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ECDL 2009 Workshop: BooksOnline'09, October 2, 2009, Corfu, Greece,
Call for papers - Deadline July 31, 2009

We would like to invite you to submit an extended abstract (max 2 
pages) to the 
Workshop, presenting your views and insights into important issues 
and opportunities around large collections of on-line books.


Building on the success of the 
<>First BooksOnline 
Workshop, organized at <>CIKM 2008, the 
BooksOnline¹09 Workshop at ECDL 2009 aims to provide continuity and 
to ensure further progress in addressing challenges and exploring 
opportunities around large collections of digital books and 
complementary media.

The workshop aims to foster the BooksOnline professional network and 
build support for joint initiatives in research, design, and 
technology. The objectives are to connect researchers and 
practitioners from libraries, archives, academia, publishers, and 
on-line services in order to facilitate discussion and promote 
collaboration around:
-         Key research and innovation issues, leveraging and 
extending the outcome of the BooksOnline¹08 Workshop,
-         Proposals for projects and initiatives that the BooksOnline 
community could take forward, and
-         Strategies for project implementation and funding.

The outcome of the workshop will comprise a set of formulated 
projects and dedicated committees that will facilitate progress over 
the following year. Future BooksOnline Workshops will follow the 
community progress and present an opportunity to share results, 
revisit the issues, and evolve the research and innovation agenda.

Workshop Format

The one day workshop will include selected project presentations and 
proposals for new initiatives, break-out sessions to brainstorm 
around proposals and implementation strategies, and a panel 
discussion to present and summarize the results of the break-out 

The day will start with a summary by the organizers, introducing 
projects and proposal that were submitted to the Workshop for 
discussion. Selected projects and proposals will be presented by the 
authors in more detail. The core activity will be the breakout 
sessions around the proposals for joint initiatives. We expect that 
the results of these sessions will include an outline of the 
implementation strategies, the mechanisms for managing the 
initiatives, and the plan for increasing visibility and creating 
relevant partnerships. The outcomes will be discussed during the 
panel session.

All the relevant reports, proposals, and presentation abstract will 
be included in the workshop proceedings and distributed to the 
participants. A detailed workshop report will be published after the 
workshop. Participants will be invited to contribute to the 
post-workshop report by reviewing the organizers¹ write up and 
providing additional supporting material if needed.

Topics of interest
Participants of the BooskOnline¹09 are invited to submit extended 
abstracts (up to 2 pages) describing pressing issues, opportunities 
for innovation, case studies of ongoing efforts, or ideas for 
initiatives involving digital books. Papers reflecting and expanding 
on the topics that have been identified through position papers and 
panel discussions during the First BooksOnline¹08 Workshop are also 
welcome. These include, but are not limited to:

·         Fundamental issues:
o   Understanding new paradigms for books, social aspects of on-line 
book services, and contrasting evolutionary vs. revolutionary 
approach to innovation, paper vs. electronic media, digitized vs. 
born digital content.
o   Enabling business and research models, identifying collaboration 
strategies, fostering community driven innovation, identifying 
enabling technologies, and addressing legal issues.
·         Enriched digital collections:
o   Virtual learning environments and eBooks; eBooks in teaching; 
eBooks as integrated content, data, and media.
o   From books to discovery of knowledge; cross-referencing, sense 
making, and knowledge sharing; community interests and social context.
·         Usage scenarios and user expectations from digital book services:
o   Affordances of physical books and the difference from electronic media.
o   Social navigation and annotations; diverse user profiles and 
content types; searching, gathering, annotating, and authoring 
o   Personalization and context sensitivity; ubiquitous access; and 
emersion in the user experience.
o   Evaluating eBooks, interface and interaction designs for active 
reading, features for collection browsing, etc.
·         Content representation and discovery:
o   Indexing and content representation.
o   Scalability and interoperability; technologies for search, 
browsing, filtering, and information extraction.
o   Universal access across nations and cultures; translation of 
content and metadata.
o   Integration of complementary content and services.

Paper Submission and participation

Participants of the workshop are expected to contribute a 2 page 
extended abstract describing critical issues and challenges, current 
projects, or proposals for joint initiatives related to large digital 
book repositories.

Submissions must be written in English, following the submission 
guidelines set by Springer: 
To submit a paper, please go to the 
Easychair submission site. Please note that you may need to create an 
account in order to submit your paper.
Contributions will be reviewed by the organizing and the programme 
committee. Authors of selected topics will be invited to give a 
presentation or facilitate a brainstorming session at the workshop.

As with BooksOnline¹08, we shall aim to attract researchers and 
practitioners from industry, libraries, and archives who can bring to 
the discussion the insights and experience of working with large 
digital book collections and services.

Authors will be notified by August 17, 2009 of the outcome of the 
review process. Camera ready copies of accepted papers will be due by 
September 6, 2009.

One author per accepted paper is required to register and attend the workshop.


Gabriella Kazai (Microsoft Research, UK)
Peter Brusilovsky (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Claire Warwick (University College London, UK)
Ray Siemens (University of Victoria, Canada)
Natasa Milic-Frayling (Microsoft Research, UK)

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