Call for Papers

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section
& Cataloguing Section

Macro and micro - ways through the maze. How new methods of indexing and cataloguing can complement traditional cataloguing for audiovisuals and multimedia

The Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) and the Cataloguing Section (CATS) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Singapore, August 17th-23th August 2013.

The cataloguing codes for motion pictures are traditionally based on the cataloguing code for text. They have as their goal to describe a manifestation as a whole: a unit which can be purchased or borrowed. At the same time digitised collections of audiovisual materials are growing fast worldwide and the amount of versions make it even more interesting indexing the content including activities such as providing intellectual access to individual film sequences and shots.

The vast quantities of materials available are making only manually handling unthinkable. Innovative indexing methods for audiovisual materials such as content-based image retrieval (CBIR) also complement text-based indexing by querying and retrieving images and videos by content. CBIR solutions carry out tasks such as identifying objects and faces in images, segmenting videos into short sequences and computing features describing colour, texture, shape, position or motion information in order to enrich textual metadata. The next generation of systems combines text-based indexing and retrieval with content-based indexing and retrieval to provide the most effective retrieval of images and video.

Traditional cataloguing takes a macro view of the audiovisual materials - CBIR and voice recognition technologies take a micro view of the audiovisual materials. These two perspectives can complement each other and help the user through the maze of information.


Topics for this session can focus on any aspects:

  • Do traditional cataloguing codes meet the needs of cataloguing moving images?
  • Quality issues - how good is the machine generated data?
  • Multimedia Content Analysis, Processing, Indexing and Retrieval- what can be done?
  • Voice recognition and time code indexing
  • Semantic Web Approaches - a way to combine traditional cataloguing with the results of automated indexing?
  • Best Practices: Media Asset Management Systems
  • Best Practices: Indexing and Cataloguing of Audiovisual Materials
  • User research studies indexing / cataloguing of Audiovisuals

Submission Guidelines

  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (500 words) and full author details is 31th January 2013 Deadline extended: 21 February 2013.
  2. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 1 March 2013.
  3. The full paper is due on 1st May 2013 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
  4. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.
  5. Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia as well as the Cataloguing Standing Committee.
  6. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.
  7. Papers should be in an official IFLA language with an abstract.
  8. Approximately 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. The presentation shall be made in an official IFLA language but the presenter doesn't need to be the author.
  9. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.
  10. Please note that the expenses of attending the Singapore conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
  11. Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

Please send your abstract by 21 February 2013 to:

Marwa El Sahn
Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)


Hanne Hørl Hansen
Chair, Cataloguing Section (CATS)


All proposals must be in before 21 February 2013.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 6 February 2013