Digital Preservation PhD Workshop

Organization: PERICLES

Venue: Wellcome Collection Conference Centre

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Dec 02, 2016 End Date/Time: Dec 02, 2016
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 01, 2016
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PERICLES - Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics - is a large EU funded research project, in its fourth and final year, comprising of eleven partners from six different countries, and which deals with challenges of access to digital content in a changing environment. A final conference, which will mark the conclusion of this project, will be held on November 30 - December 1st followed by a day of post-conference events including this PhD workshop on December 2, 2016.

This workshop provides a forum for doctoral students to present and discuss their research and receive feedback from peers and leading scholars in the field. The research presented could be conducted in a number of disciplines (e.g. computer science, information science,  archival science, mathematics, etc), but the common theme of the submitted papers has to be related to digital preservation and the topic areas dealt with within PERICLES. Doctoral students at all stages are encouraged to participate.

This workshop will provide doctoral students a rare opportunity to learn, develop, and share their research ideas in a highly competent, critical but supportive environment. The students will receive feedback from mentors who are members of the PERICLES project, and hence senior members of the Digital Preservation research community. The authors of the accepted papers will also be given the opportunity to attend the preceding conference, enabling them to meet and network with an international group of leading members of a community which may prove to be closely relevant for the students and their continued endeavours.


Attendance is free of charge.


Wellcome Collection Conference Centre

183 Euston Rd,

London NW1 2BE


At the workshop, reasonable time will be allocated to the presentation and discussion of each paper, hence the number of accepted papers will be limited to only five or six, meaning that participation will be highly competitive. The main selection criteria will be the quality of the submitted papers and the relevance of the topic for issues addressed within PERICLES .

Research Themes

The submitted papers should study the preservation challenges in different domains (e.g. digital art and media or experimental space science), and/or explore topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Preservation and accessibility of digital content

  • Modelling of contextual information

  • Provenance modelling

  • Information extraction

  • Automated capture and sheer curation

  • Digital ecosystem modelling

  • Ecosystem policy management

  • Linked data

  • Modelling of dependencies

  • Ontologies: upper-level and domain-specific

  • Dependencies

  • Change management

  • Semantic change & evolving semantics

  • Significant environment information

  • Data reuse

  • Data management plans

  • User community modelling

Research proposals

The workshop invites doctoral students from related fields (e.g. Computer Science, Information Science, Archival Science, Mathematics, etc) to submit ongoing research proposals for review and feedback. The research proposals should not exceed 6000 words and should typically include the following:

  1. Title of the proposal

  2. Problem definition and research questions

  3. Literature review

  4. Theoretical framework and conceptual development

  5. Proposed methodology

  6. Results (achieved or anticipated)

  7. References

An additional cover page should include the candidate’s name, email address, phone number(s), university, name of dissertation advisor(s), web site address, and the progress made toward completion of the thesis (i.e. beginning stages, midway, near completion, etc).


The research proposals should be submitted via e-mail to:

Important dates

  • Publishing PhD Workshop Call: 25/07/2016

  • Submission closes: 01/10/2016

  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 24/10/2016

  • Binding registration: 26/10/2016

  • (Potential for upload of final version: 01/11/2016)

  • PhD Workshop: December 2, 2016

Selection process

The submissions must fit with the set criteria of the workshop such as excellence and thematic proximity. Each submission will undergo a review process. Candidates will be notified about the review outcome. Accepted proposals will be made available online to workshop participants before the Workshop.

[There will also be an opportunity for publication on PERICLES website if of interest. More information will be provided at the workshop.]

Poster presentation

Participants, if they so wish, are invited to prepare a poster presentation of their papers to be placed on public display throughout the entire conference.

Faculty members / mentors

  • Prof. Sándor Darányi (HB), semantic change and evolving semantics

  • Dr Rob Baxter (UEDIN), preservation systems, data policy issues

  • Dr Mark Hedges (KCL), digital archives, computational methods, digital humanities

  • Dr Simon Waddington (KCL), digital preservation, data analytics and modelling.

  • Dr Efstratios Kontopoulos (CERTH-ITI), semantic technologies, Linked Data and ontologies.