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Special Track on Knowledge IT Artifacts (KITA) in professional communities
and aggregations (KITA 2017)

11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (
November 28th - December 1st 2017

Tallinn University, Estonia
Aim and Scope
In its broadest meaning, a Knowledge Artifact (KA) is any artifact
purposely built to enable and support knowledge-related activities. For
this reason, KAs come in very different formats and types: a personal
recipe notebook is a KA; a cooking manual is a KA; yet also a blog of
amateur cookers can be considered a KA. The common themes regard
affordances for real and deep appropriation, often cooperative practices of
knowledge representation, recording, sharing and combination.
In the last ten years, the interest of researchers from diverse fields has
increased towards the design of computational, interactive KAs (what we can
denote as Knowledge IT Artifacts, or KITA) i.e., applications and software
platforms that specifically support knowledge creation and sharing in
cooperative domains [Cabitza & Locoro, 2014], like Health-Care,
Products/Processes/Services Manufacturing, Education, and so on. In all of
these research fields authors generally acknowledge the challenges to
design for KITA that must be flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of
single practitioners and teams, to enable learning and to support decision
making. Examples of KAs that could be observed and discussed at the KITA
special track are:
* video-publishing platforms where clips show how to make home repairs and
social comments complement this information;
* online self-diagnosis and medication wizards, also as smartphone app;
* amateur blogs and fora where novices can ask experts for advices before
buying electronic devices and components;
* wiki pages that are frequently maintained by a community of enthusiasts
and give their members tutorials on how to set up arduino equipments or
allow for the sharing of 3D printing models with comments and suggestions
of the contributors.
* decision support systems that convey the most pertinent items from the
knowledge bodies mentioned above according to the situation or the user
requests, profiles and needs;
* on-line digital platforms enabling an aggregation of firms (a cluster, a
supply chain) to share valuable knowledge in order to achieve specific
strategic aims (such as internationalization, new product development, lean
* online wiki encyclopedias and manuals that represent objectively, if not
structuredly (e.g., ontologically) a body of specialist knowledge;
* multimedia learning software that integrates different content sources
and interactive techniques to have users develop both intellectual and
practical competencies on the basis of the knowledge embedded in the
* websites to share 3d printing models or electronic boards specifications
(eg: open hardware)
* social media for virtual communities of practice.

Artifacts from the above classes can be all put on a broad spectrum of
concrete applications and interactive systems. The most appreciated efforts
of the contribution would lie in describing the main assumptions related to
the nature of the knowledge that the KA at hand are intended to manage or
support; in characterizing the main objectives and goals that motivate the
KA designers and users; and in extracting both the implications for design
and lessons learnt from experience with KA that could fit the interest of a
multi-disciplinary community of scholars (across the fields of CSCL, CSCW,
HCI, KR, to mention a few) that we aim to coalesce with this Special Track.
In the hope of the organizers, this track will set the practice-based
foundations to develop a common ground and language by which the "Knowledge
Artifact" construct can become useful both to inform the design and to
evaluate the impact of knowledge-oriented technologies in the communities
of practice that adopt them and adapt them to their ever-evolving bodies of

* Knowledge Artifacts Design and evaluation
* Metadata representations of Knowledge Artifacts
* Metadata and Knowledge Artifacts in Health-Care
* Metadata and Knowledge Artifacts in Education
* Big-data and Knowledge Artifacts
* Digital fabrication
* Relationship btw Knowledge Management Technologies and IT Artifacts
* Relationship btw Knowledge Management and Collaborative-oriented
* Socio-Technical System Theory and Design
* Models, Theories and Methodologies of Knowledge, Collaboration and
* Knowledge and Data Visualization
* Knowledge Artifacts and Collaboration at the firm level in clusters and
supply chains
* Learning Technologies
* Business models enabled by Knowledge Artifacts
* Human-Data Interaction

Important Dates
* 30th June 2017 : Submission deadline for papers
* 25th July 2017 : Notification of acceptance
* 20th August 2017 : Camera-ready papers due
* 28th November - 1st December 2017 : Conference in Tallinn University
(Tallinn, Estonia)

Paper Submissions
Interested authors can submit to
The following types of presentation are invited:
* Full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research
* Short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research
* Posters (4 pages)
Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other Conferences
or Journals. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance,
originality, importance and clarity following a double-blind peer review
process. Submissions associated by any MTSR member (e.g. Chairs and PC
members of MTSR or any of its Tracks) will follow a double-blind peer
review process by an independent review committee.

Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and
guidelines. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the
Conference and present their work in the form of either oral presentation
or poster presentation. The Conference welcomes Workshops and Tutorial on
any issues concerning the main themes of MTSR such as metadata, ontologies,
semantic Web, knowledge management, software engineering and digital

Conference Proceedings
Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Communications in Computer
and Information Science (CCIS) book series. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in
Scopus, SCImago, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, DBLP, Google Scholar.
CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.

Other Publication Opportunities
Selected papers might be considered for a revised and extended version to
be published in a range of international journals, including the
International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience)
and Program (Emerald).

There are two types of awards: the Best paper award and the Best student
paper award, both sponsored by euroCRIS.
* Best paper award: This award will be presented to the authors of the best
full research paper submitted and presented to the conference.
* Best student paper award: MTSR sponsors a paper competition to recognize
excellence in a conference paper contribution whose primary author is a
student (normally at a PhD or MRes level). The student is required to
present the paper at the MTSR 2017 conference. Submissions are evaluated on
their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition.

Special Track Chairs
* Fabio Sartori, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
* Angela Locoro, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
* Arlindo Flavio da Conceicao, Instituto de Ciencia e Tecnologia (ICT),
Universidade Estadual Paulista (Sao Paulo State University - UNESP), BRAZIL
For any other inquiry, contact track chair via [log in to unmask]

Cabitza, F., Locoro, A. (2014). “Made with knowledge” – Disentangling the
Knowledge Artifact by a Qualitative Literature Review. In: In Proceedings
of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information
Sharing, KMIS 2014, 64-75, 2014, Rome, Italy

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