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CFP: Advanced Language Technologies for Digital Libraries (ALT4DL)

From: Diego Calvanese <calvanese@inf.unibz.it>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 07:18:05 +0200
To: Diego Calvanese <calvanese@inf.unibz.it>
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We invite authors to submit papers for a volume on Advanced Language
Technologies for Digital Libraries to be published in the Springer's Lecture
Notes on Computer Science (LNCS) Hot Topic subline [1].

The volume aims at presenting how state-of-the art Language Technologies are
applied to the challenges faced by Digital Libraries together with providing
a introductory grounding to the underlying fields. Hence, it will promote
this emerging research area and disseminate its results whilst motivating
the non-expert reader. It originates from two workshops, NLP4DL and AT4DL
held in Viareggio and Trento, respectively, in 2009, but it is open also to
contributions that were not presented at that time. We aim at gathering
contributions both from the Library and the Computer Science community.

Abstract submission Deadline: 22nd July, 2010
Full paper submission Deadline: 15th September, 2010
Notification Deadline: 10th November, 2010
Camera Ready Deadlines: 10th December, 2010

The fast growth of digital material is challenging for research in many
disciplines, and in particular, for natural language technologies.
Multilingual aspects pose particular difficulties regarding a wide spectrum
of problems: from extracting text from images, to developing usable search
engines for accessing this digital library content. The EU has funded many
projects to bring forward research in this field and to facilitate end-user
access to cultural and scientific heritage. Therefore, it is time to bring
together recent research results and to give both researchers and
practitioners a comprehensive view on this evolving area. We are interested
in highlighting the role of Language Technologies in enhancing document
image processing and in accessing and searching digital libraries in
general. Today much of our Cultural Heritage have been digitised by scanning
books and other kinds of documents, but their printed text needs to be
extracted via document image processing techniques in order for the content
to be accessible, searchable, and analysable.  Language Technologies can
also play a crucial role in accessing and searching digital libraries that
do not contain the scanned table of contents, abstracts or books, but simply
provide metadata records describing their physical collections.  Despite
mass-digitisation efforts, this 'legacy metadata' is still predominant in
library catalogues.  To this end, nowadays cutting edge Language
Technologies need to be fine-tuned to work on such well structured but
limited data. Libraries across the globe are keen to provide subject-based
access to their digital library collections via the linked data cloud.
With each library indexing their digital libraries in their local language,
the true value of this data is yet to be achieved. Web 2.0 brings particular
challenges for digital libraries as increasingly multilingual user generated
content, such as annotations and tags, are created.  Not forgetting that all
this needs to be done on mobile devices, which need to be optimised for the
multilingual society in which we live in.  All the Cross Language tasks,
such Named Entity Disambiguation, Cross-Language Image Retrieval, Word Sense
Disambiguation, etc. need to be harnessed to help users navigate the
multilingual digital library world.

In a nutshell, it is the aim of this volume to present the current issues
related to the multilingual aspects encountered when searching and
navigating through digital libraries, and more generally, through

Against this background, we are particularly interested in the application
of Language Technologies to the following topics:

- Access and Search (in Digital Libraries)
- Social Web (and Digital Libraries)
- Innovative Applications (of Digital Libraries)
- Cross Language Processing (in Digital Libraries)
- Document Image Processing (in Digital Libraries)
- Metadata processing (in Digital Libraries)
- Mobile technologies and Digital Libraries

Both Abstracts and Full Papers should be submitted electronically via the
EasyChair System [2]. The only accepted format both for submitted abstracts
and full papers is Adobe PDF. The PDF file must be uploaded to the system by
the submission deadlines.

Each abstracts may consist of up to one (1) page. Each full paper may
consist of up to twenty (20) pages. Full paper submissions should be made
following the Author's Instructions for Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) [3].

Raffaella Bernardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Sally Chambers, European Library, the Netherlands
Bjoern Gottfried, University of Bremen, Germany
Frederique Segond, Xerox, France
Ilya Zaihrayeu, University of Trento, Italy

Papers will be published in a volume of the LNCS Hot Topic subline which is
expected to be available in February 2011.

Galja Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Nicola Ferro, University of Padova, Italy
Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy
Stefan Gradmann, Europeana, Humboldt-UniversitŠ´t zu Berlin, Germany
Udo Kruschwitz, Essex University, UK
Andreas Lattner, University of Frankfurt, Germany
Mikolaj Leszczuk, AGH Krakow, Poland
Stefan Pletschacher, University of Salford, UK
Viliam Simko, CIANT, Prague, Czech Republic
Junichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo, Japan

[1] Springer's Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS) Hot Topic subline,
[2] EasyChair System, http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=alt4dl
[3] Author's Instructions for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS),

First Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries (NLP4DL) Workshop,
Viareggio, Italy (June 15, 2009)

Workshop on Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries 2009 (AT4DL 2009),
Trento, Italy (September 8, 2009)

To receive further information please email to alt4dl@disi.unitn.it
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