Call for papers

TPDL2017 Call for Papers

18-21 September 2017
Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece

General Theme

The 21st version of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries holds the general theme “Part of the Machine: turning complex into scalable” and wants to create a dialogue that will address the challenge of creatively transforming these highly synthesised environments into solutions that can scale for the benefit of varied communities.

Digital libraries are complex systems that respond to the needs of multiple communities with escalating requirements. Undoubtedly the effect of big data in research and development is immense and their collection, aggregation, analysis and interpretation is currently the main trend. However, smaller developments are equally interesting in giving the example of managing highly structured and organised information resources.

In this series of conferences, the dialectic between theory and practice is intense, but always aims to produce a state of the art imagery of digital libraries, or else networked information systems that affect the life of academia, education, culture, society and industry. The components of this “machinery” are interconnected and claim the skills and knowledge of multidisciplinary researchers.


Contributions are welcomed in the following eight tracks, some of which are addressed as Special Tracks. However, submissions are not limited to the topics included in these tracks, neither it is implied that one paper is associated with one topic.

  1. Digital Humanities
  • Corpora development
  • Metadata & semantics for DH applications
  • Text & data mining in DH
  • Textual & visual information extraction
  • Ontology engineering & use in DH
  • Visualization in DH
  • Annotations & critique in DH
  • Impact of DH in society & academia
  1. E-Infrastructures
  • Digital library designs & architectures
  • Ubiquitous computing & Mobile digital libraries
  • Internet of Things with digital libraries
  • Digital preservation
  • Cloud technologies
  • Security for digital libraries
  • Digital forensics
  • Business models for e-infrastructures
  1. Information Retrieval
  • Information retrieval & discovery
  • Query analysis
  • Indexing & compression
  • Search engine architectures
  • Recommendation systems & filtering
  • IR evaluation
  • Multimedia IR
  • Multilingual IR
  • Searching for sensitive information
  1. Semantics
  • Archival/Bibliographic Linked Data & applications
  • Linked Data in disciplinary digital libraries
  • Authenticity & provenance
  • Authority management issues
  • Interoperability & integration
  • Metadata aggregation
  • Metadata schemas with emphasis to composite content
  • Quality metrics for metadata & information structures
  1. Users and Societies
  • Digital library interfaces
  • Metrics, altmerics & scientometrics for & in digital libraries
  • User centered evaluation of digital libraries
  • Economic & legal issues for DLs
  • Information behaviour studies
  • Collaborative information seeking
  • Sentiment analysis
  1. Content
  • Digital curation & related workflows
  • Digitization
  • Audio-Visual digital libraries
  • Annotations & user generated content
  • Records management, business archives & organizational archives
  • 3D modeling & provision
  • Legal issues for content in digital libraries
  1. Data
  • Big data
  • Data science & data education
  • Data mining
  • Data representation
  • Data sharing & reusability
  • Data structures & quality
  • Domain specific data, such as biomedical, chemical, astronomical, social
  • Data provenance
  • Data in Scholarly Communication
  1. Services
  • Publishing structured & unstructured information
  • Visualization of information
  • Network analysis in & for digital libraries
  • Web archiving
  • Annotations management in digital libraries
  • Personal information management & personal digital libraries

Individual researchers and research groups are invited to submit full papers, short papers, posters and demonstrations on the topics above, but on other relevant topics as well. Their research papers should describe original, unpublished research that is not (and will not be) simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Students on any of the abovementioned topics are encouraged to participate to the Doctoral Consortium. A four pages paper, which will appear in the Proceedings volume, is required to be submitted through the Doctoral Consortium track.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for Workshops, Tutorials and Panels: March 3, 2017 March 17, 2017
  • Notification on Workshops, Tutorials and Panels:  March 31, 2017
  • Submission deadline for Full and Short papers: April 7, 2017 April 21, 2017
  • Submission deadline for Posters and Demonstrations: April 14, 2017 April 21, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 26, 2017
  • Camera Ready Versions: June 23, 2017
  • End of Early Registration: July 21, 2017
  • Conference Dates: September 18-21, 2017

Publication in Conference Proceedings

The TPDL2017 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS, ISSN 0302-9743). Therefore all submissions should conform to the formatting instructions described in the “For Authors” webpage. In case your paper includes images or screenshots please ensure that you set image compression at 600dpi when you produce your PDF file.

Full papers (12 pages), short-papers (6 pages), posters and demonstrations (4 pages) must be written in English and submitted in PDF (PDF) format via the conference’s submission page:

According to the registration regulation for TPDL2017, inclusion of papers in the proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.

Post-conference Journal Publication

The TPDL2017 Program Committee will also nominate papers they consider highlight work of significance in the field. Authors of these papers are then invited to submit extended version (at least 30% new material) of their papers that expand upon the description of their work by providing more depth and detail on their technical approaches and results. These submissions then go through the International Journal of Digital Libraries (IJDL, ISSN 1432-5012) review process before acceptance in a focused issue of the journal.

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