Expert Meeting  "ENITH"

Maastricht, The Netherlands, 8-9 December 1989

Conclusions, decisions and proposals of the ENITH meeting


Hein de Graaf, 9 January 1989

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In this note we describe the main conclusions, proposals and decisions of

the ENITH meeting of December 1989.  It will be send to the participants, together with the official letter from the Dutch Ministry of WVC and a copy of the letters we have send to the Ministry in December 1989.

From 9 December 1989 the Dutch Ministry of Social Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs organized an informal meeting of European experts in the field of Information Technology and Human Services.  The meeting was one of the outcomes of a feasibility study carried out by the CREON foundation, concerning international cooperation in this field, following the 1987 HUSITA conference in Birmingham.  A main conclusion of this feasibility study was that an international (European) network should be established for the exchange of products, ideas, expertise, experiences and skills with respect to the introduction and use of IT in the human services.  As a first step in this approach the informal meeting of experts was organized.  The European (human) network of organizations was called ENITH (European Network Information Technology and Human services). 

The 35 participants of the ENITH meeting coming from 20 countries could be described as the 'forerunners' with regard to information Technology in the human services in their own country.  They were invited because of their knowledge of the state of the art in their country, and their knowledge of the organizations and experts to be involved in the future European network. 

During the ENITH meeting it turned out that there is a considerable enthusiasm among the participants about the ENITH project.  Also, many were optimistic about being able to find support in their own countries for ENITH, including financial support.  

Target group of ENITH


For whom can ENITH be of use?

For all people and organizations who can use this kind of information on

all levels. Some of these organizations or persons will use the information

themselves, others will pass it on in their working area (country) to

others, after perhaps expanding, translating or correcting that informa≠tion.

The participants of the ENITH meeting are stressing the point that all

European countries are to be involved in an ENITH network, including the

East European countries. Also it is important to establish and maintain

links with the USA and Canada.


The participants agreed upon the following programme to carry ENITH



ĚStep 1: Activities in 1990 preceding the next Expert Meeting of ENITHú


During the ENITH meeting the 35 participants from 20 countries appointed

an Executive Committee ad interim to work on ENITH in 1990. Chair of

this committee is Prof. Bryan Glastonbury. Drs. Hein de Graaf of the

CREON foundation will act as secretary of this committee.

The administrative base of the committee will be the CREON foundation

in the Netherlands in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of WVC.


In 1990 this executive committee will work on an operational plan for

ENITH, including possibilities for funding. In the end of 1990 there is

scheduled to be a second expert meeting to discuss this plan and to

present the state of the art on information technology and human servi≠ces.


The Executive Committee includes a small working group of four, Bryan

Glastonbury (chair, England), Lars Qvortrup (Danmark), Armin Murmann

(Switzerland) and Hein de Graaf (secretary, Netherlands).

The other members of the committee are called advisory members, they

are Erik van Hove (proposed co-chair, Belgium), Christina Vayas (Greece),

Tapio Salonen (Sweden), Ramon Puig de la Bella Casa (Spain) and Yitzhak

Berman (Israel). Walter Lamendola (USA) is also part of the committee

acting as consultant.

After the meeting there was a proposal that Albert Visser (Netherlands)

should be co-opted as an advisory member of the committee, with a

responsibility for liaison with the European Schools of Social Work,

particularly with the subgroup of ENITH which was formed in the course

of the Maastricht meeting.


In 1990 the full Executive Committee will meet twice (proposed dates:

18,19 May in Sweden and the end of September in Athens).

Beside these two meetings, the small working group will meet four times

(proposed dates: 20,21 January in London, 10,11 March in Geneva, July in

Denmark and November in the Netherlands).



ĚStep 2 Expert Meeting 1990ú


The second Expert Meeting of ENITH is planned to take place in December 1990.

The European Center for Social Welfare Policy and Research has been

asked to co-organize this meeting in December under the condition that

the meeting will be an ENITH meeting with objectives to be chosen by

the Executive Committee.


The first goal of the Meeting is to invite key persons to:

© discuss and agree upon the operational plan

© appoint a official platform for ENITH

© decide upon the formal structure of ENITH

The second goal is for members of the Executive Committee and those

who participated in the Maastricht meeting to present and to debate their

activities and findings during the previous year of planning for ENITH.

The third goal of the meeting is to show and discuss projects and products of different participating countries in the field of Information

Technology and Human Services.


Next steps for the longer term future


Building databases, connections to other organizations, first experimental

try-out. Organize in 1992 a combined follow-up of the Husita and Welcom conferences.


The Enith workgroup met in 1990 in London, Geneva, Stockholm, Athens, Amsterdam and Berlin.


List of participants

Expert Meeting  "ENITH", Maastricht, The Netherlands, 8-9 December 1989.

Host : Ministry of WVC,





Ministry of WVC, Direction Research and Development


1. Mr. Wim Woertman, head Section Development

2. Mr. Geert Maatman, Section Development

3. Mrs. Regine Aalders, Head of the Division

4. Mrs. Marjonne Bron, Hostess of meeting


CREON Foundation (The Dutch Foundation for Computer Research Expertise and Support in the Field of the Human Services


5. Mr. Hein de Graaf, Director of CREON

6. Mr. Ron Dankelman, CREON, Rapporteur of meeting





7. Mr. Ed van de Beek, IT Coordinator, Ministry of WVC

8. Mr. Marko Mazeland, Director "Datawerken" (software development)




United Kingdom :

9.    Mr.Bryan Glastonbury

      Department of Social Work Studies

      University of Southampton


Federal Republic of Germany :

10.   Mr. Bernd Kirchlechner

      Fachhochschule / Fachbereich Sozial Pedago¨gik


Belgium :

13.   Mr. Erik van Hove

      Universiteit van Antwerpen, U.I.A.-P.S.W.


16.   Mr. Lars Qvortrup

      Telematics project Odense University


Sweden :

17.   Mr.Tapio Salonen

      School of Social Work (Socialhochskulen)

      Lund Univer¨sity


Finland :

18.   Mr. Victor Savtschenko

      National Board of Social Welfare




17.   Mr. Armin Murmann

      Institut d'Etudes Sociales




18.   Mrs. Ruth Brack

      Vereinigte Schule fur Sozialarbeit



Spain :

20.   Mr. Ramon Puig Della Bella Casa




Greece :

22.   Mrs. Christina VAYAS

      TEI School of Social Work



24.   Mr. Yitzhak Berman

      Department of Planning and Social Analysis

      Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs




27. Mr. Bernd Marin

European Centre for Social Welfare, Training and Research

Vienna / Austria


28. Mr. Patrick Kenis

European Centre for Social Welfare, Training and Research

Vienna / Austria


30. Mr. Walter LaMendola

Denver, USA


31. Mr. Robert J. MacFadden

University of Toronto

Ontario, Canada



32. Mrs. Marlette de Bruin

Head of the information centre of

the Union of employers' organizations

in the field of human services (VOG).


33. Mr. Arthur Jansen

Province of Limburg


34. Mr.T. Keusters

Director NIG/IDC

(Information Centre on behalf of the handicapped)


35. Mr. Kees Mak

Director Research,

National Union of Local Authorities (VNG)


36. Mr. Ben Slijkhuis

Director of EXIS : National Centre For International

Youth Work.


37. Mr. Albert Visser

School of Social Work