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Entrepreneurial thinking and creativity development workshop

In the framework of the cooperation between the IKE2020 Innovative Initiatives Association and the Una-Sana Cantonal and University Library (Bihać, Bosnia-Herzegovina), supported by the Hungary Helps Program, on behalf of Infota, Dr Ferenc Kiss, on December 14-15, 2022, entrepreneurial thinking and creativity held a development workshop for high school and university students. The co-presenter of the course was from the University of Bihác. assoc. prof. dr. sc. Kenan Mahmutović.
In addition to on-site training, Infota also provided video and electronic learning materials for online trainings in project management and tourism fundamentals.

The summary video:

Jávor András

András Jávor 1937-2021

At the age of 84, our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Professor András Jávor has died.

András Jávor graduated from the Technical University of Budapest and received his M.Sc.E.E. followed by his Ph.D. degree in computer science. He received his D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The Value of Cultural Tourism. How can we enjoy and remember our trip?

The presentation jointly prepared by dr. Lia Bassa and dr. Ferenc Kiss “The Value of Cultural Tourism. How can we enjoy and remember our trip?” was delivered at the UNESCO UNITWIN Conference in Leuven, now it is published in the proceedings:

Learn about World Heritage by eLearning

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and 30 member universities of the „Culture, Tourism, Development” UNITWIN Network has reported the great success of their up-to-date, high level internationally prepared eLearning material complying with all UNESCO requirements. INFOTA has also contributed to the establishment of this excellent MOOC, Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites by a chapter Technical Systems Contributing to Cultural Heritage Monitoring  written and presented by R&D Director Dr. Ferenc Kiss  and Managing Director dr. Lia Bassa.

The launching took place in January 2018., it consists of 8 modules, or chapters, opening one of them per week, so the entire course is delivered in 8 weeks. (It can be learned by your own pace, of course, by about 3 hours work invested for each lesson), and is being restarted until the end of the year. The course can be accessed:

If you create an account on the site and register to the MOOC, you are ready to go! If you want to receive a certificate, the next and last certificates will be issued at the end of December.

The current version operates till December 2018. Then after a little pause, MOOC Volume 2 will appear from 1 April 2019. until the end of the next year extended by 6 new chapters: Marketing Tourism (Madrid, Barcelona), Site Management System (Leuven), Loving destinations to Death (MidSweden), Behaviour and satisfaction on World Heritage Sites (Salento), Historical Memories and Tourism on WH Sites (Externado), Tourism in WH Cities (Paris). Whereas parallelly, from June 2019, MOOC Volume 1 will also be available in a rebooted, corrected version until the end of 2019.

INFOTA participated in UNESCO UNITWIN eLearning material

Based on the initiatives of the UNESCO UNITWIN „Culture, Tourism, Development” Network, with the active contribution of its members, professors of heritage management and tourism from more than a dozen countries, under the leading coordination of Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas Paris Sorbonne 1 and Professor Lorenzo Cantoni, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), the MOOC “Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites” started officially in January and opened all its eight chapters by the middle of March.

The Foundation for Information Society has been leading  extensive researches for more than a decade regarding the enhancement of technical tools for elaborating an appropriate and up-to-date heritage management at world heritage sites. (See the starting project called ICHEPIS.)  The outcomes of our projects are delivered as our contribution to the MOOC eLearning presentation as an independent chapter. Our R&D Director, Dr. Ferenc Kiss and Managing Director, dr. Lia Bassa, both teaching at the Budapest Metropolitan University, Member of the UNITWIN Network are the authors of the teaching material.

We, the authors, are very happy and proud to have had the opportunity to create and share a constructive and dynamic learning environment: 4.044 learners from 154 countries, and 1.091 threads were registered in the forums. Moreover, 2.472 have joined the dedicated Facebook group (

It is a special occasion for our Research Institute to reach such a great and extensive public through eLearning and be connected to so many interested researchers and learners. We do hope that their interest will lead us to the establishment of new connections and further cooperations, tender participations in the following period of time.

The course, with all its materials and discussion threads, will remain open and available for enrolled students until December 31, 2018. So, everybody will have time to complete watching the videos, reading and downloading the texts and additional materials for further in-depth learning, answering the quizzes and doing the suggested activities.


Students can find presentations, videos, ad-hoc written texts, quizzes, recommended activities and additional materials for in-depth learning. It was a great pleasure and honour for us that so many are interested and get involved in following us and participating in the MOOC. From all over the world (maps and accounts have been made about the location of the activities that were touching crucial topics of the subjects during these dynamic eight weeks of eLearning! It has been a very enriching experience for the teachers and we hope it has been or will be the same for the students, too.

Tourism and Cultural Landscapes: Towards a Sustainable Approach – Conference

This was the title and aim of the 4th International Conference of the UNITWIN Network that took place at the Budapest Metropolitan University and was implemented by the INFOTA Research Institute from 12 to 16 June, 2016. From 5 continents, more than 60 presentations, posters have reported about the most recent research achievements of a highly delicate and often discussed cultural heritage, the cultural landscapes – we also have 3 of them: Tokaj, Hortobágy and Fertőtáj.

The video message from the Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Francesco Bandarin is available on the following link.

More information about the conference

Conference website

GeneZYs 2015 – Press release

On 28 January, 2016, in Budapest, a press conference was held on the outcomes of the youth sociological research in the Carpathian Basin called GeneZYs 2015. In the cooperation of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Minority Studies and the INFOTA Research Institute of the Foundation for Information Society, a representative youth sociological research of the Carpathian Basin was carried out by making questioning 2700 young people having Hungarian as their mother tongue, being 15-29 years old and living in Transylvania, Upper Hungary, Vojvodina and Subcarpathia. The first results of the research were reported by the Head of the HAS Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Minority Studies, Attila Papp Z.

More information about the research.

The video recorded on the press conference can be seen on this link.

The presentation delivered in the press conference can be found on this link.

The press release in its original language can be downloaded from here:

The most recent volume of the Alma Mater series has been published


The most recent volume of the Alma Mater series has been published with the title “Tourism and ICT Aspects of Balkan Wellbeing – a Balkán jóllét turisztikai és IKT vonatkozásai

The book provides us with a general overview on the touristic and ICT concerns of the Balkan wellbeing. The book can be ordered under the Publications point of the menu.

Since 2001, the Alma Mater series has been a primary Hungarian scientific publication forum for information and knowledge management, besides – because of the interrelation of scientific areas and by the opportunity of cross competences present in the workshops – having also rightly gained attention in international professional communities as a book series of scientific studies.

The present volume – in the course of our thematic publications – is a summary of the most recent regional well-being researches carried out in the widely interpreted Balkan area from the aspects of tourism and the info-communicational technologies.

Joint knowledge for the success of entrepreneurships along the border – Meeting on the occasion of presenting the Project Achievements

The Foundation for Information Society is kindly inviting you on the Meeting for presenting the Achievements of the „TÁMOP-2.2.4-11/1-2012-0063 Project – Joint knowledge for the success of entrepreneurships along the border, that is organised in Pension and Restaurant “Sólyomvár” in Komlóska on Thursday 22 October.

The aim of the project is that from Hungary the remote education, from Slovakia the network of offices providing personal consultations should be integrated in order to establish support for adult education activities and it is made for the entrepreneurships along the border with the help of such an educational methodology and knowledge base as well as with the elaboration of teaching materials that will be implemented together by the help of which micro and SMEs can receive especially up to date, otherwise hardly or expensively available knowledge and these materials can be accessed independently from time restraints.

The downloadable invitation for the meeting in original language:

50 Years of ICOMOS and the Year of Industrial Heritage

At the Budapest Metropolitan University (former BKF), the Foundation for Information Society together with ICOMOS Hungary jointly organised a meeting celebrating the 50 Years of ICOMOS and the Year of Industrial Heritage on 15 October 2015. from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in Budapest (XIV. Nagy Lajos király útja 1-9.).

The aim of the special conference is to draw the attention on our built cultural heritage by reporting on the half a century long committed worldwide monument protection work of ICOMOS including the great variety of the professional activities carried out by the Hungarian National Committee. We would like to achieve to have not only numerous environmental aware teachers and students in Hungary, in Europe and on the other continents but that they equally possess a high level of heritage awareness as well. This quest has been followed by one of the most successful, ever growing professional network of the ICOMOS community for the past 50 years.

Our invited lecturers include experts from monument protection, ICOMOS Hungary, the Foundation for Information Society, industrial heritage and museum managers, teachers from several Universities.

Students of the Metropolitan University and from other institution present their posters on the subject.

The program in original language can be downloaded.

Invitation to the official closing event of the Balkan Wellbeing Research

KTIA_invitation_a4_2020 The official closing event of the Balkan Wellbeing Research: Wellbeing values, assets and attitudes of the Balkan countries that may serve as a basis for tourism services incorporating ICT tools.

Wellbeing, Happiness and Travel – How can the Balkan countries build on their rich assets?
29-30 October, 2015 Expo Hotel, Budapest

Download link to the invitation:

The PRAXIS project is closed

PRAXIS project has been implemented by the support of the European Commission within Lifelong Learning Program, subprogramme of Academic Network Erasmus. Its aim is to set up, operate and promote a European Professional Practical Centre in order to   offer professional internship on international level for higher education students.

The product of the program is the Project Internship Market facilitates the establishment of contacts and information flow for both the students searching an internship place and the institution offering a practical job.

The PRAXIS project cooperation includes 30 countries with 49 institutions where the Foundation for Information Society is also one of the contributors.

More English language information is available on the web page of the Praxis Project.

PEN Project is completed

HISBIM, Baltic Amadeus, The Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, INFOTA Research Institute of the Foundation for Information Society, IT Vison s.p. zoo and NEXT System Ltd have contributed to the achievement of the main results of the project: The reference model of production process planning has been created. It includes Production Effectiveness Navigator (PEN) system requirements and defining the classes of possible events in enterprise and its environment, which can have essential impact on enterprise process effectiveness unpredictable in advance. Optimization algorithms (heuristic, predictive and deterministic) have been developed that are suitable for the process re-planning. The results have been published in scientific journals (five papers, two papers of them are in the journals from Thomson Reuters Web of Science Journal Master List with high impact factor) and have been presented in five conferences.


World Heritage Management Plans under preparation

What do we have to do with the World Heritage title of Budapest? Research, workshop, round table discussion, radio program was organised by the Association of Cultural Heritage Managers between 13-15. June 2015.The INFOTA Research Institute was represented by Dr Lia Bassa.

CEU was the venue of the main meeting where Professor of interpretation teaching, John Veverka, arriving here by the support of the USA Embassy, delivered a presentation as well as Dr Lars Wohlers (KON-TIKI Interpretive consultation, training and evaluation) about the current situation and aim of visitor researches. This was followed by the discussion related to the Budapest Management Plan with the participation of Tamás Fejérdy, Gábor Soós, Árpád Bőczén, John Veverka and Lia Bassa.

ITA participates in the Balkan Wellbeing Workshop 2.

With international participation, the Balkan Wellbeing workshop 2 took successfully place in the framework of the KTIA project.This time our Foundation has also reported about its ongoing work, as Dr. Attila Horváth presented it by the title „Ways of using ICT tools to support the project goals” . In conclusion of the discussion, in the near future, there will be further meetings organised with researcher dr. Melanie Kay Smith for harmonising the touristic aims with their technological implementations. The foreign and Hungarian, new and already known experts carried out a live exchange of experiences related to the project’s methodological and practical realisation.

Conference on the 10 years of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Hungarian Open Air Museum – Intangible Cultural Heritage Department in cooperation with the Budapest University of Communication and Business, supported by Hungarian National Comission for UNESCO and in cooperation with the Foundation for Information Society organised a one day jubilee conference for the 10 years of Intangible Cultural Heritage on 7 February at the Budapest University of Communication and Business.

Three new technologies to make the most of human capital

  • How do you tap into employees’ creativity and quickly turn innovative ideas into product development projects?
  • How do you save and share the kind of tacit knowledge which can’t be explained, only shown?
  • How do you collect employees’ experiences in the form of ready to use cases and apply them to actual problem solving situations?

Last week I was invited to an event that promised to answer these three questions, by introducing participants to the latest technological innovations that might be ways of solving these commonly met dilemmas.

10 Minute HR

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