From the Program Chairs

Welcome to the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2005! We received over 270 submissions this year (a new record), and we feel that the program reflects the high quality of research about digital libraries in many disciplines. To provide a conceptual framework that reinforces the conference theme, 33 long papers, 26 short papers, and 3 panels have been organized into three tracks:

  1. Digital Libraries and Cyberinfrastructure Track
    Highlights the roles that digital libraries continue to play in transforming research and education within the sciences and the humanities. Sessions also focus on issues associated with building digital libraries to transform practice in these disciplines and areas.
  2. Users and Interaction Track
    Sessions focus on understanding user needs, how people work and learn with digital library technologies, and how innovative user interfaces and interaction mechanisms can help people to better use and comprehend digital library resources, collections, and services.
  3. Tools and Techniques Track
    Sessions focus on new architectures and frameworks for building digital libraries, as well as discussing emerging algorithms and techniques for improving information retrieval, automatic approaches for resource and collection characterization, and applications of machine learning to a rich variety of digital library problems.

Each day of the conference begins with a keynote address that will provide a context for and further the dialog about the role of digital libraries within the evolving framework of a national cyberinfrastructure. Keynote speakers include:

Deanna Marcum, Ph.D.
Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Guy (Bud) Tribble, M.D.-Ph.D.
Vice President of Software Technology, Apple Computer
Thursday, June 9, 2005

Hector Garcia-Molina, Ph.D.
Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner Professor
Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Stanford University
Friday, June 10, 2005

JCDL 2005 continues the tradition of supporting digital library developers with eight tutorials that cover building and evaluating digital libraries and that explore how issues such as standards, ontologies, interoperability, copyright and preservation are applied in developing and scaling digital libraries. The program also includes five workshops, which provide a venue for a cross-section of disciplines to explore focused cutting-edge topics such as international scientific data and standards, socio-technical approaches to evaluating digital libraries; providing contexts for learning in educational digital libraries; and, preparing library professionals to work in a digital library environment.

The ever-popular One-Minute Madness provides a brief overview to over 41 posters and 15 demonstrations. These can be viewed during the poster reception in addition to a display provided by JCDL 2005 Corporate Supporter Sun Microsystems. The poster reception will conclude with the Best Poster Award, sponsored by University of Arizona.

The Conference Banquet will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where the following awards will be presented:

  • The Vannevar Bush Best Paper Award
  • IEEE-TCDL Student Paper Award
  • Best International Paper Award

We hope that you will join us in Denver for one of the premier events of the digital library community.

JCDL 2005 Program Co-Chairs
Tamara Sumner, University of Colorado at Boulder
Frank Shipman, Texas A&M University