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[BOAI] Call for Proposals-JCDL 2015, June 21-25, Knoxville, TN

From: Unmil Karadkar <unmil AT>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:07:32 -0600

  Call for proposals - ACM/IEEE JCDL 2015 - Large, Dynamic and 
Ubiquitous -- The Era of the Digital Library

Knoxville, TN, June 21-25

A web version of this call is available at:

All proposals should be submitted via the conference's EasyChair 
submission page: 

All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM 
formatting guidelines 
( , templates 
available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word).

Co-sponsored by the SIGIR, SIGWeb, and IEEE-TCDL, the ACM/IEEE Joint 
Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2015) is a major international 
forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, 
organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of 
the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of 
information institutions and organizations; operational information 
systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, 
collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; 
theoretical models of information media, including document genres and 
electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content 
in science and education.

Important submission deadlines:

January 16 - Full paper submissions
January 23 - Short paper, panel, poster and demonstrations
January 30th - Tutorials and workshops
March 20th - Doctoral Consortium

The theme of the 2015 conference is "Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous -- 
The Era of the Digital Library". Big Data is everywhere -- from 
Computational Science to Digital Humanities, from Web Analytics to 
traditional libraries. While there exist significant challenges in other 
areas, for many the biggest issues are digital libraries questions-- How 
do we preserve big data collections? How do we provide access to big 
data collections? What new questions can we pose against our big data 
collections? How can we, the digital libraries community, stand up in 
the face of these challenges and support collection builders, curators, 
and interface developers in solving their challenges? What assumptions 
have we been working under no longer hold in light of Big Data? These 
are some of the timely questions we hope to address at JCDL 2015. 
Submissions that resonate with the JCDL 2015 theme are particularly 
welcome; however, reviews, though they will consider relevance of 
proposals to digital libraries generally, will not give extra weight to 
theme-related proposals over proposals that speak to other aspects of 
digital libraries. The conference sessions, workshops and tutorials will 
cover all aspects of digital libraries.

JCDL welcomes submissions related to all aspects of digital libraries 
such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; 
digital preservation; system design; scientific data management; 
workflows; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; 
performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; 
intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; 
multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; 
and associated theoretical topics.We welcome contributions from all the 
fields that intersect to enable digital libraries. Topics include, but 
are not limited to:

  * Collaborative and participatory information environments
  * Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
  * Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
  * Digital library and Web Science curriculum development
  * Distributed information systems
  * Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
  * Evaluation of online information environments
  * Impact and evaluation of digital libraries and information in education
  * Information and knowledge systems
  * Information policy and copyright law
  * Information visualization
  * Interfaces to information for novices and experts
  * Linked data and its applications
  * Personal digital information management
  * Retrieval and browsing
  * Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication
  * Social media, architecture, and applications
  * Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
  * Social-technical perspectives of digital information
  * Studies of human factors in networked information
  * Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
  * User behavior and modeling
  * Visualization of large-scale information environments
  * Web archiving and preservation

Full and short Papers

Full papers (10 pages) report on mature work, or efforts that have 
reached an important milestone. Short papers (4 pages) will highlight 
efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the 
community to be made aware of. Short papers can also present theories or 
systems that can be described concisely in the limited space. All papers 
must be original contributions. The material must therefore not have 
been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. 
All accepted papers will be published by ACM as conference proceedings 
and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE 
digital libraries.

Full papers typically will be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes 
for questions and discussion. Short papers typically will be presented 
in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Both formats 
will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required -- 
abstracts and incomplete papers will not be reviewed. Authors of 
selected top papers will be invited to submit manuscripts for a special 
issues of two journals: Online Information Review 
( and 
International Journal on Digital Libraries ( 
Manuscripts will need to be updated versions of the respective 
conference papers and will undergo the normal journal reviewing process.


Posters (2 page proposals) permit presentation of late-breaking results 
in an informal, interactive manner. Poster proposals should consist of a 
title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors. 
Poster abstracts will appear in the proceedings. Accepted posters will 
be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, 
space permitting.


Demonstrations showcase innovative digital libraries technology and 
applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your 
colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should 
consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the 
authors and should not exceed 2 pages. Abstracts of demonstrations will 
appear in the proceedings.


Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest -- both 
those in established communities and those interested in discussion and 
exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from 
formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to 
informal, perhaps centering on an extended round-table discussions among 
the selected participants.

Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description; a 
statement of objectives for the workshop; a topical outline for the 
workshop; identification of the expected audience and expected number of 
attendees; a description of the planned format and duration (half-day, 
full-day, or one and a half day); information about how the attendees 
will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, 
selected from among applicants; as well as contact and biographical 
information about the organizers. Finally, if a workshop or closely 
related workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier 
sessions should be provided -- dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.


Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic 
or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They 
should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full 
day. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training. 
Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may 
not be familiar with a relevant set of technologies or concepts should 
plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that 
attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue 
the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be 
expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees 
for their sessions.

Tutorial proposals should include: a tutorial title; an abstract (1-2 
paragraphs, to be used in conference programs); a description or topical 
outline of tutorial (1-2 paragraphs, to be used for evaluation); 
duration (half- or full-day); expected number of participants; target 
audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, 
advanced); learning objectives; a brief biographical sketch of the 
presenter(s); and contact information for the presenter(s).


Panels will complement the other portions of the program with lively 
discussions of controversial and cutting-edge issues that are not 
addressed by other program elements. They will be developed by the Panel 
co-chairs Dr. Andreas Ruber (rauber AT and Dr. Hideo Joho 
(hideo AT and will be designed to address a topic of 
particular interest to those building digital libraries -- they can be 
thought of as being mini-tutorials. Panel ideas may be stimulated or 
developed in part from synergistic paper proposals (with consensus of 
involved paper proposal submitters).

This year stand-alone formal proposals for panels also will be accepted; 
however, please keep in mind that panel sessions are few and so 
relatively few panel proposals will be accepted. Panel proposals should 
include a panel title, identify all panel participants (maximum 5), 
include a short abstract as well as an uploaded extended abstract in PDF 
(not to exceed 2 pages) describing the panel topic, how the panel will 
be organized, the unique perspective that each speaker brings to the 
topic, and an explicit confirmation that each speaker has indicated a 
willingness to participate in the session if the proposal is accepted. 
For more information about potential panel proposals, please contact the 
Panel co-chairs named above.

Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over 
the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work. 
Ideally, students should have written or be close to completing a thesis 
proposal, and be far enough away from finishing the thesis that they can 
make good use of feedback received during the consortium.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should 
submit an extended abstract describing their digital library research. 
Submissions relating to any aspect of digital library research, 
development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, 
usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional 
implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design 
advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and 

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