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Call for Papers

The First Workshop on the Exploration, Navigation and Retrieval of Information in Cultural Heritage - ENRICH 2013

To be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference

Workshop date: August 1st, 2013

Location: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Submission deadline: 9th June 2013


ENRICH 2013 has three main goals:

 - to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Information Retrieval research in the area of Cultural Heritage
 - to encourage collaboration between researchers engaged in work in this specialist area of Information Retrieval, and to foster the formation of a research community
 - to identify a set of actions which the community should undertake to progress research in this area

A key challenge facing the curators and providers of digital cultural heritage worldwide is to instigate, increase and enhance engagement with their collections. To achieve this, a fundamental change in the way these artefacts can be discovered, explored and contributed to by users and communities is required. Cultural heritage artefacts are digital representations of primary resources: manuscript collections, paintings, books, photographs etc. The text-based resources are often innately “noisy”, contain non-standard spelling, poor punctuation and obsolete grammar and word forms. The image-based resources often have limited associated metadata which describes the resources and their content. In addition, the information needs and tasks of cultural heritage users are often complex and diverse. This presents a specific set of challenges to traditional Information Retrieval (IR) techniques and approaches.

This workshop will investigate the enhanced retrieval of, and interaction with, cultural heritage collections. We are interested in investigating innovative forms of personalised, multi-lingual IR, which can include:
 - IR approaches tailored to cope with the inconsistencies which are common in cultural heritage collections.
 - Content-aware retrieval approaches which respond to the entities and relationships contained within artefacts and across collections. 
 - Personalised IR and presentation. 
 - Community-aware IR approaches which respond to community activity, interest, contribution and experience. 

Such new forms of enhanced IR require rigorous evaluation and validation using appropriate metrics, contrasting digital cultural heritage collections and diverse users and communities. This workshop welcomes submissions which investigate such evaluation, taking into account the specific requirements of the domain. The nature of cultural heritage resources means that content analysis in support of IR is of specific interest. This includes the automated normalisation of historical texts, the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) for entity extraction and metadata generation. 

The ENRICH workshop aims to promote the exchange of ideas between researchers working on the theory and foundations of IR, cross and multi-lingual IR, personalised IR and recommender systems. 

There are numerous research areas that can support such improved retrieval and exploration in the area of cultural heritage. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

 - Multilingual semantic search 
 - Context-aware and semantic recommender systems 
 - Adaptation engines and algorithms for personalised multilingual IR 
 - User modeling and adaptation (e.g. creation and exploitation of individual or stereotypical user profiles) 
 - Content personalisation and personalised result presentation (e.g. beyond the ranked list)
 - Domain modeling 
 - External knowledge resources for IR (e.g. ontologies) 
 - Evaluation methodologies and metrics for personalised multilingual IR 
 - Information Extraction, Data Mining and Natural Language Processing 
 - Social Network Analysis 


We invite researchers to submit two categories of paper: 
Long paper submissions should report on substantial contributions of lasting value. Each accepted long paper will be presented in a plenary session of the workshop program. The maximum length is 8 pages. 
Short paper submissions should discuss exciting new work that is not yet mature enough for a long paper. The presentation may include the demonstration of a system. The maximum length is 4 pages.
Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the workshop.

All submissions should be prepared according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Templates, as for all SIGIR submissions. 
For your convenience, you can use the templates for Microsoft Word or LaTeX that have been made available on the ACM  website:

The ENRICH Workshop does not use blind reviews, so please include authors’ names and affiliations on your submission. All submissions will receive several independent reviews. 
Submissions must be in PDF format and must be in English. 
All papers must be submitted electronically before the 9th of June 2013 through the EasyChair submission page -

ENRICH 2013 will be hosted in the Long Room Hub, the Digital Arts and Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin - The Long Room Hub is a signature building at the heart of the historic TCD campus. The institute takes its name from the Library's iconic ‘Long Room'. The Long Room Hub is the home of a number of major, EU funded, Digital Humanities research projects, which use the most advanced digital technologies for the democratization of knowledge and also explore new research questions, approaches and methodologies enabled by technological change.

*Important Dates*

Deadline for submission:9th June
Notification of acceptance:28th June
Camera-ready version of papers:8th July
Workshop:1st August


Prof. Séamus Lawless (School of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
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Prof. Maristella Agosti (Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy) 
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Dr. Paul Clough (Information School, University of Sheffield, UK)
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Prof. Owen Conlan (School of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) 
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