International Workshop on Supporting Users’ Exploration of Digital Libraries

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
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Co-located with International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL)
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Contact Email: 
Arantxa Otegi
Submission Deadline: 
Thursday, 5 July 2012

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International Workshop on
Supporting Users’ Exploration of Digital Libraries (SUEDL)

to be held as part of the
International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL)

Cyprus, 27 September 2012

** Paper submission deadline: July 5, 2012 **

Large amounts of digital cultural heritage (CH) information have become available recently, partly due to the rise of large-scale aggregators such as Europeana (, the European
aggregator for museums, archives, libraries, and galleries. These large collections, and similar digital libraries (DL), present an important challenge to new users: discovering what items are present
in the collection. In current systems support for item discovery is mainly provided through the standard keyword-based search paradigm, which is well suited for DL professionals who are highly
familiar with the collections, subject areas, and have specific search goals. However, for new users who may not have a good understanding of the contents of the collections, be unsure about
appropriate keywords, and have vague search goals, this method of access is unsatisfactory.

Alternative item discovery methodologies are required to introduce new users to DL collections, including exploratory search models that enable switching between collection overviews and detailed
exploration within the collection.

The aim of the workshop is to stimulate collaboration from experts and stakeholders in Digital Libraries, Cultural Heritage, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval in order to explore
methods and strategies to support exploration of Digital Libraries, beyond the white box paradigm of search and click.

Topics of interest include the following:
- User-adaptive technologies
- Personalization and recommendation
- Information discovery and exploration
- Navigating information spaces
- Crowd sourcing and user generated content
- Navigation using visual metaphors
- Supporting exploration using enriched content
- Any other technique which supports exploration of Digital Libraries

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers related to the aforementioned topics. We invite:
- regular papers (8 to 12 pages)
- short papers (2 to 6 pages)

All submissions are required to be in pdf and formatted in the Springer’s LNCS format.

Submissions are to be made via the submission web site:

Submissions will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. All papers accepted at the workshop must be presented (either orally or as a poster) during the workshop by a registered
participant. See further details on the TPDL registration page.

The papers will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings (ISSN 1613-0073); this way the proceedings will be permanently available and citable.

Research paper submission: July 5, 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 27, 2012
Camera ready version: September 10, 2012
Workshop day: September 27, 2012

Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country)
Kate Fernie (MDR partners)
Arantxa Otegi (University of the Basque Country)
Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (confirmed so far)
Valentine Charles (Europeana)
Paul Clough (University of Sheffield)
Mark Hall (University of Sheffield)
Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)
Johan Oomen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)

Arantxa Otegi arantza.otegi -at-