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

TPDL 2024

24-27 SEPTEMBER 2024

February 2024

30th April 2024 7th May 2024

About the Conference

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 and will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 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

30 April 2024
7 May 2024

Submission deadline for Short Papers

7 May 2024
14 May 2024

Notification for Full Papers

12 July 2024

Camera-ready submission

26 July 2024


24-27 September 2024


Contribution Types

Research Papers (12 - 15 pages + unlimited references) present high-quality, original research of relevance to the TPDL community. Submissions should detail their methods and techniques sufficiently to enable replication and reuse. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented as long conference talks.

Practitioner Papers (12 - 15 pages + unlimited references) present high-quality applied work of relevance to the TPDL community. Submissions should focus on results of direct relevance to practitioners and institutions in the TPDL community. Methods, tools, and techniques should be detailed sufficiently to enable application by other institutions. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented as long conference talks.

Short and Prototype Papers (6 - 8 pages + unlimited references) present high-quality, original research or tools or applications that are of relevance to the TPDL community. Submissions should present more focused or smaller studies, for example, preliminary results, ongoing work, or late-breaking results. Prototypes should ideally include a link to where the tool or application is available. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Short papers are presented as short conference talks, while prototype papers are presented with a poster and a demonstration.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should detail their methods and techniques sufficiently to enable replication and reuse. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented as long conference talks.

The proceedings of TPDL 2024 have been accepted for publication by Springer as a Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) proceedings volume. Therefore, papers must be in the Springer LNCS style (must use either the LaTeX or Word templates provided on the page) and should adhere to the Springer Nature's Code of Conduct

TPDL 2024 Ethics Statement 

The TPDL 2024 is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in academic research and publication. The proceedings of TPDL 2024 reflect upon the quality of the authors' work and the Program Committee's efforts. By submitting a paper to TPDL2024 authors accept to adhere to these principles. Violations will result in papers being withdrawn from the conference and the proceedings.

Accuracy and Objectivity.
 Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed and provide an objective discussion of its significance.

Data Representation. Authors must ensure that underlying data are represented accurately in the paper. Manipulation or misrepresentation of data is considered unethical and unacceptable.

Fraudulent Statements. Authors should avoid making fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements. Any form of deception undermines the integrity of the research process and is unacceptable.

Plagiarism. Plagiarism, in all its forms, is unethical and unacceptable. Authors must properly cite and reference all sources used in their work.

Multiple Submission. Papers submitted to the TPDL 2024 should not be simultaneously submitted to other conferences or journals. Simultaneous submission of essentially the same manuscript to multiple journals is also considered unethical and unacceptable.

Conflict of Interest. Authors should disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may influence the interpretation or presentation of their research findings.

Adherence to these guidelines ensures the integrity and credibility of the conference proceedings. Thank you for your commitment to ethical conduct in research.

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


Apostolos Antonacopoulos, University of Salford, United Kingdom
Program Chair
Annika Hinze, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Program Chair
Benjamin Piwowarski, CNRS / Sorbonne Université, France
Program Chair
Nicholas Vanderschantz, University of Waikato, New Zealand
 Program Chair
Mickaël Coustaty, Associate professor in computer sciences,
L3i laboratory,
La Rochelle Université, France
Short Paper Chair
Francesco Gelati, Head of Section Digital Services
and Internal Consultancy, University Archives, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Short Paper Chair 
Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio
Associate Professor in Computer Engineering IIIA Lab
University of Padova, Italy
Short Paper Chair 
Ines Vodopivec, Deputy Director for Library Operations and Services, National and University Library, Slovenia
General Chair
Alenka Kavčič Čolić,
Senior Researcher, National and University Library, Slovenia
Organization Committee 
Zoran Krstulović,
Head of Digital Library of Slovenia, National and University Library, Slovenia
Organization Committee 
Bakir Toskić, Head of Information Technology services, National and University Library, Slovenia
Organization Committee 
Damjana Vovk, Head of Education, Development and Conselling, National and University Library, Slovenia
Organization Committee 
Nina Bricelj, Head of Director's Cabinet, National and University Library, Slovenia
Organization Committee 

Venue and Location

National and University Library of Slovenia

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.


Ljubljana, Slovenia, 20 km from Ljubljana airport, cultural and scientific capital city center, administrative center of Slovenia, historical (Ljubljana Castle, old town, Roman archaeology), touristic and vivid place (music, market, street life, escape rooms), with restaurants and bars (local, mediterranean, international), galleries (National gallery, Modern Gallery and Cukrarna, private and public small galleries), museums (National museum, Ethnographic museum, City museum, special thematic museums), archives (National archive, City archive, 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

Occidental Ljubljana,
4-star, 130 EUR/night

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

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


Ines Vodopivec, PhD.
+386 41 251 400

  • National and University Library

  • Turjaška ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana