ACM SIGWEB cordially invite you to attend the 12th ACM/IEEE-Computer Society Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2012). JCDL is the premiere international conference focused on digital libraries, and associated organizational, practical, social, and technical issues. The event addresses a broad spectrum of topical areas, and is open to all emerging and established educators, industry leaders, researchers, and students working in the field of digital library research and development. This year's conference takes place in Washington, D.C. and is co-hosted by The George Washington University and The Library of Congress. More information is available from the conference website,, including a schedule of sessions and paper abstracts.

A number of papers by ACM members and invited keynote speakers have been chosen to amplify the thrust of the conference; most notably George Dyson, author of Turig's Cathedral. The venue is located in the heart of the U.S. capital city, with easy access to affordable accommodations, significant cultural attractions, and a variety of transportation options. Registration discounts are provided to ACM members for full-conference and single-day registrations. See the hotel conference website Accommodations and Registration pages for more details <>.


W4A 2012 - 9th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility - 16/17 April, 2012, Lyon, France

The W4A 2012 Student Award is an exciting opportunity for two high quality students with limited funding to receive up to US$1200 (including registration) to attend W4A 2012. We are now inviting applications with a deadline of February 28th, 2012.

All students with an interest in accessibility technologies are welcome to apply, and we encourage applications from those with interests related to this year's topic (The Web of Data).

== Eligibility ==

This award is open to any student in a postgraduate position at a University or other Higher Education institution who is carrying out research that is directly relevant to the field of web accessibility. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented parts of the world.

Please note, student award applicants cannot also be co-authors on a submitted technical or communication paper.

== Award Judges ==

Giorgio Brajnik (University of Udine, Italy)
Vicki Hanson (University of Dundee, UK)
Amy Hurst (UMBC, USA)
Jonathan Lazar (Towson University, USA)

== How to Apply ==

Send the following materials to < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.  You will receive an email acknowledgement on successful receipt of your application.

* A 500 word statement in ACM Format ( outlining your interest in web accessibility, why you wish to attend and what you hope to achieve by attending W4A 2012. This can include details of your accessibility research, its originality and its anticipated impact on end users.

* A letter of support from your research supervisor, confirming your position as an accessibility researcher.
* A completed application form including personal details (<>).

== Judging criteria ==

Submissions will be judged on a number of factors:

* Awareness of the field of web accessibility
* Originality and potential impact of your accessibility research
* An indication of current funding limitations and/or any unsuccessful attempts to secure funding to attend.
* Relevance of your research to the theme of this year's conference (The Web of Data)

== Expectations ==

Successful applicants are expected to:

* Attend the conference as an active delegate.
* Present for 15 minutes on their research and the likely impact on the field of web accessibility.

* Write a post-event reflective report on W4A 2012. This will be published on the W4A web site, and may also be submitted to other publications, such as the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter.

== Contact/Questions ==

For more information, go to
Email: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Student Co-Chairs

Shari Trewin, IBM Research, USA.
Anna Cavender, Google, USA


Join us in Paris for the
12th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering Telecom ParisTech, Paris France,
Sept. 4-7, 2012 < >

Call for Papers

Documents are communication artifacts in any form and in any media; they can
be simple or compound, static or time-varying, private or open. Document
collections underpin research, education, commerce, entertainment - a full
range of human activity. Document engineering encompasses the study of
principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage,
maintain, share, and access documents and document collections.

You are invited to submit original papers to the 12th ACM Symposium on
Document Engineering (DocEng 2012). Attendees at this international forum
have interests that span all aspects of document engineering and the full
breadth of document types and applications. DocEng is sponsored by ACM by
means of the ACM SIGWEB Special Interest Group. Proceedings are available
through the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates:

* Apr 06, 2012 Full Paper Abstracts due 
* Apr 13, 2012 Full Papers due 
* May 18, 2012 Short Paper Abstracts due 
* May 25, 2012 Short Papers due 

Topics relevant to the symposium include (but are not limited to):

Document Analysis:
Structure and representation analysis (structure, layout, OCR)
Linguistic and Semantic (content) analysis, categorization, classification

Modeling and representation:
- Hypertexts/hypermedia, distributed documents, blogs, wikis 
- Linking techniques and standards, robust linking, integration with other
digital artifacts 
- Document Representations - interchange standards (ODF, PDF, TEI),
metadata (RDF, MPEG-7), markup languages (SGML, XML), style
sheets (CSS, XSL), type representation, multimedia (incl. HTML-5, 
MPEG, SMIL, SVG), temporal aspects, e-book standards (ePub) 

Collections, Systems, and Management:
- Collections databases and repositories, storage, indexing, retrieval, 
versions and variants, deduplication 
- Enterprise Content Management - models and standards (CMIS), scale and 
performance, platforms and applications 
- Digital libraries and archives, preservation systems 
- Document System Components - Security, APIs (SAX, DOM), versioning,
- Document Systems and Workflow, curation and annotation, cooperation,
integration and interaction between human and automated processes,
engineering life cycle 

Generation, Manipulation, and Presentation:
- Document authoring tools and systems 
- Document presentation (typography, formatting, layout) 
- Automatically generated documents, automated layout and composition,
variable data printing 
- Adaptive Documents 
- Mobile platforms and documents 
- Document transformation (XSLT, XQuery) and rich-web-client models 
(jQuery, DOJO) 

- Document internationalization, multilingual representations 
- Multi-lingual and cross-lingual indexing and search 

For more information, see the conference website at:


First Call for Papers

LREC 2012 workshop on:
Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility

May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)
Istanbul, Turkey


=== Introduction ===

This workshop aims to bring together researchers focused

on tools and  resources  for making textual information more accessible to people

with special needs including diverse ranges of hearing and sight disabilities,

cognitive disabilities, elderly people, low-literacy readers and adults being

alphabetized, among others.

=== Motivation and Topics of Interest ===

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in accessibility and
usability issues. This interest is mainly due to the greater importance
of the Web and the need to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people
with diverse disabilities. The role of assistive technologies based on language
processing has gained importance as it can be observed from the growing number
of efforts (United Nations declarations on universal access to information or
WAI guidelines related to content) and research in conferences and workshops

However, language resources and tools to develop assistive technologies
are still scarce.

This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different communities to present research findings, discover future challenges, and discuss potential collaboration.

We welcome papers describing tools, resources, models, techniques and evaluation
from all areas of natural language processing tailored to accessibility and
assistive technologies. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

-    Resources: corpora of inaccessible documents, aligned corpora, gold-standards and annotation schemes.
-    Evaluation, complexity and readability methodologies and metrics.
-    Novel modeling and machine learning techniques for improving accessibility.
-    Natural language generation for improving accessibility.
-    NLP for Web accessibility.
-    Text adaptation, elaboration, simplification and summarization.
-    User studies on systems and components.
-    NLP tools for accessibility

=== Submission Information ===

We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (6 to 8 pages long).
Papers should follow the LREC format which is available at the LREC 2012 Web Site.
The submission process will be online using the START conference system at

All accepted papers will be presented orally and published in the workshop proceedings.

=== Important dates ===

Feb 24, 2012              Paper submission deadline

March 23, 2012          Notification of acceptance

March 30, 2012             Camera-ready version

May  27, 2012           LREC 2012 Workshops

=== LRE Map 2012 ===

The LRE Map 2012, an initiative promoted for monitoring the
production, use and evaluation of language resources and tools.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked
to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense,
i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have
been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of
your research.

For further information on this new initiative, please refer to

=== Organizers ===

Ricardo Baeza-Yates         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Paloma Moreda             (Universidad de Alicante)
Luz Rello             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Lucia Specia              (University of Wolverhampton)

=== Program Committee ===

Sandra Aluisio                     (University of Sao Paulo)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Delphine Bernhard                 (University of Strassbourg)
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Richard Evans                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Caroline Gasperin                 (TouchType Ltd)
Pablo Gerv√°s                     (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Simon Harper                     (University of Manchester)
David Kauchak                     (Middlebury College)
Guy Lapalme                     (University of Montreal)
Paloma Mart√≠nez                 (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Aurelien Max                     (Paris 11)
Kathleen F. McCoy                 (University of Delaware)
Ornella Mich                     (Foundazione Bruno Kessler)
Ruslan Mitkov                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Paloma Moreda                     (Universidad de Alicante)
Constantin Orasan                 (University of Wolverhampton)
Luz Rello                         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion                 (Universidad Pompeu Fabra )
Advaith Siddharthan             (University of Aberdeen)
Lucia Specia                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Juan Manuel Torres Moreno     (University of Avignon)
Markel Vigo                         (University of Manchester)
Leo Wanner                     (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Yeliz Yesilada                     (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus)

=== Contact Address ===

For further information please contact us at:
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