Call for Paper  

The 8th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2014)

 Special Track


 Metadata & Semantics for Open Repositories, Research Information Systems and Data Infrastructures

Aim and Scope

The sharing and re-use of research information is becoming an increasingly important aspect of scientific activity. Text publications are traditionally the main way of publishing research output and challenges still exist for their optimal recording and dissemination. Scientific communities increasingly recognise the immense significance of storing, discovering, processing, preserving and re-using data sets as well as other types of research objects like workflows and software. Furthermore, Public Sector Information, potentially valuable for research purposes, is provided openly by governments although not always in forms that enable re-use.

Metadata is a critical factor in this area, actually providing the means to promote black-box digital files to discoverable and re-usable objects. Rich metadata about research output needs to be recorded and disseminated, including contextual and provenance information (for example, relationships of publications and data sets with people, organisations, funding information, facilities and equipment). For certain use cases, metadata needs to be uniformly accessed across research domains, to foster collaboration and re-use of data sets among different disciplines and vertical communities. However, the recording and utilisation of domain-specific information is also significant in many circumstances. A range of open research and technical issues have to be addressed towards these goals, while it is also recognised that international harmonisation on standards and technologies is of critical importance. 

The aim of this Special Track is to serve as a forum for experts to present recent results and experiences, establish liaisons with other groups and reflect on the state-of-the-art of metadata and semantic aspects of open repositories, research information systems and data infrastructures.


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

·         Metadata, knowledge representation and relevant standards in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

·         Semantic interoperability and information integration in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

·         Application of semantic web technologies in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

·         Data infrastructures (e.g. scientific data, public sector information)

·         Contextual and provenance metadata in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

·         Metadata interoperability for data infrastructures across disciplines

·         Metadata quality in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

·         Mechanisms, tools and infrastructures for shared services in open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

·         Digital preservation workflows and mechanisms and impact on metadata

·         Value-added services based on open access repositories, research information systems and research infrastructures

Important dates

  • 13th July 2014:

New deadline: July 31st, 2014:  Paper submission (PDF File formatted in Springer LNCS style )

  • 17th August 2014: Acceptance (or rejection) notification

  • 31st August 2014: Camera-ready, revised version of accepted paper

  • 27th-29th November 2014: MTSR'14 in Karlsruhe


Interested authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (4-8 pages) reporting on either mature or ongoing research. Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other venues. 

Submission are available through the EasyChair subission system.

If you haven't an EasyChair account yet, you'll be asked to create it before you can access the MTSR'14 page.


The submissions to the Special Track will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee.

Accepted papers will be published in the book of MTSR'12 proceedings by Springer (CCIS Series) . The proceedings will be abstracted/indexed in: Scopus, EI-Compendex, DBLP, Google Scholar, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.

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

Special Track Chairs

  • Imma Subirats, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
  • Nikos Houssos, National Documentation Centre (Greece)

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Special Track Program Committee

  • Sophie Aubin, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
  • Thomas Baker, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Hugo Besemer, Wageningen UR Library, The Netherlands
  • Gordon Dunshire, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Siddeswara Guru, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Kris Jack, Mendeley, UK
  • Keith Jeffery, Keith G Jeffery Consultants, UK
  • Rebecca Koskela, University of New Mexico, USA
  • Jessica Lindholm, Malmö University, Sweden
  • Daniela Luzi, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies - Italian National Research Council (IRPPS-CNR), Italy
  • Devika P. Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Paolo Manghi, Institute of Information Science and Technologies-Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR), Italy
  • Natalia Manola, University of Athens, Greece
  • Brian Matthews, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • Eva Mendez, University Carlos III, Spain
  • Joachim Schöpfel, University of Lille, France
  • Jochen Schirrwagen, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Birgit Schmidt, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Panagiotis Stathopoulos, National Documentation Centre, Greece
  • Chrisa Tsinaraki, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Yannis Tzitzikas, University of Crete and ICS-FORTH, Greece
  • Daniel Vila, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
  • Zhong Wang, Sun-Yat-Sen University, China
  • Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
  • Marcia Zeng, Kent State University, USA

About MTSR'14

The 8th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference  will be hosted by the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences from 27 to 29 November, 2014. MTSR'14 targets researchers and practitioners from the fields of metadata and semantics research as well as applications of the semantic web and related technologies. 

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Co-organized by


Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

School of Information
School of Information
Marconi University
Georg Eckert Institute
Department of Library Science and Information Systems
Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki

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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