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
* 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

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],
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