Wednesday, May 07, 2008

CFP: 3rd Workshop on "Foundations of Digital Libraries"

CFP: 3rd Workshop on "Foundations of Digital Libraries"
Location: Aarhus, Denmark, September 18, 2008

Sponsored by the DELOS Association in conjunction with the 12th ECDL Conference

Workshop Objectives
Since its conception, the Digital Library field has been a very broad and heterogeneous research arena, attracting practitioners and researchers from a large number of disciplines. Despite the plethora of diversely motivated models, systems, and results that have been developed, no agreement exists yet on the foundations characterizing and governing Digital Libraries. Nowadays the community is well aware of the problems generated by such lack of a universally accepted unifying framework; it is urgent that the current situation is reversed so that progress in the field can be accelerated.

The recent release of the Reference Model for Digital Libraries ( by the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries ( represents a first step towards establishing such a unified framework. In particular, the “DELOS Reference Model” identifies the basic concepts and relationships characterizing the area and allows for further additions, expansions, and specializations as the field evolves.

After JCDL’07 and ECDL’07, this third edition of the Workshop on “Foundations of Digital Libraries” intends to serve as a vehicle for consolidating and expanding the DELOS Reference Model as well for exploring other fundamental aspects of Digital Libraries through contributions brought by the participants in the workshop. Its ultimate goal is to stimulate a process that can lead to a comprehensive and universally accepted model, influencing future activities and development of Digital Library systems.

To achieve its goals, the workshop will focus on modeling the main concepts characterizing the Digital Library universe: Content, User, Functionality, Policy, Quality and Architecture. For each one of these aspects, papers are solicited that outline modeling challenges and propose appropriate solutions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- (Semi-)Formal Models for Digital Libraries
- Theoretical Foundations of Digital Libraries
- Models for Content, User, Functionality, Policy and Quality
- Reference Architectures for Digital Library Systems
- Digital Library Management Systems
- Evaluation of current approaches in modeling Digital Libraries
- Digital Library Interoperability Models and Methodologies
- Preservation Models and Methodologies
- Concrete exploitations and implementations of Digital Library models

Paper Submission and Publication
Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers. Submitted manuscripts will be limited to 8 pages, following the guidelines for the LNCS format provided by Springer ( Preferred formats are PDF or Microsoft Word. Papers should be submitted via email to Papers submitted to the workshop will undergo a peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published as a volume in the DELOS workshop proceedings series, which will also be made available in the DELOS digital library. For every accepted paper, at least one author is required to attend the workshop and present the paper. Depending upon the number and quality of the submissions, efforts to coordinate follow-on publications may be made, involving journal publication of extended versions of some of the accepted papers.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: July 1, 2008
Decision notification: July 25, 2008
Camera ready version: September 3, 2008
Workshop: September 18, 2008

Program Committee
Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy
Stavros Christodoulakis, Technical University of Crete, Hellas (Greece)
Geneva Henry, Rice University, USA
Georgia Koutrika, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA, USA
Carlo Meghini, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Seamus Ross, HATII, University of Glasgow, UK
Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland - College Park, USA

Leonardo Candela, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Donatella Castelli, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens, Hellas (Greece)

Please contact the organizers at DLFoundations2008 AT isti DOT cnr DOT it