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Special Track at MTSR 2014 : Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications, 1st Call for Papers


When Nov 27, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014
Where Karlsruhe, Germany
Submission Deadline Jul 13, 2014
Notification Due Aug 17, 2014
Final Version Due Aug 31, 2014
Categories    cultural heritage metadata   ontologies   linked open data   digital curation

Call For Papers

Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications

Part of the 8th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research (MTSR 2014), 27 - 29 November 2014, Karlsruhe, Germany
Submission deadline: New Deadline! July 31st, 2014
Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series

Cultural Heritage collections are essential knowledge infrastructures that provide a solid representation of the historical background of human communities. These knowledge infrastructures are constructed from and integrate cultural information derived from diverse memory institutions, mainly museums, archives and libraries. Each individual community has spent a lot of effort in order to develop, support and promote its own metadata as tools for the description and dissemination of cultural information, mainly related to its particular resources and use.
The exposure of cultural information into the Semantic Web makes clear that metadata have to be accurate and deeply interpretable in the semantic level. Conceptual Reference Models could facilitate these procedures since they constitute conceptualizations - according to the specific point of view of a memory institution or its particular community - providing at the same time the context for interpreting the respecting metadata to their domain of discourse. CRMs have also been viewed as global schemata in order to map different metadata specifications. At the same time, there are also inter-domain efforts targeted to semantically align data (research data, educational data, public sector information etc.) to cultural information. The management of the cultural information provides challenges associated with (i) metadata modeling, specification, standardization, extraction, evaluation, mapping, integration and effective use, (ii) knowledge representation as conceptualization to provide the context for unambiguously interpreting metadata, and (iii) information integration from different contexts for the provision of integrated access and advanced services to the users.
The aim of this Special Track is to maintain a dialogue where researchers and practitioners working on all the aspects of the cultural information will come together and exchange ideas about open issues in all stages of the metadata life cycle. The track also welcomes works for the connection and interlinking of the Cultural Heritage metadata to any other dataset published in the Semantic Web universe.

The papers in this special track should be original and of high quality, addressing issues in areas such as:
• Cultural heritage metadata models, standards, interoperability, mappings and integration
• Automated metadata extraction
• Ontologies and knowledge representation for the cultural heritage domain
• Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from Cultural Heritage collections
• Collection models and item - collection relationships representation
• Collection - level metadata modeling and management
• Linked open data approaches for the cultural heritage domain
• Composite content-discovery and management of components and interrelationships
• Large volume content management - high resolution image data sets
• 3D models-indexing, storage and retrieval approaches
• Federation of repositories/data infrastructures
• Integration of intra or inter disciplinary heterogeneous resources
• Infrastructures for sharing content
• Digital Curation workflows and models
• Preservation metadata for cultural heritage digital objects
• Metadata quality metrics
• Case studies

Authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages). Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines.
The submitted papers will undergo the same peer review as the submissions for MTSR 2014 and accepted contributions will be published in the MTSR 2014 proceedings (Springer CCIS series). Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work.
Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended and revised versions of their papers for possible publication in selected international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald) (list incomplete).
More information on submission can be found at the MTSR 2014 call for papers web page (

New Deadline! July 31st, 2014: paper submission
New Deadline! August 25th, 2014: acceptance/rejection notification
August 31th, 2014: camera-ready papers due
November 27th - 29th, 2014: MTSR 2014

Michalis Sfakakis, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (
Lina Bountouri, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, and General State Archives, Greece (

Trond Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Anila Angjeli, Bibliotheque National de France, France
Karin Bredenberg, The National Archives of Sweden, Sweden
Costis Dallas, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada
Manolis Gergatsoulis, Ionian University, Greece
Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sarantos Kapidakis, Ionian University, Greece
Irene Lourdi, Libraries Computer Centre, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Maria Emilia Masci, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
Carlo Meghini, National Research Council of Italy (ISTI-CNR), Italy
Christian-Emile Ore, University of Oslo, Norway
Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University and Digital Curation Unit, IMIS, Athena RC, Greece
Daniel Pitti, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia, USA
Stephen Stead, Paveprime Ltd., UK
Chrisa Tsinaraki, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy
Andreas Vlachidis, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales, UK
Katherine Wisser, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, USA
Maja Žumer, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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