The 21st version of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries holds the general theme “Part of the Machine: turning complex into scalable” and wants to create a dialogue that will address the challenge of creatively transforming these highly synthesised environments into solutions that can scale for the benefit of varied communities.
Digital libraries are complex systems that respond to the needs of multiple communities with escalating requirements. Undoubtedly the effect of big data in research and development is immense and their collection, aggregation, analysis and interpretation is currently the main trend. However, smaller developments are equally interesting in giving the example of managing highly structured and organised information resources.
In this series of conferences, the dialectic between theory and practice is intense, but always aims to produce a state of the art imagery of digital libraries, or else networked information systems that affect the life of academia, education, culture, society and industry. The components of this “machinery” are interconnected and claim the skills and knowledge of multidisciplinary researchers.