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The 2nd International Workshop on Supporting Users Exploration of Digital Libraries

26th September 2013 in Valetta, Malta

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The aim of SUEDL is to stimulate discussion and collaboration between experts, practitioners and stakeholders in digital libraries, cultural heritage, human-computer interaction, user evaluation, interactive information retrieval, and NLP, in order to investigate the latest advances in supporting users' access to and exploration in large-scale and complex digital libraries.

Expected outcomes of the workshop are as follows:

  • An overview of relevant work in this rapidly changing area
  • An understanding of challenges and opportunities for exploration and discovery in cultural heritage and related digital libraries, from the different perspectives of users, experts and practitioners
  • Discussion of how these challenges and opportunities can be addressed
  • Demonstrations of systems providing novel solutions
  • Generation of ideas and collaborations for future work in this exciting research area

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


We also invite proposals for the SUELD Demonstrations Program. We encourage both the submission of early research prototypes and interesting mature systems. Areas of interest include (but not limited to) the topics listed for the conference paper submission (see above).

Accepted demos will be presented at a poster and demo session during the SUEDL workshop. In their submission, developers should outline the design of their system and provide sufficient details to allow the evaluation of its validity, quality, and relevance to the topic of the workshop. Pointers to web sites running a demo preview will also be helpful.


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers related to the aforementioned topics. We invite:

  • long papers (8 to 12 pages) 
  • demos and short papers (2 to 6 pages)

All submissions are required to be in PDF format. Long and short paper submissions must be formatted according to Springer's LNCS format. Please submit your manuscript using the EasyChair online submission system: Submissions will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. All papers accepted at the workshop must be presented (either orally or as a poster) during the workshop by a registered participant.


Paula Goodale

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: July 1, 2013 Deadline extended until 14th of July
  • Notification of acceptance: July 29, 2013
  • Camera ready version: August 25, 2013
  • Workshop day: September 26, 2013


  • Paula Goodale (co-chair)
  • Mark Stevenson (co-chair)

Organising Committee

  • Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country)
  • Kate Fernie (MDR partners)
  • Paula Goodale (University of Sheffield)
  • Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield)

Programme Committee

  • Donatella Castelli (ISTI-CNR)
  • Paul Clough (University of Sheffield)
  • Jillian Griffiths (MDR Partners, UK)
  • Mark Hall (University of Sheffield)
  • Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)
  • Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam)
  • Birger Larsen (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark)
  • Séamus Lawless (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Johan Oomen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
  • Arantxa Otegi (University of the Basque Country)
  • Juliane Stiller (Humboldt University Berlin)
  • Tinne Tuytelaars (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Max Wilson (University of Nottingham)

Platinum sponsor

Government of Malta - Ministry for Finance

Golden sponsor

Malta Tourism Authority Visit Malta

Springer LNCS
JCDL 2013, Indiana, USA
ICADL 2013, Bangalore, India
MTSR 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece
SIGIR 2014, Gold Coast, Australia
ELPUB 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Organized by the University of Malta in partnership with COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

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