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DChanges 2018 : 5th International Workshop on (Document) Changes: Modeling, Detection, Storage and Visualization


When Aug 28, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018
Where Halifax, Canada
Abstract Registration Due Mar 18, 2018
Submission Deadline Mar 22, 2018
Notification Due Apr 25, 2018
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2018
Categories    data management   text management   information systems   versioning systems

Call For Papers

5th International Workshop on

(Document) Changes: Modeling, Detection, Storage and Visualization

Part of 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

Halifax, Canada, August 28th, 2018


*DChanges 2018* is the fifth edition of the *International Workshop on (Document) Changes: Modeling, Detection, Storage and Visualization*, held in conjunction with the 18th ACM SIGWEB International Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2018). This year, the workshop will take place in Halifax, Canada, August 28th, 2018.

This year, we would like to *focus on collaboration tools for non-textual documents*. Three well known examples are images, videos and audio files. Other, more specialized types of documents, are, for instance, genetic sequences.

The development of collaboration tools for non-textual documents requires a new body of knowledge. Our current definition of "document'' has to be reviewed, and the technical way in which the analysis of documents is carried out must also change. Research on these topics is emerging and we would like to stimulate and promote it even further.

At DChanges, researchers and practitioners discuss and explore the state of the art in the field of document changes. The aim of the workshop is the study of changes in all its aspects and applications: algorithms to detect changes, models to describe changes, techniques to track changes, tools to understand and manage changes, etc.

We want to look at these topics from different perspectives, and take on different approaches. The workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia. It is a unique occasion to discuss these issues in an informal setting and to foster collaboration.

Important Dates

* Abstracts (max 200 words) are due: March 18th, 2018
* Papers and notes are due: March 22nd, 2018
* Acceptance notice: April 25th, 2018
* Camera ready: June 15th, 2018

Paper submission

Two types of submissions are possible:

* Research papers: 4 pages long, describing original and unpublished research
* Application/demo notes: 2-4 pages long, showcasing systems or tools

All papers must conform to the ACM SIG Proceedings format: (

Papers must be submitted to the EasyChair site ( All submissions will undergo a rigorous single blind review process.


The proceedings of the workshop will be published in the ACM digital library.

Themes of DChanges

We seek contributions on, but not necessarily limited to, the following themes:

* Diff and change tracking algorithms
* Change modeling and representation
* High-level differences
* Detecting changes on complex data structures
* Detecting changes on trees, graphs, diagrams and any kind of document
* Novel approaches to tree-based diff
* Edit-distance measures
* Quality of deltas and patches
* Editing patterns
* Semantic diff
* Merging
* Management of update conflicts
* N-way merge algorithms
* Propagation of changes
* Versioning systems
* Versioning
* Collaborative editing
* Real-time collaborative editing
* Distributed collaboration
* Refactoring
* Use in Digital Humanities
* Collation
* Text genetics
* Stemmatology
* Plagiarism detection
* Application outside of Software Engineering
* Databases
* Digital Humanities
* Bioinformatics
* Genetics
* Law and legal documents

Contributions from related areas are also welcome.


The workshop will run a full day. Ample space will be given to peer discussions and brainstorming about the results of the presentations and the ideas brought forth by participants.

The list of accepted papers and the program will be available in May.


* Gioele Barabucci, Universität zu Köln
* Uwe M. Borghoff, Universität der Bundeswehr München
* Angelo Di Iorio, Università di Bologna
* Sonja Schimmler, Universität der Bundeswehr München
* Ethan Munson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For any question, please contact (

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