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25th July 2013, Indianapolis, USA. A half-day workshop hosted in conjunction with JCDL 2013.
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1st International Workshop on the Digital Preservation of Research Methods and Artefacts (DPRMA 2013)

Workshop website - Co-located with the DASPOS 2013 workshop at JCDL

Proceedings to be published in ACM ICPS and the ACM Digital Library



  • 26/07/2013: Thanks to all for a successful workshop. Our proceedings are now available from the ACM DL at - workshop presentations to follow.
  • 05/07/2013: Our provisional schedule has been added below.
  • 31/05/2013: Due to a change in scheduling, please note that DPMRA 2013 will now take place as a half-day workshop on the afternoon of 25th July (although this may not yet be reflected on the main JCDL site). To accommodate this change we are very pleased to announce we will be co-locating with the DASPOS workshop and sharing their panel session -- as you will see from the DASPOS site our two workshops share a great many interests and we very much look forward to the exchange of views and ideas! (You may also be interested to know that our co-chair, David De Roure, is giving the closing JCDL keynote earlier on the morning of the 25th).
  • 08/05/2013: Submission deadline extended to 20th May 2013. Details below.
  • 07/05/2013: We are pleased to announce that the DPRMA 2013 proceedings have been accepted to the International Conference Proceedings Series and will be published in the ACM Digital Library.
  • 23/04/2013: The submission system is now open at
  • 17/04/2013: Workshop date confirmed as 25th July 2013 -- see you in Indianapolis!




The process of research in both the sciences and humanities has, and continues, to undergo significant change in addressing the needs of our ever more digital world. Researchers are adapting to the opportunities presented by working at scale with increasingly large datasets, creating methodologies and tooling for assistance and automation, and undertaking multi-disciplinary collaboration with colleagues and specialisations distributed around the globe.


This brings with it challenges for the capture, publication, and preservation of research output. In this world a single document or journal paper -- perhaps by a single author with a narrow subject focussed bibliography -- is no longer sufficient for useful encapsulation of the complete research output. This is particularly the case when considering the need to disseminate, reproduce and reuse methods and findings as the foundation of ongoing scholarly research and academic discourse.


Workshop Objectives


This workshop will consider how Digital Libraries can adapt to meet these needs. Starting with the complex digital objects needed to store the multi-format artefacts such as datasets, workflows, results and publications, the workshop will discuss how they they be captured, stored, associated, retrieved, and visualised. Can, or should, Digital Libraries address the needs of scale presented by big data directly and wholly, or play a well-defined role within an ecosystem of interoperable services? What are the challenges for curation of dynamic resources often more akin to software than documents, where iterative experiments comprise of changing datasets, codes, and authors? What additional research context should be preserved in addition to traditional dissemination mechanisms?  What models and semantics can capture this context, and what role can provenance, versioning, and dependency analysis play in their preservation? How will researchers access and reuse these preserved artefacts?


Schedule (provisional - subject to change)

Thursday 25th July

11am - 12 noon, White River Ballroom E: Keynote, David De Roure

1pm - 5pm, White River Ballroom B: DPRMA and DASPOS co-located workshops

  • Opening panels (Joint DASPOS and DPRMA)
  • DPRMA paper session
    • Welcome and opening remarks, David De Roure (workshop co-chair) (5 minutes)
    • Digital Archives as versatile platforms for sharing and interlinking research artefacts, Christophe Guéret (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
    • (Invited talk) Increasing Preservability of Research by Process Management Plans, Tomasz Miksa and Andreas Rauber (10 minutes)
    • Digital Libraries for the Preservation of Research Methods and Associated Artifacts, Raúl Palma, Piotr Hołubowicz, Kevin Page, Oscar Corcho, Sara Pérez, and Cezary Mazurek (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
    • (Invited talk) Hiberlink: Towards Time Travel for the Scholarly Web, Robert Sanderson, Herbert Van de Sompel, Peter Burnhill, Claire Grover (10 minutes)
    • Towards Computational Research Objects, David De Roure (15 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
    • Closing discussion, Andreas Rauber (workshop co-chair) (5 minutes)
  • Closing panels (Joint DASPOS and DPRMA)


Important Dates


Paper submission deadline (extended): 20th May 2013 (23:59 Samoa Standard Time, UTC-11)

Notification of acceptance: 18th June 2013

Camera ready: 3rd July 2013

Workshop: 25th July 2013, afternoon




Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • differing notions of reproducibility in digital research; their requirements and the role Digital Libraries can play

  • case studies of Digital Libraries preservation role for research context in specific fields

  • guidelines, policy, or methodologies on preservation of research context for data and methods

  • re-evaluation and re-computation of preserved methods and results; repetition and extension; re-use and sharing for future research

  • provenance, quality, privacy and trust of experimental information; its role in the preservation of research in individual, research group and institutional contexts

  • relationships between research artefacts and (nano-)publications

  • preservation and conservation of datasets and methods (e.g. Research Data Archives, workflows)

  • preservation at scale (scalability of Digital Libraries for big data)

  • preservation of end-to-end semantics through the research lifecycle (from lab bench to library)

  • semantic models and representations for aggregation, description, annotation, and preservation of research context; support for scientific discourse and collaboration

  • identifiers for artefacts (context, data, software, publications) including in a bibliographic context (e.g. data citation)

  • integration, assistance, and automation of artefact capture and curation

  • indexing, querying, retrieval, visualisation and citation of research contexts (e.g. methods and artefacts)

  • interchange and interoperability of data, methods, and context (encodings, APIs, standardisation, etc.)

  • versioning and lifecycle approaches to research data and methods; their applicability to preservation

  • software and data dependencies required for preservation and reproducibility; methods for expressing and evaluating these

  • application and incorporation of Linked Data in research archives

    Submission Instructions


    We invite full papers (8 pages) or short / position papers (2-4 pages); submissions will be evaluated through peer review by the programme committee with a minimum of two reviews per paper.  Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit to DPRMA2013 on EasyChair by 20th May 2013 (see Important Dates above).


    ACM template:

    Workshop Organisation



    David De Roure (University of Oxford)

    Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology)


    Organising Committee:

    Kevin Page (University of Oxford)

    Jun Zhao (University of Oxford)


    Publicity & Proceedings:

    Raul Palma (Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center)


    David De Roure (co-chair) is Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Professor of e-Research. He is UK National Strategic Director for Digital Social Research and has a coordinating role in Digital Humanities @ Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, he has worked closely with multiple disciplines including bioinformatics (in silico experimentation), chemistry (smart labs), environmental science (sensor networks), social sciences (social statistics, behavioural interventions and social machines) and digital humanities (computational musicology). He has an extensive background in distributed computing, Web, Linked Data and social computing, codirects the social website for sharing scientific workflows and promotes new forms of scholarly communication. David has been closely involved in the UK e-Science programme and is chair of the UK e-Science Forum. He is a champion for the Web Science Trust, chair of the W3C Web Observatory Community Group and in 2011 was elected as a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.


    Andreas Rauber (co-chair) is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at the Vienna University of Technology. He is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Libraries, focusing on the organization and exploration of large information spaces, as well as Web archiving and digital preservation. His research interests cover the broad scope of digital libraries, including specifically text and music information retrieval and organization, information visualization, as well as data analysis and neural computation. He is involved in numerous initiatives in the area of digital preservation, such as DPE - Digital Preservation Europe; Planets - Preservation and Long-term Access Networked Services; nestor - Network of expertise in Digital long-term preservation. He serves on the board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL), was general chair of iPRES 2010, programme co-chair of ECDL 2010, and was a member of the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries as well as the MUSCLE Network of Excellence on Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and Learning.


    Programme Committee

    Robert Sanderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital

    Cezary Mazurek, I
    nstitute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences - Poznan Supercomuting and Networking Center (IChB PAN - PCSS)
    Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez, Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO) S.A.
    Khalid Belhajjame, University of Manchester

    David Giaretta, STFC

    Hugh Glaser, Seme4 Ltd.
    Paolo Missier, Newcastle University

    Tim Clark, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
    Wolfram Horstmann, Bodleian Libraries
    Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
    Rudolf Mayer, Vienna University of Technology
    Christophe Guéret, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
    Bram Van Der Werf, Open Planets Foundation