First Call for Papers

3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World,
September 19-21, 2012, Ankara, Turkey

E-Science and Information Management
(First Call for Papers)


The “3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World” (or IMCW2012), organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, will take place in Ankara, Turkey, from 19-21 September 2012.

“E-Science and Information Management” being the main theme, IMCW2012 aims to bring together both researchers and information professionals to discuss the implications of e-science for information management. “E-Science” is defined as collaborative, networked and data-driven science.  Researchers have to get access to large, distributed data sets on, say, global warming or gene sequences, and use a set of tools and technologies for data processing and information visualization. Vast amounts of data need to be collected, curated, stored, managed, and preserved to ensure perpetual access to them over the Internet.

E-Science has implications for both researchers and information professionals such as librarians and data archivists.  Both groups need information management and computational skills to deal with massive data sets along with some understanding of intellectual property rights, open access and data literacy issues, among others.  Few schools in the US and elsewhere are already offering graduate degrees in “E-Science Librarianship” and one is likely to come across ads of job descriptions for “cloud librarians”.

As organizers, we thought this is an opportune time for IMCW2012 to review the challenges for research libraries and information professionals in the the collaborative, networked, and data intensive e-science environment.  Such challenges range from developing data repositories for e-science to using digital tools for data processing and visualization, and from collection development and management to reference services and information literacy.  Because IMCW2012 coincides with the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, to commemorate this event we organized an international ex libris competition with the theme “information management”.  The winning art works of ex libris will be exhibited during the symposium.

Main topics of the Symposium include (but not limited with) the following:

Data Management Challenges in E-Science

  • Data driven e-science
  • Data intensive research
  • Data science
  • Grids for e-science
  • E-Science in the cloud
  • Infrastructures and networks for e-science
  • Systems, tools and services for e-science
  • Data security and access control
  • Virtual research environments and data management
  • Community of practices

Data Life-cycle in E-Science

  • Data discovery and identification
  • Data curation and collection
  • Data presentation
  • Data management
  • Data extraction and mining
  • Data processing
  • Data retrieval
  • Data simulation and visualization
  • Data preservation

Information Discovery, Organization, and Retrieval in E-Science

  • Information discovery
  • Information representation
  • Information search, indexing and retrieval
  • Mobile information retrieval in e-science
  • Metadata harvesting
  • Metadata extraction
  • Metadata management
  • Metadata interoperability and standards
  • Ontology development
  • Ontology mapping
  • Mining large data sets

Information Management and E-Science

  • Digital data curation
  • Distributed collection development and management
  • Information management in the cloud
  • Developing digital information services for e-science
  • Mobile information services for e-science
  • Long term preservation of and access to data
  • Semantic information management

Information Architecture for E-Science

  • Information architecture and web design for e-science
  • Designing usable e-science web sites
  • Information usability
  • Interaction design for e-science web sites
  • Information visualization tools

Education for Information Management and E-Science

  • E-Science librarianship
  • Data curation education
  • Cloud librarians
  • Information stewardship
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Environmental informatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Digital humanities, arts and e-social sciences
  • Support services for researchers, students and general public
  • Life-long learning and e-science
  • Information literacy for e-science

Scholarly Publishing, Open Access and Digital Repositories in E-Science

  • Scholarly publishing process in e-science
  • E-publishing in e-science
  • Open science
  • Open access to publicly funded scientific information
  • Data warehouses
  • Digital libraries
  • Federated databases
  • European Infrastructure for e-Science Digital Repositories (e-SciDR)

Digital Preservation of Scientific and Cultural Heritage

  •  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
  •  Permanent archiving of digital scientific and cultural heritage

Social and Cultural Issues and E-Science

  • Digital information policies
  • E-governance and e-science
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Digital rights management
  • Legal and cultural issues
  • Value of information (VOI)
  • Information quality standards

In addition to papers, short papers (pecha-kucha), posters, workshops and panels on e-science and information management, general papers on information management are also welcome.  Student papers and posters will also be considered.  Please use the template available in the Symposium web site to prepare your contributions and proposals, and send them to us using the Conference Management Software (openconf).  Accepted papers and posters will appear in the proceedings book to be published by Springer under its CCIS series (pending) and the Symposium web site.


  • First Call: July 2011
  • Second Call: October 2011
  • Third Call: December 2011
  • Last date to send papers and posters: 23 January 2012
  • Authors notification: 19 March 2012
  • Final papers submission and registration: 7 May 2012
  • Symposium: 19-21 September 2012

All suggestions and comments are welcome. Please send us your ideas about possible invited speakers at

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
Fax: 0312 299 20 14