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3rd IEEE DPWH 2023 : 3rd IEEE Conference on Digital Preservation and processing technology of Written Heritage


When Dec 16, 2023 - Dec 22, 2023
Where Agadir - Morocco
Submission Deadline May 7, 2023
Notification Due Jun 25, 2023
Final Version Due Jul 30, 2023
Categories    digital preservation   processing technology   written heritage   knowledge representation

Call For Papers

The 3rd IEEE Conference on Digital Preservation and processing technology of Written Heritage will be held within the IEEE CiSt'23 Congress, the week of December 16th – 22nd 2023, Agadir - Essaouira, Morocco.

Written cultural heritage is constituted by an immense and constantly growing number of texts conveyed by books, manuscripts, documents, and any supporting medium. They are a means of communication and transmission of knowledge and traditions, cultures and beliefs, literature and law, across space and time. Written cultural heritage gives witness to the evolution of humanity, sciences, and arts. It is considered as guardian of speech and language.

Preservation, accessibility and exploration of written heritage are core tasks of heritage institutions such as archives, libraries and museums as well as of universities and other academic bodies. Digital technologies provide new and more comprehensive approaches for safeguarding texts and historical documents as well as for enabling meaningful engagement with our written heritage not only by expert curators but also by citizen scientists and the general public.

More recent enhancements of digitization technologies and computational tools allow for considerable advances in classification, archiving, analysis and interpretation of documents. However, the transformation of the textual heritage into digital assets gives rise to many concerns and challenges. The digitization process of handwritten texts, prints and historical documents represents a paramount task. The loss of information issue from acquisition of an original object is but one of many problems to handle.

The digital turn not only presents technological challenges. Methodological and theoretical implications question traditional ways of perceiving and defining texts and textuality, including the mechanisms and means of textual transmission. Digitally transformed ecosystems of knowledge are based on the digital representations of texts and text bearing objects, with the potential of allowing a more efficient preservation and, potentially, a more accurate comprehension of their history and tradition which may help to better understand the present and plan for the future.

The conference aims to serve as a valuable venue for researchers and practitioners to exchange their insights, experiences, and best practices.
The conference will focus on various aspects related to the preservation strategies and workflows, digital content management and automatic processing systems as well as infrastructures, frameworks and tools used for preserving and making accessible written heritage.


We solicit submissions of original ideas and papers describing significant results and developments in the digital curation of written cultural heritage focussing but not restricted to the following topics:

Digitisation workflows, tools and infrastructures
Heritagization criteria and practices
Born digital textual heritage
Page segmentation, layout analysis and classification
Image/video preprocessing (incl. multiview geometry, 3D computer vision) and analysis
Handwritten text recognition (HTR), optical character recognition (OCR) and manual transcription
Digital representation of texts: standards and formats
Annotation, indexing and search
Textual authenticity, fidelity and reliability
Licenses and legal issues
Knowledge representation: accumulation, integration, management
Accessibility, usability and impact of digital resources


Dr. Ouafae Nahli, ILC CNR, Pisa Italy
Dr. Franz Fischer, VeDPH, Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia Italy
Dr. Angelo Mario Del Grosso, ILC CNR, Pisa Italy


Prospective authors should submit, by using EDAS online paper submission platform, a paper of 4 to 6 pages maximum, including references in scholarly English and describing their original work using the IEEE template.


Accepted papers will be published in the proceeding and submitted to IEEE Xplore Library, Scopus and DBLP. Furthermore, Authors of high quality papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for publication in a special issue/section of an international journal.


Paper Submission: May 07, 2023
Acceptance Notification: June 25, 2023
Camera-ready Submission: July 30, 2023
Author's Registration: September 13, 2023
Conference Dates: December 16-22, 2023


For any inquiry, contact us by email at:

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