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MTSR 2016 : 10th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference


Conference Series : Metadata and Semantics Research
When Nov 22, 2016 - Nov 25, 2016
Where Göttingen, Germany
Submission Deadline Jun 24, 2016
Notification Due Jul 20, 2016
Final Version Due Aug 7, 2016
Categories    metadata   semantic web   linked data   ontologies

Call For Papers

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The International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR'16) will be held at the UniversitätsBibliothek of Göttingen (Germany) on November 22-25, 2016.

MTSR’16 celebrates the conference’s 10th anniversary with the theme of bridging the past, present and future of metadata, data and semantic technologies. The organisers encourage prospective authors and conference participants to reflect on the following questions:
How the documented evidence produced over the past years can be used as a driver for innovating management and processing of data and information?
How close are we from the vision of building powerful learning systems that will meet the needs of modern societies through high quality data infrastructures and data-driven interfaces?
What are the main challenges that modern metadata and semantics research has not addressed yet?
MTSR'16 brings together scholars and practitioners with common interest in the interdisciplinary fields of metadata, data and semantics. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to share knowledge and novel approaches in the implementation of semantic technologies across diverse types of information environments and applications. These include Cultural Informatics, Open Access Repositories and Digital Libraries, E-learning applications, Search Engine Optimization and Information Retrieval, Research Information Systems and Infrastructures, e-Science and e-Social Science applications, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Bio-Health & Medical Information Systems.

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Contributions are encouraged on this year’s theme "Learning from the Past, Building the Future", including contributions covering, but not limited to, metadata in general, ontologies, Semantic Web, linked data, data repositories, digital libraries, knowledge management, software engineering, and the following list:

I. Foundations

Typology of metadata and metadata implementations
The value and cost of metadata
Quality evaluation in the use of Metadata
Metadata reusability
New or revised metadata schemas or application profiles
Metadata standardization
Empirical studies on metadata and/or ontologies usage

II. Languages and Frameworks for Metadata Management

SGML, XML, UML in theory and practice
Languages and Frameworks for Ontology Management
Metadata and the Semantic Web
Metadata and Knowledge Management
Metadata and Software Engineering
Metadata application of Semantic Web technologies
Ontologies and Ontology-based Knowledge Management Systems

III. Case Studies

Metadata and ontologies for librarianship, management of historical archives and archeological research
Metadata and ontologies for the design of innovative products and processes
Metadata and ontologies for health, biological and clinical information management
Metadata and ontologies in finance, tourism and public administrations
Metadata and ontologies in industry
Metadata and ontologies in education
Metadata and ontologies in agriculture, food and environment

IV. Technological Issues

Technologies for:
Metadata and ontology storage, Metadata and ontology integration, Metadata extraction and navigation, querying and editing of ontologies
Learning Objects management
Search engines, Localization & Visualization
Mobile challenges

V. Digital Libraries, Big Data and Information Retrieval

Ontologies and SKOS
Linked Data and its applications
Information visualization
Metadata quality
Digital curation
Impact and evaluation of DL
Use and re-use of digital data
Data mining
Multilingual IR
User behavior and modeling
Big Data semantics, search and mining
Reasoning on Big Data

VI. Tutorials and Workshops

You can bring in your ideas for tutorials. If you are interested in a particular topic, please let us know by sending an email to:

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Part of the conference are special tracks focusing on particular domains or topics. Papers submitted to tracks undergo the same review procedures and are published in the same proceedings as those accepted for the main track.

Tracks currently being organized:

• Cultural Collections & Applications
• Agriculture, Food & Environment
• Digital Libraries, Information Retrieval, Linked & Social Data
• European and National Projects
• Open Repositories, Research Information Systems and Data Infrastructures

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The following types of submissions are invited:
Full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research
Short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research
Posters (4 pages)
Proposals for tutorials and workshops (2 pages)
Submissions should be original and not previously submitted to other Conferences or Journals. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity following a double-blind peer review process. Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines ( Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work in the form of either oral presentation or poster presentation.

Interested authors can submit to EasyChair

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Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) book series (7899). CCIS is abstracted/indexed in Scopus, DBLP, EI-Compendex, 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), the Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald) and the International Information & Library Review (Taylor & Francis) (list incomplete).

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There are two types of awards: the Best paper award and the Best student paper award, both sponsored by euroCRIS (

Best paper award: This award will be presented to the authors of the best full research paper submitted and presented to the conference.

Best student paper award: MTSR sponsors a paper competition to recognize excellence in a conference paper contribution whose primary author is a student (normally at a PhD or MRes level). The student is required to present the paper at the MTSR 2016 conference. Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition.

The author of an awarded paper, and co-authors if any, will be entitled to:

Receive a signed and stamped official award certificate by the conference organizers
Promote their achievement on MTSR conference webpage, and MTSR Social Media
Get invited to submit an extended and revised version of the awarded paper for publication in the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience) ( or Program (Emerald) (
Each award comes with the price of a free access/registration to next years’ MTSR, including all conference materials, together with the printed/digital conference proceedings
This voucher for each award for free registration is valid only for one author, in case of many co-authors, of the awarded paper, and only for the MTSR conference that follows the year after receiving the award.



Emmanouel Garoufallou, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece

Jane Greenberg, Drexel University, USA
Armando Stellato, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Imma Subirats, Food and Agriculture Organization​ (FAO) ​of the United Nations​, Italy

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