DChanges 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 change. Research on this topic 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 them and techniques to present them to the users.

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.

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.