Digital Libraries (DL) is a field of research and development aiming to promote the theory and practice of processing, dissemination, storage, search and analysis of various digital data. Digital Libraries acting as knowledge depositories can be considered as complex information systems, development and use of which require solutions of numerous scientific, technological, methodological, economic, legal and other issues. Digital Library technologies are rapidly developing. Challenges in semantics, integration of information, perception and presentation of various kinds of data call for significant innovations. Development of Digital Libraries technologies is becoming more and more essential for raising standards of health care, education, science and economy, as well as the quality of life on the whole. Projects devoted to the generation of ΰ digital form of the information concerning the Earth, Universe,Science, Literature, Art, Environment and Humans, accumulated by the humanity,are examples of the intensive development of global information repositories.
Information about previous eleven RCDL conferences (1999 St.-Petersburg, 2000 Protvino, 2001 Petrozavodsk, 2002 Dubna, 2003 St.-Petersburg, 2004 Pushchino, 2005 Yaroslavl, 2006 Suzdal, 2007 Pereslavl-Zalessky, 2008 Dubna, 2009 Petrozavodsk, 2010 - Kazan) you can find at http://www.rcdl.ru/en/.
The principal objective of the series of the conferences is to promote the constituting of a community of Russian experts involved in research related to digital libraries. The Conference offers such a community an opportunity to discuss ideas and outcomes and to make contacts for closer cooperation. The Conference also promotes the study of international experience, the developmentof the international cooperation on Digital Libraries. That is the reason why we especially welcome papers describing the advanced directions of research and development. Young authors or co-authors of the projects, presented on the Conferences, can ask for RFBR support in the framework of the annual contest mob 3 ros (participation of young scientists in scientific procedures, held in Russia).
Within the scope of organized conference RCDL'2011, as well as the previous conference, the workshop "Doctoral Research on Information Technologies Related with Digital Libraries" is planned, on which authors of the works selected on the basis of preliminary reviewing will be given the possibility to present current results of the researches, and also to discuss their strengths and weaknesses with more experienced colleagues.
Considerable attention in the RCDL subject is devoted to practical projects where complicated tasks are solved. RCDL places much focus on the researches aimed to generate Very Large Digital Libraries (VLDL), including application of service-oriented and grid-oriented architectures, maintenance of their quality,
promotion of VLDL interoperability and sustainability, development of VLDL management models. The special interest is given to the application of modern scientific approaches in the context of high loads: hundreds of thousands of users, tens of gigabytes of data, terabytes of traffic.
The RCDL program traditionally includes tutorials devoted to the analysis of up-to-date state in the related areas. The significant RCDL aim is to attract young scientists and students to work on advanced problems in this sphere: we try to organize informal opinion exchange between the representatives of science, higher school and industry. The best RCDL papers, submitted by students or postgraduates, will be awarded.
We expect the participation of researchers from Europe and USA, which would contribute to the international information exchange and cooperation.The Conference Proceedings will be published as a collection of full accepted papers, short presentations and abstracts of posters as well as an electronic
publication at the Conference Web-site. Research papers in Russian or English proposing new scientific results are planned to be published as an electronic conference proceedings on the site CEUR Workshop Proceedings widely used for publishing of international workshop proceedings. Poster session assumes preliminary oral short talks presented by the authors.
Conference topics include the following guidelines and developments in digital libraries:
1. Methods and models for information representation and interaction.
2. Metadata, ontologies and instruments for information representation.
3. Perspective infrastructures of digital libraries, digital libraries in grid-sphere and cloud computing.
4. Virtual mediums for scientific investigations.
5. Social nets and digital libraries.
6. Instrumental methods of digital libraries and digital collections creation.
7. Methods and technologies of working with text, multimedia and semistructured information.
8. Digital archiving, preservation and curation.
9. Personalization in digital library systems.
10. Interoperability and fusion of information.
11. Scientometric measuring in digital libraries.
12. Information security.
13. User interface, human element.
14. Digital libraries in science, education, culture, medicine, economics and cultural heritage.
15. Technology standards of digital libraries.