Special track on Metadata & Semantics for

Open Repositories, Research Information Systems and Data Infrastructures

MTSR 2015: 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference


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

  • May 19th 2015: Paper submission deadline Paper 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



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.

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.



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

Accepted papers will be published 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.

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

  • Imma SubiratsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
  • Nikos HoussosThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , National Documentation Centre (Greece)

For your intention to submit a paper, or any other inquiry,  contact track chair via imma.subirats@fao.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Special Track Programme Committee

  • Sophie Aubin, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
  • Daniele Bailo, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy
  • Thomas Baker, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Hugo Besemer, Wageningen UR Library, The Netherlands
  • Gordon Dunshire, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Jan Dvorak, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jane Greenberg, Drexel Univerisity, USA
  • Siddeswara Guru, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Keith Jeffery, Keith G Jeffery Consultants, UK
  • Kris Jack, Mendeley, 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
  • Jochen Schirrwagen, University of Bielefeld, German
  • Birgit Schmidt, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Joachim Schöpfel, University of Lille, France
  • 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
  • Zhang Xuefu, Agricultural Information Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China
  • Marcia Zeng, Kent State University, USA


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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Previous Conferences & Proceedings

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