[Web4lib] CfP: Special Issue on Digital Libraries and eScience, IJDL

Traugott Koch t.koch at ukoln.ac.uk
Mon Mar 13 11:12:13 EST 2006

               International Journal on Digital Libraries


Submissions are due: June 1, 2006
Acceptance notifications: Sep 1, 2006
Anticipated publication of the special issue: Early 2007

There are an increasing number of initiatives in several countries 
targeted at supporting research into new forms of computational 
infrastructure intended to transform the conduct of scientific research 
in areas such as chemistry, atmospheric science, and earth science. 
These initiatives, which go under a variety of names including eScience, 
eResearch, and cyberinfrastructure, are a response to the changing 
nature of scientific research, particularly in the natural and physical 
sciences, which is increasingly dependent upon large data sets and 
high-end analysis and visualization tools. eScience approaches and 
techniques are also beginning to appear in other disciplines such as the 
humanities and social sciences. Research issues being addressed in these 
initiatives include information retrieval, information modeling, 
ontologies, systems interoperability, and policy issues associated with 
providing transparent access to complex data sets. As such, these 
initiatives are concerned with many of the same research issues that the 
international digital library community has been grappling with for the 
past decade. The purpose of this special issue is to critically examine 
the role that digital libraries can and should play in this emerging 
eScience computational infrastructure. Bringing the digital library and 
the emerging scientific infrastructure worlds together can lay the 
foundation for providing truly integrated support for the entire process 
of science, from formulation of research questions to the publication of 
the outcomes.

Papers are invited on the technical, social, and policy dimensions of 
eScience and digital libraries.
Topics to be considered include, but are not limited to:

-- The design, use, and evaluation of innovative digital library 
technologies in eScience
-- Critical examinations of eScience practices using these technologies
-- How eScience and digital libraries are transforming education
-- Critical examination of the role of policies and scientific cultures 
on data sharing, open access, and differences across scientific disciplines
-- Interdisciplinary aspects; international cooperation
-- Metadata and information modeling for eScience
-- Knowledge organization systems and subject access for eScience; e.g., 
thesauri, ontologies, and other terminologies
-- Semantic interoperability, data integration
-- Indexing, retrieval and discovery of data and related science and 
education materials
-- Automatic data analysis techniques and data mining across a 
collection of resources
-- Intersection of scientific workflows with metadata generation and 
other digital library information management issues
-- Encoding systems and mark-up languages for integrating scientific 
data and other intellectual products
-- Persistent identifiers, citation and linking between data, 
publications, and other science and education products
-- Data storage management
-- Digital curation, provenance, repository and preservation issues 
associated with eScience
-- User needs and user interfaces for creating, managing, customizing, 
annotating and collaborating

Tamara Sumner (sumner at colorado.edu) - University of Colorado at Boulder
Traugott Koch (t.koch at ukoln.ac.uk) - UKOLN, University of Bath
Michael Wright (mwright at ucar.edu) - University Corporation for 
Atmospheric Research

Due to the emerging nature of this field, we welcome a broad variety of 
lengths and publication types.  All submissions need to relate to the 
field of eScience, however. Please contact one of the editors for 
feedback and guidance.  Manuscripts must be written in English and 
should include a cover page with title, name and address (including 
email address) of author(s), an abstract, and a list of keywords. 
Authors are encouraged to follow the formatting instructions at: 

**Papers must be submitted via the web site:**

ABOUT the International Journal on Digital Libraries
The International Journal on Digital Libraries, published by Springer, 
is a quarterly journal aimed at advancing the theory and practice of 
acquisition, definition, organization, management, and dissemination of 
digital information via global networking. It emphasizes issues in 
digital information production, management, and use; high-speed networks 
and connectivity; interoperability and seamless integration of 
information, people, profiles, tasks, and needs; security and privacy of 
individuals and business transactions; and effective business processes. 
More information about the journal can be found at: 

Kind regards,
Traugott Koch

| TRAUGOTT KOCH, Research Officer. Research and Development,
| UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
| Tel: +44 1225 383218
| E-mail: T.Koch at ukoln.ac.uk
| Homepage: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ukoln/staff/t.koch/

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