Call for Papers/Posters/Demos

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) constitutes a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2013, the 17th edition of the conference, will be organized by University of Malta and it will be held in Valletta, Malta on September 22-26, 2013.

Aims & Scope

Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are produced or transformed into digital form by all fields of scientific, educational, cultural, business and governmental activities. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results, such as conceptual models, added value infrastructures, software tools, standards and services.

The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is the epicenter of the discussions of the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2013, under the general theme “Sharing meaningful information”, invites submissions for the proliferation of scientific and research osmosis in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations.

Authors are invited to submit research papers describing original, unpublished research that is not (and will not be) simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity in a triple peer review process. The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The authors of the best research papers submitted to TPDL2013 will be invited to submit substantially extended versions of their paper for publication in a Focused Issue of the International Journal on Digital Libraries.


General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics, organized in four categories, according to a conceptualization that coincides with the four arms of the Maltese Cross:


Information models
Digital library conceptual models and formal issues
Digital library 2.0
Digital library education curricula
Economic and legal aspects (e.g. rights management) landscape for digital libraries
Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
Information policies
Studies of human factors in networked information
Scholarly primitives
Novel research tools and methods with emphasis on digital humanities
User behavior analysis and modeling
Social-technical perspectives of digital information

Digital library architectures
Cloud and grid deployments
Federation of repositories
Collaborative and participatory information environments
Data storage and indexing
Big data management
e-science, e-government, e-learning, cultural heritage infrastructures
Semi structured data
Semantic web issues in digital libraries
Ontologies and knowledge organization systems
Linked Data and its applications

Metadata schemas with emphasis to metadata for composite content (Multimedia, geographical, statistical data and other special content formats)
Interoperability and Information integration
Digital Curation and related workflows
Preservation, authenticity and provenance
Web archiving
Social media and dynamically generated content for particular uses/communities (education, science, public, etc.)
3D models indexing and retrieval
Authority management issues

Information Retrieval and browsing
Multilingual and Multimedia Information Retrieval
Personalization in digital libraries
Context awareness in information access
Semantic aware services
Technologies for delivering/accessing digital libraries, e.g. mobile devices
Visualization of large-scale information environments
Evaluation of online information environments
Quality metrics
Interfaces to digital libraries
Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
Social networks analysis and virtual organizations
Traditional and alternative metrics of scholarly communication
Mashups of resources
Important Dates

Full and Short papers, Posters and Demonstrations: March 23, 2013
Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 20, 2013
Camera Ready Versions: June 9, 2013
End of Early Registration: July 31, 2013
Conference Dates: September 22-26, 2013
Formatting Instructions

Full papers (12 pages), short-papers (6 pages), posters and demonstrations (4 pages) must be written in English and submitted in PDF format. The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Therefore all submissions should conform to the formatting instructions described in the “For Authors” webpage.


Full papers, short-papers, posters and demonstrations must be submitted in electronic format (PDF) via the conference’s EasyChair submission page (TBA).

According to the Registration Regulation for TPDL 2013, inclusion of papers in the Proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.

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