September, 17-22, 2006. Alicante, Spain
"Towards the European Digital Library"

Doctoral consortium
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ECDL 2006 will feature a Doctoral Consortium on Sunday September 17th. The main idea is to give doctoral students the opportunity to discuss their proposal with experienced researchers fro the Digital Library Community and other students.

Attendance at the Doctoral Consortium will be based on an acceptance of a written abstract, of up to 6 pages, singly authored by the student.

The accepted abstracts will be presented in the ECDL 2006 poster session and published on-line, in the conference's web site, with a full paper that the students will have to deliver by June 2. The paper will be reviewed by senior scientists who will be also present in the Doctoral Consortium meeting, where the students will receive feedback about their work and will have a chance to participate in an open discussion.

Important dates

Abstract submission (up to 6 pages) +supporting letter of adviser: April 22, 2006
Notification: May 15, 2006
Full paper submission (max. 12 pages): June 2, 2006

Instructions for authors

Doctoral Consortium submissions must be sent via email, specifying "ECDL2006 Doctoral Consortium Proposal" in the subject field.

Submissions must be done in PDF format, following also the layout guidelines for the LNCS format provided by Springer.

Full paper content guidelines

The full paper will be the basis for detailed discussions at the Consortium. To get the most out of the discussion the paper should include the following:

  • motivation for the proposed research
  • background and related work (with key references)
  • description of proposed research including main research questions, research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate)
  • particular issues which you want to highlight for discussion.

In addition, a one or two pages Appendix, placed after the paper's references, should contain a statement by the advisor/supervisor with a description of the research group in which the student has been developing his/her work, and the relevance of that work for the group.

The students' full papers will be published electronically in a special issue of the bulletin of the IEEE TCDL - Technical Committee for Digital Libraries


All submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee, with respect to overall quality of presentation, the potential for future impact of the proposed PhD research on the field of Digital Libraries, and the likely benefit to the student of attending the Consortium.

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