Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Event: ECDL2008, Sept. 14-19, 2008, Denmark

This is relevant to what we're all concerned about. It was posted on the Sigdl-l list.


12th European Conference on
Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries

September 14-19, 2008
Aarhus, Denmark

ECDL2008, the 12th conference in the series of European Digital Library conferences, will be held in Aarhus, Denmark from September 14 to September 19, 2008.

ECDL is the major European conference on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues, bringing together researchers, developers, content providers, and users in the field.

ECDL2008 is jointly organised by the State and University Library and Aarhus University.

Conference focus
ECDL2008 will provide an opportunity to present and discuss new research and development in areas supporting an ambition of the Ubiquitous Digital Library, a vision where information can be easily accessed in the user environment and where new objects can be produced by analyzing, processing and combining existing information.

Topics of contributions include but are not limited to:
  • Concepts of Digital Libraries and digital content
  • Collection building, management and integration
  • System architectures, integration and interoperability
  • Information organisation, search and usage
  • Multilingual information access and multimedia content management
  • User interfaces for digital libraries
  • User studies and system evaluation
  • Digital archiving and preservation: methodological, technical and legal issues
  • Digital Library applications in e-science, e-learning, e-government, cultural heritage, etc.
  • Web 2.0 and associated technologies
Contributions consist of peer reviewed papers, posters and demos, of tutorials and workshops and of panels and themes. Below is a short description - more information can be found at


Papers are invited on substantial, original and completed research, applications and development that have not previously been presented elsewhere and that make new contributions to all aspects of Digital Libraries. Papers should present completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees. Reviewing will be managed by an international Conference Programme Committee which will also take final decisions on the technical program.

Posters and Demos

Poster and Demo presentations offer researchers a unique opportunity to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Poster and demo presentations further provide researchers with an opportunity to obtain feedback about their work from a wide range of persons during the poster session.

Accepted posters and demos will be displayed during a dedicated session, preceded by a plenary poster spotlight presentation session. The poster and demo session will allow attendees to have first-hand views of innovative digital library technologies and applications and to talk informally with system developers and researchers.


Proposals are invited for one day workshops to be held on Thursday 18 September and/or Friday 19 September. In special cases two day workshops will be considered. Workshops are intended to bring together communities of interest and to provide a platform for presenting novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way. Workshops differ from tutorials in encouraging information sharing and discussion amongst highly focused groups of peers, rather than the presentation of information by the organisers and presenters.

Panels and Themes

Panels and themes should address controversial subjects of interest to a larger community of ECDL participants and are meant to create a lively discussion.

A theme will consist of three short, provocative presentations addressing a specific subject where each presentation is the basis of a discussion. Panels are dynamic and provoke discussions where presentations should be kept brief (not more than half of the total
time) and time should be allowed for questions and discussions from the audience. The number of panel members should be limited to ideally three-five plus the panel leader.

Doctoral Consortium

ECDL2008 will feature a Doctoral Consortium. The main idea of the Consortium is to give Doctoral students the opportunity to discuss their PhD thesis proposal with experienced researchers from the digital Library Community and other Doctoral students.

Attendance at the Doctoral Consortium will be based on a written paper, singly authored by the student wishing to attend the Consortium.
Two-page abstracts of the papers will be published in the ECDL Conference Proceedings. Additionally, consortium participants will have the chance to present their work to the whole ECDL community in poster form during the standard ECDL poster session.


ECDL 2008 will feature a full day of tutorials on Sunday 14 September 2008. Tutorials are intended to present a topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. Short abstracts of the accepted tutorials will be published in the conference program guide. Copies of the presentation slides will be required for distribution to the tutorial attendees. Each tutorial should cover a single topic pertinent to ECDL?s list of relevant topics in detail.

Important Dates:
  • Paper, Tutorial, Poster & Demo, and Doctoral Consortium submission deadline: March 14
  • Acceptance notifications: May 16
  • Camera ready versions (Paper, Poster, Demo and Doctoral Consortium): June 2
  • Workshop submission deadline: February 15
  • Workshop acceptance notification: March 31
  • Early registration deadline: July 31
  • Conference dates: September 14-19, 2008
Organising committee

General Chair
  • Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard, State and University Library, Aarhus, Denmark
Program Chair
  • Anders Ardö, Department of Information Technology, Lund University, Sweden
  • Donatella Castelli, The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI), Pisa, Italy
  • Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information, Washington DC
Organisation Chair
  • Kaj Grønbæk, Department of Computer Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Workshop Chair
  • Ee-Peng Lim, Division of Information Systems, School of Computer Engineering, Singapore
  • Doug Tudhope, School of Computing, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK
Panel and discussion Chair
  • Seamus Ross, HATII, University of Glasgow, UK Mike Papazoglou, Infolab, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Poster and demonstrations
  • Heiko Schuldt, Computer Science Department, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Lars Clausen, State and University Library, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Rudi Schmiede, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
  • Andreas Rauber, Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Switzerland
  • Ee-Peng Lim, Division of Information Systems, School of Computer Engineering, Singapore
  • Jill Cousins, The European Library, National Library of The Netherlands
Doctoral Consortium
  • Ingeborg Solvberg, Department of Computer and Information Science, Trondheim, Norway
  • Geneva Henry, Digital Library Initiative at Rice University, Houston, Texas

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