13th Conference on Professional Information Resources


About the Conference

The 14th annual conference of INFORUM that deals with professional electronic information resources for research, development, education and business purposes will be held from May 28 to May 30, 2008 in Prague. The conference is internationally-attended - since 2003 the original territorial focus on the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been expanded to the other Central and Eastern European countries and it has become the main event in this field in the region. The conference is attended especially by information professionals from special and public libraries, private corporations and state agencies, IT managers, physicians, lawyers, university teachers and students.

Important dates

January 2008 Call for Papers announcement
21.2. 2008 Call for Papers deadline
10.3. 2008Paper's acceptation notification
March 2008 Registration for the conference
7.4. 2008 Early birds registration and payment expiration
7.5. 2008 Registration cancellation
7.5. 2008 Standard registration and payment expiration
27.5. 2008 Conference workshops
28. 5. 2008 10 a.m. Official opening of the exhibition
28. 5. 2008 11 a.m. Opening session
29. 5. 2008 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Social event
30. 5. 2008 1 p.m.Conference closing

Organizers

The conference is organized by Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., the leading distributor of electronic information resources in the Czech and Slovak Republic, and the University of Economics. The social evening is organized in co-operation with the National Library of the Czech Republic.

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Background

The INFORUM (hence called "Infomedia") started in 1995 as the main side-event of BookWorld, the book fair in Prague, and was the first conference on professional information resources in the Czech Republic. The event moved from the Prague Exhibition Area to the freshly opened New Auditorium of the University of Economics. It also changed it's name to INFORUM at the same time.
Last year 639 participants were registered at INFORUM, 56 papers and 16 posters were delivered and 30 companies presented their products at the exhibition.

Read what former participants have to say about Inforum

INFORUM 2007 participants by the type of institution:

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INFORUM 2007 participants by country

Committee

The conference programme is prepared by the committee whose members are information specialists working on the areas covered at the conference.

Conference programme

The main three-day conference programme is composed of several topic sessions that include also invited papers and company/product presentations in order to provide participants with overall overview of the given topic.

Workshops

The conference is usually accompanied by workshops organized on Tuesday May 27, before the official opening of the conference.

Infoparty

The INFORUM social evening, which is co-organized by the Czech National Library and supported by Thomson Scientific – Dialog, will take place in the historical Klementinum Palace - the seat of the Czech National Library - in the evening of Wednesday May 29. INFOPARTY - a buffet reception - will be held at the courtyard of Klementinum (or corridors in case of rain). For capacity reasons it is necessary to register to this event.

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INFORUM 2008 Awards

Since 1999 INFORUM Awards have been awarded to the best Czech and Slovak projects concerning electronic information resources and relevant products. The awards will be announced at the INFOPARTY.

Exhibition

The INFORUM has been complemented by an exhibition that will be taken place in the foyer of the New Auditorium. Presenting companies include:

  • publishers of professional electronic information resources
  • agreggators and online vendors
  • web services providers
  • producers of library software and related products
  • hardware and software suppliers

Live videobroadcasting from the conference

Live videobroadcasting covering the programme of the INFORUM 2008 conference will be available at www.ikaros.cz and on INFORUM website.
In case of videobroadcasting, you could choose between the original commentary of the speaker and its simultaneous interpretation. The official languages of the conference are Czech and English.
The project is implemented by the Ikaros professional electronic journal in cooperation with students of New Media Studies and kindly supported by Oxford University Press and SAGE. Multidata supports interviews with leading personalities attending Inforum, and interviews post production and archiving. Cosmotron supports technical equipment and photo-documentation.

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Ways of Participation

Participation in the conference could be done by means of one or several of the following activities:

Contact

If you need further information on the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Albertina icome Praha s.r.o.
Štěpánská 16
110 00 Praha 1
tel.: +420 222 231 212
fax: +420 222 231 313
conference programme, speakers, posters, registration, social events,exhibitors and sponsors, workshops, INFORUM website: Ms. Andrea Kutnarová