From: Gauri Salokhe <>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 11:06:52 +0100

                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                          DELOS Workshop on


Recent years have seen an explosive growth in the number and
diversity of networked digital libraries and information sources. Some of
these sources provide general content, others are specialized to particular
domains. Increasingly, users want to transparently and uniformly access
information from these different sources, to integrate information from
multiple digital libraries, and to exchange content assembled from different

This international workshop is sponsored by the EU Delos project, a
"Network of Excellence" in Digital Libraries. The workshop is
intended to bring together researchers and developers working on
digital libraries and related areas for in-depth analysis and
discussion of new models, theories, frameworks, and solutions to
interoperability in digital libraries.

Interoperability and mediation in distributed, heterogeneous digital
libraries require a middleware that provides transparent access to
inherently heterogeneous digital collections. Among others, such
a middleware must support data translation between different data types,
representations, detection of same-objects, and data propagation for
ensuring global consistency. There are research and industrial efforts
under way to develop techniques for the modeling, creation, and management
of metadata and ontologies for integrating and exchanging content.
Transparent search (and metasearch) and consolidation of information
from multiple digital libraries pose many challenges beyond the typical
problems encountered in Web search and distributed heterogeneous databases.
This workshop will provide a forum for discussing these problems and the
approaches that are being taken to address them.

We will apply the following rules for this workshop. On the one hand,
we will invite people from the industry and academia to give plenary and
panel talks especially about products and prototypes that might be relevant
for interoperating among heterogeneous digital libraries. On the other
hand, we place this call for papers to be submitted to the general sessions
of the workshop. The topics of general interest include but are not limited

- Design and generation of mediators/wrappers/agents for transparent
  access to heterogeneous data sources, specific methods supporting
  various degrees of global consistency

- Scalable architectures, approaches supporting dynamic registration
  of heterogeneous collections at mediators/wrappers/agent levels,
  query planning, processing, and optimization in (partially)
  redundant, heterogeneous data sources

- Indexing, integration, adaptation, and transformation of heterogeneus
  datatypes, meta-data generation, registration, reconciliation and exchange

- Web-based end-user oriented mediation, brokering, as well as sharing of
  and collaboration within heterogeneous collections

We are especially interested in papers and position statements
that report about ongoing work, late breaking results, early discussion
of advanced approaches, as well as on experiences with products and
prototypes to interoperate among heterogeneous digital collections.
Demo presentations are highly welcome.

The two-day workshop will have a mix of invited and contributed
presentations from academia and industry. In addition to presentations,
there will be ample time for moderated discussion and panel discussions.


September 8-9, 2001, GMD-IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany


Authors are invited to submit their contributions in the
form of extended abstracts of their papers, demo descriptions,
or position statements by June 29th, 2001.

Final papers should not exceed 5 pages (single-spaced, 12pt,
US letter or A4 paper).

All contributions should be submitted electronically as PDF or Word
documents to one of the Program Co-Chairs: OR

Participant's proceedings will be available at the workshop. We plan
to prepare post-workshop proceedings containing selected papers.
We are in contact with several publishers.


Submission: June 29, 2001
Notification: August 3, 2001
Camera Ready Papers Due: August 22, 2001


Erich Neuhold (GMD-IPSI, Germany, chair)
Leonid Kalinichenko (Russian Academy of Sciences, co-chair)


Matthias Hemmje (GMD-IPSI, Germany, co-chair)
Umeshwar Dayal (HP Labs, USA, co-chair)

Program Committee:

Karl Aberer (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
Tiziana Catarci (University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy)
Stavros Christodoulakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
Peter Fankhauser (GMD-IPSI, Germany)
Arnd Steinmetz (IBM T.J Watson Research Center, USA)


Andre Everts (GMD-IPSI, Germany)
Lieming Huang (GMD-IPSI, Germany)
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