Newsletter

 

Official Newsletter of the

International Federation of Systems Research

 

Editor-in-Chief: Gerhard Chroust

 

Volume 22, no. 1 (October 2004)

Book: Charles Francois: International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics

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SECOND EDITION OF THE
INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SYSTEMS AND CYBERNETICS


Charles François (editor)


The second edition of the Encyclopedia , appeared in August last; it has been updated and augmented in more than 740 pages, 1700 articles, some of them with figures, tables and diagrams, and 1500 bibliographical references, compared with the first edition of 1997.

A complete name index , operates as a direct referencing system, bringing together the work of each author cited, in order to facilitate the localization of their work, theories and concepts, all along the whole edtion.

Lists of Institutions dealing with Systems and Cybernetics and related disciplines, were also updated. The Bibliography covering up to the year 2004, offers more than 4500 references, ordered chronologically for each author. It permits to appreciate the conceptual evolution of their research and also gives the numbers of the entries where they have been quoted. A considerable number of references is given in french, german, italian, spanish and other languages, all of them easy to locate.

The International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics covering a wide scope, is an indispensable reference tool for the study and application of very up to date methodologies, which are a valuable response to the increasing complexity of world issues.

The Encyclopedia has been declared is a work of special interest by the International Federation of Systems Research.


http://www.saur.de/download/prospekte english/0000010744.pdf
GERMAN Produktblatt


Reference:

 

K G Saur Verlag

2004, 2 Volumes

VI, 741 pages. Hardbound

- 350,--

ISBN 3-598-1163




The future: ESCO

The International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics

ESO: The International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics goes online

The long awaited second edition of Charles François’ great International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics has been published in two volumes in August 2004 by Saur Verlag, Munich. Charles had announced that this is his last edition. He appointed Günther Ossimitz to continue his work – based on 21st century technology and hosted by IFSR.

ESCO – the Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics Online is about to start as an electronic complement to the second printed edition of the Encyclopaedia. Technically it is based on Mediawiki technology (http://mediawiki.org) – a great open source tool which is also used for Wikipedia – the free online Encyclopedia (http://wikipedia.org). All new and updated articles will be put at ESCO – thus making ESCO an online-companion of the printed Encyclopaedia. This work has already started at http://esco.uni-klu.ac.at

Other than the International Encyclopaedia – which was collected almost exclusively by Charles François alone, ESCO is designed to be the product of a collaborative effort of a team of contributors. The main contributors of ESCO are designated to form the future editorial board of ESC after retirement of Charles François. A Scientific Committee of the IFSR will oversee the whole work of ESCO.


How is ESCO related to the printed Encyclopaedia?

Concerning the scientific rigorosity and interdisciplinarity in the scope of systems sciences ESCO is dedicated to the high standards of founding editor Charles François. It is not affiliated with or sponsored by the publisher of printed Encyclopaedia, K.G. Saur. Yet the promotion of printed Encyclopaedia is an important aspect of ESCO - thus helping to make further printed editions of the Encyclopaedia commercially feasible. ESCO will be based on the keywords, links and registers of the printed Second Edition. Updates of articles will be based on the version given in the Encyclopaedia.


Which Expansions are planned?

ESCO will introduce new types of material, which extends ESC. Major features will be:
- Basic Articles: Overviews and introductions to special systems fields; written by international experts in the field.
- Biographies of important Systemists (like William Ross Ashby, Bela A. Banathy, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Jay Forrester, Paul Watzlawick, Norbert Wiener)
- Reviews of important Systems Books
- Information about Systems Communities: Reports about Systems Societies, Conferences, Journals, Web Resources
- "The next Generation": Contributions of young systems specialists
- Directory of Systems Scientists: short web-page, can be auto-created by specifications of scientist via web-form; offering systems expertise.
- Systems Bibliography (affiliated - using some bibliographical database system)
- Systems Newsletter: regular information medium about ESCO and related topics.


What are the long-term perspectives of ESCO?

ESCO is designed in the long term to become a virtual community of people interested in systems issues. The Online Encyclopaedia should serve as a core information basis for this community. Thus ESCO might become an acronym for "Encyclopaedically interested Systems Community Online". Of course the Online Encyclopaedia should act as a database for any future printed edition of the International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics.

ESCO is designed to be used for free as an online information resource for everyone: Experts, students, businessmen, journalists and the interested "general public".


Partners of ESCO

ESCO is designed to operate in a network of partnerships, offering mutual advantages to all participants. Main Partners will be:
- IFSR with all Member-Societies
- K.G. Saur
- University of Klagenfurt as a host for the web-material
- Bertalanffy Society of Studies of Systems and Cybernetics


Join the Team!

ESCO is in search for any systems experts which are willing to share their expertise via our online Encyclopaedia. ESCO-Contributors have the privilege to edit articles of the printed Encyclopaedia and to add new articles, which are not yet found in the second edition of the International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics. For further Information contact: Guenther Ossimitz, University of Klagenfurt guenther@ossimitz.at or go directly to http://esco.uni-klu.ac.at/join.