We are pleased to announce that the following workshops will run on September 10th. The workshops DChanges 2013 and DH-CASE 2013 take up the full day.  The workshop "Reimagining Digital Publishing for Technical Documents" takes place in the morning only.  All participants with a workshop registration (standalone or additional) are free to attend any workshop, regardless of whether they have an accepted paper or not.

DChanges 2013: First International Workshop on (Document) Changes: Modelling Detection, Storage and Visualization (September 10, morning and afternoon)

Organizers: Gioele Barabucci, Uwe M. Borghoff, Angelo Di Iorio, Sonja Maier

Many people have approached the problem of investigating the evolution of documents and data from different perspectives, e.g. by comparing and versioning. The goal of this workshop is to share ideas, common issues and principles, and to foster research collaboration on these topics. The workshop will further allow researchers to showcase recent developments on diff and versioning tools. Contributions from related areas, e.g., software engineering, collaboration, or ontology management, are also welcome.

Submissions are due by June 30, 2013.

Further information is available on the workshop website.

DH-CASE 2013: Collaborative Annotations in Shared Environments: Metadata, Vocabularies and Techniques in the Digital Humanities (September 10, morning and afternoon)

Organizers: Francesca Tomasi, Fabio Vitali

In the past few years, collections of digital texts have strongly increased in number, especially in the field of humanities. Digital libraries of full-text documents, including digital editions of literary texts, are emerging as environments for production, management and dissemination of complex annotated corpora.

The potential interpretative levels emerging from the analysis of textual phenomena converge to produce a stratification of annotations whose complex interactions may give light to new and unexpected potentials for analysis.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the state of art in the field of collaboration in text annotation with the aim to reflect on existing platforms for document sharing and management, methods and techniques for multi-level annotation, metadata and vocabularies for declaring interpretative instances.

Abstracts (400 words) are due by June 8 extended to June 15; full papers are due by June 16 extended to June 22, 2013.

Further information is available on the workshop website.

Reimagining Digital Publishing for Technical Documents
(September 10, morning only)

Organizer: Michael Wybrow

Organizing committee: Paolo Ciccarese, Monica Landoni, Simone Marinai, Kim Marriott and Steve Pettifer

Even today, digital versions of technical documents—like textbooks and academic papers—are usually distributed as static PDF files. It is known that working with these on electronic devices is frustrating and inefficient. This is partly because people do not read such documents in a linear fashion as they do novels, but also because formatting for print is not optimal for the range of devices and environments in which we read.

This workshop asks how we might reimagine digital publishing for technical documents and proposes to investigate new adaptive approaches to document reading with flexible navigation and where contextual information—figures, references, definitions, etc—might be displayed dynamically at the point they are referred to. The workshop ultimately seeks to answer the question of what needs to happen for reading and annotation of technical documents on digital devices to become more comfortable and productive than on paper?

Planned discussion topics include:

    Navigation/User experience

  • How people currently read and work with paper-based technical documents?
    (whether for comprehension, skimming, or fact-finding. measuring efficiency.)
  • Issues with reading technical documents on current software / e-readers?
  • How has the activity of "reading" been affected by increases in digital media?
    (when is interaction with videos, animations and visualizations no longer "reading?")
  • How best to lay out the text and other information for optimum readability?
  • Various approaches for document navigation?
    (overview approaches, textual landmarks, possible tree / graph-like navigation?)
  • Benefits and features afforded by semantically rich documents?
  • How document semantics and metadata might better inform layout and navigation?
    (what aspects of the document structure and content impact its readability?)
  • How best to produce or infer, and subsequently store semantic information?
  • An optimal design for a new digital reading environment for technical documents?
    (screen use, interaction, adaptation for different device and screen sizes)
  • Benefits and issues with showing non-textual content on demand where referenced?
    (what are the layout issues? can we also show other contextually relevant material?)
  • Necessary features and functionality for annotation and correction?

    Community engagement and collaborations

  • Leveraging and integrating with upcoming systems for semantically rich documents?
    (various initiatives emerging from the "FORCE 11: Beyond the PDF" efforts)
  • Operating in the context of new academic/scientific publishing initiatives?
    (supporting collaboration, wikipedia, various domain specific online databases)
  • Possibility of supporting efficient authoring / editing within this new environment?