JCDL 2008 Doctoral Consortium Abstracts due date extended to March 31
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
June 16-20, 2008 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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. Funding is available to partially offset travel
   and registration costs; the exact amount will depend on the
   number of students accepted.

   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 between 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 applications in the sciences,
   humanities, and education.

   To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please
   provide an extended abstract of your doctoral work.  All
   contributions are to be submitted in electronic form via the
   JCDL 2008 submission Web page, following ACM format guidelines
   and using the ACM template. Please submit all papers in PDF
   format. The extended abstract is restricted to 4000 words
   (approx. 8 pages). 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

   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 Digital.

Important Dates

     * Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 31, 2008
     * Notification of acceptance: April 7, 2008
     * Camera-ready papers due: May 5, 2008
     * JCDL 2008: June 16-20, 2008
     * Doctoral Consortium: June 16, 2008

Contact Address

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Geneva Henry
Executive Director, Digital Library Initiative
Rice University
Fondren Library -- MS-44
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX  77251-1892
(overnight delivery address: 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005)
voice:(713)348-2480 | [log in to unmask]