We’re happy to announce a half-day workshop at the 2020 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.

The workshop will take place online on Saturday, August 1st, 2020. Registration is now open; information can be found here.

Note: We are still waiting on details of exactly how the workshop will be run remotely, including at what time. If you have any questions please be in touch with nmweber@uw.edu . We plan to treat this as an opportunity to Workshop papers that are in progress - please consider submitting any working ideas, position papers, or compeleted research that you would like feedback on.

Call For Papers

Workshop Description
Conceptual models have long been fundamental to the development of information systems and the delivery of information services. As digital libraries, archives, museums, and other information organizations evolve to meet new information needs, there is simultaneously a need to revisit the assumptions upon which these technologies were originally designed. This includes the various ways that information objects are conceived of, described, and made discoverable by users of an information system - as well as the relationship between complex digital objects as they are linked and shared across the web.

Conceptual modeling, understood to include concerns of both logical as well as physical models, is fundamental to delivering useful information experiences to end-users – but their design, implementation, and maintenance often goes under-addressed in the Information Science literature. We seek to fill this gap through an annual workshop series – SIG-CM – that focuses on emerging research themes for modeling information, collections, and sociotechnical systems.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Jodi Schneider will provide the keynote lecture at this workshop.

The 2020 SIG-CM at JCDL seeks contributions from a variety of research and practitioner perspectives. This may include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • The evolution of conceptual models that govern retrieval, discovery, or access of digital objects in digital library set-tings
  • Semantic and other Web standards that instantiate conceptual models
  • Empirical techniques and methods for studying conceptual models
  • Educational needs in the field of knowledge organization and representation

Contributions may be of two varieties:

  • Full research papers should present results from completed research, or mature conceptual analysis. Full research papers should be a maximum of 3000 words in length (not including citations).
  • Short research papers can present in-progress work, small case studies, position statements, or theoretical and conceptual analysis that is at an early stage of development. Short research papers should be a maximum 1500 words in length (not including citations).


  • Submission Deadline is June 28th.
  • Notifications will be sent no later than July 7th
  • Accepted submissions can be revised before August 1st. At the time we will post all accepted submissions to the workshop website.

Instructions for Submission
Please submit a PDF, DOC, Markdown, or TXT document to nmweber@uw.edu by June 28th. You may use any format or citation style that you prefer - However, we do suggest following the conference’s ACM template.

All Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee, and feedback (regardless of acceptance) will be provided to authors. If you have any questions please feel to contact an organizer in advance of the deadline for submissions.

Organizing Committee

  • Katrina Fenlon (kfenlon@umd.edu) University of Maryland
  • Peter Organisciak (peter.organisciak@du.edu) University of Denver
  • Andrea K. Thomer (athomer@umich.edu) University of Michigan
  • Nic Weber (nmweber@uw.edu) University of Washington
  • Karen Wickett (wickett2@illinois.edu) University of Illinois

JCDL 2020 Workshop Agenda

August 2, 2020

Meeting location: : The workshop will be held via zoom. The connection information is below.

Notes: During the workshop please feel free to contribute to or edit the shared notes

Instructions to attendees: Unless otherwise stated - please do not cite, share, or discuss papers from the workshop until authors have uploaded a final draft.


The workshop will run from 3-6:30pm EST with a short break between papers. We plan to use this full time for discussion and presentations.

Start End Topic Moderator Slides
3 3:15 Introductions and Overview Andrea Thomer and Katrina Fenlon Link
3:15 4:15 Long Papers Peter Organisciak  
4:15 4:20 Short break    
4:20 5:20 Lightning Talks Katrina Fenlon  
5:20 6:15 Keynote: Methods Pyramids as a Knowledge Organizing Structure for Evidence-Based Medicine Dr. Jodi Schneider  
6:15 6:30 Closing Remarks and JASIST CFP discussion Nic Weber Link

All papers and slides will be made available in the tables below.

Long Papers

Start End Paper Title Presenter Discussant Slides
3:15 3:45 Where the Rubber meets the Road: Identifying Integration Points for Semantic Publishing Joel Chan Nic Weber Slides
3:45 4:15 Which Model Does Not Belong: A Dialogue Michael Gryk Karen Wickett Slides

Lightning talks

Presenter Title Slides
Jacob Jett Bibliographic Conceptual Model Definitions: Some Consequences of Natural Language Usage in IFLA’s Library Reference Model Slides
Yuanxi Fu Argument-based curation for science Slides
Jingzhu Wei + Allen Renear Deviant Causal Chains: A Problem for the Conceptual Modeling of Influence Slides
Peter Organisciak Considering Representative Works in Bibliographic Models Slides
Karen Wickett Research Process Modeling for Geologic Mapping Workflows Slides
Nic Weber Unicode Imperialism & The Burmese Zawgyi-1 Font Slides