Workshop on Intelligent Techniques At LIbraries and Archives​ (​IT@LIA)​ ​Call for Papers

Huge amounts of very heterogeneous data are nowadays available in either born-digital or digitized format, both in the Web and in personal collections, ranging from structured to semi-structured and unstructured contents in multiple media and languages.

The informative content and size of this data are ever growing and they raise challenging problems for their effective and efficient management as well as for extracting and exploiting the information they convey.

All aspects of human knowledge and interests are involved, from cultural heritage to administration, from leisure to work, from government to industry. As a consequence, everyday activities more and more heavily rely on the availability and exploitability of these data. Also, many different stakeholders are involved, each looking at the same data with possibly different perspectives. This poses additional requirements about the flexibility and adaptivity of the techniques for searching, accessing and retrieving the data and unveiling the information they convey.

Part of this data has already been collected into digital libraries while others still need to be properly organized and made available to stakeholders. However, even using a digital library system for managing and organizing the contents, we cannot let it operate alone, but we need to make it interoperate with other collections and systems as well as let it to (semantically) link its contents to other sources in order to provide more powerful end-user services.

Therefore, both the amount and complexity of the data and the key needs that should be addressed through them require next generation digital libraries to embed advanced and intelligent techniques to provide powerful functionalities to the stakeholders.

Developing such techniques requires the strict interaction and cooperation of many different areas and skills: standardization, document processing, natural language processing, library development and organization, multimedia management, fruition, semantic processing, etc. Artificial Intelligence techniques may provide significant support in many of these areas, in order to face some of the complexities of this domain.

The Italian communities in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Libraries have developed significant skills in their own areas, but they still have not started a stable and strict cooperation. This workshop aims at bridging this gap, bringing together researchers from different fields that may provide a contribution in this landscape. People from the Digital Libraries community may find a venue to highlight problems and needs, and people from Artificial Intelligence may find a real-world domain in which proposing advanced solutions aimed at tackling significant problems.

This one-day workshop will include an invited talk and a panel session.

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Topics of Interest

Paper submissions are welcome. General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Representing and extracting information from digitized cultural heritage artefacts
  • Digital document processing
  • Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
  • Exploring semantic web and linked data for linking cultural heritage artefacts
  • Metadata aggregation models, integration and disambiguation
  • Ontologies and knowledge organization systems, networked information
  • Social networking, Web 2.0 and collective intelligence in Digital Libraries
  • Digital libraries as source of big data for humanities
  • Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication

Submission Instructions

Papers should be formatted according to the LNCS format (please refer to this page). We foresee two kinds of contributions: full papers not exceeding 12 pages and short/discussion papers not exceeding 6 pages.

Demos are also welcome, concerning either AI systems applied in a Cultural Heritage (CH) context or DL systems where AI techniques could help to address currently open issues. Demo papers should not exceed 3 pages.

Papers and demos will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee.
Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and technical quality. Papers should be submitted in PDF format here.

Accepted papers will be published online as a volume of the CEUR-WS workshop proceeding series. We also aim to publish a selection of the best papers presented at the workshop in a special issue of the journal Intelligenza Artificiale.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: June 12nd, 2015
Acceptance Notification: July 3rd, 2015
Camera Ready: July 10th, 2015
Early Registration: July 31st, 2015 extended to August 7th, 2015
Workshop Day: September 22nd, 2015

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Organising Committee

Stefano Ferilli
University of Bari "Aldo Moro"

Nicola Ferro
University of Padova