The 28th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

TPDL 2024


TPDL 2024 Registration, Fees and Deadlines

TPDL 2024 is an in-presence event
Please register here.

The IMPACT Workshop is free for all participants, but registration for the conference is required.

About TPDL

TPDL is an international forum focused on digital libraries and their associated technical, practical, and social issues. The conference encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries,” embracing the whole spectrum of the LAM (Library, Archive, and Museum) community; 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.

In 2024, TPDL is expanding its scope to prominently include Document Analysis/Recognition and Information Retrieval, acknowledging the vital role of those research areas in the creation (by means of digitization and information extraction from heterogeneous sources), access, discovery, and dissemination of digital content. This includes exploring innovative approaches to document image analysis and recognition, search algorithms, data retrieval, user engagement, and personalized content delivery within digital libraries, making these two areas central themes for this year’s conference.

Participants. Representatives from academia, cultural heritage institutions, government, industry, research communities, research infrastructures, and others are invited to participate in this annual conference. The conference draws from various research areas including computer science, information science, data science, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, technology, social sciences, cultural heritage, digital humanities, and the scientific communities.

Location. TPDL 2024 is hosted by the National and University Library of Slovenia (NUK) and will take place in Best Western Premier Hotel Slon, Ljubljana, from 24 to 27 September 2024. This is an in-person event. This choice does not exclude the possibility of following talks online, but authors of accepted papers are strongly encouraged to come and present in person. We aim to encourage discussion formally after a paper presentation and informally during social events and coffee breaks.

A selection of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the International Journal of Digital Libraries.

This event is supported by the Europeana Research Community.

Important Dates

Note that all deadlines are 23:59 (11:59 pm) in the AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time zone on the date specified.

Submission deadline for Full Papers

May 7

Submission deadline for Short Papers

May 14

Notification for Full Papers

July 12

Camera-ready submission

July 26


September 24-27

Submission Topics

  • FAIR Data and Software
  • Research Objects
  • Nanopublications
  • Digital Preservation and Curation
  • Supporting Science Reproducibility
  • Metadata Standards
  • Research Data Management
  • Research Output Management
  • Data Search and Discovery in Digital Libraries
  • Data Citation and Credit Distribution
  • Data Lifecycle Management (creation, store, share, reuse)
  • Data Provenance and Documentation
  • Linked Data and Open Data Platforms
  • Data Repositories and Archives
  • Data Stewardship and Governance
  • Data Integration and Harmonization
  • Science of Science Studies
  • Scientometrics and Bibliometrics
  • Scholarly Communication Knowledge Graphs
  • Impact Analysis in Scientific Research
  • Science of Science Studies
  • Scientometrics and Bibliometrics
  • Scholarly Communication Knowledge Graphs
  • Impact Analysis in Scientific Research
  • Digital Cultural Heritage Preservation
  • Computational Linguistics and Digital Terminology
  • Digital Methods in History and Archaeology
  • Knowledge Organization in the Humanities
  • Digital Interfaces for Humanities Research
  • Digital Repatriation
  • Indigenous data, governance, and sovereignty
  • Design and Evaluation of User Interfaces
  • User Experience and Participation in Digital Libraries
  • Information Visualization and Analytics
  • Interaction Design for Diverse User Groups
  • Advanced Search Algorithms and Techniques
  • Semantic Search and Indexing
  • User-Centric Information Retrieval Design
  • Multimodal and Multilingual Information Access
  • Information Behavior and Interaction in Digital Libraries
  • Information Retrieval System Evaluation
  • Document Image Analysis and Recognition for Digital Libraries
  • Physical and Logical Layout Analysis
  • Historical Document Analysis
  • Document Semantics Extraction
  • Natural Language Processing for Document Analysis


Welcome Reception at the National and University Library of Slovenia: Explore the unique architecture of Jože Plečnik and visit UNESCO protected library building in the center of Ljubljana.
The program will be announced soon.
A walk through the historical city center of Ljubljana
Conference dinner at the Castle of Ljubljana

Workshop: the IMPACT Workshop

From Theory to Practice: Integrating State-of-the-art Digitization Research Into Day-to-day Digitization Practices and Operations

Audience. International digitization community, which IMPACT inclusively defines as anyone who self-identifies through personal interest, professional practice or research expertise in digitization of historical (textual) materials.

Program of the Workshop, September 24

09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 09:40
Welcome and Introduction
09:40 - 10:00
Sustaining and Sharing Digitization Knowledge: An Impact White Paper
10:00 - 10:45
From Theory to Practice: Responding to the White Paper Challenges
How to create a workflow in the SSH Open Marketplace? 
A Collections as Data Workflow
10:45 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:45
Session 1: Bridging the gap between ‘legacy’ and ‘state-of-the-art’ digitization
12:45 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Session 2: Digitization quality in the Data Space for Cultural Heritage
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:30
Session 3: Documenting digitization workflows and best practices
17:30 - 17:45

Existing Workflows, Tools and Datasets in the SSH Open Marketplace

Ideas Extracted from the IMPACT White Paper

  • From ‘legacy digitization’ to ‘state-of-the-art’: bridging the gap.
  • Documenting digitization workflows.
  • Establishing a common interdisciplinary research agenda for cultural heritage, digital humanities, as well as computer and data science, on digitization.
  • It explores four key themes: digitization quality and standards; datafication of digitized cultural heritage; digitization workflows and tools and digitization community management.
  • Quality, usefulness and the coverage of the collections.
  • Moreover, with the arrival of initiatives such as GLAM Labs, Collections as Data, Data Spaces, Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage, Open Science and EOSC the need for (high-quality) digitization and datafication of cultural heritage has significantly increased (Candela, 2023).
  • With the emergence of the Common European Data Space for Cultural Heritage and the European Collaboration Cloud for Cultural Heritage, there is an urgent need to further optimize, upscale and embed the use of these technologies into the day-to-day operations of cultural heritage institutions in combination with building the necessary capacities and to proactively contribute to such initiatives. Previous work has addressed the current understanding of what a European data space for cultural heritage should provide and takes as an inspirational example the work of innovation labs in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (Dobreva, et al., 2022).
  • Underdeveloped infrastructures for support of access and re-use of the digitized material.
  • “Copyright and licensing of these digitized objects.”
  • Developing, optimizing and sustaining a flexible infrastructure for digitization.


Christine L. Borgman

Distinguished Research Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies, Emerita
Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Christine L. Borgman conducts research in scientific data practices and information policy. Her publications in information studies, computer science, communication, and law include more than 250 journal articles, scholarly papers, and three award-winning books from MIT Press: Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (2015); Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (2007); and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (2000). For most of the 1990s, Prof. Borgman was engaged in digital library research, policy, and practice in Central and Eastern Europe. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary, conducted research for the World Bank and other agencies, and served as a Board Member of the Open Society Institute’s Regional Library Program. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery, she has held visiting posts at Oxford, Harvard, and several European institutions. Professor Borgman is a member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council and the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Her honors and awards include the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE; Award of Merit and the Research in Information Science Award, both from the Association for Information Science and Technology; and a Legacy Laureate of the University of Pittsburgh.


Program Chairs

Apostolos Antonacopoulos

University of Salford,
United Kingdom

Annika Hinze

University of Waikato,
New Zealand

Benjamin Piwowarski

CNRS / Sorbonne Université, France

Nicholas Vanderschantz

University of Waikato,
New Zealand

Short Paper Chairs

Mickaël Coustaty

Associate professor in computer sciences,
L3i laboratory, La Rochelle Université, France

Francesco Gelati

Head of Section Digital Services and Internal Consultancy, University Archives, Universität Hamburg, Germany

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio

Associate Professor in Computer Engineering IIIA Lab, University of Padova, Italy

Organization Committee

Ines Vodopivec

Deputy Director for Library Operations and Services, NUK

Zoran Krstulović

Head of Digital Library of Slovenia, NUK

Alenka Kavčič Čolić

Senior Researcher, NUK

Bakir Toskić

Head of Information Technology services, NUK

Damjana Vovk

Head of Education, Development and Conselling, NUK

Nina Bricelj

Head of Director's Cabinet, NUK

Mojca Šavnik

Digitization coordinator,
Digital Resources Department, NUK


The conference TPDL 2024 will be held at Best Western Premier Hotel Slon in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon
  • Slovenska cesta 34
  • 1000 Ljubljana
  • Slovenia

About the Host

National and University Library of Slovenia (NUK) organizes the TPDL2024 as one of the important conferences in the series of national and international events to be organized by our institution on its 250th anniversary in 2024. By organizing TPDL2024 in Ljubljana we tend to celebrate not only the historical perspective of our existence, but also digitized and digitally born written cultural heritage growing ever stronger in the last two decades.

NUK is the Slovenian national library, the central state library and the university library of the University of Ljubljana, the national aggregator of e-content for Europeana and home of the Digital library of Slovenia. As GLAM institution it collects, documents, preserves and archives the written cultural and scientific heritage of the Slovenian nation. It provides ready access to knowledge and culture of the past and present Slovenian generations. In collaboration with national and international libraries, it enables access to the world’s written cultural and scientific heritage. In the process of creating new knowledge, it helps its users to search, select, evaluate and use information resources in different formats, forms and languages. Its collections and services support scholarly and scientific work of the Ljubljana University and other higher education institutions.

NUK is also a research institution, hosting research and IT development center, it is a center of knowledge aimed at lifelong education of the Slovenian people, and at raising their cultural and educational level and information literacy skills. Through research, development and educational activities in the field of librarianship, information science and book history, the library is actively co-shaping Slovenian library system, and makes significant contributions to theoretical and practical knowledge of library and information science.

Pogled iz zraka na Narodno in univerzitetno knjižnico in na okoliške stavbe.

About Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia, its cultural, scientific and administrative center. It has a rich history which visitors can explore through its landmarks, such as Ljubljana castle, the medieval city center or the Roman archaeological sites. The city has a lively atmosphere and is full of open air events, music and markets and it features a diverse culinary scene with local, Mediterranean and international cuisine. There are numerous art galleries and museums to enjoy, including the National Gallery, Modern Gallery, Cukrarna, National Museum, Ethnographical Museum and the City Museum along with important archives - the National Archive, City Archive, and Historical Archive.

Arriving to Ljubljana

Travelling information

By airplane: Ljubljana airport; Trieste and Zagreb are also very close, as well as Venice. All these airports have shuttles to Ljubljana city center.

By train or bus (eg. FlixBus): international connections are available.


Ljubljana has become a major conference and congress city with hotels on every corner. Due to its small city center all hotels and possible venues are in reach of 5 min walk.

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon, 4-star, 160 EUR/night

City Hotel Ljubljana,
3-star, 150 EUR/night

Ibis Styles Ljubljana Centre,
3-star, 100 EUR/night

Occidental Ljubljana,
4-star, 130 EUR/night

Ines Vodopivec, PhD.
+386 41 251 400
  • National and University Library
  • Turjaška ulica 1
  • 1000 Ljubljana
  • Slovenia