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Data and Information Spaces

18 September, 2009 was the kick-off date for the new ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces (DIS). The objective of DIS is to build a strong network of researchers in the fields of information repositories and digital libraries and their interoperation.

DIS will focus on issues relating to digital libraries, and the storage, preservation and curation of all types of data, including primary and scientific data. Intelligent information management and interoperability and scalability will be addressed. The development of methods and tools to make digital, cultural and scientific content available, searchable and accessible to all kinds of users is of special interest.

Eleven ERCIM organisations have registered for the WG, suggesting the topic is relevant and timely for ERCIM members. At the kick-off meeting, eight organisations were represented by thirteen individuals. Among the issues discussed was the name of the WG. It was decided to change it from Working Group on Digital Libraries to Working Group on Data and Information Spaces, DIS. A draft of the work program for the two years was discussed. The WG intends to initiate research projects in areas that are of interest to its members, to arrange workshops and to encourage exchange of researchers and students.

The next meeting is the open Workshop that will take place in Paris on 27 May, 2009 in conjunction with ERCIM’s 20th anniversary meeting.

ERCIM Working Groups are open to any researcher in the specific scientific field. Scientists interested in participating in the ERCIM DIS Working Group should contact the coordinator Ingeborg Torvik Sølvberg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dependable Embedded Software-Intensive Systems

The DES WG organized a full day ERCIM Workshop at SAFECOMP 2008 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on 25 September 2008, together with the EU projects MOGENTES and COOPERS, and the DECOS Interest Group.

The SAFECOMP workshop was sponsored by European projects, so participation was free for attendees and speakers. Papers and presentations will be published as ERCIM proceedings. Topics included:

  • Design of dependable networked embedded real-time systems (RT systems, Time management unit, WCET)
  • Validation and verification of such systems (test bench, safety case, test case generation for efficient tests)
  • Sensor networks for security applications
  • Co-operative networked systems to achieve road safety (with two-projector demo movie).

ERCIM News 75 with the special theme "Safety Critical Software" was supported and many articles provided by the DES WG together with the ERCIM WG on Formal Methods in Industry.

The DES WG plans a joint WG meeting with the WG on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems during the ERCIM anniversary event in May 2009. Special sessions are planned again at the Euromicro 2009, SAFECOMP 2009 and INDIN 2009 conferences.

Environmental Modelling

Within the International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs2008), a session on "Environmental modelling applications towards quality of life information services" was organised, supported by COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) action ES0602 (, and with the participation of the ERCIM Working Group on Environmental Modelling. iEMS 2008 ( was held at the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Catalonia, from 6-10 July 2008, and attracted hundreds of participants. The session chair was Dr. Kostas Karatzas, vice chairman of COST Action ES0602, member of the ERCIM Working Group on Environmental Modelling, and chairman of the 14th Working Group workshop that was held in Thessaloniki one year ago. The iEMSs session attracted a number of very interesting scientific contributions, and enhanced the synergies between COST actions, ERCIM, and scientists who are not members of either initiatives (Presentations given at the session are available for download at
On this basis, the event was proven to be very successful, and fostered future scientific and R&D collaborations.

Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems

Alessandro Fantechi from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, took over the chairmanship of the FMICS Working Group on 1 November. He succeeds Pedro Merino who chaired the group for three years from November 2005 to November 2008.


Security and Trust Management

The STM-WG contributed to the EC-ERCIM strategic Seminar on "Engineering Secure Complex Software Systems and Services", Brussels, 16 October, 2008, in cooperation with the ERCIM Strategic Seminar Task Group (Dimitris Plexousakis).
Presentations are available online. An executive summary will be published in ERCIM News and the full report will be available in electronic format at:

Software Engineering for Resilient Systems

The first workshop of the ERCIM Working Group on Software Engineering for Resilient Systems (SERENE) was held in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, from 17-19 November 2008.

The SERENE series of workshops, organised by the ERCIM working group SERENE, is an international forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the advances in Software Engineering for Resilient Systems. SERENE 2008 was held in cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT and was attended by 42 participants. The technical programme contained two invited talks, three technical papers sessions, two PhD forum sessions, a project session and an experience/industry session. The workshop organisers received 23 submissions (thirteen technical, three industry, five PhD, two projects), 17 of which were accepted for presentation (seven technical, three industry, five PhD, and two projects). All papers have been peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.

The first invited talk entitled “System Complexity, Dependability and Failures” was given by Brian Randell from Newcastle University, UK. The second invited talk “Challenges and Results in Component Quality Certification” was delivered by Ralf Reussner from Universität Karlsruhe, Germany.

Organisation of such a workshop represents a big challenge. We would like to acknowledge help of the program committee members, the additional referees, the organisation committee members, as well as the support of the scientific, technical and administrative staff of Newcastle University, UK.

The workshop proceedings, ISBN 978-1-60558-275-7, are included in the ACM Digital Library.

SERENE 2008 was supported by ERCIM (European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics), FNR (Luxembourg National Research Fund), ICT FP7 DEPLOY IP (on Industrial Deployment of System Engineering Methods Providing High Dependability and Productivity), LASSY (Laboratory for Advanced Software Systems, University of Luxembourg), School of Computing Science, Newcastle University and ICT FP6 ReSIST NoE (Resilience for Survivability in IST).