Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications
Organized by Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the 9th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research (MTSR 2015)
Cultural Heritage collections are essential knowledge infrastructures that provide a solid representation of the historical background of human communities. These knowledge infrastructures are constructed from and integrate cultural information derived from diverse memory institutions, mainly museums, archives and libraries. Each individual community has spent a lot of effort in order to develop, support and promote its own metadata as tools for the description and dissemination of cultural information, mainly related to its particular resources and use.
The exposure of cultural information into the Semantic Web makes clear that metadata have to be accurate and deeply interpretable on the semantic level. Ontologies could facilitate these procedures since they constitute conceptualizations – according to the specific point of view of a memory institution or its particular community – providing at the same time the context for interpreting the respecting metadata to their domain of discourse. At the same time, there are also inter-domain efforts targeted to semantically align data (research data, educational data, public sector information etc.) to cultural information. New challenges are also emerged from the need to incorporate cultural information into the new publication paradigms, where a variety of resources (data, metadata, processes, results, etc) are linked and integrated, providing better shareability and reusability. The management of the cultural information provides challenges associated with (i) metadata modeling, specification, standardization, extraction, evaluation, mapping, integration and effective use, (ii) knowledge representation as conceptualization to provide the context for unambiguously interpreting metadata, and (iii) information integration from different contexts for the provision of integrated access and advanced services to the users.
The aim of this Special Track is to maintain a dialogue where researchers and practitioners working on all the aspects of the cultural information will come together and exchange ideas about open issues at all stages of the metadata life cycle. The track also welcomes works related to metadata semantics and applications for new approaches to cultural information publication and sharing, as well as to interlinking to other dataset published in the Semantic Web universe.
Deadline for submission of Papers: May 19th, 2015
Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series.
For more information see: www.mtsr-conf.org/