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Special Track at MTSR 2014 : Metadata and Semantics for Open Repositories, Research Information Systems and Data Infrastructures


When Nov 27, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014
Where Karlsruhe
Submission Deadline Jul 31, 2014
Notification Due Aug 17, 2014
Final Version Due Aug 31, 2014
Categories    semantics   metadata   research infrastructures   datasets

Call For Papers



Special track on Metadata & Semantics for Open Repositories, Research Information Systems and Data Infrastructures at MTSR 2014

Part of the 8th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research (MTSR'14)
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany, November 27-29, 2014

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The sharing and re-use of research information is becoming an increasingly important aspect of scientific activity. Text publications are traditionally the main way of publishing research output and challenges still exist for their optimal recording and dissemination. Scientific communities increasingly recognise the immense significance of storing, discovering, processing, preserving and re-using data sets as well as other types of research objects like workflows and software. Furthermore, Public Sector Information, potentially valuable for research purposes, is provided openly by governments although not always in forms that enable re-use.

Metadata is a critical factor in this area, actually providing the means to promote black-box digital files to discoverable and re-usable objects. Rich metadata about research output needs to be recorded and disseminated, including contextual and provenance information (for example, relationships of publications and data sets with people, organisations, funding information, facilities and equipment). For certain use cases, metadata needs to be uniformly accessed across research domains, to foster collaboration and re-use of data sets among different disciplines and vertical communities. However, the recording and utilisation of domain-specific information is also significant in many circumstances. A range of open research and technical issues have to be addressed towards these goals, while it is also recognised that international harmonisation on standards and technologies is of critical importance.

The aim of this Special Track is to serve as a forum for experts to present recent results and experiences, establish liaisons with other groups and reflect on the state-of-the-art of metadata and semantic aspects of open repositories, research information systems and data infrastructures.

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Topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Metadata, knowledge representation and relevant standards in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures
- Semantic interoperability and information integration in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures
- Application of semantic web technologies in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures
- Data infrastructures (e.g. scientific data, public sector information)
- Contextual and provenance metadata in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures
- Metadata interoperability for data infrastructures across disciplines
- Metadata quality in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures
- Mechanisms, tools and infrastructures for shared services in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures
- Digital preservation workflows and mechanisms and impact on metadata
- Value-added services based on open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures


2014, July 31th: paper submission (extended dealine)
2014, August 17th: acceptance/rejection notification
2014, August 31th: camera-ready papers due
2014, November 27-29: MTSR'14 in Karlsruhe.


- Sophie Aubin, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
- Thomas Baker, DC, USA
- Hugo Besemer, Wageningen UR Library, The Netherlands
- Gordon Dunshire, University of Strathclyde, UK
- Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- Siddeswara Guru, University of Queensland, Australia
- Kris Jack, Mendeley, UK
- Keith Jeffery, Keith G Jeffery Consultants, UK
- Rebecca Koskela, University of New Mexico, USA
- Jessica Lindholm, Malmo University, Sweden
- Daniela Luzi, Institute for Population and Social Policy Research - Italian National Research Council (IRPPS-CNR), Italy
- Devika P. Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute, India
- Paolo Manghi, Institute of Information Science and Technologies - Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR), Italy
- Natalia Manola, University of Athens, Greece
- Brian Matthews, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
- Eva Mendez, University Carlos III, Spain
- Joachim Schoepfel, University of Lille, France
- Jochen Schirrwagen, University of Bielefeld, Germany
- Birgit Schmidt, University of Goettingen, Germany
- Panagiotis Stathopoulos, National Documentation Centre, Greece
- Chrisa Tsinaraki, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
- Yannis Tzitzikas, University of Crete and ICS-FORTH, Greece
- Daniel Vila, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
- Zhong Wang, Sun-Yat-Sen University, China
- Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
- Marcia Zeng, Kent State University, USA

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Interested authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages) reporting on either mature or ongoing research. Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other venues. Submission will be available through the EasyChair submission system.

If you haven't an EasyChair account yet, you'll be asked to create it before you can access the MTSR'14 page.


The submissions to the Special Track will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee.

Accepted papers will be published in the book of MTSR'14 proceedings by Springer (CCIS Series). The proceedings will be abstracted/indexed in: Scopus, EI-Compendex, DBLP, Google Scholar, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.

Revised and extended versions of best papers will be published in selected international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald) (list incomplete)

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* Imma Subirats, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
* Nikos Houssos, National Documentation Centre / National Hellenic Research Foundation (Greece)

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