The workshop organisers have a wide range of experience in researching information access in cultural heritage, and have been involved in organising three previous workshops on this area of research: ENRICH 2013 – Exploration, Navigation and Retrieval of Information in Cultural Heritage (collocated at SIGIR 2013); SUEDL 2013 – Supporting Users Exploration of Digital Libraries (collocated at TPDL 2013); and, SUEDL 2012 (collocated at TPDL 2012).

Brief biographies are given below:

Paul Clough is Professor in Information Retrieval at the Information School, University of Sheffield. His research interests mainly revolve around developing technologies to assist people with accessing and managing information. In particular Paul has published work in the areas of multilingual information retrieval, information access to digital cultural heritage, evaluation of IR systems, geo-spatial search, text-based image retrieval, text re-use and search analytics. Paul is co-author of a book on multilingual information retrieval and over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is head of the Information Retrieval group at Sheffield.

Paula Goodale is currently a researcher in the Information School, University of Sheffield. From 2004-2009, she was a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at the University of Huddersfield. Her current research focus is on information access in cultural heritage and digital libraries, with particular emphasis on narratives, exploration and discovery, user requirements and evaluation. Paula has worked on research projects relating to digital libraries, including the EC-FP7 PATHS project, and the JISC Search25 project.

Maristella Agosti is full professor in computer science at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padua, Italy. She is currently a member of ACM, IEEE-CS, AICA (Italian computer science association) and AIUCD (Italian digital humanities association). Her research interests are information access through search engines and digital libraries, user-oriented keyword-based search systems for structured data, annotation of digital contents, evaluation of digital libraries and archives, design and development of advanced services for archives and digital libraries, and user interaction with digital cultural heritage collections.

Séamus Lawless is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. Séamus’ research has a strong user focus and all of his work aims to improve the experiences of users when interacting with content and information systems. His research interests are in the areas of information retrieval, information management and digital humanities with a particular focus on adaptivity and personalization. The common focus of this research is digital content management and the application of technology to support enhanced, personalized access to knowledge.


Programme Committee
  • Alex O’Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Antoine Isaac, Europeana, Netherlands
  • Antonella Poggi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country (UPV), Spain
  • Gianmaria Silvello, University of Padua, Italy
  • Julianne Stiller, Humboldt University, German
  • Mark Hall, Edge Hill University, UK
  • Max Kemman, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Owen Conlan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Philip Webster, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Sonia Renade, The National Archives, UK
  • Stefano Ferilli, University of Bari, Italy
  • Tim Sherratt, University of Canberra, Australia
  • Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
  • Vivien Petras, Humboldt University, Germany


In the first instance, enquiries should be made via:

Paula Goodale (p dot goodale at