innovation in metadata design, implementation & best practice

DCMI 2020: Call for Proposals

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: April 13, 2020
  • Author Notification: 22 June 2020
  • Final Copy: 13 July 2020

Submission Categories

Proposals for the following categories are welcome:

We also welcome proposals from doctoral students to our Doctoral Forum

Submission Guidelines

  • At least one author of an accepted submission must be physically present at the conference to represent and present the work.
  • The technical format of all submissions must conform to the guidelines for the submission category (see below).
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All submissions must be through the Submission System.
  • Submissions for review may be submitted using Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).

The DCMI 2020 International Conference on Metadata

This year's International Conference on Metadata will held from 14 to 17 September, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.

For more than two decades, the Dublin Core™ community has supported researchers, educators, practitioners and developers in exchanging and sharing knowledge, project experience, and innovative ideas on metadata. Metadata is central in today's data-intensive, data-dependent, and data-driven environment. Trending fields such as linked (open) data, research data, new artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital humanities and open science depend on high-quality metadata to perform effectively. Metadata supports not only data management, conservation, and reuse but provides an invaluable source for analytics and knowledge discovery. The metadata community must rethink its practices to stay ahead of the next wave of developments in data-driven environments.

The DCMI 2020 conference embraces the spectrum of innovation in metadata research, applications, and analytics, with a special focus on challenges and opportunities of open data.

This year's conference will mark the 25th anniversary of the original Dublin Core™ workshop. We will both reflect on two and a half decades of innovations while looking ahead to future developments.

Since its first workshop in 1995, Dublin Core™ workshops and conferences have been a major venue for discussions both on existing practices and on opportunities for innovation. The conferences have drawn participants not only from universities, research institutions and LAMs (libraries, archives, and museums), but also from corporations and government agencies. Continuing the legacy of the Dublin Core™ conferences from the last two decades, the DCMI 2020 conference seeks inspirational submissions on innovative tools, practices, and solutions, while addressing theoretical, analytical, and empirical aspects of metadata.

Submissions in form of papers, reports, posters, panels, tutorials, workshops and demonstrations are welcome in the following broad categories of metadata design, deployment and best practices:

  • Metadata principles, guidelines, and best practices
  • Curation, governance, and sustainability
  • Conceptual models and frameworks
  • Lessons from implementation
  • Interoperability and harmonisation
  • Metadata quality and validation
  • Metadata workflows, transformations, and integration
  • Metadata for research data
  • The role of metadata for AI, analytics and knowledge discovery
  • The role of metadata in supporting digital humanities.


Submission Categories Details

Full Papers (peer-reviewed)

Full papers either describe innovative work in detail or provide critical, well-referenced overviews of key developments or good practices.

Short Papers (peer-reviewed)

Short papers are narrower in scope than full papers and may be either a description of work in progress, or a project report concisely describing a specific model, application, or activity.

Panels (peer-reviewed)

Panel sessions are organised by experts in a specific area of metadata. Each panel serves as a focused exchange regarding the latest research and/or best practice in the area.

  • Session time allotted: 90 minutes
  • 1-2 page abstract with panelist bios of 100-150 words each
  • Abstracts and bios will be included in the online Proceedings

Posters (reviewed by Programme Committee)

Posters are an opportunity to present, share and exchange information about "work-in-progress" in innovation, implementation and best practices related to metadata. These posters are not peer-reviewed in order to maximise the possibility for the presenters to engage with attendees and receive feedback from leading researchers, consultants, and practitioners of the metadata community.

  • 1-2 page abstract
  • Posters are not included in the Conference Proceedings but may (at the discretion of the author) be published on the Conference Website

Workshops (reviewed by Programme Committee)

Workshops engage participants in active work to address one or more well-defined problems or issues. The style of workshops may vary depending on the organisers, and may include presentation/discussion-based or problem-solving-based activities.

  • 3-4 hours (half-day) or 6-8 hours (full-day)
  • 1-2 pages (descriptions of objectives, format, and names of organisers)
  • Descriptions will be included in the online Proceedings

Tutorials (reviewed by Programme Committee)

Tutorials introduce specific topics of current interest in metadata practice, optionally including hands-on practice. Proposals for tutorials must include:

  • Title of tutorial and topic to be covered (2-3 paragraphs)
  • Target audience: beginners, intermediate users, or experts
  • Tutorial style: lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, software installation... Any prior knowledge required (e.g., RDF, programming languages)
  • Whether participants must (or should) bring laptops or install software beforehand
  • Length of tutorial:
    • Single session (1.5 hours)
    • Half day (3 - 4 hours)
    • Full day (6 - 8 hours)
  • Presenter bios (100-150 words each)

Formatting Guidelines

  • Page size: ISO A4 (8.27 in x 11.69 in / 21 cm x 29.69 cm)
  • Top and bottom margins: 1.18 in / 3 cm
  • Left margin: 1.14 in / 2.9 cm
  • Right margin: 1.13 in / 2.87 cm
  • Header from top: .5 in /1.27 cm

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