Call for Contributions

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) constitutes a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2016 will take place in Hannover, Germany on September 5-9, 2016. The conference will be jointly organized by the L3S Research Center and the German National Library of Science and Technology.

2016 is not only the 20th edition of the conference; it is also the 300th anniversary of the death of the German polymath and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in Hannover.

Aims and scope

Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are created or transformed into digital form by all fields of scientific, educational, cultural, and governmental and industry activities. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results, such as development of Digital Libraries, solving practical problems, accommodating research data and satisfying the needs of specific user communities.

The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is of particular interest in the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2016 under the general theme “Overcoming the Limits of Digital Archives”, invites submissions for scientific and research work in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium.

Industry submissions are especially welcome.


General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Connecting digital libraries

  • exploring semantic web and linked data
  • data mining and extraction of structure from networked information
  • multilingual information retrieval
  • temporal aspects
  • metadata aggregation models
  • interoperability and information integration
  • ontologies and knowledge organization systems, networked information
  • applications of digital libraries

Practice of digital libraries

  • quality assurance in digital libraries
  • scalability and high availability of digital libraries
  • infrastructures supporting content processing
  • user studies for and evaluation of digital library systems and applications
  • large scale digital preservation infrastructures for cultural heritage
  • digital curation
  • multimedia information management and retrieval
  • user interfaces and user experience

Digital libraries in science

  • digital humanities
  • scholarly primitives
  • research data and virtual organizations
  • visualisation in digital libraries
  • digital libraries as source of big data for humanities

Users, communities, personal data

  • social networking, web 2.0 and collaborative interfaces in digital libraries
  • social-technical perspectives of digital information
  • user mobility and context awareness in information access
  • personal information management and personal digital libraries
  • long term preservation in personal digital libraries
  • community-driven digital libraries

Specialized Track



More information on submission process, text formatting etc. can be found on submission websites dedicated for specific types of contributions:

Please use the conference submission system

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for panels, workshops, tutorials: February 23, 2016 March 8, 2016
  • Submission deadline for full and short papers, posters and demonstrations: March 15, 2016 March 25, 2016
  • Submission deadline for doctoral consortium papers: June 1, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance for panels, workshops and tutorials: April 12, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance for full and short papers, posters, and demonstrations: May 22, 2016
  • Camera ready versions: June 12, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance for doctoral consortium papers: July 10, 2016
  • Conference dates: September 5-9, 2016

More details about dates can be found on a dedicated website.



Honorary Chair

  • Uwe Rosemann, TIB Hannover, Germany

General Co-Chairs

  • Wolfgang Nejdl, University Hanover & L3S Research Center, Germany
  • Thomas Risse, University Hanover & L3S Research Center, Germany

Program Co-Chairs

  • Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg Essen, Germany
  • László Kovács, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary

Workshops Chairs

  • Heiko Schuldt, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Peter Löwe, TIB Hannover

Panels Chair

  • Wolf-Tilo Balke, University of Braunschweig, Germany

Poster and Demonstration Chair

  • Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano, Italy
  • Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University, Japan

Tutorial Chair

  • Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Doctoral Consortium Chair

  • Kjetil Nørvåg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Publicity Chair

  • Nattiya Kanhabua, Aalborg University, Denmark

Local Organization Committee

  • Marion Wicht, L3S Research Center, Germany
  • Katrin Hanebutt, TIB Hannover, Germany
  • Nicole Petri, TIB Hannover, Germany
  • Miroslav Shaltev, L3S Research Center, Germany
  • Dimitar Mitev, L3S Research Center, Germany