ERCIM News No.48, January 2002 [contents]
ECDL - European Conference on Digital Libraries 2001
by Ingeborg Solvberg
ECDL2001 is now history, and it was a great success! The conference was the fifth in the series of European Conferences on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, and the event took place in Darmstadt, Germany, 4-9 September 2001. It was jointly organised by the Technical University of Darmstadt, FhG-IPSI, and Die Deutsche Bibliothek (The German National Library).
ECDL2001 was seen as a good opportunity to review the impact that Digital Libraries have had on science, technology and society in general. This was partly answered in the 38 papers and in the three panel sessions presented at the conference. The topics of the conference are reflected in the names of the sessions: Data and metadata models; Digitisation, interpretation, and annotation of documents; Information retrieval and filtering; Integration in user communities; Knowledge management; Multilinguality; Multimedia digital libraries; User modelling.
Three invited talks from very different perspectives were given in plenary sessions by Mike Keller from Stanford University, Eric Miller from W3C, and Michael Türkay from Senckenberg Museum.
The panels were popular. Rather different topics were discussed. A specific type of digital library was discussed under the title Whats holding up the Development of Georeferenced DLs?. No answers were given, but the importance of georeferenced DLs was stressed. The topic of Open Archive Initiative, Publishers and Scientific Society: Future of Publishing Next Generation Publication Models raised important questions from a wide variety of panellists. The funding of research and the political side were covered in Collective Memories Programs.
Six workshops and four tutorials were arranged immediately before or after the conference and extended the range of subjects and the opportunities for exchange of knowledge and possibilities for establishing professional and personal networks.
The ECDL2001 conference was a real international event. The 350 participants of the conference and the affiliated workshops and tutorials came from 34 different countries, and the authors of the accepted papers were from twenty different countries.
The first ECDL conference in Pisa in 1997 attracted mainly computer scientists. The number of participants from other areas, such as librarianship, social science and information providers, seems gradually to have increased over the years. A special thanks to ERCIM for awarding 21 fellowships to young researchers! We are already looking forward to learning more about exciting DL research and to meeting new and old colleagues at the next ECDL ECDL2002 in Rome, 16-18 September 2002.
The proceedings of ECDL2001: Panos Constantopoulos, Ingeborg T. Sølvberg (Eds.). Proc. 5th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL2001). Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol.2163, Springer Verlag, 2001, 462p.
ELSEVIER Science Award at ECDL2001