Call for Papers

Special track on Metadata and Semantics for Agriculture, Food & Environment (AgroSEM'15)
ΜΤSR 2015: 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference
September 9-11, 2015
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom

Aim and Scope

The 8th Edition of the Special Track on Metadata and Semantics for Agriculture, Food & Environment is hosted as part of MTSR 2015. 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.



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 ΅K), and evaluation
  • Management of large ontology-driven knowledge bases include but are not limited to contributions dealing with the following issues in the context of agriculture, food & environment:


Important dates

  • May 19th 2015: Paper submission deadline (Springer LNCS style, PDF file submission) Deadline extended: 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 Submissions

Interested authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages) about complete or ongoing research.
Interested authors can submit to EasyChair ( 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 venues. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity following a double-blind peer review process. 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.



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

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


Special Track Chairs

  • Juliette Dibie. AgroParisTech & INRA (France)
  • Liliana Ibanescu. AgroParisTech & INRA (France)
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia. University of Alcala (Spain)


Special Track Program Committee

  • Christopher Brewster, Aston Business School, Aston University (United Kingdom)
  • Patrice Buche, INRA (France)
  • Caterina Caracciolo, FAO of the United Nations (Italy)
  • Sander Janssen, Alterra, Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
  • Stasinos Konstantopoulos, NCSR "Demokritos" (Greece)
  • Claire Nedellec, INRA (France)
  • Jr. Ivo Pierozzi, Embrapa Agricultural Informatics (Brazil)
  • Vassilis Protonotarios, Agro-Know (Greece)
  • Mathieu Roche, CIRAD (France)
  • Catherine Roussey, IRSTEA (France)
  • Effie Tsiflidou, Agro-Know (Greece)
  • Jan Top, Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Sciences (The Netherlands)
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Proceedings have been published in the Springer's CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science) Series in previous events