This was the hashtag in the last days which has brought our information science community slightly closer.
The story behind this hashtag is the faculty decision on the closure of the information science department at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. The dean himself said that the faculty council always have to decide between disappointing decisions when there is the need to economize and to cut a professor’s position at the faculty. He has decided to cut the position of Prof. Wolfgang G. Stock, who is the only professor at the department on information science in Düsseldorf and to close the department which was responsible for four degree programs, in the same vein.
This is a hard and radical decision which the dean and the faculty council have to take. As there are objective arguments for and against the closure of the information science department in Düsseldorf an open discussion is needed. (more…)