On Synergies Between Information Retrieval and Digital Libraries

  • Maristella AgostiEmail author
  • Erika Fabris
  • Gianmaria Silvello
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 988)


In this paper we present the results of a longitudinal analysis of ACM SIGIR papers from 2003 to 2017. ACM SIGIR is the main venue where Information Retrieval (IR) research and innovative results are presented yearly; it is a highly competitive venue and only the best and most relevant works are accepted for publication. The analysis of ACM SIGIR papers gives us a unique opportunity to understand where the field is going and what are the most trending topics in information access and search.

In particular, we conduct this analysis with a focus on Digital Library (DL) topics to understand what is the relation between these two fields that we know to be closely linked. We see that DL provide document collections and challenging tasks to be addressed by the IR community and in turn exploit the latest advancements in IR to improve the offered services.

We also point to the role of public investments in the DL field as one of the core drivers of DL research which in turn may also have a positive effect on information accessing and searching in general.


Trends in digital libraries (DL) Trends in information retrieval (IR) Emerging interrelationships between DL and IR 



The work was partially funded by the “Computational Data Citation” (CDC) STARS-StG project of the University of Padua. The work was also partially funded by the “DAta BenchmarK for Keyword-based Access and Retrieval” (DAKKAR) Starting Grants project sponsored by University of Padua and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e di Rovigo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly

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