Ithaka report on Changing Research Practices of Historians

This week, Ithaka released a report on a study funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities titled “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians”; this is part of a series of disciplinary studies that Ithaka is conducting in both the sciences and the humanities, and that they described at a session at the Fall CNI membership meeting earlier this week. The report is at

and a background description can be found at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

National Academies Report on International Data Sharing Symposium

I wanted to share the following report announcement with the CNI community.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
(full disclosure: I am the current co-chair of the Academies Board on Research Data and Information, which is one of the groups within the academy involved in developing this report.)

The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology (US CODATA) under the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), in consultation with the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) of the International Council for Science ICSU), organized a 2-day international symposium in Washington, DC on 18-19 April 2011 on The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries . The main objective of the symposium was to gain a better understanding of the data access and sharing situation in the developing world, with a focus on barriers, opportunities, and future actions.

A free PDF is available electronically (after registering) at: . Print copies may be ordered through the National Academies Press ( ), and additional information about the background of this project is on the Board’s website at .

Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may be interested. (Apologies for cross-posting).
Sincerely yours,
Kathie Bailey Mathae
Director, Board on International Scientific Organizations
Paul F. Uhlir
Director, Board on Research Data and Information

CNI 2012-2013 Program Plan is now available

The new 2012-2013 CNI Program Plan, which was released in conjunction with our Fall membership meeting in Washington DC earlier this week, is now available on our web site.  This is directly linked from our home page at  We will be mailing printed copies to CNI member representatives in early January, 2013.

I discussed the program plan as part of my “2012-2013 Review and Prospects” opening plenary session at the meeting; video from this should be available in early January 2013 and there will be an announcement here when it’s ready.

Comments on the Program Plan are always welcome.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

OR2013 – Call for Proposals and Registration

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for Open Repositories again this year.

Open Repositories 2013: Registration Open and Call for Proposals

This year’s Open Repositories Conference takes place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada between Monday, July 8 and Friday, July 12.

Registration is now open at – register early and reserve your accommodation as soon as you can!

We invite you to contribute to the conference program.

This year’s conference theme is Use, Reuse, Reproduce. One of the most important roles of repositories is to enable greater use and reuse of their contents— whether those contents are library collections, scholarly articles, research data, or software—and metadata. The notion of use and reuse can be extended to repository infrastructure as well. Many repositories are based on open source software that can be freely reused and adapted to serve local needs; other efforts are also emerging both in conjunction with and outside traditional repository platforms to encourage discipline or community specific reuse and sharing of software, services, and infrastructure. In addition there is a growing interest and need to document and share the code and workflows used to produce research results – particularly in computationally intensive fields – in order to promote reproducible research.

Some specific areas of interest for OR2013 are:

• Effective re-use of content–particularly research data–enabled by embedded repository tools and services
• Effective re-use of software, services, and infrastructure to support repository development
• Facilitation of reproducible research through access to data, workflows, and code
• Services making use of repository metadata
• Focused, disciplinary or community-based software, services, and infrastructure for use and reuse of content
• Integration of data, including linked data, and external services with repositories to provide solutions to specific domains
• Added-value services for repositories
• Long-term preservation of repositories and their contents
• Role and impact of repositories in the research ecosystem

The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders, such as researchers, librarians, publishers and others, to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues across the entire lifecycle of information, from the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, and ensuring long-term preservation and archiving. The current economic climate dictates that repositories operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities.

Submissions can take the form of proposals for presentations, panels, posters, demonstrations, and workshops. We will consider any submission that seems to us sufficiently original and repository-related to merit attention at this event, but we’ll give preference to submissions that address our primary theme. In some cases, papers submitted to the general conference may be referred to user groups if appropriate.

Key dates and contacts

– 22 February 2013: Deadline for submissions
– 12 April 2013: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference
– 19 April 2013: Submitters notified of acceptance to user groups
– 8-12 July 2013: OR2013 conference:
– 8 July 2013: Pre-conference workshops
– 9-11 July 2013: General Conference
– 11-12 July 2013: DSpace, EPrints, and Fedora user group meetings

Submission process

Conference Papers and Panels
We welcome two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with organizational, theoretical, practical, or administrative issues of digital repositories and repository services that are not specific to a particular technical platform. Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in a repository intended for current and future OR content. In general, sessions are an hour and a half long with three papers per session; panels may take an entire session. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will automatically be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as a User Group presentation.

User Group Presentations
One to two-page proposals for presentations or panels that focus on use of one of the major repository platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) are invited from developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms.

24×7 Presentation Proposals
We welcome one- to two-page proposals for 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24×7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated discussion / question and answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters. This forum will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional poster.

Posters and Demos
We invite developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners to submit one-page proposals for posters and demonstrations. Posters provide an opportunity to present work that isn’t appropriate for a paper; you’ll have the chance to do a 60-second pitch for your poster or demo during a plenary session at the conference.

Workshops and Tutorials
One- to two-page proposals for Workshops and Tutorials addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. Workshops and tutorials will take place on the Monday before the conference. Please address the following in your proposal:

• The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
• Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour? half a day? whole day?)
• How many attendees you plan to accommodate
• Technology and facility requirements
• Any other supplies or support required
• A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
• Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Developer Challenge

Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services, and once again OR2013 will feature a Developer Challenge. An announcement will be made in the future with more details on the Challenge. Developers are also encouraged to make submissions to the other tracks–including posters, demonstrations, and 24×7 presentations–to present on recently completed work and works-in-progress.

If you have any requests that fall outside of the call, such as satellite meetings, please contact the local conference chair, Mark Leggott, University of Prince Edward Island, at

PLEASE submit your paper, poster, demo or workshop proposal through the conference system. PDF format is preferred. Please include presentation title, authors’ names and affiliations in the submission. The conference system will be linked from the conference web site ( and will be available for submissions in mid-December 2012.

Program Co-Chairs:
Jon W. Dunn, Indiana University Bloomington,
Sarah L. Shreeves, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,

Carol Minton Morris
Director of Marketing and Communications
Skype: carolmintonmorris
607 592-3135

Roadmap to CNI Fall 2012 Member Meeting, Dec 10-11, 2012

A Guide to the Fall 2012
Coalition for Networked Information
Membership Meeting

The Fall 2012 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on December 10 and 11, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the “roadmap” to the sessions at the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current developments in digital information. As always, we have strived to present sessions that reflect late-breaking developments and also take advantage of our venue in the Washington, DC area to provide opportunities to interact with policy makers and funders.

As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session for new attendees-both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations-at 11:30 AM; guests are also welcome. Refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, December 10. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions. As we did last fall, we added an extra round of breakout sessions on Monday in order to take advantage of a large number of very high quality and timely proposals for sessions. Tuesday, December 11, includes three additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM.  Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:15 PM on Monday evening, December 10, after which participants can enjoy a wide range of dining opportunities in Washington.

The CNI meeting agenda is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website,, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting.

We expect to have free wireless access available throughout the meeting; details will be available at registration.

The Plenary Sessions

As is usual at our fall meetings, I have reserved the opening plenary session. I want to look at recent developments and the ways in which the landscape is changing, and to outline the developments I expect to see in the coming years. As part of this, I’ll discuss progress on the Coalition’s agenda, and highlight selected initiatives from the 2012-2013 Program Plan. The Program Plan will be distributed at the meeting (and will be available electronically on the Coalition’s website, by December 12). I look forward to sharing the Coalition’s continually evolving strategy with you, as well as discussing current issues. The opening plenary will include time for questions and discussion, and I am eager to hear your comments.

The closing plenary, scheduled to start at 2:15 PM on Tuesday, will be given by Hunter R. Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities (AAU). As former president of both the University of Iowa and Cornell University, and now as the leader of the AAU, Hunter Rawlings has an extraordinary vantage point for understanding how higher education in the United States is changing in response to a very wide range of pressures and new opportunities; he will share some of his perspectives on these developments, and help us to better understand the broad context for our collective efforts to support and advance the scholarly enterprise.

Highlighted Breakout Sessions

I will not attempt to comprehensively summarize the wealth of breakout sessions here. However, I want to note particularly some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2012-2013 Program Plan, as well as a few other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful to attendees in making choices. We have a packed agenda of breakout sessions, and, as always, will try to put material from these sessions on our website following the meeting for those who were unable to attend. We will also be capturing a few sessions for later re-distribution, some using traditional video capture and some using a new voice over visuals system we are evaluating.

Many CNI member institutions are developing an array of capabilities related to “big data” or e-research as well as new services to assist researchers with data curation. We are very pleased to have two special sessions from the German national science foundation, the DFG, highlighting their new national strategies supporting information infrastructure funding in the areas of research data and virtual research environments (VREs); presentations will include both an overview of the strategy and reports from some of the related projects.

Tools and services for managing research data either at the disciplinary level or institutional level will be highlighted in sessions from the DataONE project and the California Digital Library and in a talk describing a family of services for data at Oxford. We will have an update on the DMPTool, which is becoming increasingly popular as both a way to work with researchers on planning management of their data as they develop grant proposals, and an entrée into a dialogue between researchers and information professionals. Representatives from Elsevier will discuss the role of libraries, data repositories, and publishers to develop open and sustainable data infrastructure and will seek the views of the CNI community. ARTstor and Columbia will describe an open, shareable data resource for architectural works and the built environment that they are building in cooperation with the Getty Research Institute.

In order to support research data curation efforts, many institutions have been looking at staffing requirements and staff training needs. We will have a session on the new E-Science Institute, sponsored by DuraSpace and the Digital Library Federation (DLF), which has grown out of the earlier professional development initiative of the Association of Research Libraries and DLF.

Research Data Alliance, an emerging organization being launched with support from the National Science Foundation to develop research data exchange at a global level, will offer an early look at its agenda and plans.

Two sessions will focus on text mining: JISC will summarize an excellent study that it has commissioned dealing with legal, policy and licensing issues in computational analysis of the scholarly literature, and Duke University will report on what I believe is one of the very first institutionally-sponsored strategies for workshops and services related to text mining.

Innovations in scholarly communication and developments in publishing will be topics of a number of sessions. We know that the system of scholarly communication is in flux and a session by Dan Cohen and Joan Fragaszy Troyano of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University will provide us with a thought-provoking look at issues including how we collect, screen, and draw attention to new forms of scholarship and how we might evaluate scholarly work on the open web.

Other scholarly communications sessions include:
o   Force11, a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers, and funders looking at the future of research communications and e-scholarship. This group is particularly interested in successors to the traditional “page based” digital scholarly article and has issued an interesting manifesto on the issues here
o SURFconext, a nationwide Dutch initiative developing infrastructure for collaborative services and virtual research environments for scholars
Open Annotation Update, which will provide an update on the work on the Open Annotation standards effort and look at a number of experimental systems being developed and deployed based upon this standard to encourage collaborative annotation of scholarly work in various disciplines, as well as the prospects for interoperability. Participants will be invited to provide input on directions for this important developing initiative
Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services, reporting on studies of the changing research methods and practices of historians and chemists in academe
Debunking Myths and Establishing Guidelines for the ETD Lifecycle, describing two initiatives: one developing life cycle practices for ETDs and culminating with a workshop, and one describing an important study of the acceptance by science journals of articles based on research made available in open access ETDs, and clearing up some long-standing myths about how open access ETDs may endanger the opportunities for new faculty to publish their research
Establishing Infrastructures for Scholarly Publishing, featuring two projects: one to publish directly in HathiTrust, and one for hosting open access journals in the library
Library Publishing Coalition Project, a preview of a new multi-institutional initiative getting underway to study and document the current range of publishing activities in academic libraries and to envision future community activities

A number of sessions will address digital preservation issues. David Rosenthal of Stanford recently gave a compelling (and sobering) talk about economic models and the role of the cloud in digital preservation at the seminar I co-organize at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information; I am pleased that he accepted my invitation to give a version of that talk at this CNI meeting. You may recall that David gave an important plenary talk on preservation at a CNI meeting in 2009; the video of that talk has been one of our most popular web resources. His presentation here will substantially update and extend that work.

We will also have an update on the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) by James Hilton and Steven Morales. This project intends to provide a federated backbone preservation network which would offer secure digital archiving for the academic community; it was announced in early 2012 and is now moving into actual implementation and deployment planning, and progress on the project will be shared with the CNI community.

Additional sessions on digital preservation are:
Academic Preservation Trust, a consortial program that intends to develop a multi-institutional digital repository system that will serve as one of the institutional front-end archives connected to the Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
Using the Cloud for Backup, Storage, and Archiving, focusing on three universities’ approaches and experiences using DuraCloud to exploit distributed cloud based storage
Video at Risk, a report on a major series of studies to understand what parts of research library video collections are most at risk both from technology evolution (e.g. the obsolescence of VHS videotape) or because of collection wear, and appropriate policy and technical responses to mitigate these risks
Auditing Distributed Digital Preservation Networks, reporting on trial audits of digital repository services using an open source SafeArchive system

A number of sessions will provide insights into developments related to teaching and learning and new models for educational materials. We are especially pleased to have two sessions on different approaches to massive open online courses-MOOCs-one by Duke University, employing Coursera, and one featuring HarvardX. Both will explore the motivation to develop such programs, implementation strategies, and policy issues; the perspective here is institutional, as opposed to focusing on the faculty experience of teaching a specific MOOC based course. In addition, we will have two sessions on e-textbook models, one by the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 e-text pilot, involving a number of universities and publishers, and one from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which emphasizes device neutrality, publishing opportunities for faculty, and a platform that is more accessible than most currently on the market. Illinois is actively seeking to leverage library holdings for use in e-textbooks when possible.

Explorations of how organizations are developing new services and how professional roles are changing are also key components of CNI’s program. Institutions are rethinking services and putting resources into a variety of new programs.

I have long argued that realistic and cost-effective provisions for continued access to electronic scholarly resources after graduation is an essential and largely ignored challenge that is causing multiple problems for higher education and its relationship to society. In this context, I am delighted that we will hear a report from JSTOR, Columbia, Yale, and Duke on a pilot project to make JSTOR resources available to alumni of participating institutions; the pilot was so successful that the program is now available to all JSTOR participants.

Other sessions that address institutional and service issues include:
Academic Library as Makerspace, describing the quick uptake of 3D printing in a science and engineering library; this technology (sometimes called “additive manufacturing” is going to have substantial impact both in consumer marketplaces and in academia, and this is one of the first efforts to deploy it as institutional infrastructure
Wikipedia and Libraries, which will look at the very interesting “Wikipedian in residence” program now underway at various memory institutions by exploring how OCLC and the Smithsonian are adding information to Wikipedia and using it to expose collections
Student Driven Innovation, featuring student development of mobile apps for the library at the University of California, Los Angeles as a strategy for speeding up the cycle of innovation adoption in academia
Library Innovation, including a technology prototyping service that employs undergraduates and a search and discovery initiative that incorporates graduate students at University of Illinois as well as a description of a variety of partnership strategies to advance eResearch programs at Virginia Tech
Leveraging Digital Library Infrastructure to Support New Roles, describing how libraries at University of North Texas, University of Florida, and University of California, San Diego are rethinking what constitute core functions in today’s research library

A session on demonstrating library value will feature two initiatives: an Association of Research Libraries project to understand how libraries contribute to student success and the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Value of Academic Libraries initiative and its next steps.

A core area of CNI’s program has highlighted innovations in digital library development and institutional repositories. Projects at this meeting will highlight innovative scholarship initiatives, collaborative efforts, and the encouragement of new approaches to exploiting the large corpora of texts and other media that constitute some large digital libraries.

Sessions include:
Developing a Customized, Extensible Application for Digital Collections, featuring Syracuse University’s Marcel Breuer digital archive along with digital objects from nine institutions
Olive, Carnegie Mellon’s executable content archive project
Collaborative Statewide Networked Information Content, featuring a discussion about the Portal to Texas History by two universities and a program officer from National Endowment for the Humanities
Supporting Community and Open Source Software, describing open source information management for content in archives, museums, and libraries
The Future of Fedora, providing a report on a recent strategy meeting about development directions for this widely used repository software
Piloting Linked Data, describing how Civil War digitized materials were enriched for discovery at Emory University using a linked data strategy
o   Internet2 Net+ Services, which will update us on a new series of “above-the-network” services that Internet2 is brokering, focusing on e-content initiatives
o   UCLA Broadcast News Archive, which is developing a new approach to collecting, organizing and analyzing a very large collection of television news
The HathiTrust Research Center, which is being set up as a focal point to provide computational access to the HathiTrust digital corpus for research purposes that involve text mining and related technologies

An area that has been of long-standing interest to CNI is the identity and name management problem in the attribution of scholarship and the management of the scholarly record; this combines some of the traditional library authority work with some components of persistent identifiers, authentication, biography, bibliography and other topics. I will be participating in a session along with Daniel Pitti and Brian Tingle to discuss two important and related identity management projects in the archival community.

We know our members are always interested in understanding funding opportunities for digital projects, and we will have a session with panelists from the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Historic Records and Publications Commission describing their latest grant programs and soliciting input from CNI attendees on future priorities.

There is much more, and I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts on the CNI website. In many cases you will find these abstracts include pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting we will add material from the actual presentations, including selected video recordings, when they become available to us. You can also follow the meeting via Twitter, using the hashtag #cni12f.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC this December for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting.  Please contact me (, or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director ( if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting. Safe Travels.

Clifford Lynch

National Academies Report on Data Attribution and Citation

I wanted to share the announcement of this recent report from the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (which I currently co-chair) covering data citation and attribution. This report, based on a workshop held in August 2011 in Berkeley, California, is particularly useful because it looks at the issues broadly and analytically, as opposed to simply describing and advocating for one of the specific solutions that are currently being advanced.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to transmit to you the final report of a Board on Research Data and Information project: For Attribution-Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards, which explored how to assign credit for data (attribution) and how to reference data (citation) in ways that others can identify, discover, and retrieve them. Among the questions explored were: what approaches are generic across disciplines and what practices are field-specific; what are the major scientific, technical, institutional, financial, legal, and socio-cultural issues that need to be considered; and what are some of the options for the successful development and implementation of data citation practices and standards?

The report is available freely electronically at: . Additional information about the background of this project is available on the Board’s website at .

Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may be interested. Questions or comments about the project may be directed to my attention at

Sincerely yours,

Paul F. Uhlir
Board on Research Data and Information

CNI Mtg Program/Schedule of Events Now Available

The Schedule of Events/Meeting Program for CNI’s Fall 2012 Member Meeting is now available for download from the meeting website:

The document includes a schedule of project briefings to be presented at the meeting, as well as session abstracts.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account ( using the hashtag #cni12f and we encourage other twitterers to do the same. The meeting will be held Dec. 10-11 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

We look forward to seeing you next week in DC!

CurateGear 2013! – Earlybird Registration ends

For those subscribers interested in digital curation, you’ll find a great line-up of speakers at this program in North Carolina on January 9 2013.
Joan Lippincott

Register Now for “CurateGear 2013: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections”
Join us for  CurateGear 2013  a day-long event focused on digital curation tools and methods. See demonstrations, hear about the latest developments and discuss application in professional contexts. CurateGear will be an interactive event focused on digital curation tools and methods.

The symposium will take place on January 9, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Register for CurateGear 2013

Symposium Speakers

·        Jonathan Crabtree, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
·        Mark Evans, Tessella
·        Lisa Gregory, State Library of North Carolina
·        Barbara Guttman, National Institute of Standards and Technology
·        Carolyn Hank, McGill University
·        Chien-Yi Hou, University of North Carolina
·        Greg Jansen, UNC Libraries
·        Leslie Johnston, Library of Congress
·        Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
·        Nancy McGovern, MIT Libraries
·        Richard Marciano, University of North Carolina
·        Mark Matienzo, Yale University
Courtney Mumma, Artefactual Systems
·        Trevor Owens, Library of Congress
·        David Pearson, National Library of Australia
·        Doug Reside, New York Public Library
·        Ryan Scherle, Duke University
·        Seth Shaw, University Archives, Duke University
·        Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute
·        Mike Thuman, Tessella
·        Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina
·        William Underwood, Georgia Tech
·        Doug White, National Institute of Standards and Technology
For more information, contact Angela Murillo, Project Manager, at

Sponsors: This event is made possible by the generosity of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Price: Registration   $100.00
Late Registration (after December 1st)  $125.00
Students: $50

Payment Notes: Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Checks can be made out to UNC-Chapel Hill and posted to SILS. For credit card questions, please contact Michelle Taylor at:

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Tel: 919-962-8063
Fax: 919-962-8071

Call for Proposals: JCDL 2013

CNI is pleased to support this important event again in the coming year.


The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2013) is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education.

JCDL 2013 will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), 23-25 July 2013. The program is organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the digital libraries field and attendance is expected to include several hundreds of researchers, practitioners, managers, and students.

* Full paper submissions due: 28 January 2013
* Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, Tutorials due: 4 February 2013
* Doctoral Consortium submissions due: 15 April 2013
* Notification of acceptance for Workshops and Tutorials: 15 March 2013
* Notification for Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, Tutorials: 29 March 2013
* Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Consortium: 6 May 2013
* Conference: 22-26 July 2013
** Tutorials and Doctoral Consortium: 22 July 2013
** Main conference: 23-25 July 2013
** Workshops: 25-26 July 2013

The intended community for this conference includes those interested in all aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; scientific data management; workflows; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics. JCDL welcomes submissions in these areas.

Submissions that resonate with the JCDL 2013 theme of Digital Libraries at the Crossroads are particularly welcome; however, reviews, though they will consider relevance of proposals to digital libraries generally, will not give extra weight to theme-related proposals over proposals that speak to other aspects of digital libraries. The conference sessions, workshops and tutorials will cover all aspects of digital libraries.

Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of established and emerging disciplines and professions including computer science, information science, web science, data science, librarianship, data management, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and humanities. Representatives from academe, government, industry, and others are invited to participate.

JCDL 2013 invites submissions of papers and proposals for posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops that will make the conference an exciting and creative event to attend. As always, the conference welcomes contributions from all the fields that intersect to enable digital libraries. Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Collaborative and participatory information environments
* Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
* Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
* Digital library and Web Science curriculum development
* Distributed information systems
* Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
* Evaluation of online information environments
* Impact and evaluation of digital libraries and information in education
* Information and knowledge systems
* Information policy and copyright law
* Information visualization
* Interfaces to information for novices and experts
* Linked data and its applications
* Personal digital information management
* Retrieval and browsing
* Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication
* Social media, architecture, and applications
* Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
* Social-technical perspectives of digital information
* Studies of human factors in networked information
* Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
* User behavior and modeling
* Visualization of large-scale information environments
* Web archiving and preservation

Paper authors may choose between two formats: Full papers and short papers. Both formats will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. Full papers typically will be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Short papers typically will be presented in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Both formats will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required — abstracts and incomplete papers will not be reviewed.

Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone. Short papers will highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of. Short papers can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space.

Full papers must not exceed 10 pages. Short papers are limited to at most 4 pages. All papers must be original contributions. The material must therefore not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word). Papers are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

All accepted papers will be published by ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.

Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Poster proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must follow the conference’s formatting guidelines and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of posters will appear in the proceedings.

Demonstrations showcase innovative digital libraries technology and applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors and should not exceed 2 pages. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word), and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:  Abstracts of demonstrations will appear in the proceedings.

Panels and invited briefings will complement the other portions of the program with lively discussions of controversial and cutting-edge issues that are not addressed by other program elements. Invited briefing panels will be developed by the Panel co-chairs David Bainbridge ( and George Buchanan ( and will be designed to address a topic of particular interest to those building digital libraries — they can be thought of as being mini-tutorials. Panel ideas may be stimulated or developed in part from synergistic paper proposals (with consensus of involved paper proposal submitters).

This year stand-alone formal proposals for panels also will be accepted (; however, please keep in mind that panel sessions are few and so relatively few panel proposals will be accepted. Panel proposals should include a panel title, identify all panel participants (maximum 5), include a short abstract as well as an uploaded extended abstract in PDF (not to exceed 2 pages) describing the panel topic, how the panel will be organized, the unique perspective that each speaker brings to the topic, and an explicit confirmation that each speaker has indicated a willingness to participate in the session if the proposal is accepted. For more information about potential panel proposals, please contact the Panel co-chairs named above.

Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training.

Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may not be familiar with a relevant set of technologies or concepts should plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees for their sessions.

Tutorial proposals should include: a tutorial title; an abstract (1-2 paragraphs, to be used in conference programs); a description or topical outline of tutorial (1-2 paragraphs, to be used for evaluation); duration (half- or full-day); expected number of participants; target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); learning objectives; a brief biographical sketch of the presenter(s); and contact information for the presenter(s).

Tutorial proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest — both those in established communities and those interested in discussion and exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, perhaps centering on an extended round-table discussions among the selected participants.

Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description; a statement of objectives for the workshop; a topical outline for the workshop; identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees; a description of the planned format and duration (half-day, full-day, or one and a half day); information about how the attendees will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, selected from among applicants; as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers. Finally, if a workshop or closely related workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided — dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.

Workshop proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work. Ideally, students should have written or be close to completing a thesis proposal, and be far enough away from finishing the thesis that they can make good use of feedback received during the consortium.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their digital library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of digital library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education. See for a more extensive description of the goals of the Doctoral Consortium and for complete proposal requirements.

Doctoral consortium proposals are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

All contributions must be submitted in electronic form via the JCDL 2013 submission Web page, following ACM guidelines and using the ACM template. Please submit all papers in PDF format.


J. Stephen Downie,
University of Illinois

Robert H. McDonald
Indiana University

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013