Call for Papers

JIST Special Issue on Digital Archiving, Preservation, and Data Visualization


The rapid increase in the amount of published information or data, the well-known “data explosion”, is transforming the industry and everyday lives. It is estimated that 90% of data in the world today has been created in the last two years, and that the size of the digital universe will double every two years. As a result, the traditional archiving strategy of “undiscriminating collection” is not only impractical but also creating formidable obstacles for massive data storage and relevant information retrieval. For example, the Library of Congress has stopped archiving data from Twitter without “historic value” from 2018. The data explosion problem is further intensified by the advancement in the imaging technology that enables users to conveniently create content in a multidimensional space with ever-increasing resolution. The proliferation of big data with heterogeneous content poses significant challenges for the archiving community in terms of format obsolescence, content recognition, data migration, and energy consumption. For instance, the archiving approach of “store and ignore” in the motion picture industry has become unsustainable, and Hollywood is starting to adopt the “manage-or-perish” scheme to allow part of their archived films to perish to temporarily mitigate the problem of the exploding amount of digital archive materials. Lastly, the ultimate archiving mandate is to provide access and distill intelligent information for individuals and organizations. Achieving this goal requires modern archiving research to adopt a multidisciplinary approach by integrating research frontiers from image sensing, image processing, artificial intelligence, data visualization, big data management/system, chemistry, and energy fields.

This special issue aims at creating an interdisciplinary communication platform to bring together leading scientists, researchers, and scholars interested in such research topics as digital archiving, archive preservation, data access and visualization, cultural heritage preservation and restoration, and smart archiving management system.


The topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following fields:

  1. Digital Archiving
    1. New developments in digitization technologies and workflows
    2. Advanced imaging techniques and image processing
    3. Web archiving
    4. Large scale/mass digitization and workflow management systems
    5. Quality assurance and control of digitization workflow
  2. Archiving and Preservation
    1. Historic document archiving and preservation
    2. Imaging techniques for the scientific study of cultural heritage
    3. Metadata management and workflow
    4. Archive formats, standards, and specification
  3. Data Access and Visualization
    1. Dissemination and use of digitized materials, e.g., rights management, crowdsourcing, data mining, big data visualizations
    2. Deep learning algorithm for smart archiving applications

Submission and Review

You will find submission details in the JIST Author Guidelines. You must include a cover letter with the names of the authors and their affiliations, addresses, faxes, and e‐mails. Prospective authors can submit complete manuscripts electronically via by Aug 31, 2019.

All submitted papers will be reviewed by three reviewers and selected based on their originality, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Aug 31, 2019
First round decision: October 30, 2019
First round revision submission: December 15, 2019
Second round decision: January 15, 2020
Second round revision submission: February 15, 2019
Final decision: March 01, 2020
Tentative publication: May/June Issue 2020


Dr. Chunghui Kuo
Eastman Kodak Company
2400 Mt. Read Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14650-3025, USA


Dr. Susan Farnand
Rochester Institute of Technology
54 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623, USA