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.
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?
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.
Gianmaria Silvello, University of Padua, Italy
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
Leonardo Candela, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Doctoral Consortium Chairs
Gerd Berget, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Trond Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway