1st Call for Papers, apologies for cross-posting


Part of the 12th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR 2018),
October 23 –  2018, Limassol, Cyprus.

Submission deadline: June 15th, 2018
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  systems, tools and metadata for the management of
cultural information, mainly related to its particular resources and use.

In this framework, the management of the cultural information has to deal with challenges related
to (i) metadata modeling, specification, standardization, extraction, (semantic) enrichment,
mapping, integration, effective use, and evaluation, (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,
reuse and advanced services to 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. A critical factor to the effectiveness
of many aspects of all the above efforts is the quality of metadata, as interpreted by its context and
use and evaluated by the proper measures and methods. Many institutions and aggregate infrastructures
are dealing with the poor quality of metadata that inevitably results in poor integration, search and
reuse, while their enrichment, in terms of  contextualization, co-referencing, alignment, etc, is really

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, standards, ontologies, knowledge organization and representation systems
* Cultural Heritage information integration, interoperability and mappings
* Automated extraction of metadata, entities, and patterns from Cultural Heritage resources
* Metadata manual or automated (Semantic) enrichment and search
* Metadata quality metrics, tools and services
* Linked Open Data approaches in the Cultural Heritage domain
* Publication, linking and citation of Cultural Heritage information and resources
* Large volume content management
* 3D models-indexing, storage and retrieval approaches
* Infrastructures for sharing content
* Digital Curation workflows and models
* Provenance and preservation metadata for Cultural Heritage digital resources

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 2018 and accepted
contributions will be published in the MTSR 2018 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 2018 call for papers web page.

June 15th, 2018: Submission deadline
July 27th, 2018: Notification of Acceptance/rejection
August 24th, 2018: Camera-ready papers due
October 23rd – October 26th, 2018: Conference at Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

* 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 NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium ([log in to unmask], [log in to unmask])