The 4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World,  
September 4-6, 2013, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Beyond the Cloud: Information…Innovation…Collaboration…

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IMCW2013: The "4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World" will take place at the Strand Hotel ( in 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 (eg, workshop), the name and contact information of the convener (for sessions and pecha kucha) and be addressed to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. 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’sConference 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)


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  • Serap Kurbanoğlu (Hacettepe University, Turkey) (Chair)
  • Umut Al (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Ágnes Hajdu Barát (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Carla Basili (Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)
  • Albert K. Boekhorst (The Netherlands)
  • Fazlı Can (Bilkent University, Turkey)
  • Jerald Cavanagh (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)
  • Milena Dobreva (University of Malta, Malta)
  • Maria Francisca Abad García (Valencia University, Spain)
  • Ayşe Göker (City University London, UK)
  • Ian M. Johnson (The Robert Gordon University, UK)
  • Rajkumar Kannan (BHC Autonomous, India)
  • Padraig Kirby (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)
  • Willy van der Kwaak (The Hague University, The Netherlands)
  • Aira Lepik (Tallinn University, Estonia)
  • Mícheál Mac an Airchinnigh (Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
  • Orçun Madran (Atılım University, Turkey)
  • Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania)
  • Fernanda Ribeiro (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Egbert J. Sanchez Vanderkast (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)
  • İrem Soydal (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Yaşar Tonta (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Nazan Özenç Uçak (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Yurdagül Ünal (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Sheila Webber (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Sirje Virkus (Tallinn University, Estonia)
  • Bülent Yılmaz (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Daniela Živković (University of Zagreb, Croatia)


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  • Jerald Cavanagh (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland) (Co-chair)
  • Padraig Kirby (Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland) (Co-chair)


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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: 22 April 2013
Submission of extended abstracts in final form: 17 May 2012
Registration starts: May 18, 2013
Submission of full papers (if desired): 14 June 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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