TPDL 2022

The 26th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
  • Location
    Padua, Italy
  • Dates
    20 - 23 September 2022
  • Deadlines
    May 29, 2022
    June 5, 2022
    June 17, 2022
    Feb. 14, 2022
    Doc. Cons.:
    1 August 2022

    *All the dates are expressed in Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time.

About The Conference

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) is a yearly date for researchers on Digital Libraries and related topics. For over twenty-five years TPDL has been an international reference forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. TPDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries”, including new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing. Digital libraries may be viewed as a new form of information institution or as an extension of the services libraries currently provide. Representatives from academia, government, industry, research communities, research infrastructures, and others are invited to participate in this annual conference. The conference draws from a broad and multidisciplinary array of research areas including computer science, information science, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, technology, social sciences, cultural heritage and humanities, and scientific communities. This year its focus is on bridging the wide field of Research and Information Science with the related field of Digital Libraries. Indeed, TPDL historically approached on “Digital libraries” embracing the field at large also comprehending three key areas of interest that can be synthesized as scholarly communication (e.g. research data, research software, digital experiments, digital libraries), e-science/computationally-intense research (e.g. scientific workflows, Virtual Research Environments, reproducibility) and library, archive and information science (e.g. governance, policies, open access, open science). This emphasises TPDL’s role over the last 25 years as a forum that brings together researchers and practitioners whose work intersects with Digital Libraries. Regardless of how your work connects with Digital Libraries, we invite you to participate.

Submissions are welcome concerning theory, architectures, data models, tools, services, infrastructures about the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Open data
  • Open Science: models, practices, mandates, and policies
  • Information Retrieval and Access
  • Information extraction from tables and figures in scientific literature
  • Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Research Data and DL
  • Ontologies
  • Knowledge Discovery and Representation in Digital Libraries
  • Knowledge acquisition from scientific papers
  • Document Analysis (Layout, Text, Images)
  • Services for Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Cultural Heritage Access and Analysis
  • Metadata (definition, management, curation, integration)
  • Data and Metadata Quality
  • Data Repositories and Archives
  • Data Citation, Provenance and Pricing
  • Data and Information Lifecycle (creation, store, share and reuse)
  • Semantic Web Technologies and Linked Data for DLs
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Digital Preservation and Curation
  • Quality and evaluation of digital libraries
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Citation Analysis and Scientometrics
  • Research Infrastructures
  • User Participation
  • Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience
  • Applications of Digital Libraries
  • Multi-media handling


Roberto Di Cosmo

Roberto Di Cosmo

INRIA - National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (France)

An alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Roberto Di Cosmo was associate professor for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 1999, he became a Computer Science full professor at University Paris Diderot, where he was head of doctoral studies for Computer Science from 2004 to 2009. President of the board of trustees and scientific advisory board of the IMDEA Software institute, and member of the national committee for Open Science in France, he is currently on leave at Inria. His research activity spans theoretical computing, functional programming, parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic, and, more recently, the new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections. He has published over 20 international journals articles and 50 international conference articles. In 2008, he has created and coordinated the european research project Mancoosi, that had a budget of 4.4Me and brought together 10 partners to improve the quality of package-based open source software systems. Following the evolution of our society under the impact of IT with great interest, he is a long term Free Software advocate, contributing to its adoption since 1998 with the best-seller Hijacking the world, seminars, articles and software. He created in October 2007 the Free Software thematic group of Systematic, that helped fund over 50 Open Source research and development collaborative projects for a consolidated budget of over 200Me. From 2010 to 2018, he was director of IRILL, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software quality. He created in 2015, and now directs Software Heritage, an initiative to build the universal archive of all the source code publicly available, in partnership with UNESCO.


Should we preserve the world’s software history, and can we?


21 September 2022


Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that a re inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generat ions. What role does software play in it? We claim that software source code is an important product of human creativity, and embodies a growing part of our scientific, organisational and technological knowledge: it is a part of our cultural heritage, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that it is not lost. Preserving the history of software is also a key enabler for reproducibility of research, and as a means to foster better and more secure software for society. This is the mission of Software Heritage, a non-profit organization dedicated to building the universal arch ive of software source code, catering to the needs of science, industry and culture, for the benefit of soci ety as a whole. In this presentation we will survey the principles and key technology used in the archive th at contains over 12 billion unique source code files from some 180 millions projects worldwide.

Georgia Koutrika

Georgia Koutrika

Athena Research Center (Greece)

Georgia Koutrika is a Research Director at Athena Research Center in Greece. She has more than 15 years of experience in multiple roles at HP Labs, IBM Almaden, and Stanford. Her work emerges at the intersection of data management, natural language processing and deep learning and focuses on intelligent and interactive data exploration, conversational data systems, and user-driven data management. Her work has been incorporated in commercial products, described in 14 granted patents and 26 patent applications in the US and worldwide, and published in more than 100 papers in top-tier conferences and journals. Georgia is an ACM Senior Member and IEEE Senior Member. She is a member of the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees, member of the PVLDB Advisory Board, member of the ACM-RAISE Working Group, co-Editor-in-chief for VLDB Journal, PC co-chair for VLDB 2023, co-EiC of Proceedings of VLDB (PVLDB). She has been associate editor in top-tier conferences (such as ACM SIGMOD, VLDB) and journals (VLDB Journal, IEEE TKDE), and she has been in the organizing committee of several conferences including SIGMOD, ICDE, EDBT, among others. She has received a PhD and a diploma in Computer Science from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece.


Democratizing Data Access: What if we could just talk to our data?


22 September 2022


Data is considered the 21st century's most valuable commodity. Nevertheless, existing systems are falling behind in bridging the gap between data and humans, making data accessible and useful only to the few. Imagine a system that allows users to dig into data and find answers by conversing and collaborating with the system, as if it were a human. This system would enable interaction using natural language, would understand the data as well as the user intent, would guide the user, and make suggestions, and help the user find answers to questions over data in a more natural way. These systems, which we call intelligent data assistants, are much more complex than any "digital assistant" we know of today, which are based on pre-specified dialogues and can answer simple questions. They require the synergy of several technologies and innovation in all these fronts, including natural language interfaces, data exploration, conversational AI, and data management. My intention with this talk is to give a flavor of an exciting research territory: where we stand today, opportunities and challenges.


General Chair

Gianmaria Silvello, University of Padua, Italy

Program Chairs

Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
Paolo Manghi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

Short Program Chairs

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, University of Padua, Italy
Koraljka Golub, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Accelerating innovation track Chairs

Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, Italy
Antonella Poggi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Workshop Chair

Leonardo Candela, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Gerd Berget, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Trond Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Organization Chairs

Fabio Giachelle, University of Padua, Italy
Ornella Irrera, University of Padua, Italy

Organization secretariat

Sistema Congressi


Istituto Sant’Antonio Dottore

Main conference and workshops venue
 Via S. Massimo, 25, 35129 Padova PD


Getting to Padua

Check it out here all the detailed information about getting to Padua by plane, train, coach or car.

Quality Name Distance from the main conference venue Website Address Map
Hotel Galileo 17 min walk Via Venezia, 30
Hotel NH Mantegna 16 min walk Via Nicolò Tommaseo, 61
Hotel Igea 3 min walk Via Ospedale, 87
Hotel Eden 5 min walk Via C. Battisti, 255
Hotel Donatello 10 min walk Via Del Santo, 102/104
Hotel Giotto 9 min walk Piazzale Pontecorvo, 33
Hotel S. Antonio 20 min walk Via San Fermo, 118
Majestic Toscanelli 16 min walk Via dell'Arco, 2
Hotel Dante 21 min walk Via San Polo, 5
Albergo Verdi 21 min walk Via Dondi dall'Orologio, 7
Hotel M14 13 min walk Via Acquette, 19
B&B Torresino 21 min walk Via Aleardo Aleardi, 35
Hotel Methis 26 min walk Riviera Paleocapa 70

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