Call for Papers


There is a pressing need to better exploit valuable resources in cultural heritage digital libraries through improved access and support for users in information discovery and use. Current challenges in information access include: raising awareness and discovery of collections’ availability; helping users to understand the overall content of a DL and gain an overview of the collection as a starting point for information discovery; and, enabling more exploratory modes of information seeking, such as open-ended browsing and serendipity. In cultural heritage contexts, especially when domain and collection knowledge is limited (e.g. novice users, the general public and students), the simple search box approach often delivers less than satisfactory results, and there is therefore a need to offer new ways of discovering and engaging with digital libraries in this environment.

Many different approaches to these challenges are being taken, bringing together knowledge and expertise from research areas as diverse as interactive information retrieval, human computer interaction, data visualisation, guided paths and trails, personalisation and recommendation, NLP and content enrichment, amongst others. There is also broad acknowledgement that support for more complex tasks may require a more holistic approach to the design of digital library systems, with the provision of tools that extend user interaction into areas such as sensemaking and information (re)use. Furthermore, as solutions and results begin to emerge, there is a need to consider how to evaluate these novel systems and how to interpret results beyond the typical IR measures of precision and recall, including aspects of user experience such as exploration, task performance, user engagement and satisfaction.


SUEDL focuses on supporting access, exploration, discovery and use of information held within digital libraries, especially in the cultural heritage domain, and invites contributions from academic researchers and industry practitioners working in this area, on the following (and related) topics:

  • Navigation of information spaces
  • Information discovery and exploration
  • Visualisation of information spaces
  • Support for sensemaking and creativity
  • Support for learning
  • User modelling
  • User-adaptive technologies
  • Personalization and recommendation
  • Information behaviour
  • User-centred evaluation
  • Crowd sourcing and user generated content
  • Content enrichment
  • Any other technique which supports exploration of Digital Libraries


All papers should be submitted electronically by via the workshop Easy Chair submission page: More details are given in our submissions page.

Important Dates

  • Submission: July 1, 2013 Extended to July 14, 2013
  • Notification: July 29 August 12, 2013, 2013
  • Camera ready: August 25, 2013
  • Workshop: September 26, 2013