Doctoral Consortium CFP

The Doctoral Consortium of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

Call for Participation

June 15 - 19, 2009 – Austin, TX

What is the Doctoral Consortium?

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation). The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere. Students will present and discuss their thesis in the context of a well-known and established international conference outside of their usual university atmosphere. The workshop will take place on a single full day. Up to 15 students will have the opportunity to participate. Limited funding may be available to partially offset travel and registration costs for those students with severe financial need.

Several prominent professors and experienced practitioners in the field of digital library research in organizations from different countries and continents will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the thesis as well as on the presentation. Students will have 20 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue their work. Another 20 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from both the professors and other participants. In the course of the workshop students will also get advice on more general questions, e.g. the differences of Ph.D. studies in different countries.


Call for Papers and Topics

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract (see details below) describing their Digital Library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of Digital Library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative in the sciences, humanities, and education.

To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please provide an extended abstract of your doctoral work and upload it at The extended abstract is restricted to 4000 words (approx. 8 pages). Submissions should be submitted electronically in pdf format. The abstracts should

*      Clearly formulate the research question,

*      Identify the significant problems in the field of research,

*      Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions,

*      Clearly present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far,

*      Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied,

*      Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area, and

*      (For technical research) describes how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to a problem.

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Workshop participation is limited to 15 Ph.D. students.



Accepted abstracts will be distributed to participants as the workshop proceedings and made available to participants via the JCDL Doctoral Consortium digitally.  Participants will be invited to include their abstracts in a special issue of the TCDL Bulletin, the publication of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.


Important Dates

March 31, 2009                     Deadline for submission of abstracts

April 10, 2009                        Notification of acceptance

June 15, 2009                         Doctoral Consortium

June 15 - 19, 2009                 JCDL


Contact Address

Requests for information should be e-mailed to and



  • 9:00am: Multi-modal Surrogates for Retrieving and Making Sense of Videos: Is synchronization always the best and necessary?
    Yaxiao Song, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 9:30am: Personalizing Information Retrieval Using Task Features, Topic Knowledge, and Task Product
    Jingjing Liu, Rutgers University
  • 10:00am: Information Triage: Factors Affecting Credibility Judgments of Web-Based Resources
    Paul Aumer-Ryan, University of Texas at Austin
  • 10:30am: Support for Location and Comprehension of User History in Collaborative Work
    DoHyoung Kim, Texas A&M
  • 11:00am: Thesis Support Information System (TSIS)
    Seungwon Yang, Virginia Tech
  • 11:30am: PanAnthropon: e-Knowledge Portal for Digital Humanities toward Semantic Exploration and Visualization of Intellectual, Cultural, & Scientific Connections
    Sofia J. Athenikos, Drexel University
  • 12:00pm: Semantic Technologies for Intention-based Retrieval
    Amitava Biswas, Texas A&M
  • Lunch: 12:30-1:30pm
  • 1:30pm: Characterizing the Quality of Resources in Educational Digital Libraries with Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning
    Philipp G. Wetzler, University of Colorado
  • 2:00pm: A Framework for Digital Object Self-Preservation
    Charles L. Cartlege, Old Dominion University
  • 2:30pm: Complex Objects in Digital Libraries
    Nadia Kozievitch, State University of Campinas
  • 3:00pm: Non-topical Classification for Healthcare Information
    Emi Ishita, Surugadai University
  • 3:30pm: Designing collaborative educational digital libraries for multi-cultural environments
    Pauline Ngimwa, Open University
  • 4:00pm: Web Resource Categorization Using Social Annotations as Metadata
    Sue Yeon Syn, University of Pittsburgh
  • 4:30pm: Combining Text and Audio for Mood Classification in Music Digital Libraries
    Xiao Hu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Lecia Barker, University of Texas at Austin
Nick Belkin, Rutgers University
Miles Efron, University of Texas at Austin
Patricia Galloway, University of Texas at Austin
Richard Marciano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Michael L. Nelson, Old Dominion University
Frank Shipman, Texas A&M
Joan Smith, Emory University
Barbara Wiledmuth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Megan Winget, University of Texas at Austin