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[COMMUNITY_DL.ORG] Call for Papers: IJDL Special Issue on Foundations of Digital Libraries

                        CALL FOR PAPERS

        International Journal of Digital Libraries (IJDL)
        Special Issue on Foundations of Digital Libraries

A very challenging mission has characterized the Digital Library field
since its conception, namely, to provide its clientele with an organ-
ized content space and a number of services able to maximize synergies
between content providers and content consumers and boost the knowledge
production process. The pressing and rapidly growing demand for powerful
Digital Libraries has pushed the field to undertake a pragmatic approach
and to develop a plethora of systems by borrowing and mixing models,
technologies and approaches from different disciplines, e.g. Library
Science, Information Retrieval, and Human-Computer Interaction. As a
result of this approach, during the Digital Libraries’ first 20 years,
many systems have been developed, each with its own specificity, while
little attention has been dedicated to establish foundations for the

Today’s society is confronted with an ever growing load of heterogeneous
information and with an increasing demand for data and knowledge, two
aspects naturally addressed by Digital Libraries. This new challenge has
newly rejuvenated the whole Digital Library domain that is now well aware
of its potentialities but also of the problems generated by the lack of
universally accepted foundations. Recently, the DELOS Network of Excellence
on Digital Libraries has contributed to attack this issue by launching a
long-term process aimed at introducing a foundational framework for the
area. The core element of this framework is the Reference Model for Digital Libraries (www.delos.info/ReferenceModel). Such a model captures the main
concepts and relationships needed to appropriately represent the various
aspects characterizing the Digital Library Universe: Content, User,
Functionality, Policy, Quality and Architecture. Each of these aspects
requires careful modeling and subsumes many research challenges. A number of other initiatives have been set up in parallel to DELOS by other notable organizations and research centers (e.g. 5S Model - Virginia Tech University,
e-Framework - JISC, Digital Library Service Framework - Digital Library
Federation) and more recently by the European Commission (e.g. DL.org
www.dlorg.eu) to address other specific foundational aspects. It is clear
that the time is now ripe to make a definitive effort to transform the
on-going activities from a theoretical exercise to a milestone governing
the future developments of the DL research area. This can be achieved with
the support and the consensus of the whole DL research community.

Recognizing the importance of equipping the Digital Library area with a
unifying foundational framework, the International Journal on Digital
Libraries is organizing a special issue on foundations of Digital
Libraries. This special issue will focus on high-quality original unpublished
research, case studies as well as implementation experiences and survey
articles in the area of Digital Library foundations.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
* (Semi-)Formal Models for Digital Libraries
* Theoretical Foundations of Digital Libraries
* Models for Content, User, Functionality, Policy and Quality
* Reference Architectures for Digital Library Systems
* Digital Library Management Systems
* Evaluation of current approaches in modeling Digital Libraries
* Digital Library Interoperability Models and Methodologies
* Preservation Models and Methodologies
* Concrete exploitations and implementations of Digital Library models

Instructions for submitting manuscripts:

Manuscripts must be written in English and should include a cover page with title, name and address (including e-mail address) of author(s), an abstract, and a list of keywords. Submission must be properly formatted in the IJDL format. Papers will be subject to two rounds of review. Please indicate that you are submitting to the special issue on Foundations of Digital Libraries.
Manuscripts must be submitted directly to the journal web site at
http://www.dljournal.org/ (please select “Special Issue on DL Foundations”).
In case of any problems contact the editors at
DLFoundations_IJDL AT research-infrastructures DOT eu

Important Dates:

* October 15, 2009		Due date for submission of manuscripts
* January 15, 2010		Notification of acceptance/rejection
* March 31, 2010		Due date for camera-ready version
* June, 2010			Tentative date for publication of Special Issue

Editors of the Special Issue:
Leonardo Candela, ISTI-CNR, leonardo DOT candela AT isti DOT cnr DOT it
Donatella Castelli, ISTI-CNR, donatella DOT castelli AT isti DOT cnr DOT it
Edward Fox, Virginia Tech University, fox AT vt DOT edu
Yannis Ioannidis, Univserity of Athens, yannis AT di DOT uoa DOT gr

About the Journal:

The aim of IJDL is to advance the theory and practice of
acquisition, definition, organization, management and
dissemination of digital information via global networking. In
particular, the journal will emphasize technical issues in
digital information production, management and use, issues in
high-speed networks and connectivity, inter-operability, and
seamless integration of information, people, profiles, tasks and
needs, security and privacy of individuals and business
transactions and effective business processes in the Information

More information about the journal can be found at

 L E O N A R D O   C A N D E L A
 Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione ISTI - CNR
 Area della Ricerca CNR di Pisa
 Via G. Moruzzi, 1 - 56124 Pisa - Italy
 phone: +39 050 3152039               fax: +39 050 3153464
 e-mail: Leonardo dot Candela at isti dot cnr dot it
 www: http://nmis.isti.cnr.it/candela