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DPRMA 2013 : Digital Preservation of Research Methods and Artefacts


When Jul 25, 2013 - Jul 25, 2013
Where Indianapolis, USA
Submission Deadline May 20, 2013
Notification Due Jun 10, 2013
Final Version Due Jul 1, 2013
Categories    digital libraries   research context   scientific method   digital humanities

Call For Papers


Final Call for Papers
1st International Workshop on the
Digital Preservation of Research Methods and Artefacts (DPRMA 2013)
Proceedings published in ACM ICPS

25th July 2013, Indianapolis, USA
A full day workshop hosted in conjunction with JCDL 2013


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 (extended):
20th May 2013 (23:59 Samoa Standard Time, UTC-11)

Notification of acceptance:
10th June 2013

Camera ready:
1st July 2013

25th July 2013


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
- 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).

Proceedings will be published in the ACM International Conference
Proceedings Series and the ACM Digital Library.

ACM template:


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 (Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center)

Programme Committee:
Robert Sanderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital
Cezary Mazurek, IChB PAN - PCSS
Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez, Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO) S.A.
Khalid Belhajjame, University of Manchester
David Giaretta, STFC
Paolo Missier, Newcastle University
Tim Clark, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Wolfram Horstmann, Bodleian Libraries
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Rudolf Mayer, Vienna University of Technology
Christophe Guéret, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Bram Van Der Werf, Open Planets Foundation

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