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DChanges 2015 : ACM DocEng Workshop on (Document) Changes: modeling, detection, storage and visualization


When Sep 8, 2015 - Sep 8, 2015
Where Lausanne, Switzerland
Abstract Registration Due Jun 28, 2015
Submission Deadline Jul 3, 2015
Notification Due Jul 31, 2015
Final Version Due Aug 24, 2015

Call For Papers

3rd International Workshop on

(Document) Changes: Modeling, Detection, Storage and Visualization

Part of 15th ACM SIGWEB International Symposium on Document Engineering

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8th, 2015


DChanges 2015 is the third edition of the International Workshop on (Document) Changes: Modeling, Detection, Storage and Visualization in conjunction with the 15th ACM SIGWEB International Symposium on Document Engineering. This year, the workshop will be held in Lausanne (Switzerland) in September 2015.

The focus of the workshop is the study of changes in all its aspects and applications: algorithms to detect changes, models to describe differences, techniques to track changes, versioning of human-readable as well as computer-oriented files, tools to detect meaningful changes among a myriad of modifications.

We want to look at these topics from different perspectives, and take on different approaches. The workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia. It is a unique occasion to discuss these issues in an informal setting and to foster collaboration.

The previous editions emphasised a strong need for novel algorithms and interfaces to better understand and exploit detected changes. Several issues were pointed out as still unsolved: interfaces do not scale when dealing with many changes, changes at different levels of abstraction are often not sufficiently taken into account, detection and visualization are often inter-mixed, logs are often detailed but underexploited, and versioning techniques are not very well suited for non-technical people.

Besides contributions on these topics, we also seek contributions on, but not necessarily limited to:

* Diffing and change tracking algorithms
* Change modeling and representation
* High-level differences
* Detecting changes on complex data structures
* Detecting changes on trees, graphs, diagrams and any kind of document
* Novel approaches to tree-based diff
* Edit-distance measures
* Quality of deltas and patches
* Editing patterns
* Semantic diff
* Merging
* Management of update conflicts
* N-way merge algorithms
* Propagation of changes
* Versioning systems
* Versioning
* Collaborative editing
* Real-time collaborative editing
* Distributed collaboration
* Use in digital humanities
* Collation
* Text genetics
* Stemmatology
* Plagiarism detection
* Applications of diff techniques from and to other domains
* Software engineering, law, medicine etc.
* Document and schema refactoring

Contributions from related areas are also well accepted.


The workshop will run a full day, divided in two parts to emphasize both theoretical/algorithmic aspects and practical applications. Ample space will be given to peer discussions and brainstorming about the results of the presentations and the ideas brought forth by participants.

A detailed schedule will be announced in August.


We plan to publish our proceedings via ACM ICPS, as we did last year. Further details on the publication venue for the proceedings will be available soon.

Important Dates

* Abstracts are due: June 28th, 2015
* Papers and notes are due: July 3rd, 2015
* Acceptance notice: July 31st, 2015
* Camera ready: August 24th, 2015

Paper submission

Two types of submissions are possible:

* Application/demo notes: 2-4 pages long, showcasing systems or tools
* Research papers: 4-8 pages long, describing original and unpublished research

All papers must conform to the ACM SIG Proceedings format: (

Papers must be submitted to the EasyChair site ( All submissions will undergo a rigorous single blind review process.


* Gioele Barabucci, Universität zu Köln
* Uwe M. Borghoff, Universität der Bundeswehr München
* Angelo Di Iorio, Università di Bologna
* Sonja Maier, Universität der Bundeswehr München
* Ethan Munson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For any question, please contact (

Program committee (tbc)

* Serge Autexier, DFKI Bremen
* Boris Konev, University of Liverpool
* John Lumley
* Pascal Molli, Université de Nantes - LINA
* Sebastian Rönnau
* Wolfgang Stürzlinger, York University
* Yannis Tzitzikas, University of Crete and FORTH-ICS
* Fabio Vitali, Università di Bologna
* Jean-Yves Vion-Dury, Xerox Research Centre Europe

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