Semantic Week was organised by STASIS and supported by a range of EU projects and initiatives including SOA4All, BREIN, COIN, NESSI, SEMIC.EU, the European Commission and the IBIS Journal.
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Semantic Week Keynote, June 23, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Greek Interoperability Days in July 2009

The Greek IC organized the second Interoperability days event in July 2009, where prominent researchers and practitioners had the opportunity to address a selected audience of GIC researchers and members of GIC community in Greece. Prof. M.Janssen (TU Delft), Dr. M. Missikof (IASI-CNR, IT), Prof. R. Goncalves (UNINOVA, PT) and D. Osimo (Tech4i2) delivered several days of academic presentations, case descriptions and organized workshops targeting highly innovative approaches for semantic interoperability, Web 2.0, Future Internet infrastructures and B2B interoperability.

David Osimo (Tech4i2) in a Web 2.0 Workshop in GIC premises, Athens