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The 2009 Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR) conference editorial
Article Type: The 2009 Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR) conference editorial From: The Electronic Library, Volume 29, Issue 2
The Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR) conference series started in 2005 and continued bi-annually in the years 2007 and 2009. From 2010 onwards, the event became annual due to the increasing number of high quality submissions.
The conference series is focused on theoretical and practical aspects of metadata research in a broad sense: models, languages, standards and applications among other aspects, and also on the application of semantic web technologies or any other kind of advanced metadata expression language to web applications. Metadata includes not only formal but also informal annotations (tags, folksonomies, social systems, etc), and the kind of papers cover a wide range, from formal papers to empirical studies, including different kind of application and technology reports and user studies. The conference welcomes reports on metadata deployment and use in real world projects, including digital libraries and repositories of any kind.
The 2009 edition of MTSR was organized by Università Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October. The six best papers from the conference were selected for extension and potential inclusion in The Electronic Library Journal. Only three of the six papers passed the peer review process for the extended versions, and they are included in this issue.
The paper by Segura et al. describes the results of applying machine learning techniques to the extraction of characterizations of several digital learning object repositories based on the metadata provided for their resources. These characterizations represent machine-processable statements on the actual content of repositories, which may be useful for automated repository selection.
Zschocke and Beniest propose a standardized process for the creation of digital learning object metadata based on the ISO/IEC 19796-1 standard, based on experiences of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), providing recommendations for the practical application of such processes.
Finally, Ziemba, Cornejo and Beck describe the application of ontologies to finding resources of interest easier and more effective in the context of a Water Conservation digital library, providing lessons learned and practical advice on the application of semantic browsing.
Miguel-Angel SiciliaProgramme Committee Co-chair MTSR 2009