Call for Papers

International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources
Deadline for proposals: Friday, October 7, 2016

Key Dates
  • Submission deadline – Extended: Friday, October 14, 2016 (October 7, 2016)
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday, 31 October 2016
  • Symposium: Monday and Tuesday, 12 and 13 December 2016, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

The symposium will appeal to academics and practitioners working in a range of disciplines: cultural heritage workers, arts professionals and scholars interested in issues relating to digital resources and their impact upon preservation, education, engagement and outreach. We invite presentations and discussions of both theoretical and practical approaches, efforts and trends in this emergent field.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers that engage with the following themes:

  • Models of access to digital collections
  • Crowdsourcing, co-creation, co-curation in digital cultural heritage
  • Evaluating impact and use of digital cultural resources (methodologies, approaches and issues)
  • Moving from impact to value when assessing digital resources

As such, proposals might cover the following topics:

  • Curation of digital collections
  • Working with communities in digital cultural heritage
  • Participatory models of work
  • Methods of evaluating digital resources
  • User studies
  • Metrics, webmetrics, infometrics and usage statistics
  • Crowdsourcing and citizen science in cultural heritage
  • Assessing impact and value
  • Social media usage research

Download a pdf version of the full Call for Papers by clicking here.

See the Symposium web page for additional information about the main aims and questions of the symposium or check the Symposium EDCR2016 menu above for updates and other information like travelling.

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by time for questions and discussion.

A selection of accepted papers will be published as a special issue of a peer reviewed journal.

How to Submit a Proposal (deadline: October 14, 2016)

Proposals should consist of an Extended Abstract (up to 1500 words), which explains how the paper relates to the key themes of the symposium. Furthermore, each abstract should outline the aims, research questions, methods, main findings and underlying work of the proposed paper.

Proposals must be created using the following guidelines (click the link to download a Microsoft Word template): edcr2016-abstract-template

Completed proposals should then be submitted using the EasyChair online submission system by following this link. Proposals must be submitted via EasyChair by Friday, October 14, 2016 October 7, 2016. Please email us at if you are having any problems with your EasyChair submission.


Following notification from organisers, selected participants must register for the Symposium through Eventbrite. Registration is free of charge.

Please note, if you would like to attend the Public Lecture and Collections Open Night at Kelvin Hall on December 12th it is necessary to register for this event separately through the Public Lecture and Collections Open Night Eventbrite Registration Page.

Travel Bursaries for Early Career Researchers/Professionals and Students

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students and early-career researchers to facilitate their participation at the workshop. For more information please contact