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 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:
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: https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/course-v1:Paris1+16008+session01/about
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.
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 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/119125402154753).
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. https://www.fun-mooc.fr/dashboard 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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: