[Humanist] 23.161 events: books online

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jul 15 10:17:49 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 161.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:26:38 -0700
        From: "Ray Siemens" <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: CFP: BooksOnline'09 Workshop

ECDL 2009 Workshop: BooksOnline'09, October 2, 2009, Corfu, Greece,

Call for papers - Deadline July 31, 2009 

We would like to invite you to submit an extended abstract (max 2 pages) to
the BooksOnline
 http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/cambridge/events/booksonline09/  '09
Workshop, presenting your views and insights into important issues and
opportunities around large collections of on-line books.


Building on the success of the First BooksOnline Workshop
 http://research.microsoft.com/booksonline08/  , organized at CIKM 2008
 http://www.cikm2008.org/  , the BooksOnline'09 Workshop at ECDL 2009 aims
to provide continuity and to ensure further progress in addressing
challenges and exploring opportunities around large collections of digital
books and complementary media. 

The workshop aims to foster the BooksOnline professional network and build
support for joint initiatives in research, design, and technology. The
objectives are to connect researchers and practitioners from libraries,
archives, academia, publishers, and on-line services in order to facilitate
discussion and promote collaboration around: 

*         Key research and innovation issues, leveraging and extending the
outcome of the BooksOnline'08 Workshop, 

*         Proposals for projects and initiatives that the BooksOnline
community could take forward, and 

*         Strategies for project implementation and funding. 

The outcome of the workshop will comprise a set of formulated projects and
dedicated committees that will facilitate progress over the following year.
Future BooksOnline Workshops will follow the community progress and present
an opportunity to share results, revisit the issues, and evolve the research
and innovation agenda.

Workshop Format

The one day workshop will include selected project presentations and
proposals for new initiatives, break-out sessions to brainstorm around
proposals and implementation strategies, and a panel discussion to present
and summarize the results of the break-out sessions. 

The day will start with a summary by the organizers, introducing projects
and proposal that were submitted to the Workshop for discussion. Selected
projects and proposals will be presented by the authors in more detail. The
core activity will be the breakout sessions around the proposals for joint
initiatives. We expect that the results of these sessions will include an
outline of the implementation strategies, the mechanisms for managing the
initiatives, and the plan for increasing visibility and creating relevant
partnerships. The outcomes will be discussed during the panel session. 

All the relevant reports, proposals, and presentation abstract will be
included in the workshop proceedings and distributed to the participants. A
detailed workshop report will be published after the workshop. Participants
will be invited to contribute to the post-workshop report by reviewing the
organizers' write up and providing additional supporting material if needed.

Topics of interest

Participants of the BooskOnline'09 are invited to submit extended abstracts
(up to 2 pages) describing pressing issues, opportunities for innovation,
case studies of ongoing efforts, or ideas for initiatives involving digital
books. Papers reflecting and expanding on the topics that have been
identified through position papers and panel discussions during the First
BooksOnline'08 Workshop are also welcome. These include, but are not limited

*         Fundamental issues:

o        Understanding new paradigms for books, social aspects of on-line
book services, and contrasting evolutionary vs. revolutionary approach to
innovation, paper vs. electronic media, digitized vs. born digital content. 

o        Enabling business and research models, identifying collaboration
strategies, fostering community driven innovation, identifying enabling
technologies, and addressing legal issues. 

*         Enriched digital collections: 

o        Virtual learning environments and eBooks; eBooks in teaching;
eBooks as integrated content, data, and media. 

o        From books to discovery of knowledge; cross-referencing, sense
making, and knowledge sharing; community interests and social context. 

*         Usage scenarios and user expectations from digital book services: 

o        Affordances of physical books and the difference from electronic

o        Social navigation and annotations; diverse user profiles and
content types; searching, gathering, annotating, and authoring scenarios. 

o        Personalization and context sensitivity; ubiquitous access; and
emersion in the user experience. 

o        Evaluating eBooks, interface and interaction designs for active
reading, features for collection browsing, etc. 

*         Content representation and discovery: 

o        Indexing and content representation. 

o        Scalability and interoperability; technologies for search,
browsing, filtering, and information extraction. 

o        Universal access across nations and cultures; translation of
content and metadata. 

o        Integration of complementary content and services.

Paper Submission and participation

Participants of the workshop are expected to contribute a 2 page extended
abstract describing critical issues and challenges, current projects, or
proposals for joint initiatives related to large digital book repositories. 

Submissions must be written in English, following the submission guidelines
set by Springer:

To submit a paper, please go to the BooksOnline'09
 http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=booksonline09   Easychair
submission site. Please note that you may need to create an account in order
to submit your paper. 

Contributions will be reviewed by the organizing and the programme
committee. Authors of selected topics will be invited to give a presentation
or facilitate a brainstorming session at the workshop.

As with BooksOnline'08, we shall aim to attract researchers and
practitioners from industry, libraries, and archives who can bring to the
discussion the insights and experience of working with large digital book
collections and services.

Authors will be notified by August 17, 2009 of the outcome of the review
process. Camera ready copies of accepted papers will be due by September 6,

One author per accepted paper is required to register and attend the

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