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This CFP is very much in the spirit of John Unsworth's 2009 keynote in 
Ann Arbor.  Not only did he warn us to make sure we're visible to 
discussions outside our community but he also used the marriage 
metaphor!  --Kevin

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Fourth Workshop on "Very Large Digital Libraries"

"...on the marriage between Very Large Digital Libraries and Very Large 
Data Archives..."

Berlin, Germany, September 29, 2011
Web site: http://www.delos.info/vldl2011
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In conjunction with TPDL 2011 (http://www.tpdl2011.org)
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###### Workshop Objectives ######

Today’s information society is confronted with the data deluge issue and 
is requesting for Digital Libraries that are capable to effectively 
serve broader and challenging scenarios. Information seekers are willing 
to have immediate and effective access to human knowledge that – 
differently from the past – very often is produced and disseminated 
through heterogeneous sources. Such scenarios call for the development 
of Very Large Digital Libraries (VLDLs), which are “very large” with 
respect to various aspects including the number and type of information 
objects and collections to be made available, the number of users to be 
served, the number of interoperability issues to be resolved, the number 
of “systems” to be federated, the number of heterogeneities to be 
reconciled. Although there is no consensus yet on what a VLDL is, there 
is a bunch of research issues that comes in tandem with VLDLs and that 
are worth to be discussed.

Scholarly communication itself has changed a lot during the last years 
and is today driven by “open access” and “enhanced publications” having 
datasets (e.g., images, videos, XML/RDF files, Linked Data, web sites, 
databases, queries, benchmark files) as first class citizens among the 
research outcomes, on par of papers. The fourth edition of the Workshop 
will focus on the problems emerging from the marriage of “very-large” 
Digital Libraries and “very-large” Data Archives, in an attempt to 
manage, combine and interlink datasets with publications. Such problems 
include metadata definition, annotations, search, preservation, 
provenance, metadata aggregation, etc.

###### Workshop topics ######

The fourth edition of the Workshop will focus on the problems emerging 
from the marriage of “very-large” Digital Libraries and “very-large” 
Data Archives, in an attempt to manage, combine and interlink datasets 
with publications. Such problems include metadata definition, 
annotations, search, preservation, provenance, metadata aggregation, 
etc. Further topics of this workshop are of interest to, but not limited 
to, the following research avenues.

Foundational topics
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Definitional models, for VLDL content, functionality, users, and 
policies (ref. DELOS reference model):

     * Architectural models for VLDL systems;
     * Data models for VLDL content;
     * Design methodologies for VLDLs.

System topics
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Ideas, experiments and practical experiences in VLDLs design and 
implementation:

     * Constructing VLDLs as integration and federation of existing DLs;
     * User management in VLDLs;
     * Security issues in VLDLs;
     * Sustainability issues in VLDLs;
     * Scalability issues in VLDLs;
     * Distribution issues for VLDLs;
     * Interoperability issues for VLDLs: content and functionalities;
     * Managing content in VLDLs: storage, indexing, integration, 
aggregation, preservation, manipulation, and others.


###### Important Dates ######

Research paper submission: June 25th, 2011
Notification of acceptance: July 25th, 2011
Camera ready version: August 31st, 2011

###### Paper Submission ######

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers in 
the field of Very Large Digital Libraries. Submitted manuscripts will 
have to be in PDF, limited to 8 pages, written in english and following 
the guidelines for the LNCS format provided by Springer 
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submitted papers will have to explicitly motivate the relation between 
the research results they present and the very large digital library 
issues they intend to address.

Papers submitted to the workshop will undergo a peer-review process by 
Program Committee members. To be published on the proceedings, accepted 
contributions should be revised according to the reviews and at least 
one author is required to register and present the paper at the workshop.

Proceedings, including abstracts from the invited speakers and the 
revised papers, will become a publication (ISBN-ISSN, publisher to be 
chosen).

Research papers must be submitted via the workshop submission system, 
available at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vldl2011


###### Workshop Organisers ######

- Leonardo Candela, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione 
(ISTI), National Research Council (CNR), Pisa, Italy
- Yannis Ioannidis, Department of Informatics, National and Kapodistrian 
University of Athens, Greece;
- Paolo Manghi, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione 
(ISTI), National Research Council (CNR), Pisa, Italy;