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1st Call for Papers, apologies for cross-posting
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SPECIAL TRACK on METADATA & SEMANTICS for CULTURAL COLLECTIONS & APPLICATIONS

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

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 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 go. 

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.


TOPICS
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 collections
Collection and item level models and metadata
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
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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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 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.


IMPORTANT DATES
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, Estonia


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 
and EU Publications Office, Luxembourg ([log in to unmask])