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*Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections &
Applications*

Part of the 9th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research
(MTSR 2015), 9 - 11 September 2015, Manchester, UK


Submission deadline: May 19th, 2015


Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series



*AIM AND SCOPE*

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 on the semantic
level. Ontologies 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. 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. New challenges are also emerged
from the need to incorporate cultural information into the new publication
paradigms, where a variety of resources (data, metadata, processes,
results, etc) are linked and integrated, providing better shareability and
reusability. 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 at all stages of the
metadata life cycle. The track also welcomes works related to metadata
semantics and applications for new approaches to cultural information
publication and sharing, as well as to interlinking to other dataset
published in the Semantic Web universe.

*TOPICS*

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
   - Publication, linking and citation of Cultural Heritage information and
   resources
   - 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


*SUBMISSION GUID**E**LINES*

Authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages).
Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings
<http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0/> formatting
style and guidelines.

The submitted papers will undergo the same peer review as the submissions
for MTSR 2015 and accepted contributions will be published in the MTSR 2015
proceedings (Springer CCIS series <http://www.springer.com/series/7899>).
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)
<http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijmso>, and Program: Electronic
library and information systems (Emerald)
<http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/PROG> (list incomplete).

More information on submission can be found at the MTSR 2015 call for papers
<http://www.mtsr-conf.org/> web page.



*IMPORTANT DATES*

May 19th, 2015: Paper submission

June 16th, 2015: Acceptance/rejection notification

June 30th, 2015: Camera-ready papers due

September 9th-11th, 2015: Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University,
UK



*SPECIAL TRACK CHAIRS*

Michalis Sfakakis, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian
University, Corfu, Greece ([log in to unmask])

Lina Bountouri, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian
University, Corfu, Greece ([log in to unmask])