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International Workshop on

Supporting Users’ Exploration of Digital Libraries (SUEDL)

to be held as part of the
International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL)

Cyprus, 27 September 2012

*** Paper submission EXTENDED DEADLINE: July 19, 2012 ***


Large amounts of digital cultural heritage (CH) information have become available recently, partly due to the rise of large-scale aggregators such as Europeana (, the European aggregator for museums, archives, libraries, and galleries. These large collections, and similar digital libraries (DL), present an important challenge to new users: discovering what items are present in the collection. In current systems support for item discovery is mainly provided through the standard keyword-based search paradigm, which is well suited for DL professionals who are highly familiar with the collections, subject areas, and have specific search goals. However, for new users who may not have a good understanding of the contents of the collections, be unsure about appropriate keywords, and have vague search goals, this method of access is unsatisfactory.

Alternative item discovery methodologies are required to introduce new users to DL collections, including exploratory search models that enable switching between collection overviews and detailed exploration within the collection.

The aim of the workshop is to stimulate collaboration from experts and stakeholders in Digital Libraries, Cultural Heritage, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval in order to explore methods and strategies to support exploration of Digital Libraries, beyond the white box paradigm of search and click.


Topics of interest include the following:

  • User-adaptive technologies
  • Personalization and recommendation
  • Information discovery and exploration
  • Navigating information spaces
  • Crowd sourcing and user generated content
  • Navigation using visual metaphors
  • Supporting exploration using enriched content
  • Any other technique which supports exploration of Digital Libraries

Submission details

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers related to the aforementioned topics. We invite:

  • regular papers (8 to 12 pages)
  • short papers (2 to 6 pages)

All submissions are required to be in pdf and formatted in the Springer’s LNCS format.

Submissions are to be made via the submission web site:

Submissions will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. All papers accepted at the workshop must be presented (either orally or as a poster) during the workshop by a registered participant. See further details on the TPDL registration page.

The papers will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings (ISSN 1613-0073); this way the proceedings will be permanently available and citable.

Important dates

Research paper submission: July 5, 2012 July 19, 2012

Notification of acceptance: July 27, 2012

Camera ready version: September 10, 2012

Workshop day: September 27, 2012

Organizing committee

Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country)

Kate Fernie (MDR partners)

Arantxa Otegi (University of the Basque Country)

Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield)

Program committee (confirmed so far)

Donatella Castelli (ISTI-CNR)

Valentine Charles (Europeana)

Paul Clough (University of Sheffield)

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio (University of Padua)

Cathal Gurrin (Dublin City University)

Mark Hall (University of Sheffield)

Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)

Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam)

Johan Oomen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)

Martin Theobald (Max Planck)

Max Wilson (University of Nottingham)


Arantxa Otegi: arantza.otegi -at-