Dear colleagues,

Please find below a call for papers for a special issue that we are preparing. Full submissions will be open until July 1st **EXTENDED**

Best regards,

Nikos Palavitsinis


International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies  (IJMSO)

Call for Papers

Special Issue on: "Advances in Metadata and Semantics for Learning Infrastructures" 

Guest Editors:
Nikos Palavitsinis, University of Alcala de Henares, Spain, and Agro-Know Technologies, Greece
Joris Klerkx, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador

A growing body of learning infrastructures and aggregators is making digital learning resources available to any user searching for educational content on various topics, through federations of learning repositories. The fundamental reasons behind this trend include growing educational demands in all countries, the limited capacity of face-to-face education, the effort and cost involved in building multimedia learning materials, and the new possibilities offered by the Internet.

Although well-known search engines can in fact successfully retrieve millions of documents that exist online, based on some keywords, the fact remains that there is no guarantee that the results will contain trustable material which is exploitable in an educational setting. Such information can usually be found in a complete metadata record, which is not the case in many of the aforementioned search results.

Through the vast number of existing repositories, millions of learning resources are being made available; a fact that raises various research topics having to do with, amongst other things, the technology that supports them, the standards being used to describe learning objects, the quality of learning, metadata within the repositories, etc.

Openness of content and sharing of resources are also part of the ethical but also very technical issues that arise for learning repositories and learning infrastructures in general. The general aim of this special issue is to assess the current status and technologies, as well as to outline the major challenges and future perspectives, related to the development of learning repositories and wider infrastructures. It aims to provide an overview of the state of the art in this field by including a wide range of interdisciplinary contributions. Overall, it aims to outline the rich potential of repositories for learning as an application field for advanced metadata- and semantic-driven systems and services.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

- Information standards and specifications
- Metadata schemas and application profiles
- Multilingual vocabularies, taxonomies, glossaries and thesauri
- (Semi-) automatic metadata generation
- Visualisation techniques for metadata, content, repositories
- Metadata metrics
- Learning content search and exchange
- Infrastructures, systems and services for knowledge organisatio- n
- Learning content archives' preservation and maintenance
- Ontology approaches, models, theories and languages
- Semantic representation of learning materials
- Cloud facilities and supercomputing for learning infrastructures
- Attention, usage metadata and paradata for learning analytics
- Quality in metadata
- Multilingual metadata and semantics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Submission of extended abstract (recommended-not obligatory): 1 April, 2012 (by email)
Notification of appropriateness: 15 April, 2012
Manuscript submission: 15 June, 2012 (online)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1 September, 2012
Final manuscript due: 1 November, 2012

Editors and Notes

Potential contributors are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstract for feedback as to the suitability of proposed papers to the following address before 1 April 2012: [log in to unmask]

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to Online Submissions of Papers. If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact [log in to unmask], describing the exact problem you experience. (Please include in your email the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors)
Nikos Palavitsinis

PhD Candidate in University of Alcala de Henares, Spain
MSc in Geographic Information Systems, Agricultural University of Athens
BSc Information Systems, Athens University of Economics & Business
Department of Management Science & Technology
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