Call For Paper:

The Electronic Library Special Issue on Multilinguality in Digital Libraries

Deadline: November 1, 2010



This is a fascinating period in the history of library services. For the
first time, it is possible to build large, diverse, and universal access
library services using collections of digital information and delivering
over an information infrastructure at the global scale. This so called
digital library brings together researchers and experts from many different
disciplines and backgrounds, and enables changes with profound social,
organizational and legal implications. Over the past decades, digital
libraries have been adopted widely in many areas, and are becoming
increasingly complex. They draw on heterogeneous resources, serve diverse
user populations, and carry out tasks that are getting more and more
complicated. Increasingly, there are demands for multimedia, multicultural,
and multilingual digital libraries.

Multilingual communication enables the dissemination of information beyond
the boundaries of languages. Nearly every sector of our increasingly global
economy and culturally diverse society needs to master multilingual
communication. On the one hand, digital information has been created in more
than one language, and on the other hand, world wide open access has created
a large user population with very diverse languages and cultural
backgrounds. Studying multilingual technologies and resources, therefore,
helps digital library users to search, browse, recognize and use information
from sets of multilingual multimedia information objects.

The study of multilingual technology has existed for at least 15 years, and
many new technologies, such as multilingual information access systems,
machine translation systems, multilingual thesaurus, etc., have been
developed. However, technology development has not fully solved the
technology-related problems, not to mention the communication and
society-related issues. For example, no widely-used multilingual information
access system is available in most digital libraries. People still mostly
search for information within their own language unless searching for
academic information. In addition, the laws to govern information in
different languages are still far from complete, especially the online
copyright law. Languages and societies still feel threatened by certain
online efforts, such as the Google Book Search project. We still do not have
an effective ontology or metadata scheme, which are very important resources
in digital libraries, for online resources in one language, not to mention
those in multiple languages.


We invite submissions exploring various multilingual related issues in all
types of digital libraries. This special issue aims to put specific emphasis
on examining the recent achievements at the service side, the user side, and
the collection development side of multilingual resources and technologies
in digital libraries. The topics that we are specifically interested in are:

1.      Service side:

         The current status of multilingual services in digital libraries

         The legal and copyright issues in multilingual information access

         Multilingual information services, training and education

2.      User side:

         Digital library users' multilingual demands and requests

         Human information behavior  in multilingual digital libraries

         Human computer interaction in multilingual digital libraries

3.      Collection development side

         Multilingual resources and technologies for open access

         Multilingual collection building and evaluation

         Multilingual Web academic information organization and mining

         Multilingual generic and domain specific information portal

4.      Support technology

         Cross language information retrieval and machine translation for
digital libraries

         Multilingual thesaurus, metadata and ontology for digital

         Multilingual social network analysis and mining for digital

         Multilingual information visualization for digital libraries

         Other multilingual information processing technologies for digital

However, the solicited papers are not restricted to the topics discussed
above. All papers related to multilingual resources and technologies in
digital libraries will be considered.


Potential authors are asked to submit to the guest editors by email a
tentative title and short abstract (which can be revised for the actual
submission) to assist in the formation of a panel of appropriate reviewers.
Each actual submission of manuscript should note that it is intended for the
Special Issue on Electronic Libraries. Submissions to the special issue
should follow the journal's formatting guidelines (see,
but the manuscript submissions should be sent to the guest editors by email


Submissions will undergo the normal review process, and will be reviewed by
three established researchers selected from a review panel formed for the
special issue. Barring unforeseen problems, authors can expect to be
notified regarding the review results within three months of submission.



Prof. Daqing He,

School of Information Sciences,

University of Pittsburgh

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Dr. Dan Wu,

School of Information Management,

Wuhan University

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Deadline for submission of title and abstract: November 1st, 2010

Deadline for paper submissions: December 1st, 2010

Notification to authors: March 1st, 2011



The Electronic Library is a refereed journal which is devoted to the
applications and implications of new information and communication
technologies, automation, user interfaces, networks and the Web in all types
of libraries, information centers and museums throughout the world. It
provides a vehicle for reporting and reviewing the latest research, ongoing
developments and hardware and software implementations in today's digital
library and information environments in different countries; as well as
trends in usability, electronic books and e-readiness.  It offers practical
advice, useful information and descriptions of specific applications from
around the globe.