Lina Bountouri | 24 Mar 21:57 2015

MTSR 2015: Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications, 1st Call for Papers

Apologies for cross-posting


Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications

Part of the 9th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research (MTSR 2015), 9 - 11 September 2015, Manchester, UK

Submission deadline: May 19th, 2015

Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series



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.


The papers in this special track should be original and of high quality, addressing issues in areas such as:

  • Cultural heritage metadata models, standards, interoperability, mappings and integration
  • Automated metadata extraction
  • Ontologies and knowledge representation for the cultural heritage domain
  • Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from Cultural Heritage collections
  • Collection models and item - collection relationships representation
  • Collection - level metadata modeling and management
  • Linked open data approaches for the cultural heritage domain
  • Composite content-discovery and management of components and interrelationships
  • Publication, linking and citation of Cultural Heritage information and resources
  • Large volume content management - high resolution image data sets
  • 3D models-indexing, storage and retrieval approaches
  • Federation of repositories/data infrastructures
  • Integration of intra or inter disciplinary heterogeneous resources
  • Infrastructures for sharing content
  • Digital Curation workflows and models
  • Preservation metadata for cultural heritage digital objects
  • Metadata quality metrics
  • Case studies


Authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages). Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines.

The submitted papers will undergo the same peer review as the submissions for MTSR 2015 and accepted contributions will be published in the MTSR 2015 proceedings (Springer CCIS series). Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work.

Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended and revised versions of their papers for possible publication in selected international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald) (list incomplete).

More information on submission can be found at the MTSR 2015 call for papers web page.



May 19th, 2015: Paper submission

June 16th, 2015: Acceptance/rejection notification

June 30th, 2015: Camera-ready papers due

September 9th-11th, 2015: Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK



Michalis Sfakakis, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (

Lina Bountouri, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (

Subirats, Imma (OPCC | 16 Mar 10:10 2015

OR2015 NEWS: Registration Opens, Speakers from Mozilla and Google Announced

- OR2015 NEWS: Registration Opens; Speakers from Mozilla and Google Announced -
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories, to be held on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. Full registration details and a link to the registration form may be found at:

OR2015 is co-hosted by Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech Libraries.

-- OR2015 Registration and Fees --

An early registration fee of $450 USD will be available until May 8. After May 8, the registration fee will increase to $500 USD. This registration fee covers participation in general conference sessions, workshops, and interest group sessions, as well as the conference dinner on Wednesday, June 10 and poster reception on Tuesday, June 9. For a draft outline of the conference schedule, please see:

Participants may register online at: If you have any questions about registering for OR2015, please contact the Conference Registrar at iuconfs-GZvvpLG7cYSeodoxqx+5/ Any other questions about the conference may be directed to the conference organizing committee by using the form at:

-- Hotel Reservations --

The OR2015 conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis hotel, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Special room rates at the Hyatt starting at $159 USD per night have been negotiated for conference attendees and will be available for booking through May 16. More information on hotel reservations and travel is available at:

-- Keynote and Featured Speakers --

Reflecting the significant milestone of the 10th Open Repositories conference and this year's theme of "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads," we are pleased to announce the conference's two plenary speakers:

Kaitlin Thaney will be giving the opening keynote talk on the morning of Tuesday, June 9. Kaitlin is director of the Mozilla Science Lab, an open science initiative of the Mozilla Foundation focused on innovation, best practice and skills training for research. Prior to Mozilla, she served as the Manager of External Partnerships at Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of technology. Kaitlin also advises the UK government on infrastructure for data intensive science and business, serves as a Director for DataKind UK, and is the founding co-chair for the Strata Conference series in London on big data. Prior to Mozilla and Digitial Science, Kaitlin managed the science program at Creative Commons, worked with MIT and Microsoft, and wrote for the Boston Globe. You can learn more about the Science Lab at  and follow Kaitlin online at <at> kaythaney.

Anurag Acharya will be the featured speaker at the plenary session on the morning of Wednesday, June 10, presenting on "Indexing repositories: pitfalls and best practices." Anurag is a Distinguished Engineer at Google and creator of Google Scholar, and he previously led the indexing group at Google. He has a Bachelors in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon. Prior to joining Google, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
We look forward to seeing you at OR2015!

Jon Dunn, Julie Speer, and Sarah Shreeves
OR2015 Conference Organizing Committee

Holly Mercer, William Nixon, and Imma Subirats
OR2015 Program Co-Chairs



Thomas Scheffler | 13 Mar 14:42 2015

MODS XML Schema not restrictive enough


I recently came across an MODS import problem. We received a MODS 
document from an external source that validated against the XML Schema 
( but was not valid 
against the standard.

For relatedItem [1] the standard says: "The use of the type attribute is 
required." We rely on this fact that we know what type of related item 
is referenced here. As XML Schema support these restrictions, I would 
kindly ask to add  <at> use="required" to every attribute that is required by 
the standard to XML Schema documents.

This problem is also in the current version (3.5) of the schema document.

kind regards,


[1] -


Thomas Scheffler
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Bibliotheksplatz 2
07743 Jena
Phone: ++49 3641 940027
FAX:   ++49 3641 940022

Meehleib, Tracy | 10 Mar 15:22 2015

Re: LC NDMSO -- Schemas & XSLTs on GitHub

Hi All,


Our office is discussing how we might be best able to make schemas and XSLTs available via GitHub. Our 2014 survey clearly indicated community interest in this. We need to work out the workflow on our side and are discussing this. Thanks for your interest. Stay tuned.


Best, Tracy



Tracy Meehleib

Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE

Washington, DC 20540-4402
+1 202 707 0121 (voice)
+1 202 707 0115 (fax)

tmee <at>




From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:MODS <at> LISTSERV.LOC.GOV] On Behalf Of Kevin S. Clarke
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: [MODS] MODS2MARC21slim.xsl hierarchicalGeographic typo


On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 7:53 AM, Nick Ruest <ruestn <at>> wrote:

Related, what's the chance/possibility that this and related LoC XSLTs could make their way into the LoC GitHub org[2]?


Yes, this would be great!



Nick Ruest | 10 Mar 12:53 2015

MODS2MARC21slim.xsl hierarchicalGeographic typo


Greetings from the Islandora community!

We noticed that there is a typo in the current version of 
MODS2MARC21slim.xsl[1]; on line 867 hierarchicalGeographic is 

Related, what's the chance/possibility that this and related LoC XSLTs 
could make their way into the LoC GitHub org[2]?




Alix Bentrud | 5 Mar 16:32 2015

Announcement LYRASIS is offering online metadata classes with instructor Rebecca Guenther

LYRASIS is offering online classes on metadata with instructor Rebecca Guenther



Follow the links for more information on each class.


Introduction to Preservation Metadata      4/16/2015    2:00 PM- 4:00 PM ET


Advanced Preservation Metadata: How to Make it Happen     4/29 & 30/2015   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET


Metadata for Digitization and Preservation   5/20 & 21/2015     10:00AM – 12:PM ET



To register or to see the full LYRASIS class schedule go to




Alix Bentrud
Preservation Services Librarian

800.999.8558 x 4875 Main
404.387.4853 Cell

alix.bentrud Skype



Melanie Wacker | 13 Feb 23:28 2015

Job Posting: Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Metadata Librarian.

The purpose of this position is to develop, document, maintain and apply standards and procedures for creating metadata used to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content generated by the Libraries and other units within Information Services; to work with the Digital Programs Division and Technology Services Group to ensure and coordinate integration of digital metadata with local and national systems, and to provide full original cataloging for resources in a variety of languages, formats and media.

The position manages research publication metadata curation and identity management for the ColumbiaPARC system and contributes to similar initiatives with other research libraries.

Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, the incumbent:

1. Assists in metadata creation, application and maintenance for digital and physical objects system-wide. This includes consultations, creating and maintaining documentation, data analysis, training, quality control, data transformation, investigation of new tools & standards, and development of standards and best practices. Provides full original cataloging for resources in a variety of languages, formats and media.

2. Contributes to departmental, division and national cataloging/metadata policy and procedure development by identifying issues, preparing documentation and training, and serving on local, national, and international committees and task forces.

3. Creates and maintains departmental websites, wikis and blogs.

4. Provides technical support for the Libraries, particularly for metadata transformation and remediation tools such as Oxygen, MARCEdit, and Open Refine.

5. Curates research publication data and provides identity management for ColumbiaPARC.

6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Degree Required:

MLS or PhD or equivalent  


Minimum Qualifications:

- In-depth knowledge of metadata format and content standards.
- Working knowledge of identities management systems, including ORCID, VIAF/ISNI.
- Experience in name authority work and disambiguation strategies.
- Working knowledge of cataloging standards and procedures (RDA, MODS, MARC 21, LCSH, FAST).
- Working knowledge of metadata tools and systems.
- Working knowledge of XML/XSLT/XQuery and RDF/SPARQL.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Relevant experience in an academic environment.
- Extensive work in non-MARC metadata creation and curation, experience in providing technical services support for academic repositories and quality control for diverse projects.
- Aptitude for technology.
- Familiarity with linked data concepts.


Preferred Qualifications:

- Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units.
- Analytical skills and project management skills.
- Aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Understanding of the research and grant process.
- Ability to work across divisions and with faculty and scholars.  


Applications should be submitted through the following link:


One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


Bill Walker | 11 Feb 21:41 2015

Online Conference Announcement

Please excuse duplication

"Linked Data & RDF: New Frontiers in Metadata and Access"
An Amigos Online Conference
April 23, 2015
Call for Presentations

Amigos Library Services is seeking presentations for its April 23 online conference, "Linked Data & RDF:
New Frontiers in Metadata and Access" that will explore RDF, linked data and their applications in

RDF and the Semantic Web promise to change and enhance the way users are guided to information. Libraries
are eager to enable access to their resources not only from within their catalogs but also from web

We are looking for presenters and presentations on the following topics:
	*RDF and linked data basics: explanations of what these are, how they work, and their potential for
libraries and other cultural heritage institutions.
	*Innovative applications of RDF and linked data in libraries and archives
	*Searching RDF: SPARQL, the query language for RDF documents
	*Emerging standards for linked data and RDF in libraries
	*Systems for searching, displaying and inputting RDF 
	*BibFrame, the LC replacement for MARC 21
	*Ontologies, OWL, RDFS 

If you can speak on one of the topics or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal to by March 5, 2015. Don't worry if you've never presented online. It's
easy and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

For more information about this conference, contact Bill Walker, walker <at> or 800-843-8482,
ext. 2853.

Bill Walker
Metadata and Digitization Specialist
Amigos Library Services
14400 Midway Road | Dallas, TX 75244-3509
800-843-8482 x 2853 | 972-340-2853 (direct) | walker <at>

Michele R Combs | 10 Feb 22:40 2015

Fwd: Call for papers - Journal of Library Metadata Special Issue on Controlled Vocabularies and the Semantic Web

This was posted to the LITA list, thought it might be of interest.

Michele Combs
Lead Archivist
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries


Call for Papers 

Journal of Library Metadata Special Issue 

Controlled Vocabularies and the Semantic Web 

Ranging from large national libraries to small and medium-sized institutions, 
many cultural heritage organizations, including libraries, archives, and 
museums, have been working with controlled vocabularies in linked data and 
semantic web contexts. Such work has included transforming existing 
vocabularies, thesauri, subject heading schemes, authority files, term and code 
lists into SKOS and other machine-consumable linked data formats. 

This special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata welcomes articles from a 
wide variety of types and sizes of organizations on a wide range of topics 
related to controlled vocabularies, ontologies, and models for linked data and 
semantic web deployment, whether theoretical, experimental, or actual. 

Topics include, but are not restricted to the following: 
Converting existing vocabularies into SKOS and/or other linked data formats. 
Publishing local vocabularies as linked data in online repositories such as the 
Open Metadata Registry. 
Development or use of special tools, platforms and interfaces that facilitate 
the creation and deployment of vocabularies as linked data. 
Working with Linked Data / Semantic Web W3C standards such as RDF, RDFS, SKOS, 
and OWL. 
Work with the BIBFRAME, Europeana, DPLA, CIDOC-CRM, or other linked data / 
semantic web models, frameworks, and ontologies. 
Challenges in transforming existing vocabularies and models into linked data 
and semantic web vocabularies and models. 
Click here for a complete list of possible topics: 

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a proposal (approximately 
500 words) including a problem statement, problem significance, objectives, 
methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress). 
Proposals must be received by March 1, 2015. Full manuscripts (4000-7000 words) 
are expected to be submitted by June 1, 2015. All submitted manuscripts will be 
reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Please forward inquiries and proposal 
submissions electronically to the guest editors at

Jung-ran Park 
Drexel University 

Guest Editor 
Jody Perkins 
Miami University 

Guest Editor 
Steve Miller 
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 

To maximize your use of LITA-L or to unsubscribe, see

Strong, Marcy | 4 Feb 21:55 2015

typeOfResource for digitzed letter

Hi everyone,


I am looking for some guidance related to the <typeOfResource> element. I have a collection of digitized letters that I am working on and am wavering between the use of “text” vs. “still image.” The letters are clearly text and if I was actually describing the letters themselves, then it would seem an easy decision. However, I am working with TIFF files of pictures of the letters, for which “still image” seems more appropriate to the file type.


My question is which version of the material I should have in mind when using this field: the original versions or the digitized? And what kind of repercussions might it have in my digital asset management system?





Marcy A. Strong

Head of Metadata Services

River Campus Libraries

University of Rochester

755 Library Road

Rochester, NY  14627-0055

(585) 273-2325 |


Melanie Wacker | 28 Jan 20:44 2015

Addition of <itemIdentifier>

the MODS Editorial Committee discussed the addition of the subelements <copyNumber> and <barcode>  under <location><physicalLocation><holdingSimple><copyInformation>
originally requested here:

The MODS EC is proposing the addition of a repeatable <itemIdentifer> subelement with type attribute that
could be used to specify what type of itemIdentifier is being recorded. There would be no controlled list
of itemIdentifier types, but there may be suggested ones in the MODS guidelines.
For example:
<itemIdentifer <at> type='barcode'>
<itemIdentifier <at> type='copyNumber'>
<itemIdentifier <at> type='accessionNumber'>

We were unsure if the addition of a typeURI attribute (as available under <identifier> for
example: is also warranted.
Please let us know if you have any use cases for this attribute and please send us your comments on the
proposal above.

Melanie Wacker
on behalf of the MODS Editorial Committee