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Polish Information Processing Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne) - basic facts

The Polish Information Processing Society was established in 1981 as professional organization representing people who work in the IT. From its beginning the PIPS fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business promoting education, knowledge sharing, codes of conduct and skills frameworks. It voices the Society’s members opinions, needs, interests, and rights in relations with the general public, local and central government and with other associations in Poland and abroad. In 1992 PIPS was the first organisation from the post-communist countries to become a member of the Council of European Professional Information Societies (CEPIS).

With a membership of over 1,700 PIPS is Poland’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation by promoting the study and application of computing technologies. Members of the Society are individuals who have computer sciences or information technology degrees, or for at least 3 consecutive years were working in, broadly understood, information technology.

Regional branches:

  • Lower Silesian Branch (Oddział Dolnośląski in Wrocław)
  • Upper Silesian Branch (Oddział Górnośląski in Katowice)
  • Malopolska Branch (Oddział Małopolski in Kraków)
  • Mazovian Branch (Oddział Mazowiecki in Warszawa)
  • Wielkopolska Branch (Oddział Wielkopolski in Poznań)
  • Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch (Oddział Kujawsko-Pomorski in Toruń)
  • Lodz Branch (Oddział Łódzki in Łódź)
  • Pomeranian Branch (Oddział Pomorski in Gdańsk)
  • West Pomeranian Branch (Oddział Zachodniopomorski in Szczecin)
  • Podlasie Branch (Oddział Podlaski in Białystok)

Special interest sections:

  • Global Information Society
  • IT History
  • Mainframe Computers
  • Polish Wikipedia
  • ECDL Examiners
  • Information Security
  • Future IT
  • IT Education
  • IT in Management
  • IT Terminology

Activities:

The Society organizes numerous courses, conferences, lectures, exhibitions, technology shows and competitions. Some of the major events, organized on a regular basis, are:

  • World Information Society Day (May; cluster of public debates and seminars on basic problems of the information society)
  • PIPS Congress of Young IT Scientists (September; Świnoujście)
  • National Conference on Software Engineering (Fall; various sites)
  • Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (September; various sites)

PIPS has been very vigorous in introducing information technologies to schools, in determination of strategies for the further development of computer sciences and information technologies in Poland, as well as in shaping the legislation concerning all aspects of information technology.

The Society effectively supports the European Commission in its task of implementing the European Computer Driving Licence(ECDL) by managing 15 regional coordinators, 9 product coordinators and about 2000 examiners. Currently, PTI cooperates with 70 examination centers and 740 laboratories (including 400 educational and 185 mobile laboratories).

Since many prominent specialists in different IT fields are PIPS members, we also offer a wide range of consultancy services through our Chamber of Experts (Izba Rzeczoznawców). By using their knowledge, resources and expertise we were able to provide independent, objective opinions, help to adopt best practices, perform analysis and solve many complex cases in various ICT projects.