The Recent Advancements of the IFITT Digital Knowledge Bank

Top Quote The International Federation forInformation Technologies and Travel and Tourism (IFITT) is proud to announce the recent advancements made to the IFITT Education Resources. Under the name of the 'Digital Knowledge Bank' the new advancement consists of the three new IFITT Knowledge gathering tools: the IFITT Digital Library, the IFITT eTourism Wikipedia and the IFITT eTourism Curriculum. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 03, 2013 - As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and its agenda to further enlarge the global e-Tourism community, IFITT is keen to disseminate knowledge about Tourism and Technology. Therefore IFITT launched a collection of advanced knowledge gathering tools, called the IFITT Digital Knowledge Bank, at the World Travel Market on November 4, 2013. IFITT encourages students, trainers and scholars from around the world, particularly those who are digitally excluded, to access these educational materials in order to enhance their topical understanding. The IFITT Digital Knowledge Bank is freely available to everyone on the IFITT Website.

    One of the recently implemented education tools is the IFITT eTourism Wikipedia, which is an eTourism -specific Wikipedia with more than 40 planned contributions from scholars in the field of e-Tourism. The IFITT eTourism Wikipedia can be accessed at

    Moreover, IFITT has developed its IFITT Digital Library into a parameterized search mechanism for finding abstracts from the ENTER Proceedings and the Journal for Information Technology in Travel and Tourism (JITT). The new IFITT Digital Library filters queries for articles by year, title, author and keyword. The tool can be accessed at

    Finally, the IFITT eTourism Curriculum has been extended to a more advanced collection of open learning resources, up-to-date case studies and lecturing material, covering the content areas of 'ICT and Tourism Introduction',
'ICT Usage in Tourism and Case Studies Trends and Technical Applications'. The IFITT eTourism Curriculum can be accessed at

    Apart from these new education tools, IFITT provides a number of other eTourism resources, such as IFITT eTourismnews, the IFITT Newsletter, the IFITT Junctions and a Research Distil for free to the global eTourism community. IFITT members can additionally access the proceedings and materials of all previous ENTER conferences.

    The IFITT Educational Material is continuously being developed by IFITT's Education panel. This panel consist of the IFITT Education Director from the European Tourism Research Institute at Mid-Sweden University Professor Matthias Fuchs as well as Professor Rodolfo Baggio (Bocconi University), Professor Wolfram Höpken (University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg), Professor Ulrike Gretzel (University of Wollongong) and PhD Student Kai Kronenberg (Mid-Sweden University).

    IFITT President Dimitrios Buhalis says: "I am very pleased with our great IFITT Education team that has made efforts over the past years to develop IFITT's educational material. The new tools of the IFITT Digital Knowlegde Bank are another step towards our aim to create the global eTourim community as they are freely available to anyone in the world."

    For more information please contact: Professor Dimitrios Buhalis (IFITT President) at ifitt ( @ ) ifitt dot org or dbuhalis ( @ ) bournemouth dot

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