IRCDL 2021

17th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries
Information and Research Science connecting to Digital and Library Science

Padova, Italy - 18-19 February 2021

About The Event
COVID-19 Disclaimer

Due to concerns about COVID-19, IRCDL 2021 will be held entirely online.


Since 2005 the Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries is a yearly date for researchers on Digital Libraries and related topics, organized by the Italian Research Community. Over the years IRCDL has become an important national forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. IRCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries”, including new forms of information institutions; 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. Digital libraries may be viewed as a new form of information institution or as an extension of the services libraries currently provide. Representatives from academia, government, industry, research communities, research infrastructures, and others are invited to participate in this annual conference. The conference draws from a broad and multidisciplinary array of research areas including computer science, information science, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, technology, social sciences, cultural heritage and humanities, and scientific communities. This year its focus is on bridging the wide field of Research and Information Science with the related field of Digital Libraries. Indeed, IRCDL historically approached on “Digital libraries” embracing the field at large also comprehending three key areas of interest that can be synthesized as scholarly communication (e.g. research data, research software, digital experiments, digital libraries), e-science/computationally-intense research (e.g. scientific workflows, Virtual Research Environments, reproducibility) and library, archive and information science (e.g. governance, policies, open access, open science).


New submission deadline (last update: 18 December 2020)

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Scientific Topics

Submissions are welcome concerning theory, architectures, data models, tools, services, infrastructures about the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Open data
  • Open Science: models, practices, mandates, and policies
  • Information Retrieval and Access
  • Information extraction from tables and figures in scientific literature
  • Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Research Data and DL
  • Ontologies
  • Knowledge Discovery and Representation in Digital Libraries
  • Knowledge acquisition from scientific papers
  • Document Analysis (Layout, Text, Images)
  • Services for Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Cultural Heritage Access and Analysis
  • Metadata (definition, management, curation, integration)
  • Data and Metadata Quality
  • Data Repositories and Archives
  • Data Citation, Provenance and Pricing
  • Data and Information Lifecycle (creation, store, share and reuse)
  • Semantic Web Technologies and Linked Data for DLs
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Digital Preservation and Curation
  • Quality and evaluation of digital libraries
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Citation Analysis and Scientometrics
  • Research Infrastructures
  • User Participation
  • Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience
  • Applications of Digital Libraries
  • Multi-media handling


Research papers, describing original ideas on the listed topics and on other fundamental aspects of digital libraries and technology, are solicited. Moreover, short papers on early research results, new results on previously published works, and extended abstract on previously published works are also welcome. Research papers presenting original works should be in the 10-12 pages range, short papers should be in the 6-7 pages range and extended abstract should be 5 pages long. For all the submission types the references are not counted in the page limit. Papers must be in the Springer LNCS style.


The accepted papers will be published in the IRCDL 2021 Proceedings. The Proceedings will be published by CEUR-WS, which is gold open access and indexed by SCOPUS and DBLP.


Authors must submit their papers via Easychair:

Keynote Speakers

Carole Goble

Prof. Carole Goble

Professor of Computer Science, University of Manchester

Prof. Carole Goble (University of Manchester, UK)

Title: The swings and roundabouts of a decade of fun and games with Research Objects


Over the past decade we have been working on the concept of Research Objects ( We worked at the 20,000 feet level as a new form of FAIR+R scholarly communication and at the 5 feet level as a packaging approach for assembling all the elements of a research investigation, like the workflows, data and tools associated with a publication. Even in our earliest papers [1] we recognised that there was more to success than just using Linked Data. We swing from fancy RDF models and SHACL that specialists could use to simple RO-Crates and JSON-LD that mortal programmers could use. Success depends on a use case need, a community and tools which we found particularly in the world of computational workflows right from the outset. All along there have been politics and that has recently got even hotter. All fun and games! [1] Sean Bechhofer, et al (2013) Why Linked Data is Not Enough for Scientists FGCS 29(2)599-611

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:

04 December 2020   28 December 2020 (hard deadline)

Acceptance Notification:

26 January 2021

Camera-Ready Deadline:

04 February 2021


18-19 February 2021


Program Chairs

Stefano Ferilli, (University of Bari A. Moro, Italy)
Paolo Manghi, (ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Antonella Poggi, (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Giuseppe Serra, (University of Udine, Italy)
Gianmaria Silvello, (University of Padua, Italy)

Organization Chair

Stefano Marchesin, (University of Padua, Italy)

Proceedings Chair

Dennis Dosso, (University of Padua, Italy)

Publicity Chair

Fabio Giachelle, (University of Padua, Italy)

Program Committee

Lorenzo Baraldi, (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Nicola Barbuti, (University of Bari - A. Moro, Italy)
Alessia Bardi, (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Valentina Bertalesi, (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Peter Buneman, (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Leonardo Candela, (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Marilena Daquino, (University of Bologna, Italy)
Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, (University of Padua, Italy)
Nicola Ferro, (University of Padua, Italy)
Francesco Leotta, (University of Rome - Sapienza, Italy)
Claudio Lucchese, (University of Venice - Ca' Foscari, Italy)
Andrea Mannocci, (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Nicola Orio, (University of Padua, Italy)
Francesco Osborne, (The Open University, UK)
Silvio Peroni, (University of Bologna, Italy)
Domenico Redavid, (University of Bari, Italy)
Alessandro Sarretta, (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
Luigi Siciliano, (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
Anna Maria Tammaro, (University of Parma, Italy)
Francesca Tomasi, (University of Bologna, Italy)
Thanasis Vergoulis, (IMSI, “Athena” RC, Greece)
Fabio Vitali, (University of Bologna, Italy)



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Prof. Carole Goble

Keynote Prof. Carole Goble

Title: The swings and roundabouts of a decade of fun and games with Research Objects.

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Chair: Paolo Manghi


Data and Platforms

Chair: Stefano Ferilli

FullBrain: a Social E-learning Platform

Mirko Biasini, Vittorio Carmignani, Nicola Ferro, Panagiotis Filianos, Maria Maistro and Giorgio Maria di Nunzio.

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FAIR RDM (Research Data Management): Italian initiatives towards EOSC implementation

Paola Gargiulo, Paola Galimberti, Anna Maria Tammaro and Antonella Zane.

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Reflections on the Misuses of ORCID iDs

Miriam Baglioni, Andrea Mannocci, Paolo Manghi, Claudio Atzori, Alessia Bardi and Sandro La Bruzzo.

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Data Access and Monitoring

Chair: Alessia Bardi

Serious games for Information Literacy: assessing learning in the NAVIGATE Project

Francesco Zanichelli, Marina Encheva, Baha Thabet, Anna Maria Tammaro and Giulia Conti.

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NoBis: A Crowd Monitoring Service Against COVID-19

Mattia Avanzi, Riccardo Coniglio, Giulia Cisotto, Marco Giordani and Nicola Ferro.

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RESTORE: Smart access to digital heritage and memory

Alessia Spadi, Federica Spinelli and Emiliano Degl'Innocenti.

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Panel: From IRCDL to IRCDL - Discussion on the future of DLs

Julian BogdaniUniversity of Rome - Sapienza, Italy
Nicola FerroUniversity of Padua, Italy
Stefania GialdroniRoma Tre University, Italy
Donato MalerbaUniversity of Bari, Italy
Luigi SicilianoFree University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Information and Knowledge

Chair: Antonella Poggi

Background Linking: Joining Entity Linking with Learning to Rank Models

Ornella Irrera and Gianmaria Silvello.

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Efficient Keyphrase Generation with GANs

Giuseppe Lancioni, Saida S.Mohamed, Beatrice Portelli, Giuseppe Serra and Carlo Tasso.

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s-AWARE: using crowd judgements in supervised measure-based methods for IR evaluation

Marco Ferrante, Nicola Ferro and Luca Piazzon.

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Character Recognition

Chair: Giuseppe Serra

A Quantitative/Qualitative Approach to OCR Error Detection and Correction in Old Newspapers for Corpus-assisted Discourse Studies

Dario Del Fante and Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio.

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Shorthand Secrets: Deciphering Astrid Lindgren's Stenographed Drafts with HTR Methods

Raphaela Heil, Malin Nauwerck and Anders Hast.

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Location of Simple Graphemes in Mediaeval Manuscripts based on Mask R-CNN

Simone Marinai, Gabriella Pomaro, Claudia Raffaelli and Francesco Scandiffio.

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Text Analysis

Chair: Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio

Exploring a text corpus via a knowledge graph

Eleonora Bernasconi, Miguel Ceriani and Massimo Mecella.

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Toward Automatic Floor Plan Interpretation

Stefano Ferilli

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Data Credit Distribution through Lineage

Dennis Dosso and Gianmaria Silvello.

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DL Services

Chair: Maristella Agosti

Exploring the Historical Context of Graphic Symbols: the NOTAE Knowledge Graph and its Visual Interface

Eleonora Bernasconi, Maria Boccuzzi, Tiziana Catarci, Miguel Ceriani, Antonella Ghignoli, Francesco Leotta, Massimo Mecella, Anna Monte, Nina Sietis, Silvestro Veneruso and Zahra Ziran.

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Labelling on academic library websites

Tanja Svarre.

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The development of the ROSSIO Thesaurus: supporting content discovery and management in a research infrastructure

Bruno Almeida, Nuno Freire and Daniel Monteiro.

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Department of Information Engineering (DEI) in the University of Padua, Italy

Department of Information Engineering (DEI), University of Padua, Italy

The department is spread over some buildings; the building where the conference takes place will be soon available; a map of the buildings of the Department of Information Engineering is available here


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCDL 2021 will be held entirely online.


The participation to the conference is free of charge. Registration is required anyway.

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