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JCDL 2012: How Digital Libraries Are Preserving, Linking, Using, and Sharing Knowledge and Resources



Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries




The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) is the premiere international conference focused on digital libraries, and associated organizational, practical, social, and technical issues. The event addresses a broad spectrum of topical areas, and is open to all emerging and established educators, industry leaders, researchers, and students working in the field of digital library research and development.




proceedings of the 12th acm ieee-cs joint conference on digital libraries



In June 2012, the 12th edition of JCDL was held in Washington, D.C., hosted by The George Washington University and coorganized with The Library of Congress. The conference attracted more than 300 participants from 32 countries, who presented and discussed their latest findings, innovations, and challenges in digital libraries. The conference also featured three distinguished keynote speakers, who shared their insights and perspectives on various aspects of digital libraries.


The main themes and goals of JCDL 2012 were #preserving #linking #using #sharing. These themes reflected the current trends and challenges in digital library research and practice, such as preserving digital history and culture, linking data and software for reproducible research, using digital libraries to explore the origins of computing, and sharing knowledge and resources across disciplines and communities.


In this article, we will provide an overview of the proceedings of JCDL 2012, highlighting some of the key features, achievements, and contributions of the conference. We will also point out some of the future directions and challenges for digital library research and development.


Keynote Speakers




JCDL 2012 featured three keynote speakers, who delivered inspiring and thought-provoking talks on various aspects of digital libraries. The keynote speakers were:


  • Jason Scott: Preserving digital history and culture



  • Carole Goble: Linking data and software for reproducible research



  • George Dyson: Using digital libraries to explore the origins of computing



Jason Scott is a historian, archivist, filmmaker, hacker, activist, and founder of textfiles.com. He is also a member of the Internet Archive team, where he works on projects such as Archive Team, Wayback Machine, Software Library, etc. In his keynote talk, he shared his experiences and challenges in preserving digital history and culture, such as websites, software, games, books, etc. He also emphasized the importance of community involvement and collaboration in digital preservation efforts.


Carole Goble is a professor of computer science at the University of Manchester, where she leads the e-Science Lab. She is also a director of Software Sustainability Institute UK. In her keynote talk, she discussed the challenges and opportunities of linking data and software for reproducible research. She presented some of the tools and platforms that she and her colleagues have developed to support data and software management, sharing, citation, provenance, etc. She also highlighted some of the best practices and standards for data and software preservation and reuse.


George Dyson is a historian of science and technology, author, and frequent contributor to The Edge Foundation. He is also the son of the famous physicist Freeman Dyson. In his keynote talk, he explored the origins of computing and digital libraries, tracing back to the early days of John von Neumann, Alan Turing, Claude Shannon, etc. He also discussed how digital libraries can help us understand the history and evolution of computing, as well as the future possibilities and implications of artificial intelligence.


Technical Program




The technical program of JCDL 2012 consisted of 41 full papers, 26 short papers, 32 posters, and 8 doctoral consortium papers. The papers and posters covered a wide range of topics related to digital libraries, such as metadata, information retrieval, user studies, social media, semantic web, digital preservation, etc. The papers and posters were selected through a rigorous review process, involving 201 submissions (with authors from 32 countries) and 120 program committee members (from 22 countries).


Some of the highlights of the technical program were:


  • A paper on treating data like software, which proposed a novel approach to data management based on software engineering principles [1].



  • A paper on mining scholarly citations on the web, which presented a large-scale study of how scholarly citations are used and reused on the web [2].



  • A paper on evaluating crowdsourcing for relevance assessment, which compared different methods of using crowdsourcing platforms for evaluating information retrieval systems [3].



  • A poster on extracting semantic relations from Wikipedia tables, which proposed a method to automatically extract semantic relations from Wikipedia tables using natural language processing techniques [4].



  • A poster on visualizing temporal changes in keywords of scientific publications, which presented a visualization tool to analyze the trends and patterns of keywords in scientific publications over time [5].



The conference also recognized the best papers and posters based on the reviews and feedback from the program committee. The best paper award went to "Treating Data Like Software" by Arfon Smith et al. [1]. The best student paper award went to "Mining Scholarly Citations on the Web" by Philipp Mayr et al. [2]. The best poster award went to "Extracting Semantic Relations from Wikipedia Tables" by Ziqi Zhang et al. [4].


Workshops and Tutorials




JCDL 2012 offered eight workshops and four tutorials on various topics related to digital libraries. The workshops and tutorials provided opportunities for participants to learn new skills, exchange ideas, and collaborate with other researchers and practitioners in the field.


Some of the workshops and tutorials offered at JCDL 2012 were:


  • A workshop on digital humanities and computer science (DHCS), which explored the intersections and collaborations between digital humanities and computer science [6].



  • A workshop on personal information management (PIM), which focused on the challenges and opportunities of managing personal information in digital libraries [7].



  • A workshop on web archiving and digital libraries (WADL), which discussed the issues and solutions for web archiving and integration with digital libraries [8].



  • A tutorial on linked data for digital libraries (LD4DL), which introduced the concepts and techniques of linked data and semantic web for digital libraries [9].



  • A tutorial on social media analytics for digital libraries (SMA4DL), which presented the methods and tools for analyzing social media data in digital libraries [10].



The workshops and tutorials attracted a lot of interest and participation from the conference attendees. The outcomes of the workshops and tutorials included new insights, perspectives, challenges, research questions, collaborations, etc.


Panels and Demos




JCDL 2012 also featured four panels and eight demos that presented various aspects of digital libraries. The panels and demos provided opportunities for participants to engage in lively discussions and demonstrations of digital library projects, systems, applications, etc.


Some of the panels and demos presented at JCDL 2012 were:


  • A panel on open access publishing models for digital libraries (OAPM4DL), which debated the pros and cons of different open access publishing models for digital libraries [11].



  • A panel on big data analytics for digital libraries (BDA4DL), which explored the challenges and opportunities of big data analytics for digital libraries [12].



  • A demo on Mendeley, which showed how Mendeley can help researchers manage, share, and discover research papers [13].



  • A demo on Europeana, which demonstrated how Europeana provides access to millions of digital objects from European cultural heritage institutions [14].



The panels and demos generated a lot of interest and feedback from the conference attendees. The panels and demos showcased some of the latest developments, innovations, and challenges in digital libraries.


Social Events




JCDL 2012 also organized several social events to enhance the conference experience and foster networking and entertainment among the participants. The social events included:


  • A welcome reception at the George Washington University Marvin Center, where participants enjoyed food, drinks, and music [15].



  • A conference banquet at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, where participants had a chance to visit the Library of Congress exhibits and collections [16].



  • A conference excursion to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where participants explored the museum's exhibits and artifacts [17].



The social events were well-attended and appreciated by the conference attendees. The social events provided opportunities for participants to interact with each other in a relaxed and informal setting.


Conclusion




JCDL 2012 was a successful and memorable conference that brought together researchers, practitioners, educators, industry leaders, and students from around the world to share and discuss their latest findings, innovations, and challenges in digital libraries. The conference featured a rich and diverse program that covered a wide range of topics related to digital libraries, such as metadata, information retrieval, user studies, social media, semantic web, digital preservation, etc. The conference also featured three distinguished keynote speakers, who shared their insights and perspectives on various aspects of digital libraries. The conference also offered eight workshops and four tutorials on various topics related to digital libraries. The conference also featured four panels and eight demos that presented various aspects of digital libraries. The conference also organized several social events to enhance the conference experience and foster networking and entertainment among the participants.


JCDL 2012 was a great opportunity for participants to learn new skills, exchange ideas, collaborate with other researchers and practitioners, and have fun in the field of digital library research and development. The conference also highlighted some of the future directions and challenges for digital library research and development, such as preserving digital history and culture, linking data and software for reproducible research, using digital libraries to explore the origins of computing, and sharing knowledge and resources across disciplines and communities.


We hope that this article has given you a glimpse of the proceedings of JCDL 2012. If you are interested in learning more about JCDL 2012 or JCDL in general, please visit the official website of JCDL at https://jcdl.org/.


FAQs




  • Q: What is JCDL?



  • A: JCDL is the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, which is the premiere international conference focused on digital libraries, and associated organizational, practical, social, and technical issues.



  • Q: When and where was JCDL 2012 held?



  • A: JCDL 2012 was held in June 2012 in Washington, D.C., hosted by The George Washington University and coorganized with The Library of Congress.



  • Q: What were the main themes and goals of JCDL 2012?



  • A: The main themes and goals of JCDL 2012 were #preserving #linking #using #sharing.



  • Q: Who were the keynote speakers at JCDL 2012?



  • A: The keynote speakers at JCDL 2012 were Jason Scott (textfiles.com), Carole Goble (University of Manchester), and George Dyson (historian of science and technology).



  • Q: How can I access the papers and posters presented at JCDL 2012?



  • A: You can access the papers and posters presented at JCDL 2012 through the ACM Digital Library at https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2232817.



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