1st Call for Papers, apologies for cross-posting


Part of the 11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics
Research (MTSR 2017),
November 28th – December 1st 2017, Tallinn, Estonia

Submission deadline: June 15th, 2017
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 libraries,
archives and museums. 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 management of the cultural information has to deal with challenges
related to (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.

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. Currently, Linked (Open) Data, as part of the
Semantic Web Technology, is having a major role in modernizing cultural
heritage collections. Providing to users the possibility to re-use and
integrate data into their own systems is currently more than a need, given
that transparency and access to information is a prerequisite. It is also
important to note that in the Semantic Web environment there are many
opportunities but many challenges as well, while its' complete and accurate
establishment in Cultural Heritage institutions needs still a long way to

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 cultural heritage information life cycle. The track also welcomes works
related to semantics and applications for new approaches to cultural
information publication and sharing, as well as to interlinking to other
datasets 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 and standards
• Ontologies and knowledge representation for the Cultural Heritage domain
• Automated metadata extraction
• Cultural Heritage integration
• Extraction of semantics, entities, and patterns from Cultural Heritage
• Collection and item level models and metadata
• Linked open data approaches for the Cultural Heritage domain
• Composite content-discovery and management of components and
• Publication, linking and citation of Cultural Heritage information and
• Large volume content management
• 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
• Provenance and 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
The submitted papers will undergo the same peer review as the submissions
for MTSR 2017 and accepted contributions will be published in the MTSR 2017
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 (Emerald).
More information on submission can be found at the MTSR 2017 call for
papers web page.

June 15th, 2017: Submission deadline
July 25th, 2017: Notification of Acceptance/rejection
August 20th, 2017: Camera-ready papers due
November 28th – December 1st, 2017: Conference at University in Tallinn,

• 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 and EU Publications Office, Luxembourg (
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