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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 http://www.ecdl2008.org.


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 

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



Prof. Dr. Rudi Schmiede         
Inst. f. Soziologie /   Dpt. of Sociology
Techn. Univ.  Darmstadt / Darmstadt University of Technology
Residenzschloss                 D-64283 Darmstadt
Tel. +49 6151 16-2809           Fax  +49 6151 16-6042 


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