Digital Libraries '99
The Fourth ACM Conference on
Digital Libraries

Sponsored by ACM SIGIR and SIGWEB

University of California, Berkeley
August 11-14, 1999

Call For Participation


Finances new



Dates & Deadlines


Program Committee

DL '2000

Call (text file)



Additional Sponsors: The Coalition for Networked Information and Alta Vista

REGISTRATION: Online (or print and mail in: PDF PostScript Text)

ADVANCE (with details on tutorials etc.) PDF, Word, HTML
NOTE: There will be an open general meeting lunchtime Thursday to discuss activities about digital libraries.


The Fourth ACM Digital Libraries Conference (DL '99) will be held August 11-14, 1999 in Berkeley, California, USA, which is the home of the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The conference hotel, where sessions will be held, will be the Radisson Hotel, Berkeley Marina. ACM SIGIR '99 follows immediately after at the same location, to facilitate interchange between the DL and Information Retrieval communities.

ACM DL is the major international forum on digital libraries, with an expanded program for the presentation of new research results, the discussion of policy issues, and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques. Computer scientists, librarians, information scientists, archivists and others in academia, government, and industry - from around the globe - who are leaders in the digital library area will present and attend. The conference attracts a broad range of professionals including theoreticians, collection developers, publishers, researchers, educators, policy makers, practicioners, developers, and designers of systems, interfaces, and related applications.

Finances new

SPONSORS: The Coalition for Networked Information and Alta Vista

Registration - see information/links above.

The hotel rates are $109 for single/double, plus 12.0% City tax. For hotel reservations, call (800)243-0625 or (800)333-3333. Other Berkeley lodging is listed at and

NOTE: Many of the hotels in Berkeley are sold out Saturday, August 14. They have relatively few rooms available August 15-18. If the Radisson is sold out, try the Holiday Inn Bay Bridge. It is located in Emeryville at the Powell Street exit off I-80, about a 5-minute drive. The rate is approximately $140/night. Phone: +1 510-658-9300. Web: Holiday Inn (enter "San Francisco"; look for "Oakland B/Bridge").

Continental Airlines - Special Meeting Fare - Call 1-800-468-7022: Continental Airlines is offering special rates which allow you a 10% discount off Continental's published round-trip fares* within the continental U.S., Hawaii and Alaska. *Applicable restrictions must be met. Seats are limited.

Special round-trip Zone Fares are also available to all cities served by Continental in the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. Two day minimum stay; no Saturday night stay required. Only seven days advanced reservations and ticketing. Fares are fully refundable, less administrative service fee. (Note: Zone fares are NOT valid for travel to a destination served only by a Delta Connection carrier.) To take advantage of these discounts, call Continental's MeetingWorks Dept. at 1-800-468-7022, weekdays 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. or weekends 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. eastern times. Or, have your travel agent call Continental's toll-free number to obtain these same advantages for you. Refer to File Number N7FK45.

Tables for exhibitors will be available for $500 rent.


DL '99 seeks original contributions in the broad field of digital libraries. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • Algorithms: categorization, clustering, filtering, learning, protocols
  • Applications: data mining, education, visualization
  • Architecture: agents, bus, distributed, federated
  • Art, humanities, museums: collection, conversion, markup
  • Economic, legal and social: authentication, authorization, intellectual property rights, publishing
  • HCI: design, devices, interfaces, logs, usability
  • Hypertext/multimedia: authoring, linking, presenting
  • Information science: information seeking, services
  • Interoperability: multilingual/multicultural, standards, WWW
  • Metadata: adaptations, supporting software/systems
  • Policy: equity, funding, identifiers, international collaboration
  • Sustainability: archiving, organizational issues, preservation
  • Theory: formalisms, metrics, models, security

Submission Requirements - CLOSED, PROGRAM FINALIZED

Submissions to DL'99 may be research papers, policy papers, system reports, or may be proposals for posters, demonstrations, panels, tutorials, or workshops. All paper, poster and demonstration submissions should be formatted documents, including appropriate bibliographies. All submissions will be reviewed and must be in English. Details specific to each type of submission are given below.


Papers must be submitted electronically as explained in the Submission Instructions. They must be original contributions (that is, not previously published, and not currently being considered for publication elsewhere). Full papers of at most 5,000 words should be submitted with an abstract of not more than 150 words on the first page. Use Times Roman, 11 point, 2 column format just like that required for all three previous proceedings. (If you desire templates, see the 2 column LaTeX style file, or see those for ACM supported applications ). There will be three categories of full papers:

  • Research papers: Submissions are invited for reports of significant research results on all aspects of digital libraries. Such reports should include a substantial evaluative or validation component.
  • Policy papers: Submissions are invited for discussions of significant policy issues related to the design, implementation, operation, economics, use, and other issues regarding digital libraries.
  • System papers: Submissions are invited for reports on the design, implementation, operation, and evaluation of operational and prototype digital library systems. The emphasis in such submissions will be on reporting the experience of implementation of the systems and of their use.

Posters - SELECTED

Proposals are invited for posters that present work-in-progress, late-breaking results, or simply work that benefits from being presented in the less formal, more interactive manner that the poster format allows. Posters should fit into one of the three categories (research, policy, system) identified for papers. Each proposal should consist of (i) a title, (ii) a one-page extended abstract of no more than 500 words, and (iii) -- on a separate sheet -- the names, affiliations and contact details of the authors. One copy of each proposal should be submitted by April 23, 1999, to the Posters Chair. If your proposal is accepted by the posters committee, camera-ready copy of the one-page extended abstract, for publication in the conference proceedings, will be required by May 8, 1999. The poster that you actually present at conference may include additional text, graphics, screen dumps, or whatever else you can fit on the poster board!

Demonstrations - SELECTED

Demonstration proposals should be submitted to the Demos Chair. Submissions are invited for formal demonstrations of digital library systems and components. Demonstrations may be live or on video, but must include a written description of the system and its unique characteristics and contributions. At the review stage, video submissions can be either high quality MPEG files or NTSC VHS tapes.


Panel proposals should be submitted to the Program Chair. Submissions are invited for panel presentations dealing with significant, controversial and timely issues. Panel sessions will either be 60 or 90 minutes in length, and must be chaired by an experienced moderator. Contact information about the moderator, names and affiliations of panelists, a prose justification, and a detailed topical outline must be supplied.

Tutorials - SELECTED

Tutorial proposals should be submitted to the Tutorials Chair. A biographical sketch for the presenter(s), including details on relevant prior experience, as well as a description of the target audience and suitable learning objectives, must accompany a detailed topical outline. Both 1/2 and full-day tutorials, covering basic, intermediate, and advanced topics, will be offered.

Workshops - SELECTED (please sign up!)

Workshop proposals should be submitted to the Workshops Chair. The aim is to bring together a small group of people involved in a specific problem area of digital libraries, to advance the state-of-the-art and to encourage collaboration in that area. Submissions must include contact and biographical information on the organizers including prior experience, expected audience, planned format, objectives, and a detailed topical outline.

Reviewing Process - COMPLETED

At least 3 members of the Program Committee will be asked to review each paper submission. Chairs for Posters, Demonstrations, Panels, Tutorials, and Workshops will coordinate review of those submissions. There will be one Program Committee meeting in Virginia to make final selections.

Important Dates and Deadlines (all dates 1999)

February 8 Paper submissions due
February 16 Tutorial, demonstration, panel, and workshop proposals due
April 12 Notification of acceptance of papers
April 23 Poster submissions due
May 8 Final copy due for all contributions
August 11-14 DL Conference

Contact Information

General Chair:

Neil Rowe
Department of Computer Science
Spanagel 514, Code CS/Rp
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943 USA
+1-831-656-2462, +1-831-656-2814 FAX

Program Chair:

Edward A. Fox
Department of Computer Science
660 McBryde Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0106 USA
+1-540-231-5113, +1-540-231-6075 FAX

Publicity Chair:

James C. French

Posters/Demos Chair:

Jonathan Furner
Dept. of Information Studies, U. of Ca., Los Angeles,
224 GSE&IS Building, Box 951520
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520 USA
+1 (310) 825-5210, +1 (310) 206-4460 FAX

Tutorials Chair:

Gene Golovchinsky
FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc.; 3400 Hillview
Ave., Bldg. 4, Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA
+1-650-813-7361, +1-650-813-7081 FAX

Workshops Chair:

Robert B. Allen
College of Library and Information Services
U. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA
+1-301-405-2052, +1-301-314-9145 FAX


Michael Freeston
Dept. Computer Science, U. of Ca., Santa Barbara,
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA
+1-805-893-8589, 1-805-893-3045 FAX


DL 99 Call for Participation. Last modified 6/4/99.
Special thanks to Marti Hearst for designing the SIGIR'99 WWW pages, that were adapted for DL'99!