Special track on Metadata and Semantics for Agriculture, Food & Environment (AgroSEM'16)
MTSR 2016: 10th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference
November 22-25, 2016
Rome, Italy

Aim and Scope

The 9th Edition of the Special Track on Metadata and Semantics for Agriculture, Food & Environment is hosted as part of MTSR 2016. This track aims to bring together researchers and practitioners that are dealing with theoretical, methodological, experimental and application-oriented aspects of knowledge engineering, applied to agriculture, food and environment. It aims to serve as a discussion forum where researchers and interested experts will present the results of their work, and establish liaisons with other groups that are working on related subjects. In addition, it aims to outline the rich potential of these subjects as an application field for advanced metadata- and semantic-driven systems and services.


Special Track Chairs

  • Juliette Dibie. AgroParisTech & INRA (France)
  • Liliana Ibanescu. AgroParisTech & INRA (France)



Topics include but are not limited to contributions dealing with the following issues in the context of agriculture, food & environment:

  • Information standards and specifications
  • Metadata schemas and application profiles
  • Multilingual vocabularies, taxonomies, glossaries and thesauri
  • Metadata generation, harvesting, and exchange
  • Knowledge representation, acquisition, elicitation and extraction
  • Knowledge integration, semantic annotation
  • Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, Linked Open Vocabularies
  • Infrastructures, systems and services for knowledge organization
  • Knowledge repositories and archives
  • Ontology approaches, models, theories, and languages
  • Ontology development, integration, lifecycle (construction, alignment, evolution …), and evaluation
  • Management of large ontology-driven knowledge bases


Important Dates

  • 15th May 2016 : Submission deadline
  • 30th June 2016 : Notification of acceptance
  • 10th July 2016 : Camera-ready papers due
  • 22nd – 25th November 2016 : Conference at the UniversitätBibliothek of Göttingen (Germany)


Paper submission

Interested authors can submit to
The following types of presentation are invited:
  • Full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research
  • Short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research
  • Posters (4 pages)
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.

Conference Proceedings

Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) book series ( 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.


Other Publication Opportunities

Selected papers might be considered for a revised and extended version to be published in a range of international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience) (, Program (Emerald) ( and the International Information & Library Review (Taylor & Francis) (



There are two types of awards: the Best paper award and the Best student paper award, both sponsored by euroCRIS (

  • 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:  MTSR 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 MTSR 2016 conference.

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


Programme Committee

Ioannis Athanasiadis, Wageningen University (The Netherlands)

Christopher Brewster, TNO, (The Netherlands)
Lilia Berrahou, LIRMM (France)
Patrice Buche. INRA (France) 
Caterina Caracciolo, FAO of the United Nations (Italy)
Rainer Baritz, FAO of the United Nations (Italy) 
Johannes Keizer, FAO of the United Nations (Italy)
Stasinos Konstantopoulos, NCSR “Demokritos” (Greece)
Daniel Martini , Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e. V. (KTBL) 
Ajit Maru, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (Italy) 
Claire Nedellec. INRA (France) 
Jr. Ivo Pierozzi. Embrapa Agricultural Informatics (Brazil)
Vassilis Protonotarios, Agro-Know (Greece)
Mathieu Roche. CIRAD (France)
Catherine Roussey. IRSTEA (France)
Ben Schaap, Global Open Data in Agriculutre and Nutrition, GODAN (The Netherlands)
Miguel-Ángel Sicilia. University of Alcalá (Spain) 
Marc Taconet, FAO of the United Nations (Italy) 
Jan Top Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Sciences (The Netherlands)

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Previous Conferences & Proceedings

Proceedings have been published in the Springer's CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science) Series in previous events