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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Metadata Best Practices:  Journal of Library Metadata

Overview: The general aim of this special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata is to assess and present the current practices and trends in the creation and implementation of metadata best practices (metadata guidelines, application profiles) for digital and institutional repositories. The guest co-editor(s) seeks to outline the major issues, challenges, applications and tools, and future perspectives/approaches vis-à-vis the metadata best practices, guidelines, and documentation practices for resource description of local libraries and institutions.  

 Topics: Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Documentation practices
- Creation and implementation of local best practices
- Best practices for metadata creation and quality control
- Metadata best practices for building cross-institutional repositories
- Best practices in relation to metadata standards and resource types
- Integration of best practices with metadata generation applications and tools
- Approaches/techniques for extracting and analyzing best practices
- Semantics of metadata best practices (e.g., terminology-metadata field names/labels, definitions, data input guides)
- Emergent metadata semantics (e.g., local additions and variants to metadata standards)
- Best practices for sharable and interoperable metadata
- Approaches/techniques for converting best practices into machine-processible formats; formalization of metadata best practices
- Data fields/structure, format and content/value of metadata best practices
- Data dictionary, metadata registry

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before, Nov 30, 2008, a proposal (up to 1000 words) clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of his or her proposed article. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by Dec 31, 2008. Full manuscripts (10-50 typed pages, double-spaced) are expected to be submitted by March 30, 2009. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Guest Editor: Dr. Jung-ran Park, Assistant Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University. Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to the guest editor at following addresses: [log in to unmask]

“The Journal of Library Metadata--retitled from the Journal of Internet Cataloging to reflect a wider focus--is the exclusive forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications in libraries and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. This focused journal comprehensively discusses practical, applicable information that libraries can effectively use in their own information discovery environments. Specialized knowledge, the latest technology, and top research are presented pertaining specifically to evolving metadata use in libraries.” More information about Journal of Library Metadata can be found online: http://www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sid=0GXAHEQGNPVF8LATGRHFLSTE7JRTCMH9&sku=J517&detail=AbThJrn#AbThJrn

Dr. Jung-ran Park
Assistant Professor
The iSchool at Drexel
College of Information Science and Technology
Drexel University
Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: 215-895-1669
Fax: 215-895-2494
Homepage: http://www.cis.drexel.edu/faculty/jpark/index.html