Doctoral Consortium

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Sawood Alam, Old Dominion University, "Web Archive Profiling for Efficient Memento Aggregation"

Adeleke Olateju Abayomi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, "An Investigation of the Extent of Automation of Public Libraries in South-West Nigeria"

Bakare Oluwabunmi DorcasUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, "The Usage of Social Media Technologies among Academic Librarians in South Western Nigeria"

Prashant Chandrasekar, Virginia Tech, "A DL System to Facilitate Behavioral Studies of Social Networks"

Lei Li, University of Pittsburgh and China Scholarship Council, "A Judgement Model for Academic Content Quality on Social Media"

Jessica Ogden, University of Southampton, "Interrogating the Politics and Performativity of Web Archives"

Call for Participation

The Doctoral Consortium forms part of the program of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and takes place immediately preceding the technical program.

What is the Doctoral Consortium?
The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation).

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice in a constructive atmosphere. Students will present and discuss their research in the context of a well-known and established international conference, in a supportive atmosphere with other doctoral students and an international panel of established researchers. The workshop will take place on a single full day (June 19, 2016).

A panel of prominent professors and experienced practitioners in the field of digital library research will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the thesis as well as on the presentation. Students will have 20 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue their work. Another 10 to 20 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from both the professors and other participants. In the course of the workshop, students will also get advice on more general questions, e.g., on the differences in Ph.D. studies in different countries.

There is no registration fee for the doctoral consortium workshop for students who are accepted into the workshop. Also, a small number of scholarships are available for eligible students studying and residing in the United States. These will be handed out considering the submissions.

Student authors of a JCDL 2016 doctoral consortium paper are eligible for a SIGIR-sponsored Student Travel Award to help cover the cost of travel, lodging, and registration fees.  For details on how to apply, see  Click on the JCDL 2016 link to access the application form. The application period is May 1-15, 2016.

Call for Papers and Topics
Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their Digital Library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of Digital Library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education.

To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please provide an extended abstract of your doctoral work and upload it at the following link:

The extended abstract is restricted to 6-8 pages using ACM template for submissions.  All submissions should be made electronically in pdf format.

- Clearly formulate the research question,
- Identify the significant problems in the field of research,
- Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions,
- Clearly present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far,
- Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied,
- Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area, and
- (For technical research) describe how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to a problem.

You, with the help of your advisor, will also need to complete three appendices.

APPENDIX 1: Statement of Expected Benefits
Attach as a 1 page appendix that includes a short (one-paragraph) statement of expected benefits of participation for both yourself and the other consortium participants. Be clear about what will you contribute as well as gain.

APPENDIX 2: Supervisor’s Letter of Support
Attach as a second 1 page appendix a signed letter from your supervisor that supports your attendance at the Consortium. To ensure that this letter is helpful in in the selection process, please pass on these requests to your supervisor:

To supervisors of Doctoral Consortium applicants: Your letter should not summarize your student’s PhD project in detail or their past achievements – that is the job of the abstract and CV. Instead please provide the following information:
  • How long you have supervised the student and in what capacity
  • The status of this student with respect to your institution’s PhD requirements
  • When you expect the student to complete his/her dissertation
  • Why attendance at this year’s Doctoral Consortium would be particularly beneficial to the student
  • What contributions the student is likely to make to the event if invited to attend
Attach as a third 1 to 2 page appendix a concise version of your current Curriculum Vita. The maximum length is 2 pages; if it is longer please edit to make more concise.

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Also, we will take into consideration, expected benefits, supervisor’s support, and students’ past and current work. Workshop participation is limited to 10 Ph.D. students.

For further details please contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs:
  • George Buchanan (City University London,
  • Stephen Downie (University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, )
  • Uma Murthy (,
Accepted abstracts will be distributed to participants as the workshop proceedings. Participants will be invited to publish a revised version of their papers in a special issue of the TCDL Bulletin, the publication of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.

Important Dates
  • April 15, 2016: April 22, 2016: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • May 1, 2016: Notification of acceptance
  • June 19, 2016: Doctoral Consortium
  • June 20-23, 2016: JCDL 2015 Main conference