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Call for Papers: 1st International Workshop on the Digital Preservation of Research Methods and Artefacts (DPRMA 2013)

Date: 13th May 2013

A full day workshop hosted in conjunction with

JCDL 2013, 22-26th July 2013, Indianapolis, USA


The process of research in both the sciences and humanities has, and continues, to undergo significant change in addressing the needs of our ever more digital world. Researchers are adapting to the opportunities presented by working at scale with increasingly large datasets, creating methodologies and tooling for assistance and automation, and undertaking multi-disciplinary collaboration with colleagues and specialisations distributed around the globe.

This brings with it challenges for the capture, publication, and preservation of research output. In this world a single document or journal paper — perhaps by a single author with a narrow subject focussed bibliography — is no longer sufficient for useful encapsulation of the complete research output. This is particularly the case when considering the need to disseminate, reproduce and reuse methods and findings as the foundation of ongoing scholarly research and academic discourse.


This workshop will consider how Digital Libraries can adapt to meet these needs. Starting with the complex digital objects needed to store the multi-format artefacts such as datasets, workflows, results and publications, the workshop will discuss how they they be captured, stored, associated, retrieved, and visualised. Can, or should, Digital Libraries address the needs of scale presented by big data directly and wholly, or play a well-defined role within an ecosystem of interoperable services? What are the challenges for curation of dynamic resources often more akin to software than documents, where iterative experiments comprise of changing datasets, codes, and authors? What additional research context should be preserved in addition to traditional dissemination mechanisms? What models and semantics can capture this context, and what role can provenance, versioning, and dependency analysis play in their preservation? How will researchers access and reuse these preserved artefacts?



Paper submission deadline: 13th May 2013 (23:59 Samoa Standard Time, UTC-11)


Notification of acceptance: 10th June 2013


Camera ready: 1st July 2013


Workshop: 25th or 26th July 2013 (TBC)



Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • differing notions of reproducibility in digital research; their requirements and the role Digital Libraries can play
  • case studies of Digital Libraries preservation role for research context in specific fields
  • guidelines, policy, or methodologies on preservation of research context for data and methods
  • re-evaluation and re-computation of preserved methods and results; repetition and extension; re-use and sharing for future research
  • provenance, quality, privacy and trust of experimental information; its role in the preservation of research in individual, research group and institutional contexts
  • relationships between research artefacts and (nano-)publications preservation and conservation of datasets and methods (e.g. Research Data Archives, workflows)
  • preservation at scale (scalability of Digital Libraries for big data)
  • preservation of end-to-end semantics through the research lifecycle (from lab bench to library)
  • semantic models and representations for aggregation, description, annotation, and preservation of research context; support for scientific discourse and collaboration
  • identifiers for artefacts (context, data, software, publications) including in a bibliographic context (e.g. data citation)
  • integration, assistance, and automation of artefact capture and curation
  • indexing, querying, retrieval, visualisation and citation of research contexts (e.g. methods and artefacts)
  • interchange and interoperability of data, methods, and context (encodings, APIs, standardisation, etc.)
  • versioning and lifecycle approaches to research data and methods; their applicability to preservation
  • software and data dependencies required for preservation and reproducibility; methods for expressing and evaluating these
  • application and incorporation of Linked Data in research archives


We invite full papers (8 pages) or short / position papers (2-4 pages); submissions will be evaluated through peer review by the programme committee with a minimum of two reviews per paper. Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit to DPRMA2013 on EasyChair by 6th May 2013 (see Important Dates above).

ACM template:

Submissions: (EasyChair address TBC)




David De Roure (University of Oxford)

Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology)


Organising Committee:

Kevin Page (University of Oxford)

Jun Zhao (University of Oxford)


Publicity & Proceedings:

Raul Palma (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center)


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