Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training. Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may not be familiar with a relevant set of technologies or concepts should plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees for their sessions.

Accepted Tutorials

S. Rueger & S. Little

At its core multimedia information retrieval means the process of searching for and finding multimedia documents; the corresponding research field is concerned with building the best possible multimedia search engines to support digital libraries and resource discovery missions. The intriguing bit here is that the query itself can be a multimedia excerpt. For example, when you walk around in an unknown place and stumble across an interesting landmark, would it not be great if you could just take a picture with your mobile phone and send it to a service that finds a similar picture in a database and tells you more about the building — and about its significance for that matter?

This tutorial goes further by examining the full matrix of a variety of query modes versus document types. How do you retrieve a music piece by humming? What if you want to find news video clips on forest fires using a still image? The tutorial discusses underlying techniques and common approaches to facilitate multimedia search engines: metadata driven retrieval; piggy-back text retrieval where automated processes create text surrogates for multimedia; automated image annotation; content-based retrieval. The latter is studied in great depth looking at features and distances, and how to effectively combine them for efficient retrieval, to a point where the participants have the ingredients and recipe in their hands for building their own multimedia search engines.

Supporting users in their resource discovery mission when hunting for multimedia material is not a technological indexing problem alone. We look at interactive ways of engaging with repositories through browsing and relevance feedback, roping in geographical context, and providing visual summaries for videos. The tutorial emphasises state-of-the-art research in the area of multimedia information retrieval, which gives an indication of the research and development trends and, thereby, a glimpse of the future world.

Introduction to Digital Libraries (full day)
E. Fox

This tutorial will provide a thorough and deep introduction to the DL field, introducing and building upon a firm theoretical foundation (starting with "5S": Streams, Structures, Spaces, Scenarios, Societies), giving careful definitions and explanations of all the key parts of a "minimal digital library", and expanding from that basis to cover key DL issues, illustrated with a well-chosen set of case studies. Results from an NSF grant to develop DL curriculum (see ) will be presented, including descriptions (aimed at teachers and learners) of the major modules and sub-modules that cover the core DL topics and related topics (e.g., those sub-modules used to teach a graduate course on digital libraries at Virginia Tech). There also will be a brief demonstration of digital preservation visualizations being taught at the Digital Preserve island in Second Life (in connection with a small UNC-CH/VT NSF grant).

Lightweight User Studies for Digital Libraries (half-day)
G. Buchanan & S. J. Cunningham

User studies are useful tools for both researchers and practitioners. They offer a means of identifying user needs, responses to technologies and institutional values. In turn, the findings of such studies can shape the practical organization of an active digital library, or the design of DL software being built by a researcher. This tutorial will introduce those with little experience of performing user studies to a range of effective methods that assume little expertise. The goal of the tutorial is to equip each participant with techniques that they can quickly put to use in the field. George Buchanan is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at City University, London. George recently joined the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City, moving from the Future Interaction Technology Laboratory at Swansea University. He has extensively published on CHI issues in Digital Libraries. He recently ran a tutorial on DL usability at the International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), in Bali, December 2008. Sally Jo Cunningham is Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Sally Jo is a member of the New Zealand Digital Library Group and also of the Human-Computer Interaction Research Group at Waikato. She has extensive teaching and research experience in HCI as applied to information resources.

Managing Digital Libraries on the Web using Digital Ecosystem (half-day)
P. Eklund

This tutorial will present the fundamental metaphors of the Digital Ecosystems for managing Digital Libraries on the Web and introduce domain suitable case studies illustrating the application of the opensource CollectionWeb framework for managing Digital Libraries on the Web. In addition it will:

It will be presented by Peter Eklund, Professor of Information Systems and Technology and Director of the Centre for Digital Ecosystems at the University of Wollongong


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