1) Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2004. Global Reach and Diverse Impact. June 7-11, 2004Tucson, Arizona, USA.


2) Pan-European Portal Conference 2003. Geneva, April 24-25, 2003.


3) Workshop on Multimedia Contents in Digital Libraries.  Chania, Crete, Greece, June 2 and 3, 2003.


4) A 3D revolving trilobyte.




1) Call for Papers: JCDL 2004


Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2004

Global Reach and Diverse Impact

June 7-11, 2004

Tucson, Arizona, USA



Jointly sponsored by

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR)

Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Web(ACM SIGWEB)


IEEE Computer Society

Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL)


In cooperation with

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Coalition for Networked Information

DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries


The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues.  JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term "digital libraries,"  including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; digital preservation and archiving; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing.


The intended community for this conference includes those interested in aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata;  content; services;  digital preservation; system design; implementation; interface design;  human- computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation;  collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing;  document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics.


Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of disciplines and professions involved in digital library research and practice, including computer science, electrical engineering, information science, information systems, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practices, technology, education, medicine, intelligence analysis, social sciences, and humanities. All domains - academia, government, industry, and others - are encouraged to participate as presenters or attendees.




In addition to the listed digital library research topics, JCDL 2004 encourages submission of papers that illustrate digital library's global reach and diverse impact. Examples include (but are not limited to): major national or cross-regional digital library projects; case studies exemplifying successful international collaboration and impact; innovative cultural preservation and dissemination projects aimed at preserving unique and indigenous knowledge; the development and use of digital library technologies for national (and international)  security;  digital library research for intelligence and security informatics;  digital library techniques, content, and services based on cyberinfrastructure; digital library research for enhancing e-learning and education; and other novel and high-impact digital library projects.




January 15, 2004:     Full papers, panel, and tutorial proposals due

February 10, 2004:    Short papers, posters, proposals for workshops

                      and demonstrations due

March 31, 2004:       Final submissions due




Full and short papers will be included in the conference proceedings and will be presented at the conference. Papers must be in English with a limit of 10 pages (approximately 5000 words) for full papers and 2 pages for short papers.  All papers must be original contributions (i.e., not have been previously published or currently under review for publication elsewhere). All contributions are to be submitted in electronic form via the JCDL conference web site, following ACM format guidelines and using the template provided (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html).  Preferred submission formats are PDF or Microsoft Word. The conference will award the Vannevar Bush Award to the best full paper.




Panels and posters provide opportunities to present work-in-progress, late-breaking results, or other efforts that would benefit from discussion with the community. Successful panel proposals should involve a controversial or emerging topic and articulate and entertaining panelists. Panel proposals must consist of a title, a 1-page extended abstract explaining the topic and goals of the session along with a list of titles of individual presentations and/or viewpoints and contact information for the organizer, moderator, and panelists. Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner.  Poster proposals should consist of a title, a 1-page extended abstract, and contact information for the authors. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of panels and posters will appear in the proceedings. Demonstrations will allow attendees to have first-hand views of innovative digital libraries technology and applications and to talk informally with system developers and researchers.  Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, a 1-page extended abstract, and contact information for the authors. Abstracts of demonstrations will appear in the proceedings. All contributions are to be submitted in electronic form via the JCDL conference web site.




Proposals for tutorials and workshops are also solicited. Tutorials are intended to present a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day.  Tutorial proposals should include: a tutorial title; an abstract (1-2 paragraphs, to be used in conference programs); a description or topical outline of tutorial (1-2 paragraphs, to be used for evaluation); duration (half- or full-day); expected number of participants; target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); learning objectives; a brief biographical sketch of the presenter(s); and contact information for the presenter(s). Tutorial proposals should be emailed directly to the tutorial chair. For further information please contact the tutorial chair.


Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest in a new or emerging issue and provide a forum for discussion and exploration. Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description; a statement of objectives for the workshop; a topical outline for the workshop; identification of the expected audience; a description of the planned format, duration (half- or full-day), and expected number of attendees; information about how the attendees will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, selected from among applicants; as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers.  Finally, if a workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided -- dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.  Workshop proposals should be emailed directly to the workshop chair. For further information please contact the workshop chair.




JCDL 2004 will be held in Tucson, Arizona on June 7-11, 2003. Warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, the meeting will be held in a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.  Home to an amazing variety of birds, plants and wildlife, Tucson is an ideal choice for nature lovers, families, or those simply seeking a serene escape from daily pressures. It also is an inspiring setting for productive professional meetings.  Outdoor enthusiasts may enjoy horseback riding, hiking, biking, birding and swimming, plus golf nearby. Weather in early June in Tucson is warm, but comfortable and pleasant. The Hilton El Conquistado will be the JCDL 2004 conference hotel. It is a 4-Star, 4-Diamond resort nested at the base of the Catalina Mountains. It features 428 newly renovated guest rooms with upscale southwestern dcor and private balconies with gorgeous mountain views. There are additional 90 rooms (also Hilton) available nearby for overflow guests. This hotel has a spacious, open lobby that is perfect for networking. Many activities including horseback riding, jeep tours, and bicycle rentals, are available on site.




General Co-Chairs:

Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask] Howard Wactlar, Carnegie Mellon University, [log in to unmask] Ching-chih Chen, Simmons College, [log in to unmask]


Program Co-Chairs:

Mike Christel, Carnegie Mellon University, [log in to unmask] Ee-Peng Lim, Nanyang Technological University, [log in to unmask]



Daniel Zeng, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask]


Tutorial Chair:

Schubert Foo, Nanyang Technological University, [log in to unmask]


Workshop Chair:

Hsueh-hua Chen, National Taiwan University, [log in to unmask]


Panel Chair:

Lee Giles, Pennsylvania State University, [log in to unmask]


Poster and Demo Chair:

Christopher Yang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, [log in to unmask]


Publicity Co-Chairs:

Stuart Weibel, OCLC, [log in to unmask]

Su-shing Chen, University of Florida, [log in to unmask] Shalini Urs, University of Mysore, [log in to unmask] Mohan Tanniru, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask]


Sponsorship Co-Chairs:

Kurt Fenstermacher, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask] Edward A. Fox, Virginia Institute of Technology, [log in to unmask]


Local Arrangement Co-Chairs:

Kathy Larson, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask] Jeanett McCray, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask]


Student Volunteer Coordinator:

Byron Marshall, University of Arizona, [log in to unmask]




Robert M. Akscyn, Knowledge Systems

Robert B. Allen, University of Maryland

William Arms, Cornell University

Thomas Baker, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany

Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University

Ann Blandford, University College of London, UK

Jos Luis Borbinha, National Library of Portugal

Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles Donatella Castelli, Italian National Research Council, Italy Chao-chen Chen, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan Zhaoneng Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China Key-Sun Choi, KAIST, Korea Gobinda Chowdhury, University of Strathclyde, UK Beth Davis-Brown, Library of Congress Susan Dumais, Microsoft Schubert Foo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Edward A. Fox, Virginia Tech Norbert Fuhr, University of Dortmund, Germany Dave Fulker, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Richard Furuta, Texas A&M University C. Lee Giles, Penn State University Geneva Henry, Rice University William Hersh, Oregon Health & Science University Sally Howe, National Coordination Office for Information Technology R&D, USA Jieh Hsiang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan Judith Klavans, Columbia University Traugott Koch, Netlab, Lund University, Sweden Don Kraft, Louisiana State University Carl Lagoze, Cornell University Ray Larson, University of California, Berkeley John Leggett, Texas A&M University David Levy, University of Washington Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Cathy Marshall, Microsoft Corporation Alexa T. McCray, National Library of Medicine, USA Kathleen McKeown, Columbia University Cliff McKnight, Loughborough University, UK Reagan Moore, San Diego Supercomputing Center Sung Hyun Myaeng, Information & Communications University (ICU), Korea Erich Neuhold, Fraunhofer-IPSI, Germany Liddy Nevile, University of Melbourne, Australia Craig Nevill-Manning, Google Mike Papazoglou, Tilburg University, The Netherlands T.B. Rajashekar, Indian Institute of Science, India Edie Rasmussen, University of Pittsburgh Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology, Austria Joyce Ray, Institute of Museum and Library Services Alfredo Sanchez, Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico Frank M. Shipman, Texas A&M University Ingeborg Slvberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba, Japan Costantino Thanos, CNR-ISTI, Italy Shalini Urs, University of Mysore, India Nancy Van House, University of California, Berkeley Stuart Weibel, OCLC Office of Research Ian Witten, University of Waikato, New Zealand Jianzhong Wu, Shanghai Library, China Jerome Yen, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR Lizhu Zhou, Tsinghua University, China




2) Pan-European Portal Conference 2003

Geneva, April 24-25, 2003


The inaugural meeting of the Pan-European Portal Conference (PEPC) will take place at the University of Geneva April 24-25. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for IT professionals in the Education and Library communities to meet, discuss, and share ideas on portals, network identity, and web services. The conference is sponsored by Sun. The conference webpage is at http://www.codex-se.org/pepc2003/ .





3) Workshop on Multimedia Contents in Digital Libraries

Chania, Crete, Greece, June 2 and 3, 2003

Sponsored by DELOS and NSF


Distributed Digital Libraries throughout the world are beginning to organize, store, and manage large amounts of human knowledge for universal remote access any where any time. While traditional libraries were normally built to house collections of print-based information resources (such as books and journals), digital libraries can store information resources in many other forms, including images, sound, video, graphics, programs, etc. Thus, with the development of appropriately sophisticated user interfaces and the deployment of advanced technologies and techniques, users of digital libraries can clearly obtain more complete and more comprehensive information than traditional libraries provide.


How to acquire, organize, store, manage, and use these multimedia contents effectively and efficiently are central questions for subject specialists, end-users, library and information scientists and computer scientists. For example, how can subject specialists harness IT to help all levels of users gain meaningful access to content in poor physical shape, in surrogate formats, and to enhance their abilities to understand and learn the subjects under study?   How can library and information scientists develop effective ways to create metadata, integrate annotations in these contents for indexing to facilitate better access and retrieval, and to promote the easy use of these resources?   How can computer scientists help structure these contents into semantic units (objects) which will be indexed and interconnected with other objects in a variety of ways allowing flexible access, browsing, semantic integration, presentation, and personalization according to the application functionality and the user preferences and goals.


Application areas of digital libraries with multimedia contents cover all subject fields, ranging from art and culture, archaeology, and history, to sciences, medicine, and engineering.  In addition to traditional texts, they come in a great variety of formats.  For example, in the cultural and heritage areas, the types of contents consists of art objects, sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, to handmade scripts on vellum, wood, stone, clay, etc. Users of digital libraries include the general public, students of all levels, subject experts, and knowledge managers. The use of these digital libraries may therefore vary from simple curiosity and casual learning to high-level research and development. The ways of interaction may be highly personalized and may depend on the mode and location of access. Users may often access and synthesize multimedia contents from heterogeneous distributed digital libraries. The contents of digital libraries will naturally evolve and new approaches may be able to adapt to other user communities with new preferences and requirements.


This Workshop, organized under the joint sponsorship of DELOS and US/NSF, is to bring together researchers, practitioners and subject specialists interested in multimedia contents in digital libraries to share their ideas and concerns, to present and discuss recent research results, and to map future research directions.


Research papers up to 5 pages are solicited in all the research issues of multimedia contents in digital libraries including:


- advanced user interfaces to contents of digital libraries

- integration of low-level semantic objects (shape, color, texture) with high-level semantic meanings of the contents

- content generation, transformation, security and preservation,

- content structuring and adaptation for efficient access and browsing,

- automatic and manual encoding for enhanced content addressability and browsing,

- use and extensions of standards for encoding contents, and domain specific ontologies for indexing, summarizing, and otherwise specifically encoding contents

- intelligent search and retrieval agent,

- standard compatibility and mappings for contents,

- personalization of querying, reformulation, browsing, and interaction with contents,

- collaborative access to contents of digital libraries,

- profiles, stereotypes, profile matching, profile adaptation, profile extraction

- information access, dissemination, delivery, interaction using diverse devices

- communities of users and digital libraries, and

- support for learning the content of digital libraries.




The Workshop will be held in Chania, Crete, Greece, June 2 and 3, 2003.


Workshop Organization


The workshop, organized in the context of the EU Excellence Network on Digital Libraries (DELOS), is sponsored by DELOS and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), with local sponsorship of the Technical University of Crete.


Workshop General Chair:


Prof. Stavros Christodoulakis, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece.


Workshop Program Committee Co-chairs:


Prof. Ching-chih Chen, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA, USA.


Prof  Stavros Christodoulakis, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Crete, Greece


Workshop Program Committee:


To be announced at a later date.


Paper Submission Guidelines


Original research papers up to 5 pages long should be submitted by April 30, 2003 in both Microsoft WORD and Acrobat PDF formats via email to either one of the Program Co-Chairs email addresses:


Prof. Ching-chih Chen:               [log in to unmask]

Prof. Stavros Christodoulakis:    [log in to unmask]




4) Arius3D (www.arius3d.com www.pointstream.net).  A 3D Digital Archiving Solution.


Press release: We have a high resolution 3D color laser scanner (100 microns x,y and 10 microns z axis) and accompanying Pointstream 3DImagesuite software.


 Quick Facts:


-Arius3D technology was developed by the National Research Council of Canada over an 18 year period. 


-We have been commercializing and enhancing the hardware for the past three years.


-We capture exact digital copies of real world objects at near microscopic levels (100 microns x,y/ 10 microns z axis)


-We are the only technology in the world that captures color and geometry together.


-Once an object is captured at the highest level or 'archival data' our Pointstream 3DImageSuite takes over.


-Having a huge file with a lot of detail is not much value if you can't use it.  Pointstream has several built-in toolkits: (1) Image Processing (2) Scientific/Diagnostic (3) Creative and (4)Security


-Image Processing: Provides editing tools to assemble the 3D image models. We then compress the archive files to 3 basic levels in UNDER 20 SECONDS: (1) Smaller Scientific file (2) Web (3)Thumbnail. You now have (a) a complete archive file (millions of points) and (b) other models that you can use for scientific or creative purposes as follows..... Scientific/Diagnostic toolkit includes measurement, magnification, lighting tools; Creative toolkit includes the ability to create a webmodel in seconds, paintbrush tools, camera animation, movie files, print capabilities (2D JPG, TIFF etc or 3D rotate & print).  This toolkit also includes the capability to insert a 3D rotatable image into a Microsoft document. 


How Does this apply to cultural heritage?


- For example with the attached trilobyte file http://www.arius3d.com/demos/trilobyte_pointstream.html (this is a large file and takes apx. 60 seconds to open - then you have a 3D object that you can rotate & zoom with your mouse).  New levels of sharing are now possible with the addition of the Pointstream 3DImageSuite.  For example: A class assignment could be to measure the diameter of the object or use the magnification tool to identify a crack, take cross-sections measurements or compare this trilobyte to others etc. 



David Seaman

Director, Digital Library Federation

1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

tel: 202-939-4750

fax: 202-939-4765

e-mail: [log in to unmask]

web: http://www.diglib.org/