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CfP: 26th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

The 26th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2022), to be held on 20-23 September 2022 in Padua, Italy, is inviting contributions of full research and practitioner papers until May 22nd.

Over the years, TPDL was established as an important international forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. TPDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries” embracing the whole spectrum of the LAM community; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing. Digital libraries may be viewed as a new form of information institution or as an extension of the services libraries currently provide.

Representatives from academia, cultural heritage institutions, government, industry, research communities, research infrastructures, and others are invited to participate in this annual conference. The conference draws from a broad and multidisciplinary array of research areas including computer science, information science, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, technology, social sciences, cultural heritage, digital humanities, and scientific communities.

TPDL historically approached “digital libraries” embracing the field at large also comprehending three key areas of interest that can be synthesized as scholarly communication (e.g. research data, research software, digital experiments, digital libraries), e-science/computationally-intense research (e.g. scientific workflows, Virtual Research Environments, reproducibility) and library, archive, museum and information science (e.g. governance, policies, open access, open science). As digital cultural heritage ties into digital humanities, TPDL aims to include this closely connected field as well.  

TPDL 2022 is hosted by the University of Padua and will take place in Padua, Italy from 20 to 23 September 2022, and is being planned as a full in-presence event. This choice does not exclude the possibility to follow talks online, but authors of accepted papers are strongly encouraged to come and present in person. The organizers encourage discussion both formal after a paper presentation and informal during social events and coffee breaks.

Important Dates

Note that all deadlines are 23:59 (11:59 pm) in the AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time zone on the date specified.

Research and Practitioner papers (Research, Practitioners, Resource and Data)
– Deadline: 22 May 2022
– Notification: 8 July 2022

Camera-ready for all the submissions: 25 July 2022


Topics in 2022 include, but are not limited to, theories, models, standards, tools, applications on the following themes:  

Publishing science

FAIR data and software: Research objects, Nanopublications
Data and Information Lifecycle (creation, store, share, and reuse)
Data and Document Provenance
Linked Data and Open Data
Digital Preservation and Curation
Supporting Science Reproducibility
Research Data Management
Research Output Management
Data Repositories and Archives
Data and Research Infrastructure
Data Stewardship

Discovering science

Information Retrieval
Research Data Discovery
Recommendation systems
Document (Text) Analysis in support of discovery
Multimodal and Multilingual Data Access

Monitoring and assessment of science

Data Citation
Scientometrics and bibliometrics
Scholarly Communication Knowledge Graphs

Knowledge creation

AI / Machine Learning/ Data mining for DLs
Knowledge Bases
Entity Extraction and Linking

Digital Humanities

Digital Cultural Heritage
Digital Terminology
Computational Linguistics
Digital History
Digital Archeology
Knowledge Organization for Digital Humanities
Digital Research Methods on Cultural Heritage
Digital interfaces for Digital Humanities Research and Practice

Human-Computer Interaction

User Interface and Experience in Cultural Heritage Institutions
Information Interaction for Cultural Heritage Applications
User Participation
User Experience
Information Visualization and Visual Analytics

Contribution Types

Research Papers (up to 12 pages + unlimited references)
present high-quality, original research of relevance to the TPDL community. Submissions should detail their methods and techniques in sufficient detail to enable replication and reuse. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented as long conference talks.

Practitioner Papers (up to 12 pages + unlimited references)
present high-quality applied work of relevance to the TPDL community. Submissions should focus on results that are of direct relevance to practitioners and institutions in the TPDL community. Methods, tools, and techniques should be detailed sufficiently to enable application by other institutions. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented as long conference talks.

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