First Doctoral Consortium of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

Call for Participation

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Boulder , Colorado ( USA )
June 7, 2005

What is the Doctoral Consortium?

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the course of their dissertation work. (Ph.D. students with dissertations finished or nearly completed should, however, apply for a paper to the regular conference program.) The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis by providing feedback on their research as well as to give general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere. Students will present and discuss their thesis in the context of a well-known and established international conference outside of their usual university atmosphere. The workshop will be a full day and will be held at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the home institution of the DLESE Program Center and the NSDL Central Office, followed by a drive to Denver to join the JCDL conference and a group dinner. A very limited number of students will have the opportunity to participate. Students will be expected to pay their expenses and should plan to attend JCDL 2005, registered as students.

Five prominent professors and one experienced practitioner in the field of digital library research in organizations from different countries and continents will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the thesis as well as on the presentation. If submissions are received outside the scope of expertise of these leaders, additional faculty will be selected to participate in leading the workshop. Students will have 20 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far, and how they plan to continue their work. Another 20 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from both the professors and other participants. There will also be time reserved for one-on-one mentoring to provide more in-depth feedback. In the course of the workshop, students will also get advice on more general questions, for example, the differences between Ph.D. studies in different countries.

Call for papers and topics

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract (see details below) describing their digital library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of digital library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education.

To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please provide an extended abstract of your doctoral work. Choose Doctoral Consortium as the Submission Type. The extended abstract is restricted to 4000 words (approximately 8 pages). Submissions should be submitted electronically in PDF format. The abstracts should:

  • Clearly formulate the research question
  • Identify the significant problems in the field of research
  • Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions
  • Clearly present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far
  • Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied
  • Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area
  • (For technical research), describe how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to a problem

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Between 10 and 15 Ph.D. students will be selected to participate in this inaugural workshop.

Accompanying professors

Geneva Henry (accompanying practitioner)
Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
Rice Digital Library Initiative

Ray R. Larson
University of California Berkeley, USA
School of Information Management and Systems

Ee Peng Lim
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
School of Computer Engineering

Rudi Schmiede
Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Department of Sociology

Ingeborg Solvberg
Norwegian University of Science and Technology , Norway
Department of Computer and Information Science

Ian H. Witten
University of Waikato , New Zealand
Department of Computer Science

Workshop Organizers

Geneva Henry
Rice University , Houston/TX, USA
Fondren Library MS44
6100 Main Street , Houston , Texas 77005
Tel. +1 713 348 2480

Rudi Schmiede
Darmstadt University of Technology
Department of Sociology
D-64283 Darmstadt
Tel. +49 6151 16 2809
Fax +49 6151 16 6042