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BIR2008 - The 7th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research



Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in organizations and interorganizational networks. Business and people daily activities are dependent on complex, distributed software systems operating in dynamic and often unpredictably changing business environments. It is in this context that business informatics research is essential.

In order to produce products and services more efficient organizations must be able to adapt and quickly exchange information with internal and external collaborators. The demands for increasing interoperability concern technological, business process and knowledge level. Methods, theories and tools are needed that maintain change and adaptation of business processes, organizations and their supporting software. Furthermore, recent challenges are directed to more human oriented, highly personalized and trustworthy systems enabling to cope with huge variety of languages, technologies and tools needed to develop emerging business applications. However, the new methods and technologies lack enough evaluation to demonstrate that their benefits will overwhelm the payout. Therefore, one of the focuses here is on quantitative and qualitative methods for measuring, predicting, and understanding the value that information technologies bring to the enterprise and the cost before these technologies are ready to use.

The theme for this conference is therefore making businesses, people and systems interoperable and adaptive in highly interconnected and changing contexts.

Research contributions for the conference will be on aspects and future directions in business informatics research with respect to the above theme on interoperability and adaptation, as well as on exploring scientifically the practical aspects and establishing empirically grounded analysis of business cases in order to provide a better evaluation to the applications of information technologies in industry. Contributions from both ongoing research and implications for future directions are welcome.

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Conference Program


Thursday,September 25th 2008
9:00-9:10 Welcome
9:10 - 10:30


Prof. Dr. Jörg Becker , University of Münster, Germany

Reference models - to close the gap between business requirements and software development

Chairman: Stanislaw Wrycza

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 1

Workflow Management

Behaviour of flow operators connected with object flows in workflow specifications
Jens Brüning and Peter Forbrig ,
University of Rostock, Germany

Flexible Workflow Participant Assignment through an Ontology-Based Approach
Yinglin Wang ,Jianmei Guo,Guilin Wu ,Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhen Wei ,Microsoft windows HPC, Shanghai Team, China

Selecting business processes for automation by WFMS: An Evaluation Framework
Horst Gruber and Christian Huemer ,
Vienna University of Technology, Austria


Room C4
Chairwoman: Zheying Zhang

Session 2

Enterprise Resource Planning

Development of Role-Based ERPs – And its Relation to Maturity in Enterprise Architecture
Björn Johansson
Copenhagen , Business School, Denmark

ERP Systems: Teaching Approach and Experience
Anna Lenart ,
University of Gdansk, Poland

Determinants of Enterprise System Implementations: Lessons from Full-scope Projects
Piotr Soja ,
Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Room C2
Chairwoman: Marite Kirikova

12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3

WWW Technologies

Securing Web Services by usage of extended Web Service specifications
Daniel Pokrandt ,
University of Rostock, Germany

The Use of Corporate Portal in Managing Knowledge on Entities Operating in the Electronic Space
Ewa Ziemba ,
University of Economics in Katowice, Poland and Janusz Wielki , Opole University of Technology, Poland

Improving Test Oracles for Model Based Web Application Tests
Arne-Michael Toersel and Gerold Blakowski ,
University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany

Room C4
Chairman: Benkt Wangler

Session 4

Business Intelligence

From Kohonen Networks to Fuzzy Kohonen Networks
Mirosława Lasek and Marek Pęczkowski ,
Warsow University, Poland

Software Process Improvement In Small Jordanian Software Development Firms
Haroon Altarawneh and Sattam Amro ,
Al Balqa Applied University, Jordan

Creating business strategy with the support of Business Intelligence  
Jerzy Surma ,
Warsaw School of Economics, Poland


Room C2
Chairman: Yinglin Wang

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00
Session 5

Business Process Modeling

Multidimensional business process modeling
Marite Kirikova, Ligita Businska, and Ludmila Penicina ,
Riga Technical University, Latvia

AgileTool - Managing requirements in Agile WWW projects
Mike Arvela, Matias Muhonen, Matias Piipari, Timo Poranen, and Zheying Zhang ,
University of Tampere, Finland

Conceptual Modeling of Enterprise Content
Jan vom Brocke , Alexander Simons , University of Liechtenstein and Jörg Becker , Stefan Fleischer European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS)

Room C4
Chairman: Björn Johansson

Session 6

Software Engineering with UML

Business Modeling with UML and BPMN: Features and Comparison
Bartosz S. Marcinkowski ,
University of Gdansk, Poland

Solution System: Implementation of Self-Controlling Decision-Making Algorithms into Business Software Systems

Thomas H. Lenhard , University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany

The Decorator pattern revisited: an aspect-oriented solution
Adam Przybylek ,
University of Gdansk, Poland

Room C2
Chairman: Arne-Michael Toersel

17:00-18:00 BIR Conference Steering Committee Meeting
Room C34
19:00 Conference dinner
9:00 - 9:45

Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Granow , Lübeck University of Applied Science, Germany

E-Learning across borders - business processes across institutions

9:45 - 10:30


Dr. Piotr Kamiński, Jacek Frankowski - IT Research Division, Research & Development Centre, Polish Telecom

Semantically-Enabled SOA Governance to Improve BPM Lifecycle Abstract



Chairman: Sven Carlsson

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 7

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Implementation of the industrial MES system based on the Wonderware ArchestrA - SOA compliant technology.
Jaroslaw Gracel and Ewa Dudek-Dyduch ,
University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland

Economics of Service Oriented Architectures – Measuring the Financial Performance
Jan vom Brocke , Christian Sonnenberg, Bernd Schenk University of Liechtenstein and Oliver Thomas , University of Saarbrucken

Stakeholder-centered Requirements Elicitation: A View from User Research
Ying Liu , Nokia Research Center, China and Zheying Zhang ,
University of Tampere,

Room C4
Chairman: Bogdan Patrut

Session 8

Web Auctions

A framework for Online Auctions Market Research
Ilona Jolanta Pawełoszek-Korek , Czestochowa
University of Technology, Poland

The Benefits of E-commerce to Small and Medium Jordanian Enterprises
Sattam Alahawiah, Asim Elsheikh, and Haroon Altarawneh ,
Al Balqa Applied University, Jordan

Online Auction Transactions as the Source of Information about the Quality of Sellers'
Artur Strzelecki ,
University of Economics in Katowice, Poland



Room C2
Chairman: Andrzej Kobylinski

12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 - 15:00
Session 9

Accounting within ERP

Management Accounting Extension of the Core Business Meta Model – A Conceptual Model for Structured Analysis of Management Accounting Dependencies
Frederik Marx and René Fitterer ,
Institute of Information Management, Switzerland

Architecture for Modeling the Accounting Knowledge
Bogdan Patrut and Simona Elena Varlan ,
University of Bacau, Romania

User Friendly Information Integration Model
Dariusz Put ,
Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Room C4
Chairman: Sattam Amro

Session 10


The selected problems and aspects of e-learning development in Baltic Sea Virtual Campus
Stanislaw Wrycza and Michal Kuciapski ,
University of Gdansk, Poland

Developing Fully Functional E-government: A Model of Four Levels
Daiga Dumpe , Latvia University of Agriculture

A usability survey of selected internet services.
Joanna Krawczyk ,
University of Gdansk, Poland

Room C2
Chairman: Rimantas Butleris

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:45

Piotr Kociński, IBM Poland

SOA revised.
Has anything gone wrong?

Chairman: Rolf Granow

16:45 - 17:00
Welcome to BIR'2009

Prof. Sven Carlsson, Lund University, Sweden

Dr Jan Aidemark, Vaxio University, Sweden

Lars-Olof Johansson, University of Kristianstad, Sweden

Bjorn Cronquist, University College of Kristianstad, Sweden

17:00-18:00 Meeting of Polish Chapter of Association for Information Systems (PLAIS)

Chairman: Stanislaw Wrycza , Room C34

Meeting of KiO (Knowledge Development in Organizations) network

Chairman: Benkt Wangler , Room C2

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Relevant Topics

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Business, people and systems interoperability

  • Philosophical and social perspectives of interoperability
  • Ontological foundations of Business Informatics
  • Systems theory and principles
  • Conceptual modelling
  • Human oriented systems
  • Emerging technologies and paradigms
  • Methods, architectures and communication technologies supporting interoperability
  • Enterprise modelling and virtual organisations
  • ERP, CRM and SCM systems
  • e-commerce, e-business, e-government

Business and information systems development

  • Business Process Modeling
  • Model Driven Architecture (MDA) paradigm
  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm
  • Requirements Engineering
  • The synergy of agile and model driven (MDA) development processes
  • IS modelling, testing and verification
  • Object oriented techniques and methodologies
  • Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Workflow management
  • Quality of business software

Business intelligence

  • Business excellence and Business Intelligence solutions
  • Data warehousing
  • Reporting
  • Decision support systems
  • Healthcare/Medical Informatics

Open source and open information society

  • Open source development and deployment tools
  • Integrating open source technology with commercial and proprietary products
  • Open source solutions for model driven development
  • Interoperability of open source communities and business systems

Knowledge Management and Semantic Web

  • Knowledge management in interconnected world
  • Semantic Web methods
  • Ontology modelling languages and tools
  • Ontology applications in business
  • E-learning and learning organisations

Contextualized evaluation of business informatics

  • Feasibility of existing standards, techniques and languages
  • Scenarios for application value optimization
  • Contextualized value and quality
  • User acceptance of new technology
  • Teaching Business Informatics
  • Curriculum design and implementation issues
  • Case studies and experience reports
  • Project management issues

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BIR International Conferences

BIR2000 Rostock, Germany – Workshop on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR2003 Berlin, Germany – The Second International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR2004 Rostock, Germany – The Third International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR2005 Skövde, Sweden – The Fourth International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR2006 Kaunas, Lithuania – The Fifth International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR2007 Tampere, Finland – The Sixth International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR2008 Gdańsk, Poland– The Seventh International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

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Steering Committee of BIR Conferences

Benkt Wangler, University of Skövde, Sweden - Chairman
Per Backlund, University of Skövde, Sweden
Rimantas Butleris, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania
Sven Carlsson, Lund University, Sweden
Peter Forbrig, Rostock University, Germany
Horst Guenther, Rostock University, Germany
Harald Kjellin, University College of Kristianstad, Sweden
Lina Nemuraite, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania
Jyrki Nummenmaa, University of Tampere, Finland
Hans Roeck, Rostock University, Germany
Eva Söderström University of Skövde, Sweden
Bernd Viehweger, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Stanislaw Wrycza, University of Gdansk, Poland

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Programme Committee

Stanislaw Wrycza, University of Gdansk, Poland - Chairman
Ozlem Albayrak, Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey
Per Backlund, University of Skövde, Sweden
Joerg Becker, University of Muenster, Germany
Tomasz Borzyszkowski, University of Gdansk, Poland
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Jan vom Brocke, Liechtenstein University, Liechtenstein
Rimantas Butleris, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania
Sven Carlsson, Lund University, Sweden
Georgios I. Doukidis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Phillip Ein-Dor, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Joaquim Filipe, Institute of Technology, Setubal, Portugal
Hamido Fujita, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan
Jan Goliński, Warsaw University of Economics, Poland
Michal Gregus, Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia
Janis Grundspenkis, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Horst Guenther, Rostock University, Germany
Hele-Mai Haav, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Igor Hawryszkiewycz, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Tan Hee Beng Kuan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Karl Heinz Kautz, Copenhegen Business School, Denmark
Wolfgang Hesse, University of Marburg, Germany
Juan José Moreno-Navarro, Universidad Politechnica de Madrid, Spain
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Jerzy Kisielnicki, University of Warsaw, Poland
Marite Kirikova, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Mogens Kuehn Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Markus Helfert, Dublin City University, Ireland
Mirosława Lasek, Univeristy of Warsaw, Poland
Paula Luna, University of Seville, Spain
Lina Nemuraite, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania
Anders G. Nilsson, University of Karlstad, Sweden
Victor Nikitin, Moscow School of Business, Russia
Jyrki Nummenmaa, University of Tampere, Finland
Józef Oleński, President of Central Statistical Office, Warsaw, Poland
Mieczysław Owoc, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland
Jinsoo Park, Seoul National University, Korea
Nava Pliskin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Jaroslav Pokorny, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Michael Praetorius, University if Luebeck, Germany
Anca Alexandra Purcarea, University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania
Hans Roeck, University of Rostock, Germany
Michael Rosemann, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
Eva Söderström University of Skövde, Sweden
Petr Sodomka, Tomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic
Maddalena Sorrentino, University of Milan, Italy
Bernhard Thalheim, Univeristy of Kiel, Germany
Jan Vanthienen, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Benkt Wangler, University of Skövde, Sweden
Adam Wojewodka, Lufthansa Systems, Poland
Benjamin Yen, The University of Hong Kong
Joze Zupancic, University of Maribor, Slovenia

To be continued...

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Organizing Committee

Stanisław Wrycza, University of Gdańsk, Poland - Chairman

Bartosz Marcinkowski, University of Gdańsk, Poland - Secretary
Łukasz Malon, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Anna Szynaka, University of Gdañsk, Poland

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Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Jörg Becker - University of Münster, Germany

Reference models - to close the gap between business requirements
and software development

The gap between business requirements and software implementation is commonly closed by using conceptual models (business engineering). These are able to represent business requirements in a formal way, so that they can be used easily as input for the particular implementation. Through this, the adequate representation of business requirements by the software is aimed at. Nevertheless, the development of conceptual models is often an expensive and time consuming task. Consequently, approaches are eligible which are able to increase the efficiency of conceptual modeling. Reference models contain knowledge that is valid for a set of application scenarios. Hence, they are reusable for different purposes. Reusing reference models as a starting point in software development is therefore promising, since reference knowledge can be adopted in the business engineering phase.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Granow - Lübeck University of Applied Science, Germany

E-Learning across borders - business processes across institutions

Among the strategic challenges of e-learning the most potential seems to be setting up learning-environments with virtual groups of international learners and teachers. Virtual mobility combines the advantage of benefiting from intercultural backgrounds and different professional experiences and backgrounds with the opportunity to stay in business. Intercultural learning across borders in inhomogeneous groups of learn-ers creates professional skills and behaviour that supports the needs of a global economy. Business informatics has a dual role in this setup: it is methodology and subject of e-learning.The subject-dimension describes learning business informatics online in its different characteristics of vocational training, bachelor- and master-courses, further and con-tinuing education. In higher education the integration of international experience may be achieved by virtual mobility in co-operations of international universities. To inte-grate the working-experience of professional students learning environments are necessary that allow to study without leaving the job. This is of high relevance ex-pressly in master-courses and continuing education. Different scenarios are ex-plained to achieve these objectives.The methodology-aspect describes how to use the toolsets of business informatics to design and implement e-learning-applications independent from subject. Business-models and business-process-modelling can be used effectively and efficiently for long-lasting, sustainable e-learning-solutions. Implemented successful examples of business-models are based on co-operations among institutions in higher education. The extension of co-operation comprehends academic and curricular aspects, legal questions of copy-rights and national regulations, the technical implementation, the adequate didactical framework as well as aspects of lasting financing. To enable inter-institutional co-operation and even more integrated collaboration dif-ferent system-architectures are discussed in their operational and strategic character-istics. Beyond specific educational offers open architectures and solutions are de-manded to broaden intercultural and inter-professional skills. Disintermediation and re-intermediation of the value-chain facilitate innovative solutions. The integration of learning-environments with professional resource-management-systems in a web-based framework will perform more sufficiently the requirements of next-generation-students.The perspective will show the direction towards a common area of higher education with seamless processes in international as well as intercultural and inter-institutional contexts.

Dr. Piotr Kamiński, Jacek Frankowski - IT Research Division, Research & Development Centre, Polish Telecom

Semantically-Enabled SOA Governance to Improve BPM Lifecycle

The paper deals with a broadly investigated problem of not satisfactory ability to translate business requirements related to business processes into their realisation over the IT infrastructure. In the ICT domain, in scope of convergent services, the necessity of automation of BPM and translation into IT operations becomes ever more vivid. The concept of combined exploitation of SOA Governance in EAI platform and semantic technologies such as Semantic Web Services (SWS) is investigated. Enriching the corporate SOA repository with semantic descriptions based on business and standard-related ontologies allows to link them with business process tasks. Since process components are analogically annotated, with business goals, an automatic composition of tasks performed by related services is possible. Ontologies, translation and composition methodologies applied in the work have been developed within SUPER, the EU-funded project.

Piotr Kociński, IBM Poland

SOA revised. Has anything gone wrong?

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Important Dates


Paper submission deadline
June 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance
July 15, 2008
Camera-ready copies
September 7, 2008
September 25-26, 2008
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Conference Fees

  • Registration: 280 euros.

The payment ought to be transferred to the following account:

35 1240 1271 1111 0000 1492 5388
Bank PEKAO S.A. IV o/Gdansk
Kolobrzeska 43

Bank Sort Code: 12 40 12 71
IBAN: PL 35 1240 1271 1111 0000 1492 5388

Please include a "2313 - BIR'08 (name) (surname) (affiliation)" phrase in the content of the bank transfer.

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Conference Venue

The  BIR2008 Conference will be held in the modern building of the Conference  Centre of the Faculty of Management of University of Gdansk. Computer access, wireless facilities and  multimedia projector will be available. Proximity of the Lech Walesa Airport makes the selected venue as well as the variety of hotels a proper place for the conference. 

Department of Business Informatics
University of Gdańsk
81-864 Sopot
Piaskowa 9
ph. +48 58 523 14 00
fax +48 58 523 11 55

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Formating template

The format of the initial submission is not critical, but eventually we will want the camera-ready copies formatted using according to the Springer style ( )

A full research paper should not exceed 15 pages, while research-in-progress paper - 5 pages.

Please submit the papers via the conference system at, at the bottom of the left side column you should find "How to use", which contains instructions as to how to upload your submission.

The accepted papers will be included in Conference Proceedings and published with an ISBN.

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Photo Gallery

The 8th MINE Workshop, 24th September 2008

BIR 2008, 25th September 2008

BIR 2008, 25th September 2008 - Conference Dinner

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Magic of Gdańsk

"Everyone walking the streets of Gdańsk for the first time is surprised by the extreme beauty with which the city has been laid out and the rare splendour and luxurious sumptuousness that are manifest everywhere. What in Gdańsk enchants most are not the churches, although among these one can find much that is  worth attention, but the very foundations of the city and the way in which its power and the riches of its burghers have been embodied in its architecture".

Views such as these may be found not only in any poem in praise of the beauty of Gdańsk but also in scientific monographs on the history of European architecture. When serious scientists use the language of poetry there can be but one reason: a real admiration of the city's beauty. Gdańsk has always evoked admiration and love. We find them in expert treaties, travellers’ tales and the reminiscences of former inhabitants forced to leave the city to live afar. Similar reactions are also to be seen today. Anyone who has, if only once, shown Gdańsk to newcomers has been able to experience it. The visitors absorb its immortal beauty without analysing it or wondering what is authentic and what was reconstructed after the terrible destruction of the last war. They commune directly with the history and draw joy and satisfaction from it. This is the best proof of the rightness of the concept of reconstruction as accepted half a century ago.

A great attraction of Gdańsk lies in its old traditions. It is pervaded by its long and often dramatic history, from the visit of St. Adalbert in 997 to the great celebration of its millennium. Its history is present in its old documents and architectural landmarks, in its science and culture and in the everyday life of its people.

The traditional love of freedom has remained ever alive, revealed equally strongly in the 15th century, when the burghers of Gdańsk shook off the yoke of the Teutonic Knights, and in the times of "Solidarność", when they successfully revolted against the Communist system. Its spiritual power was manifest in the achievements of the pioneers of science from Gdańsk, including such distinguished men as the astronomer Jan Hevelius, the physicists Gabriel Fahrenheit and Daniel Gralath and the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Had they lived in the 20th century, these would have been Nobel pGrass.

Gdańsk has always had its outstanding artistic creators of brick, stone and amber masterpieces. The city was and is the world's amber capital. The most famous achievement of the masters from Gdańsk was the Amber Chamber, unfortunately lost in the last war.

The scientific and artistic traditions of Gdańsk have been maintained and developed by its nine institutions of higher education with their 700 professors and 55,000 students.

What is the secret of this magic of Gdańsk? The city is unique. It is not only its art and architecture that are beautiful but also its surroundings. It is situated at the junction of three geographical regions: the Kashubian Uplands, which reach 300 m in height, the Lowlands of Żuławy, the Polish “Holland” with depressions of more than 1m below sea level, and the sandy beaches of the sea shore, known as the Amber Coast, since amber really can be gathered along it. Gdańsk combines the triple beauty of landscape, architecture and history, as well as being a busy seaport and a centre of science, education, industry and culture. Best of all, however, are its people - freedom loving, open to new ideas and friendly to visitors from all over the world. They have a proverb, old but ever valid: "Everyone loves two cities - the one where he was born and Gdańsk". You may prove this for yourselves.

Prof. Andrzej Januszajtis


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Conference Organizers

- Department of Business Informatics, University of Gdańsk

- Polish Chapter of Association of Information Systems (AIS)

- Steering Committee of BIR Conferences


Department of Business Informatics
University of Gdańsk
81-864 Sopot
Piaskowa 9
ph. +48 58 523 14 00
fax +48 58 523 11 55

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