Welcome to SINN02 - Conference on Open Distributed Science Information Management

    Eberhard R. Hilf
    Institute for Science Networking Oldenburg GmbH


    Hereby I open the One Day Conference on 'Open Distributed Science Information Management' or '' management of scientific information by open distributed worldwide services''.


    The conference is a guest of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg , and I welcome its President, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Grubitzsch, who will welcome you, once I hereby introduced to him the guests, so that he understands, what we are doing.

    The conference is housed in the rooms of the BIS, the University Information System, and its director, Dr. Han Waetjen, transfers his welcome to you through me. With the BIS we cooperate very fruitfully, both in respresenting in DINI the German Initiative for Networked Information (he: the Libraries, me: the Scientists), and in the GAP project, the German Academic Publishers, where our Institute is involved in programming the workflow.

    The Conference is funded by the DFN German Science Network, which operates the German Science NET backbone, and I welcome Dr. F&oum;st, its representative, responsible for our project SINN. Gerti Föst has so constructively and clearsighted guided the project from its, -and even before its beginnings, so seldom nowadays. We acknowledge this expressively.

    The service PhysNet is umbrellaed and its maintenance funded by the European Physical Society, EPS, which early understood, that a professional Physics Information service has to be set up. Thus PhysNet was created and designed to be

    • complete,
    • professional,
    • worldwide,
    • distributed on equal footing for all partners,
    • with regional input of information under regional authority,
    • free of commercials and industrial ties and bias.
    and I welcome Ahmed Ouarab of the EPS headquarters and praise the fruitful cooperation.

    The mission of the project SINN is

    • to further develop the techniques and the implementation of the emerging network of search engines, of regional brokers and gatherers;
    • to improve the service speed for the customers;
    • to increase the worldwide availability;
    • to set up a network of worldwide distributed experts;
    • to boost the technical development;
    • to serve unequivocally all countries and regions;
    • to assure the unbiased structure and content of the services;
    • to adopt regional services and adapt to regional necessities.

    The Conference is managed by the ISN, the Institute for Science Networking at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.

    It is organized by Michael Hohlfeld and Thomas Severiens, project managers of SINN.

    Mission of this one day Conference

    First, to present the achievements, plans and highlights of the attached two days technical workshop on the progress of PhysNet, the Physics Network Worldwide, its worldwide organisation and distributed cooperating workforce, in especial

    1. the propositions made,
    2. the progress done,
    3. the needs seen.
    So I am very thankful for the fruitful and truely professional discussions we had in the last two days with
    • Sutapa Ranjan, Institute of Plasma Research at Gujarat, and the Indian Physics Community
    • Serge Krashakov and Andrei Malashevich of the famous Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics, representing the Russian Academy of Science
    • Zygmunt Ajduk and Jaroslaw Mlynik of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University, and the Polish Physical Society
    • Andrius Bernotas, the Secretary General of the Lithuanian Physical Society
    • Kati Szalay, Central Research Institute for Physics (KFKI), Budapest, Hungary
    • Eddy Lingeman of the Dutch Physical Society and forefather of the EPS Webservices, who recently was honored by the EPS-medal.
    • Kerstin Zimmermann, FTW, Austria, responsible for the European Service PhysDiss
    • Natascha Schumann of the related system Socionet, Technical University of Darmstadt
    • Kang -Jin Lee representing the Search Engine Programming Group
    A real leap forward became apparent during the last year
    • to set up mirrors, regional gatherers, and brokers,
    • to develop new services,
    • to organize the human network of distributed force.

    Second, this Conference is meant also to inform you about leading projects in the mutual field of science field specific server networks in Germany to you as international experts.

    I welcome you, the active speakers of today. We are nosey what the status of your related projects to SINN is.

    I welcome in especial the lurkers, those who came from Oldenburg and abroad to see 'what is going on'. Some of them may be the heroes in science of tomorrow.

    The mission of the ISN

    The institute is a typical research institute at a University with

    • no commercial contracts with industry, thus free of industrial ties;
    • free to do what is intellectually interesting;
    • to do research, develop, implement and evaluate services for sciences, science communities, science societies and institutions for scientific information.

    Customers are thus exclusively coming from the science sector:

    • the EPS as a major physics society with PhysNet;
    • the DGM as the German Marine Sciences Society with MareNet;
    • the Max Planck Society with its large 85 nationwide Research Institutes;
    • the GSI as the European Nuclear Physics Laboratory with science document wordflow;
    • The National topical Libraries TIB (Technical Information Library Hannover) for a physics portal and SUB State of Lower Saxony and University Library Göttingen for OAi activities;
    • the 5 North-German physics Univ.-departments with open source eLearning Physics Platform and search engine.

    Cooperation partners of the ISN are the IWI, Virginia Institute of Technology, MSU Michigan State University, LIU Long Island University, and members of ISN represent the Physics Community in national (IuK Initiative for Information and Communication of the Learned Societies in Germany, and DINI German Initiative for NetworkInformation) as well as international organisations (W3C:Xquery).

    The organisation of ISN is an Institute attached to the University and lives from public sources for science. It is not a commercial outsource of the University.

    An Institute with the mission to represent in a specific field the national scientists and serve worldwide services may be contributing most for the awarenes of the Oldenburg University around the globe, but depends on being mothered by the home University.

    Dear President, I hereby introduced to you the guests of today and tried to inform the University on what we do.

    We honor especially that you came to welcome the participants. Please do so now.