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: https://sites.google.com/site/jcdl2015/call-for-proposals

All proposals should be submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission page: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2015.

All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html , 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:
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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:

 

Full and short Papers
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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 (http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=oir) and International Journal on Digital Libraries (http://www.dljournal.org/). Manuscripts will need to be updated versions of the respective conference papers and will undergo the normal journal reviewing process. 

Posters
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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@ifs.tuwien.ac.at) and Dr. Hideo Joho (hideo@slis.tsukuba.ac.jp) 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
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 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 education.