Appel: Advanced Language Technologies for Digital Libraries (ALT4DL)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jul 6 13:57:42 UTC 2010

Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 12:39:52 +0200
From: "Segond, Frederique" <Frederique.Segond at>
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(Apologies for cross-posting)



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


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

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-Universitдt 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

[2] EasyChair System,

[3] Author's Instructions for Lecture Notes in Computer Science

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 at

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