Transforming the students community into a social network

José Luis Poy, Joan Lasierra


Technology and Innovation are the backbone of the services and solutions provided by SIGMA, based on a highly open source development and deployment platform for J2EE5 certified application servers compliant on a multi-tier and high performance proven open architecture. Internationalization is one of SIGMA’s top priorities, as well. For years SIGMA has established relationships with other European universities consortiums. Lately SIGMA has open new strategic areas of interest such as SaaS, BI, eLearning and Mobile. SIGMA focuses the development and support of two main suites of solutions: VEGA Student Information System and ARGOS Research Information System.
Social networking is a phenomenon spread across all layers of society. The university community should be noted for its dynamism and modernity and, therefore, it is logical to think that it is an appropriate setting for the emergence of different groups of people interacting who can make use of social networks for their intercommunication and collaboration.
This mobile App, Pizarra, aims to make the most of the university community through the existing information structures and platforms to provide a communication channel for community members that is split from teaching and learning but can extend its use to personal relationships between students and teachers.


Social networking; University community; Student Information System; eLearning; Mobile App; Personal relationships

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ABC website (2012). ABC Digital Newspaper. Retrieved December 3, 2012 from:

“Pizarra is a native App for mobile devices that has been called the University of Valladolid’s WhatsApp.”

DOI: 10.7250/eunis.2013.011


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EUNIS 2013


ISBN  978-9934-10-433-6 - online