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17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

Valetta, Malta, September 22-26, 2013
(TPDL 2013,

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries constitutes a leading European scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. The 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2013) is organized by the University of Malta and it will be held in Valetta, Malta on September 22-26, 2013.

Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are produced or transformed into digital form by all fields of science, education, culture, business and government. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results such as conceptual models, added value infrastructures, software tools, standards and services. The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is on the centre of the discussions of the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the  development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2013 under the general theme "sharing meaningful information", invites submissions describing original, unpublished research and not (and will not be) simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere, for the proliferation of scientific and research osmosis in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity in a triple peer review process.

The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The authors of the best research papers will be invited to submit substantially extended versions of their paper for publication in a Focused Issue of the International Journal on Digital Libraries, while the Doctoral Consortium papers will be published in the Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.


General areas of interest include, but are not limited to, a wide range of topics, organized in four categories, according to a conceptualization that coincides with the four arms of the Maltese Cross. These categories are Foundations, Infrastructures, Content and Services, however for a complete list of topics, please refer to the conference website

Important Dates

- Full and Short papers, Posters and Demonstrations: March 23, 2013
- Panels, Workshops, Tutorials: March 4, 2013
- Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 20, 2013
- Notification of acceptance for Panels, Workshops and Tutorials: April 22, 2013
- Camera Ready Versions: June 9, 2013
- Doctoral Consortium Papers Submission Deadline: June 2, 2013
- Doctoral Consortium Acceptance Notification: July 2, 2013
- End of Early Registration: July 31, 2013
- Conference Dates: September 22-26, 2013

More information is available on the TPDL2013 website (, while announcements are also published on the conference's accounts in Facebook ( and Twitter (