CFP: JCDL 2011

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The 2011 ACM / IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2011) will take place June 13-17, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. The JCDL conference series brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of technology to libraries and librarianship.

The theme for JCDL 2011 is “Digital Libraries: Bringing Together Scholars, Scholarship and Research Data”, in recognition of the changes the digital age is now bringing to scholarship, broadly writ. Publishing models are changing, along with the breadth of digital material that must be managed coherently in the context of users forcing the move from information silos to a landscape of interconnected systems supporting scholarship for both research and education.

Important dates: Full Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, and Panels submissions are due by January 23, 2011 at 8pm PST (GMT -8); Short Papers, Posters, Demonstrations submissions are due by February 6, 2011 at 8pm PST (GMT -8); Doctoral Consortium Abstracts submissions are due by March 21, 2011.

To me, one aspect of JCDL that distinguishes it from other conference series that deal with similar technology (e.g., SIGIR, CIKM, etc.) is the combined focus on people and on technology, with a preference toward real-world evaluation or experience. This combination of the theoretical with the practical is a strength of this conference that gives it a different feel than many other ACM conferences.

So as you’re thinking about how to position your work for JCDL, think about representative user populations, think about ecological validity, think about how technology can make a pragmatic, positive impact. This should be a useful set of constraints, as the actual technical topics called out in the CFP are quite diverse:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Personal digital information management
  • Retrieval and browsing
  • Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication
  • Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
  • Social-technical perspectives of digital information
  • Studies of human factors in networked information
  • Systems, algorithms, and models for data preservation
  • Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
  • User behavior and modeling
  • Visualization of large-scale information environments

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