DCMI 2023: Call for Participation

For more than two decades, the Dublin Core community has been a fertile ground for researchers, educators, practitioners, and developers to exchange and share ideas, knowledge, experience, and innovative projects on metadata.

After three years of pandemic conditions and three all-virtual conferences, many of us look forward to meeting again in person, so we are planning for an in-person meeting in early November, in Daegu, Korea. 

DCMI 2023, the twenty-first International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, will embrace the whole spectrum of innovation in metadata design, implementation, and best practices, with a special focus on challenges and opportunities in a data-intensive world.

Today's data-driven, data-dependent, and data-intensive environment requires metadata that is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR), which is the underpinning of data and knowledge ecosystems.

Metadata has never been more crucial than today. Trending fields related to digital transformation such as connected data catalogs, collaboration and remote work, artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital history and ethics, and open science depend on high-quality metadata.

The parallel growth of data and metadata challenges the metadata community to rethink its research and practices in order to stay ahead of emerging trends.

DCMI 2023 is a venue for discussing "innovative practice" - new solutions to practical problems. It draws participants from universities, research institutions, and LAMs (libraries, archives, museums), as well as corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

The organizers of DCMI 2023 seek inspirational submissions on innovative ideas, practices, and solutions that are built on theoretical models, empirical evidence, and ethical and just foundations of metadata.

Submissions in the form of papers (long and short), posters, panels, tutorials, and student forums are welcome in the following broad categories of metadata design, deployment, and best practices:

  • Metadata principles, guidelines, and best practices
  • Curation, governance, resilience, and sustainability
  • Metadata quality and validation
  • Metadata analytics
  • Conceptual models and frameworks
  • Entity modeling and management
  • Metadata vocabularies
  • Interoperability and harmonization
  • Metadata automation, AI, and knowledge graphs
  • Lessons learned from research and implementation
  • Metadata and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA)
  • Metadata history and ethics
  • Metadata for operational and research data
  • Metadata in digital humanities, open science, and business communications
  • Metadata and government
  • Metadata and commerce

Submission Guidelines

  • At least one author of an accepted submission must be physically present at the conference to present the work in person (*with an exception of the student forum).
  • Submissions must follow the guidelines for one of the categories enumerated below.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All submissions must be made via the Submission System, https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dcmi2023
  • Submissions must be a single Portable Document Format (PDF) along with the document's source.
  • The source file should be Open Office (.odf) Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), or LaTeX files in a single compressed zip file (.zip).


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

Submission Categories


  • The open-access conference proceedings are indexed by Scopus, DBLP, Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, ACM, and Crossref. Online proceedings will be available before the start of the conference. 
  • Presentation slides, poster slide images, and student forum extended abstracts will be published on the DCMI website.

Full Papers

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

  • 8-10 pages, single-spaced, plus references

Short Papers

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

  • 4-5 pages, single-spaced, plus references


Posters are for the presentation of projects, research under development, or late-breaking results.

  • 2-page abstract, single-spaced, plus references


Panel sessions are organized 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.

  • 1-2 page abstract with panelists' bios of 100-150 words each


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

  • 2-3 page proposal including:
  • Title of tutorial and topic to be covered (2-3 paragraphs)
  • Target audience and expected learning outcomes
  • Tutorial style: lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, etc.
  • Any prior knowledge required (e.g., RDF, programming languages)
  • Whether participants must (or should) bring laptops or install software beforehand
  • Presenter bios (100-150 words each)

Student Forum

The student forum aims at providing an opportunity for master's and doctoral students to share their experiences and exchange ideas of best practices, research in progress, and findings in areas related to metadata innovation. 

* Student forum will be in a hybrid format. In-person participation is encouraged with the option of virtual. 

  • Less than 1500 words plus references
  • All presenters at the student forum will receive free registration for the conference
  • All presenters attending the in-person conference will be automatically eligible for the Student Forum Award competition. The Student Forum Committee will select the winner who will receive a $500 prize to cover the travel costs

Submission Deadlines

  • Papers (full and short): May 5th May 19th, 2023, 11:59pm (AoE)
  • Posters, Panels, Tutorials, and Student Forum: May 26th June 2nd, 2023, 11:59pm (AoE)
  • Best Practices and Talks are by invitation 

Important Dates

  • Notification to authors: July 14, 2023
  • Final copy due: August 4 August 18, 2023