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This is the First Call for papers for the 4th  International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World (IMCW 2013) in Limerick, Ireland next year.



4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World,

September 4-6, 2013, Strand Hotel, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.


Beyond the Cloud: Information…Innovation…Collaboration…




Symposium web site:



IMCW2013: The "4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World" will take place in the Strand Hotel, Limerick, Ireland, from September 4-6, 2013. (

Cloud computing has transformed the ways in which both individuals and enterprises make use of  IT services and network infrastructure within the last decade.  Everything including infrastructure, platforms, applications, software, data, and communication is now seen “as a service”.  Information, the life-blood of scientific progress, economic growth and social development, is mostly produced, disseminated, used, shared and re-used in digital formats nowadays.  Science, industry and business enterprises tend to become “information” enterprises in that even “money” as matter gets converted to “bits” so as to be stored digitally in computers and transmitted as “information” over the network.  Enterprises have tended to spend well over 70% of their time and money to support the information technologies (IT) and network infrastructure. Now they embrace cloud-based services to manage information more efficiently and effectively. As information managers we must now look Beyond the Cloud, collaborate in order to innovate and inspire while trying to predict what the future holds.

Using cloud-based services increases efficiency, provides cost savings, and enables “collective intelligence” to flourish.  Not-for-profit memory institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums are also making use of cloud-based services.  To name a few, OCLC’s WorldCat, HathiTrust, OAISTER, and Europeana are providing web scale discovery services and aggregated data repositories accessible through the Net.  Yet, information organizations and memory institutions should go beyond the cloud-based services to reap the full benefits of the digital age. 


Beyond the Cloud: Information…Innovation…Collaboration…” being the main theme of the Symposium, IMCW2013 aims to bring together information professionals, computer and information scientists, business people and engineers to discuss the implications of cloud computing on information management and to contemplate on how to design and develop innovative and collaborative information services beyond the cloud. As organizers, we thought this is an opportune time for IMCW2013 to review the challenges for information organizations, libraries, archives and museums providing information services in the digital age.  Such challenges range from developing useful services and workflows embedded in users’ work and study environments to benefitting from economies of scale by pooling resources, eliminating redundancies and innovating through collaboration. 


Contributions can be theoretical as well as technical and practical.  Informative case studies are also welcome.  The audience will be information professionals, librarians, archivists, computer and information scientists, and business people, among others.

We accept extended abstracts (no less than 750 words) for full papers; short communications, Research in Progress reports and posters on all aspects of innovative and collaborative information management. Extended abstracts for student papers and posters are also welcome.  Extended abstracts of PhD students to present the interim findings of their ongoing research will also be considered. Please use the template available on the Symposium web site to prepare your contributions and send them to us using the Conference Management Software (openconf) by March 4, 2013.

We also accept proposals to organize workshops, panel sessions and short visual presentations (“pecha kucha”).  Proposals should include a title, a short abstract, proposal type (e.g., workshop), the name and contact information of the convener (for sessions and pecha kucha) and be addressed to [log in to unmask] by March 4, 2013.  

Accepted extended abstracts and proposals will appear in the “Book of Abstracts” to be published prior to the Symposium. 

Accepted extended abstracts may be developed as full papers by May 27, 2013.  A short list of papers will be selected so that the revised and extended versions of these papers and posters will appear in the proceedings book to be published by Springer under its Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series and the Symposium web site (decision pending).  Papers that appear in Springer’s CCIS series are indexed in Thomson Reuter’s Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


Main topics of the Symposium include (but not limited with) the following:

Challenges of Information Management in the Digital Age


Developing digital information services

Semantic information management

Information management in the cloud

Distributed collection management and licensing

Innovative information management

Collaborative information management

Infrastructures and networks for information management

Systems, tools and services for information management

Virtual research environments and information management

Community of practices

Data ownership

Data security

Long-term stability of data


Economies of scale



Cloud-based Information Services


Web-based services

Data-centric services

Services lifecycle management

Information management in the cloud

Web scale information discovery through the cloud

Data aggregation and data repositories in the cloud

Innovative uses of cloud-based information services

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for Information Management

Platforms as a Service (PaaS) for Information Management

Applications as a Service (AaaS) for Information Management

Software as a Service (SaaS) for Information Management

Storage as a Service (SaaS) for Information Management

Everything as a Service (EaaS) for Information Management



Information Discovery, Organization, and Retrieval Beyond the Cloud


Information discovery and identification

Information representation

Information search, indexing and retrieval

Curation, preservation and long-term access

Mobile information retrieval

Metadata harvesting

Metadata extraction

Metadata management

Metadata interoperability and standards

            Ontology development

Ontology mapping

            Mining large data sets


Information Architecture for Cloud-based Information Services

Information architecture and web design for the cloud

Grid Networks, services and applications

Service Oriented Architecture

            Designing usable cloud services

Information usability

Interaction design for cloud services

Information visualization tools


Scholarly Publishing, Open Access and Institutional Repositories

Scholarly publishing process

Open access

Institutional repositories beyond the cloud

Digital libraries beyond the cloud

Data warehouses and federated databases beyond the cloud


Open science

Open access to publicly funded scientific information

European Infrastructure for e-Science Digital Repositories (e-SciDR) 


Digital Preservation of Scientific and Cultural Heritage Beyond the Cloud

            Digitization of scientific and cultural heritage

Digital science museums and digital exhibitions

Digitization of 2-D and 3-D scientific and cultural heritage objects

Digital re-discovery of culture

The European Digital Library, Europeana, beyond the cloud

            Permanent archiving of digital scientific and cultural heritage beyond the cloud


Social and Cultural Issues Beyond the Cloud

Digital information policies

Intellectual property rights

Digital rights management

Legal and cultural issues

Value of information (VOI)

Information quality standards


Education for Information Management

Blended librarianship

Cloud librarianship

E-science librarianship

Data curation education

Information stewardship

Biomedical informatics

Environmental informatics


Digital humanities, arts and e-social sciences

Support services for researchers, students and general public

Life-long learning

Information literacy





Hacettepe University Department of Information Management, Turkey

Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland




§  Yaşar Tonta (Hacettepe University, Turkey) (Chair)

§  Umut Al (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

§  Jerald Cavanagh (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)

§  Padraig Kirby (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)

§  Serap Kurbanoğlu (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

§  Mícheál Mac an Airchinnigh (Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

§  Orçun Madran (Atılım University, Turkey)




§  Serap Kurbanoğlu (Hacettepe University, Turkey) (Chair)

§  Umut Al (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

§  Jerald Cavanagh (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)

§  Padraig Kirby (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)

§  Orçun Madran (Atılım University, Turkey)

§  Yaşar Tonta (Hacettepe University, Turkey)




§  Jerald Cavanagh (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland) (Co-chair)

§  Padraig Kirby (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland) (Co-chair)





First Call: October 2012

Second Call: December 2012

Third Call: February 2013

Last date to send all types of extended abstracts and proposals: 04 March 2013

Authors notification: 8 April 2013

Submission of extended abstracts in final form: 30 April 2012

Registration starts: May 1, 2013

Submission of full papers (if desired): 27 May 2013

Symposium: 4-6 September 2013


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Looking forward to your contributions to and participation in the Symposium.


Yaşar Tonta, Chair of the Organizing Committee

Serap Kurbanoğlu, Chair of the Programme Committee

Hacettepe University

Department of Information Management

06800 Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey

Tel: 0312 297 82 00

Faks: 0312 299 20 14

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Padraig Kirby BA (Hons) HdipLIS

Senior Library Assistant

The Library

Limerick Institute of Technology,

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00353 61 448516

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