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The 2010 conference is organized by the Society for Finnish Information SpecialistsVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and  VTT's Knowledge Solutions and the Board of Patents and Registration in Finland, NBPR .

The Society for Finnish Information Specialists (Tietoasiantuntijat ry) is a non-profit professional organisation for those working in the field of retrieving, analysing, recording and disseminating information in various forms. The society, founded in 1947, has today about 700 members.
The goal of the Society is to promote information services,develop professional skills of its members and to enhance research and publishing in its area of expertise and to act as a general liaison in the fields of information and knowledge management.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multitechnological contract research organization. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. We enhance our customers’ competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing.   

VTT's Knowledge Solutions has proven know-how and expertise in processing, analyzing and utilizing international scientific-technological, patent, and market information. Its  expertise has been integrated into VTT's services to offer additional value for VTT's customers. We assist in improving the pertinence, quality and speed of research and innovation activities.
VTT's Knowledge Solutions is the Finnish representative of the STN (the Scientific and Technical Information Network), the leading global patent and technology information retrieval system.
Other responsibilities include editing and printing of VTT's publication series and distribution of publications, as well as maintaining and updating VTT's Publications and Research Registers.

The Board of Patents and Registration in Finland, NBPR (Patentti- ja rekisterihallitus, PRH) As an organisation specialised in industrial property rights and business and corporation activities, the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) advances enterprise, innovativeness, and corporate activities both in Finland and internationally.
The NBPR fosters human capital and furthers technological and economic development by ensuring that

  • companies, associations, and foundations are able to operate legally in Finland
  • inventors, researchers, product developers, manufacturers, and marketers are able to obtain patents, trademarks, design rights, or other forms of industrial property rights
  • the interests of Finns are internationally protected
  • the NBPR information and consultation services are reliable and quickly accessible. l

The history of the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) started in 1835 when a Manufacture Board was established in the Senate of Finland. In 1842, the Imperial Senate of Finland granted the first Finnish patent on suggestion of the Manufacture Board.

Organizing committee

  • Pirjo Kainu, Executive Manager, Society for Finnish Information Specialists
  • Tuula Salo, Information Specialist, Tieto Konstrakt Ltd
  • Heli Eloranta, Information Analyst, Helsingin Energia
  • Veli-Pekka Hyttinen, Regional Marketing Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, SIIL Finland Ltd
  • Sirpa Kirjalainen, Information Services Assistant, Society for Finnish Information Specialists
  • Marjut Kokko, Chief of Information Services, Supreme Court of Finland
  • Merja Lehti, Information Specialist, Knowledge Solutions, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Marjukka Nyberg, CEO, M-Brain Ltd
  • Reija Peltola, Information Specialist, Information Services, Valio Ltd
  • Silja Rekomaa, Chief librarian, The Training Institute of Prison and Probation Services, Criminological Library
  • Riitta Sivenius, Information Analyst
  • Ina Westman, Communications Manager, BTJ Finland Ltd

Programme committee

  • Kirsi Tuominen, Head of Knowledge Solutions, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Brian Hitson, Associate Director, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
  • Jari Karjalainen, Information Specialist, Tapiola-Group
  • Tony Llewellyn, Executive Director; ICSTI International Council for Scientific and Technical Information
  • Mia Leisti, Legal Information Specialist, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd.
  • Jarmo Saarikko, Knowledge Specialist, Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla
  • Roberta Schaffer, Law Librarian of U.S. Congress

Special Advisors

  • Pam Bjornson, Director General, NRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI)
  • Brian Park, Head of Public Relations, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)