What is euroCRIS?

euroCRIS http://www.eurocris.org/ is a not-for-profit association with offices in The Hague, The Netherlands, that brings together experts on research information in general and research information systems (CRIS) in particular. The organisation has 200+ members, mainly coming from Europe, but also from some countries outside of Europe.

The main activities of euroCRIS are:

  • The development and curation of the international standard data model for research information called CERIF: the Common European Research Information Format.
  • The promotion of cooperation and exchange of expertise between stakeholders in the research information domain, more notably by getting into

Strategic Partnership with other international organisations active in the research information domain and by organising International Conferences (biennial) and Membership Meetings (biannual).

euroCRIS is steered by a Board, consisting of a President, Secretary, Executives for Communication, Events, External Relations and Projects and Task Group Leaders for each of the six task groups of euroCRIS: CERIF, Architecture and Development, Best Practice/DRIS, CRIS-IR, Indicators and Linked Open Data. The task groups focus on the development of optimal policies, definition of use cases as well as technical solutions concerning the aspects mentioned and they consist of experts from within the membership of euroCRIS. The Task Groups are the heart of the organisation where most of the work is done.The number of task groups is not fixed, but may be changed in accordance with developments taking place within the research information domain.

euroCRIS exists because information is required for a broad variety of stakeholders: researchers, research managers and administrators, research councils, research funders, entrepreneurs and technology transfer organisations, and for the media an the public.

Following a period of activities and meetings in an informal setting, which started in 1991, euroCRIS became a professional not-for-profit association of CRIS experts with legal status in 2002. This was a logical development since the European Commission handed over the custodianship of CERIF to euroCRIS and euroCRIS wished to become an authoritative interlocutor for national and European authorities and a serious partner in research projects and networks in this field.

The mission of euroCRIS is derived from this ambition. Areas of interest not only cover research databases and maintenance of CERIF, but explicitly also CRIS related data like scientific datasets, (open access) institutional repositories, as well as data access and exchange mechanisms, standards and guidelines and best practice for CRIS.

Since its formal establishment euroCRIS has developed into an active and vibrant organisation, in which members from various backgrounds are working together on advanced systems to support the ideal CRIS environment. 

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Annual subscription is 300 € (institutional, 5 voting members), 60 € (individual membership) and 30 € (for affiliate membership). Click on the "Join euroCRIS" link at the right on top of this page to get the subscription form.

 The detailed conference programme will be announced soon!


Keynote speakers

•    Carole Goble (bio) - "Research Objects: the why, what, and how."


List of accepted submissions

Full and short papers

1.    Chavula, Catherine and C. Maria Keet. An Orchestration Framework for Linguistic Task Ontologies
2.    Lagos, Nikolaos, Simon Waddington and Jean-Yves Vion-Dury. On the Preservation of Evolving Digital Content – The Continuum Approach and Relevant Metadata Models
3.    Garbacz, Pawel. Challenges for Ontological Engineering in the Humanities - A Case Study of Philosophy
4.    Greenberg, Jane, Yue Zhang, Adrian Ogletree and Garritt Tucker. Threshold Determination and Engaging Materials Scientists in Ontology Design
5.    Sicilia, Miguel-Angel, Elena Garcia-Barriocanal, Javier Bermejo and Salvador Sanchez-Alonso. What are Information Security Ontologies Useful for?
6.    Chatzitoulousis, Antonios, Pavlos Efraimidis and Ioannis N. Athanasiadis. Interoperable multimedia annotation and retrieval for the tourism sector
7.    Tzitzikas, Yannis, Nicolas Bailly, Panagiotis Papadakos, Nikos Minadakis and George Nikitakis. Species Identification through Preference-enriched Faceted Search
8.    Jajaga, Edmond, Lule Ahmedi and Figene Ahmedi. An Expert System for Water Quality Monitoring Based on Ontology
9.    Papachristopoulos, Leonidas, Nikos Kleidis, Michalis Sfakakis, Giannis Tsakonas and Christos Papatheodorou. Discovering the Topical Evolution of the Digital Library Evaluation Community
10.    Cleverton Borba and Pedro Luiz Pizzigatti Corrêa. Application of Metadata Standards for Interoperability Between Species Distribution Models
11.    Mosbah, Mawloud and Bachir Boucheham. Majority voting Re-ranking algorithm for content based image retrieval
12.    Biddala, Sandeep Reddy and Navjyoti Singh. Narrative Analysis for HyperGraph Ontology of Movies Using Plot Units
13.    Assumpção, Fabrício Silva, José Eduardo Santarem Segundo and Plácida Leopoldina Ventura Amorim Da Costa Santos. RDA Element Sets and RDA Value Vocabularies: Vocabularies for Resource Description in the Semantic Web
14.    Strobel, Sven and Paloma Marín Arraiza. Metadata for Scientific Audiovisual Media: Current Practices and Perspectives of the TIB|AV-Portal
15.    Kalou, Aikaterini K., Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos, Georgia D. Solomou and Sotirios D. Botsios. Metadata Interoperability and Ingestion of Learning Resources into a Modern LMS
16.    dos Santos, Henrique Lemos, Cristian Cechinel, Ricardo Matsumura Araújo and Miguel-Ángel Sicilia. Clustering Learning Objects for Improving their Recommendation via Collaborative Filtering Algorithms
17.    Usenmez, Buket and Ozgu Can. Conceptualization of Personalized Privacy Preserving Algorithms
18.    Rousidis, Dimitris, Emmanouel Garoufallou, Panos Balatsoukas, and Miguel-Angel Sicilia. Evaluation of Metadata in Research Data Repositories: the DC.Subject element
19.    Tabares-Martín, Leandro, Félix Fernández-Peña, Amed Leiva-Mederos, Marc Goovaerts, Dailién Calzadilla-Reyes and Wilbert Ruano-Alvarez. Software Applications Ecosystem for Authority Control
20.    Dani, Anxhela, Chrysanthi Chatzopoulou, Rania Siatri, Fotis Mystakopoulos, Stavroula Antonopoulou, Evaggelia Katrinaki and Emmanouel Garoufallou. Digital Libraries Evaluation: Measuring Europeana’s Usability
21.    Hoff, Karoline and Michael Preminger. Usability Testing of an Annotation Tool in a Cultural Heritage Context
22.    Vassilakaki, Evgenia, Emmanouel Garoufallou, Frances Johnson and R. J. Hartley. An Exploration of Users' Needs for Multilingual Information Retrieval and Access
23.    Vahdati, Sahar, Farah Karim, Jyun-Yao Huang and Christoph Lange. Mapping Large Scale Research Metadata to Linked Data: A Performance Comparison of HBase, CSV and XML
24.    Jones, Tanya Gray, Lucie Burgess, Neil Jefferies, Anusha Ranganathan and Sally Rumsey. Contextual and Provenance Metadata in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA)
25.    Peña, Oscar, Unai Aguilera, Aitor Almeida and Diego López-De-Ipiña. Labman: a Research Information System to Foster Insight Discovery Through Visualizations
26.    Assante, Massimiliano, Leonardo Candela, Donatella Castelli, Paolo Manghi and Pasquale Pagano. Repositories for Open Science: The SciRepo Reference Model
27.    Lopes, Nuno, Martin Stephenson, Vanessa Lopez, Pierpaolo Tommasi and Pól Mac Aonghusa. On-demand Integration and Linking of Open Data Information
28.    Burton, Adrian, Hylke Koers, Paolo Manghi, Sandro La Bruzzo, Amir Aryani, Michael Diepenbroek and Uwe Schindler. On Bridging Data Centers and Publishers: the Data-Literature Interlinking Service
29.    Khoo, Michael and Gary Rosenberg. Historical Records and Digitization Factors in Biodiversity Communities of Practice
30.    Aguiar Castro, João, Deborah Perrotta, Ricardo Amorim, João Rocha Da Silva and Cristina Ribeiro. Ontologies for Research Data Description: a Design Process Applied to Vehicle Simulation
31.    Pesce, Valeria, Ajit Maru, Phil Archer, Thembani Malapela and Johannes Keizer. Setting up a Global Linked Data Catalog of Datasets for Agriculture
32.    Lokers, Rob, Yke van Randen, Rob Knapen, Stephan Gaubitzer, Sergey Zudin and Sander Janssen. Improving Access to Big Data in Agriculture and Forestry Using Semantic Technologies
33.    Tran, Ba Huy, Alain Bouju, Christine Plumejeaud-Perreau and Vincent Bretagnolle. A Semantic Mediator for Handling Heterogeneity of Spatio-temporal Environment Data
34.    Touhami, Rim, Patrice Buche, Juliette Dibie and Liliana Ibanescu. Ontology Evolution for Experimental Data in Food
35.    Lasso, Emmanuel, Thiago Toshiyuki Thamada, Carlos Alberto Alves Meira and Juan Carlos Corrales. Graph Patterns as Representation of Rules Extracted from Decision Trees for Coffee Rust Detection
36.    Verhoeven, Deb and Toby Burrows. Aggregating Cultural Heritage Data for Research Use: The Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI)
37.    Daquino, Marilena and Francesca Tomasi. Historical Context Ontology (HiCO): a Conceptual Model for Describing Context Information of Cultural Heritage Objects
38.    Kouis, Dimitris, Evgenia Vassilakaki, Eftichia Vraimaki, Eleni Cheilakou, Amani Christiana Saint, Evangelos Sakkopoulos, Emmanouil Viennas, Erion-Vasilis Pikoulis, Nikolaos Achilleopoulos, Spiros Zervos, Giorgos Giannakopoulos, Daphne Kyriaki-Manessi, Athanasios Tsakalidis, Maria Koui and Nikolaos Nodarakis. Standardizing NDT & E techniques and Conservation Metadata for Cultural Artifacts



1.    Gareta, Cristina. ALIADA: an open source tool to easily publish Linked Data from libraries and museums
2.    Peña, Oscar, Unai Aguilera and Diego López-De-Ipiña. Resource Classification as the Basis for a Visualization Pipeline in LOD Scenarios
3.    Abbà, Simona, Anna Perin, Giancarlo Birello, Marta Vallino and Piero Caciagli. V2P2 repository, sharing open agricultural data

Gala Dinner

This year’s Gala Dinner takes place in a slightly different setting from the normal conference dinner. We will be dining in a traditional English pub which serves traditional cask conditioned English ales as well as a range of wines and malt whiskies.
The pub which is called the Oxnoble has been in existence since 1804 and takes its name from a variety of potato! You can find more details at www.theox.co.uk
The website includes a sample menu but please be aware that this is only a sample as the menu changes regularly.
We have negotiated a conference deal as follows:
Two courses                £16
Three Courses             £20
This will be payable directly to the pub on the night. You will, of course, need to purchase your own liquid refreshments
We will need to give an indication of numbers by Monday 7th September. So please send an email to Rea, rgaitanou@gmail.com to let us know if you wish to celebrate together the 9th MTSR Conference. 

Special track on European and National Projects
ΜΤSR 2015: 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference
September 9-11, 2015
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom

Aim and Scope

The aim of the track on European and National Projects of the MTSR 2015 is to promote collaboration, networking, knowledge sharing and output dissemination among EU and non-EU projects related to metadata, semantics, ontologies, research information systems, data infrastructures, linked data, open repositories and digital libraries research. In particular, the objectives of this track are:

  • To bring together representatives from different EU and non-EU projects for the purpose of knowledge sharing, problem solving, collaboration and brainstorming.
  • To provide the opportunity for representatives of these projects to engage with conference participants, disseminate research output and receive feedback, or seek collaboration and expertise.
  • To identify new opportunities for EU and non-EU-funded metadata, semantics and digital libraries research.


Paper Submissions

Interested authors can also submit to EasyChair under the type “European and National projects” either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages) reporting on either mature or ongoing research. Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other venues. Submission will be available through the EasyChair submission system. If you haven't an EasyChair account yet, you'll be asked to create it before you can access the MTSR'15 page. All submissions will follow a double-blind peer review process and will be published by Springer in the CCIS book series (see the MTSR 2015 CfP).
Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work in the form of either oral presentation or poster presentation. The Conference welcomes Workshops and Tutorial on any issues concerning the main themes of MTSR such as metadata, ontologies, semantic Web, knowledge management, software engineering and digital libraries.


Special Track Chairs

  • Emmanouel Garoufallou, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thesaloniki, Greece
  • Rania Siatri, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Stavroula Antonopoulou, American Farm School, Greece


Special Track Program Committee

  • Panos Balatsoukas, University of Manchester, UK
  • Mike Conway, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Panorea Gaitanou, Ionian University, Greece
  • Jane Greenberg, Drexel Univerisity, USA
  • R.J. Hartley, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Nikos Houssos, National Documentation Center (EKT), Greece
  • Damiana Koutsomiha, American Farm School, Greece
  • Paolo Manghi, Institute of Information Science and Techologies (ISTI), National Research Council, Italy
  • Dimitris Rousidis, University of Alcalá, Spain
  • Dimitris Spanoudakis, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcalá, Spain
  • Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University, Estonia

Special track on

Digital Libraries, Information Retrieval, Linked & Social Data 

MTSR 2015: 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference

Aim and Scope

Welcome to the “Digital Libraries, Information Retrieval, Linked & Social Data” Track that is hosted as part of MTSR 2015.
The aim of the Special Track is to bring together researchers from the broad areas of digital libraries, information retrieval, linked data and online social networking who are interested in communicating and sharing novel research approaches to the implementation of metadata, ontologies and semantics in this context.
Modern approaches to metadata, ontologies and semantics have revolutionized the design and implementation of Digital Libraries and Information Retrieval Systems, while they have made possible the management, analysis and querying of big volumes of heterogeneous data, both structured (linked data) and unstructured (e.g. social data, open data, or social networking interactions). Despite the benefits of these technologies for end users, like improved interaction with information, or better search, interpretation and sharing of data; yet there are many metadata and semantic challenges that need to be overcome in order to improve the user experience. These challenges are multi-dimensional in nature and could span from system architecture and data modeling to user interface design and evaluation, including: the implementation of linked data models in Digital Libraries, the design and evaluation of information retrieval algorithms across heterogeneous collections of structured and unstructured data; the integration, mapping and interoperability of heterogeneous linked data models and ontologies; analysis of social data for the discovery of trends and future predictions; or social network analysis.


Topics include but are not limited to contributions dealing with the following issues:

  • Ontologies and knowledge representation
  • Metadata standards, schemas and application profiles
  • Metadata and Liked data models
  • Metadata and semantic interoperability
  • Metadata and Ontology management
  • Linked data, data management and linking of heterogeneous datasets
  • Social Data management and analysis
  • Social Networking and Collaboration platforms
  • Metadata and Semantics for Social Machines
  • Metadata, semantics and ontologies for storage and retrieval of information (e.g. digital libraries, institutional repositories, search engines, social information seeking, data-mining and information retrieval systems)
  • Metadata, semantics and ontologies for digital object curation, provenance and content preservation
  • Metadata Provenance
  • Metadata and semantics for different information seeking life-cycles (e,g, searching, evaluating, using and sharing information)
  • Metrics and Quality issues for metadata and semantics (methods, measures)
  • Evaluation methodologies for metadata, semantics, ontologies and linked data
  • Human Computer Interaction and User Research in metadata and ontology design and development.
  • Comparative studies (auto generated versus human generated metadata and semantics)
  • Accessibility, profiling and content personalisation
  • Semantics in the design of Digital Library architectures and infrastructures
  • Knowledge representation and information visualisation
  • Decision support for Digital Libraries and Information Retrieval Systems
  • Collaborative filtering & recommender systems
  • Big social data
  • Big data best practices


Important Dates

  • May 19th 2015: Paper submission deadline  New submission deadline: June 5th 2015.
  • June 16th 2015 June 24th 2015: Acceptance/rejection notification
  • June 30th 2015 July 4th 2015: Camera-ready papers due
  • September 9th-11th 2015: Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom


Paper submission

Interested authors can submit to EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mtsr2015)
The following types of presentation are invited:

  • full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research
  • short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research
Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other Conferences or Journals. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity following a double-blind peer review process. Submissions associated by any MTSR member (e.g. Chairs and PC members of MTSR or any of its Tracks) will follow a double-blind peer review process by an independent review committee.

Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work in the form of either oral presentation or poster presentation. The Conference welcomes Workshops and Tutorial on any issues concerning the main themes of MTSR such as metadata, ontologies, semantic Web, knowledge management, software engineering and digital libraries.


Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) book series (http://www.springer.com/series/7899). CCIS is abstracted/indexed in DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, Scopus. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.


Publication Opportunities

Revised and extended versions of best papers will be published in selected international journals, including the Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald), International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and The International Information & Library Review (Taylor & Francis) (list incomplete).



Best paper award: This award will be presented to the authors of the best full research paper submitted and presented to the conference.

Best student paper award: The MTSR Conference sponsors a paper competition to recognize excellence in a conference paper contribution whose primary author is a student (normally at a PhD or MRes level). The student is required to present the paper at the MTSR2015 conference.

Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition.



  • Frances Johnson, Manchester Metropolitan University, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Jill Griffiths, Manchester Metropolitan University, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Emmanouel Garoufallou, Alexander Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Thessaloniki, GREECE
  • Rania Siatri, Alexander Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Thessaloniki, GREECE

Programme Committee

  • Panos Balatsoukas, University of Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Ozgu Can, Ege University, TURKEY
  • Sissi Closs, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, GERMANY
  • Mike Conway, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Phil Couch, University of Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Milena Dobreva, University of Malta, MALTA
  • Ali Emrouznejad, Aston University, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Panorea Gaitanou, Ionian University and Benaki Museum, GREECE
  • Jane Greenberg, Drexel University, USA
  • R. J. Hartley, Manchester Metropolitan University, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Nikos Korfiatis, University of East Anglia, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Rebecca Koskela, University of New Mexico, USA
  • Valentini Moniarou-Papaconstantinou, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, GREECE
  • Dimitris Rousidis, University of Alcala, SPAIN
  • Athena Salaba, Kent State University, USA
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, SPAIN
  • Christine Urquhart, Aberystwyth University, UK
  • Evgenia Vassilakaki, Technological educational Institute of Athens, GREECE
  • Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University, ESTONIA
  • Georgia Zafeiriou, University of Macedonia, GREECE


About MTSR'15

The 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference will be hosted by the Manchester Metropolitan University from 9 to 11 September, 2015. MTSR'15 aims to bring together scholars and practitioners that share a common interest in the interdisciplinary field of metadata, semantics, linked data and ontologies.

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