Call for Papers: Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications

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

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 deadline: May 19th, 2015

Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series.

Information on submission can be found at: MTSR 2015 call for papers.