DocEng 2012 – Registration Open - Early Bird Registration Closes July 31.

Registration is now open for DocEng 2012, the 12th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering being held at Telecom ParisTech, Paris France, Sept. 4-7, 2012. Full details of the symposium including registration details are available at the conference website <>

The conference includes:

Three pre-conference workshops, held on Monday September 4 
Two invited keynote addresses, to be given by acknowledged research leaders in the field.
A full technical program of submitted contributions – full and short papers, posters, demos.
A social event --  an excursion and the conference banquet on the River seine aboard one of the famed Bateaux Mouches
The opportunity to meet and discuss with colleagues in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Register soon – Early Bird registration, with reduced registration fees, is available until July 31. We look forward to meeting you at DocEng 2012


BooksOnline'12 Workshop:
Online Books, Complementary Social Media and their Impact

CIKM 2012, October 29, 2012, MAUI, USA


Call for Papers

The BooksOnline workshops aim to foster research initiatives that are focused on innovation opportunities and challenges created by large collections of digital books. This year, BooksOnline'12 aims to offer a forum for bringing together expertise from academia, industry, libraries and archives to facilitate the exchange of research and application of social media and collaboratively shared content in the field of digital libraries with specific focus on online books. This requires solving a range of KM, IR, DB, DL and HCI challenges applied to large collections of online books and related social media. These include mechanisms for fast access to semi-structured data, methods to mine and enrich content and analyze usage data, algorithms, user interfaces and interaction models for searching and recommendation in rich social contexts, and designs for engaging reading experiences that readers would want to share. One of the main themes for this year is the impact of this technology on young users, the so called Native Digital, and on their social engagements. BooksOnline'12 will encourage strong exploitation of the incentives and benefits of such major forms of massive on-line collaborations for digital libraries.

Keynote Speakers tbc
Similarly to previous years, we plan to host keynote speakers, who are prominent in the area. Previous keynote speakers included Adam Farquhar (The British Library), Ville Miettinnen (Microtask), James Crawford (Google Books), John Ockerbloom (University of Pennsylvania), and Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive).

Workshop format
The one day workshop will include selected oral and poster sessions to present and discuss ongoing research efforts, and a break-out session to brainstorm around new ideas, research directions, proposals and implementation strategies, finishing with presentations to summarize the results of the break-out sessions.

We solicit:
Position papers and posters (1-2 pages) discussing ongoing projects and planned initiatives or proposals for future research directions;
Research papers (4-6 pages).

We encourage research contributions of innovative and creative novel ideas, theories, methods, solutions as well as posters and position papers describing existing or planned systems or discussing specific problems and challenges, controversial discussions of research directions that are likely to generate discussion at the workshop, and papers recommending specific research directions to take based on learnt lessons.

For research papers, selection criteria will include the merit of the technical contributions, presentation, novelty and significance, emphasizing new ideas and research directions for online books.

Topics of interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Basic principles: Paradigms/affordances of digital/digitized books vs. paper
Readers: Differences among readers with a special focus on younger readers
Design: Novel approaches to design involving readers, specially innovative methodologies of co-design with emphasis on specific reader communities
Social: Social aspects of on-line books and library services; social navigation and annotations; social search, sharing and collaboration and co-authoring; social reading experiences, community building through shared content and annotation;
Crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing and social engagement for personalization, book recommendations; social games around reading lists or digital book content; hybrid computer-human systems for digital libraries;
Education: Virtual learning environments and eBooks; eBooks in teaching; eBooks as integrated content, data, and media; ubiquitous access
Knowledge: Extracting semantics and knowledge from books; linking and sense making; from books to discovery of knowledge; cross-referencing, and knowledge sharing; community interests and social context;
Evaluation: Evaluating eBooks, interface and interaction designs for active reading, features for collection browsing, mining social media reviews on usability issues; using crowdsourcing for large-scale evaluation;
Infrastructure: Building access infrastructures; indexing and content representation; scalability and interoperability; technologies for search, browsing, filtering, and information extraction; integration of complementary content and services; supporting rich media experiences for online books; integrating social platforms; tagging, reviewing, recommendations;
Culture: Universal access to online books across nations and cultures; translation of content and metadata; genre dependent book recommendation and search services for different demographic target groups.

Important dates
Paper submission deadline: July 20, 2012
Notification of acceptance: August 6, 2012
Camera-ready deadline: August 20, 2012
Workshop: October 29, 2012

Paper submission and participation
Submissions must be written in English, formatted using the <>ACM templates (<> using the "Option 2" style. This is also the style that will be required for final papers. Papers must be submitted as pdf files.

Accepted papers will be published in the CIKM workshop proceedings, which will be printed on CD and indexed in the ACM digital library, together with the main CIKM 2011 proceedings. One author per accepted paper is required to register and attend the workshop.

To submit a paper, please go to the BooksOnline'12 Easychair submission site: <>


Gabriella Kazai, Microsoft Research, UK
Monica Landoni, University of Lugano, CH
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Carsten Eickhoff, Delft University of Technology, NL

Further information
Please visit: <>


The 12th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering will be held at Telecom ParisTech, Paris France, Sept. 4-7, 2012 <>.

Call for Workshop proposals

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.

Working Sessions / Workshops

Potential organizers are invited to submit working session/workshop proposals up to 4 pages in length. The session should bring together a variety of expert voices on a topic of considerable interest to researchers or practitioners. The topic may be interesting because it is controversial, because it is of great importance to society or to the field, or because it leads us to think about future directions for document engineering. The proposal should describe the topic of the session and why it will be interesting to the symposium's participants. It should also list the proposed presenters, briefly describing their expertise, and should note whether any presenter's participation is tentative. All workshop organizers and presenters must register for the symposium.

Instructions for submission are at: <>.


The deadline to submit abstracts for short papers for DocEng 2012 is this coming Friday, May 18th. Submission details are available at: <>.

Join us in Paris for the 12th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering at 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:

* 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,  synchronization.
- 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:


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