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Reports, publications and articles from working groups and initiatives promoted by Informatics Europe can be downloaded here.

 

  • Reports

    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2010-2015

    Fourth edition of the report series on Informatics higher education in Europe.  Based on information from 13 represented countries, it offers a wealth of fundamental data covering the period 2010-2015: institutions awarding degrees in the field,  student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, up to precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The series offers unique insights into the state of higher education in Informatics in Europe today.

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    Date:
    19 December 2016
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2010-2015

    Fourth edition of the report series on Informatics higher education in Europe.  Based on information from 13 represented countries, it offers a wealth of fundamental data covering the period 2010-2015: institutions awarding degrees in the field,  student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, up to precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The series offers unique insights into the state of higher education in Informatics in Europe today.

    Content
    Parameters studied: institutions awarding degrees in the field, student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, academic salaries.

    Countries covered: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France,Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK.

    Also includes data about Universities of Applied Sciences for countries where such institutions exist distinct from traditional Universities.

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    6.44 MB
    Date:
    19 December 2016
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2009-2014

    Third edition of the report series on Informatics higher education in Europe.  Based on information from 13 represented countries, it offers a wealth of fundamental data covering the period 2009-2014: institutions awarding degrees in the field,  student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, up to precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The series offers unique insights into the state of higher education in Informatics in Europe today.

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    5.87 MB
    Date:
    01 December 2015
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2009-2014

    Third edition of the report series on Informatics higher education in Europe.  Based on information from 13 represented countries, it offers a wealth of fundamental data covering the period 2009-2014: institutions awarding degrees in the field,  student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, up to precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The series offers unique insights into the state of higher education in Informatics in Europe today.

    Content

    Parameters studied: institutions awarding degrees in the field, student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, academic salaries

    Countries covered:  Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Turkey, and France for salaries.

    Also includes data about Universities of Applied Sciences for countries where such institutions exist distinct from traditional Universities.

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    5.87 MB
    Date:
    01 December 2015
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2008-2013

    Second edition of the report series on Informatics higher education in Europe, covering 2008-2013. Presents data from nine countries on institutions awarding degrees in the field, student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles and precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The series offers unique insights into the state of higher education in Informatics in Europe today.

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    5.39 MB
    Date:
    01 October 2014
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2008-2013

    Second edition of the report series on Informatics higher education in Europe, covering 2008-2013. Presents data from nine countries on institutions awarding degrees in the field, student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles and precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The series offers unique insights into the state of higher education in Informatics in Europe today.

    Content

    Parameters studied: institutions awarding degrees in the field, student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, academic salaries

    Countries covered: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and France for salaries.

    Includes data from University of Applied Sciences for countries where such institutions exist distinct from traditional Universities.

    A new section with a detailed description of the different education systems creates an even richer picture of the status of Informatics higher education in Europe.

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    5.39 MB
    Date:
    01 October 2014
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2008-2012

    This report is the first comprehensive attempt to document the state of higher education in Informatics (computer science) in Europe. Based on information from seven represented countries, it offers a wealth of fundamental data, from institutions awarding degrees in the field, to student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, as well as precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The report covers the period 2008-2012.

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    4.02 MB
    Date:
    30 September 2013
    Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries — Key Data 2008-2012

    This report is the first comprehensive attempt to document the state of higher education in Informatics (computer science) in Europe. Based on information from seven represented countries, it offers a wealth of fundamental data, from institutions awarding degrees in the field, to student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, as well as precise and much-needed data about academic salaries across European countries. The report covers the period 2008-2012.

    Content

    Parameters studied: institutions awarding degrees in the field, student enrollments, degrees awarded, gender information, academic titles, academic salaries

    Countries covered: Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and France for salaries.

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    4.02 MB
    Date:
    30 September 2013
    Joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Report on Informatics Education in Europe

    Report of the joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Working Group on Informatics education. This report identifies problems and suggest operational recommendations for policy and decision makers.  It defines a blueprint for digital literacy and Informatics curricula adapted to the European context and explains why such curricula are critical to the economic health of European countries.

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    160.94 kB
    Date:
    15 April 2013
    Joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Report on Informatics Education in Europe

    Report of the joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Working Group on Informatics education. This report identifies problems and suggest operational recommendations for policy and decision makers.  It defines a blueprint for digital literacy and Informatics curricula adapted to the European context and explains why such curricula are critical to the economic health of European countries.

    Table of Contents

    Section 1: recommendations on the teaching of digital literacy

    Section 2: Informatics as an educational discipline and its educational value 

    Section 3: state of Informatics education in Europe

    Section 4: principles for the teaching of Informatics

    Section 5: training Informatics teachers

    Section 6: recommendations

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    Date:
    15 April 2013
    Informatics Doctorates in Europe - Some Facts and Figures

    This report describes the findings and conclusions of an investigation, carried out for the ECSS 2012 in Barcelona, on the quality of Informatics doctorates in Europe.

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    Date:
    29 March 2013
    Informatics Doctorates in Europe - Some Facts and Figures

    This report describes the findings and conclusions of an investigation, carried out for the ECSS 2012 in Barcelona, on the quality of Informatics doctorates in Europe.

    Table of Contents

    Section 1: Introduction and motivation

    Section 2: Investigation method

    Section 3: Characterization of the doctoral dissertation process

    Section 4: Characterization of the results

    Section 5: What is Informatics research?

    Section 6: Academic conclusions: characterization, typical models, comparison

    Section 7: Political conclusions

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    Date:
    29 March 2013
    Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics - Blueprint

    At the ECSS 2010 in Prague a panel with representatives from ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, ERCIM, EAPLS, EATCS and Informatics Europe convened to discuss the current situation and future prospects of the European scientific societies in Informatics. In March 2011 an extended panel reconvened to discuss the options for an actual format for the cooperative activity among ICST societies and for possible concrete steps towards the creation of a platform for collaboration. A task group was formed to study and develop a blueprint for an "open" platform organization for closer contact and cooperation among these societies in Europe.

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    117.18 kB
    Date:
    01 July 2011
    Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics - Blueprint

    At the ECSS 2010 in Prague a panel with representatives from ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, ERCIM, EAPLS, EATCS and Informatics Europe convened to discuss the current situation and future prospects of the European scientific societies in Informatics. In March 2011 an extended panel reconvened to discuss the options for an actual format for the cooperative activity among ICST societies and for possible concrete steps towards the creation of a platform for collaboration. A task group was formed to study and develop a blueprint for an "open" platform organization for closer contact and cooperation among these societies in Europe.

    Content

    This document presents an outline of a platform organisation for ICST. The motives and mission for a platform organisation are sketched, and it is described what the platform should be expected to do. Subsequently an organisational blueprint is given, and a number of scenarios are presented for how the platform could operate in practice and be sustained if it were established.

    This document was commissioned by the Extended Panel on the ‘Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics’ during its meeting in Brussels on March 17, 2011. The Extended Panel is a joint effort of ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, EAPLS, EASST, EATCS, ERCIM, and Informatics Europe.

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    117.18 kB
    Date:
    01 July 2011
    Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics - Extended panel report

    At the ECSS 2010 in Prague a panel with representatives from ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, ERCIM, EAPLS, EATCS and Informatics Europe convened to discuss the current situation and future prospects of the European scientific societies in Informatics.  In March 2011 the panel reconvened in extended form to discuss the options for an actual format for the cooperative activity among ICST societies and for possible concrete steps towards the creation of a platform for collaboration. This report documents the panels conclusions.

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    69.89 kB
    Date:
    01 March 2011
    Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics - Extended panel report

    At the ECSS 2010 in Prague a panel with representatives from ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, ERCIM, EAPLS, EATCS and Informatics Europe convened to discuss the current situation and future prospects of the European scientific societies in Informatics.  In March 2011 the panel reconvened in extended form to discuss the options for an actual format for the cooperative activity among ICST societies and for possible concrete steps towards the creation of a platform for collaboration. This report documents the panels conclusions.

    Content
    The panel discussion, reflected in this report, centered on a series of questions that need to be considered for a cooperation in some form.
    1. Why is a platform needed, what are the goals, what role should it play, and what prestige will it have.
    2. How can a platform like desired be realized, how can it be sustained, who is responsible for what, and what is needed in practice. 

    The panel was unanimous in its opinion on the need for a platform organisation to be created’ and identified several possible scenarios as to how this could be organised.

     

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    69.89 kB
    Date:
    01 March 2011
    Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics - ECSS panel report

    At the ECSS 2010 in Prague a panel with representatives from ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, ERCIM, EAPLS, EATCS and Informatics Europe convened to discuss the current situation and future prospects of the European scientific societies in Informatics. The panel decided to move from vision to action and extend the discussion on the actual form, mission and realization of a "strong but low overhead" platform for cooperative activity among the ICST societies.

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    Date:
    25 October 2010
    Future of the European Scientific Societies in Informatics - ECSS panel report

    At the ECSS 2010 in Prague a panel with representatives from ACM Europe, CEPIS, EAI, ERCIM, EAPLS, EATCS and Informatics Europe convened to discuss the current situation and future prospects of the European scientific societies in Informatics. The panel decided to move from vision to action and extend the discussion on the actual form, mission and realization of a "strong but low overhead" platform for cooperative activity among the ICST societies.

    Content

    Europe has many professional and scientific societies in Informatics and, more generally, ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) or ICST (Information and Communication Science and Technology). The field is quickly evolving, and there is a widespread realisation that the Informatics/ICT community needs to join forces, not in the least at the European level.

    From the European perspective, research and innovation in Europe face many challenges ‘which burden the access of ideas to market’, including amongst others fragmented research systems and markets, under-use of public procurement for innovation and slow standard setting (cf. Europe 2020 Strategy for an ‘Innovation Union’). One may argue that the scientific and professional societies in ICT have an important role to play, by acting together in mobilizing researchers and conveying and disseminating ideas.

    As a step towards this goal, the European Computer Science Summit 2010 in Prague included a special panel to assess the current situation of the scientific societies, with their strengths and weaknesses, and to examine their possible future evolution in ‘the changing landscape'.

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    Date:
    25 October 2010
    Research Evaluation for Computer Science

    Report published in the Communications of the ACM detailing the evaluation of research in computer science.

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    119.19 kB
    Date:
    01 May 2008
    Research Evaluation for Computer Science

    Report published in the Communications of the ACM detailing the evaluation of research in computer science.

    Content
    1. Executive summary
    2. Research evaluation and its role
    3. Computer science and its varieties
    4. The computer science research culture
    5. Bibliometry
    6. The ISI case
    7. Assessment formulae
    8. Assessing the assessment
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    119.19 kB
    Date:
    01 May 2008
    Student Enrollment and Image of the Informatics Discipline

    Report describing the results of the working group  on "Student Enrollment and Image of the Discipline" created to collect insights on these issues and to come up with a document that advises the Informatics community on the state of the problem and on possible measures that could be taken to resolve it.

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    306.18 kB
    Author:
    van Leeuwen, Tanca
    Date:
    01 March 2008
    Student Enrollment and Image of the Informatics Discipline

    Report describing the results of the working group  on "Student Enrollment and Image of the Discipline" created to collect insights on these issues and to come up with a document that advises the Informatics community on the state of the problem and on possible measures that could be taken to resolve it.

    Content

    Why is student enrollment a problem in Informatics/Computing, at least in many of the (Western) European countries? Why is enrollment by female students lagging behind? What are the reasons of it, and what can be done about it? Are there best practices in certain countries from which we can all learn and benefit? Do potential students have the right image of Informatics as a field of study, as a science, as a profession? How should the field
    be positioned?

    The Working Group on ‘Student Enrollment and Image of the Discipline’ was created to collect insights on these issues and publish a document that advises the Informatics
    Europe membership on the state of the problem and on possible measures that could be taken to resolve it. The present document is a preliminary report on the results of the working group.

    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Analysis of the Problem
    3. New Approaches to the Enrollment Problem
    4. Perspectives and Challenges for Students
    5. Informatics as Profession
    6. Informatics as Science
    7. Image of the Discipline
    8. Ideas and Discoveries in Informatics
    9. Conclusions
    10.References

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    Author:
    van Leeuwen, Tanca
    Date:
    01 March 2008
    European Computer Science Takes its Fate in its Own Hands

    Report on the first ECSS and the background behind Informatics Europe published in the Communications of the ACM.

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    Date:
    01 November 2005
    European Computer Science Takes its Fate in its Own Hands

    Report on the first ECSS and the background behind Informatics Europe published in the Communications of the ACM.

    Content

    On 20 and 21 October 2005, at ETH Zurich, the “European Computer Science Summit” brought together, for the first time, heads of computer science departments throughout Europe and its periphery. The initiative attracted interest far beyond its original scope. Close to 100 people attended, representing most countries of the European Union, plus Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, a delegate from South Africa, and a representative of the ACM from the US. Eastern Europe was well represented. The program consisted of two keynotes and a number of panels and workshops on such themes as research policy, curriculum harmonization, attracting students, teaching CS to non-CS students, existing national initiatives, and plans for a Europe-wide organisation.

    This document describes the unique set of of challenges as well as opportunities that computer science in Europe faces, as discussed at the first ECSS, as well as the background behind the creation of Informatics Europe.

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    Date:
    01 November 2005
     
     
  • Best Practice Booklets

    More Women in Informatics Research and Education

    Now in its second edition, this compact resource is published by the Informatics Europe Working Group "Women in Informatics Research and Education" and endorsed by the European Commission. It provides deans and department heads clear and simple best practices to increase the participation of women in their institutions, both as students and as employees. Many tips were gathered directly from colleagues in leading academic positions who have successfully implemented actions that attract and retain more women in their organisation.

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    326.09 kB
    Date:
    12 December 2016
    More Women in Informatics Research and Education

    Now in its second edition, this compact resource is published by the Informatics Europe Working Group "Women in Informatics Research and Education" and endorsed by the European Commission. It provides deans and department heads clear and simple best practices to increase the participation of women in their institutions, both as students and as employees. Many tips were gathered directly from colleagues in leading academic positions who have successfully implemented actions that attract and retain more women in their organisation.

    Content

    Introduction

    Recruiting female students

    Recruiting women

    Interviewing women

    Keeping women

    Promoting women

    Support Measures

    Sources

     

    Notes

    Further resources related to the topic are available in the Working Group`s section on this website.

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    326.09 kB
    Date:
    12 December 2016
     
     
  • Articles

    The Role and Relevance of Experimentation in Informatics

    This paper is based on the contributions to the Workshop on the Role and Relevance of Experimentation in Informatics, organised in conjunction with the 8th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2012) in Barcelona.

     

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    1.57 MB
    Date:
    23 February 2016
    The Role and Relevance of Experimentation in Informatics

    This paper is based on the contributions to the Workshop on the Role and Relevance of Experimentation in Informatics, organised in conjunction with the 8th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2012) in Barcelona.

     

    Content

    What does it mean to do experiments in Informatics? Does it make sense to 'import' traditional principles of experimentation from classical disciplines into the field of computing and information processing? How should experiments be documented? These and other questions and recommendations are carefully discussed.

    File Size:
    1.57 MB
    Date:
    23 February 2016