The European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) is the largest and most prestigious Information Systems (IS) conference in Europe. ECIS was first held at Henley-on-Thames in the UK in 1993, when Frank Land merged two initiatives to launch a European Conference for IS research. One was at Henley Management College; the other was inspired by the publication of the European Journal of Information Systems at the London School of Economics. The ECIS conference iwas held each year in a different European country.
With the formation of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) in 1994, ECIS was recognised as the Regional 2 AIS conference. AIS Region 2 includes Europe, Middle East and Africa. Today, ECIS is the leading conference for Region 2 researchers, with an average of 130 papers being presented every year. There is, however, also significant contribution from non-European countries, especially the U.S. and Australia.
A Standing Committee is responsible for selecting forthcoming ECIS venues and for ensuring the ongoing success of the ECIS conferences. The Standing Committee is chaired by Pat Finnegan. The AIS currently assists ECIS by sponsoring the Doctoral Consortium and assisting in its organisation. The Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria is proud to be able to present such a prestigious conference in South Africa from the 6th to 9th of June 2010.
Please refer to PROCEEDINGS for all the final information as well as the proceedings distributed during the conference.
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