MTSR 2013 : 7th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference


Tuesday, 19th November 2013


08:00 – 09:00

Workshop Registration


Conference Registration will be open until 12:30

9:00 – 17:00

MUMIA Interdisciplinary WG meeting

“Using Metadata and Semantics for Integrating Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing technologies”


Wednesday, 20th November 2013


08:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:10

Conference Welcome and Introductions - TBA


Chairs : TBA


General Session

Content management

10:10 – 10:30

A semantic model for personal consent management

Ozgu Can

10:30 – 10:50

Storing metadata as QR codes in multimedia streams

Athanasios Zigomitros and Constantinos Patsakis

10:50 – 11:10

Semantic mapping in CLARIN component metadata

Matej Durco and Menzo Windhouwer

11:10 – 11: 30

Leveraging semantics to represent and compute quantitative indexes. The RDFIndex approach

Jose María Álvarez-Rodríguez, José Emilio Labra-Gayo, and Patricia Ordoñez de Pablos

11:30 – 11:45

Using metadata standards to improve national and IMF data

Nalini Umashankar

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:20

Coffee break – Refreshments


Chairs : TBA


Track on European and National projects

12:20 – 12:40

Semantic accessibility to e-learning web services

Juan Manuel Dodero, Manuel Palomo-Duarte, Iván Ruiz-Rube, and Ignacio Traverso

12:40 – 13:00

Exploring the potential for mapping microdata and the web of linked data

Alberto Nogales, Miguel-Angel Sicilia, Elena García-Barriocanal, and Salvador Sánchez-Alonso

13:00 – 13:10


13:10 – 13:30

Short Presentations - TBA


13:30 – 14:20

Lunch break


Chairs : TBA

Chairs : TBA


Track on Metadata and Semantics for Cultural Collections and Applications

Track on Metadata and Semantics for Agriculture, Food and Environment

14:20 – 14:40

Federating natural history museums in natural Europe

Konstantinos Makris, Giannis Skevakis, Varvara Kalokyri, Polyxeni Arapi, Stavros Christodoulakis, John Stoitsis, Nikos Manolis, and Sarah Leon Rojas

agriOpenLink: towards adaptive agricultural processes enabled by open interfaces, linked data and services

Slobodanka D. Kathrin Tomic, Anna Fensel, Christian Aschauer, Klemens Gregor Schulmeister, Thomas Riegler, Franz Handler, Marcel Otte, and Wolfgang Auer

14:40 – 15:00

Toward common ontologies of facets of the archival access portal

Tarvo Kärberg

Issues in harvesting resources from agricultural repositories

Devika P. Madalli

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break – Refreshments

15:30 – 15:50

A meta-model agreement for architectural heritage

Michail Agathos and Sarantos Kapidakis

Preliminary work towards publishing vocabularies for germplasm and soil data as linked data

Valeria Pesce, Guntram Geser, Caterina Caracciolo, Johannes Keizer, and Giovanni L’Abate

15:50 – 16:10

Highlights of library data models in the era of linked open data

Sofia Zapounidou, Michalis Sfakakis, and Cristos Papatheodorou

Ontology-based representation of scientific laws on beef production and consumption

Piotr Kulicki, Robert Trypuz, Rafał Trójczak, Jerzy Wierzbicki, and Alicja Woźniak

16:10 – 16:30


Semantic shared spaces for task allocation in a robotic fleet for precision agriculture

Domagoj Drenjanac, Lukas Klausner, Eva Kühn, Slobodanka Dana Kathrin Tomic

16:30 – 16:50




Thursday, 21st November 2013


08:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:20

Keynote Speaker :

Associate Professor Michail Salampasis

Rethinking the Search Experience: What could professional search systems do better?



Chairs : TBA


General Session


Platforms for research data sets, system architecture and data management

10:20 – 10:40

Advancing the DFC semantic technology platform via HIVE innovation

Mike C. Conway, Jane Greenberg, Reagan Moore, Mary Whitton, and Le Zhang

10:40 – 11:00

Metadata, domain specific languages and visualizations as internal artifacts driving an agile knowledge engineering methodology

Angelos Yannopoulos, Yannis Christodoulou, Effie Bountris, Katia Savrami and Maria Douza

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break – Refreshments

11:30 – 11:50

OAIzer: configurable OAI exports over relational databases

Sandro La Bruzzo, Paolo Manghi and Alessia Bardi

11:50 – 12:10

CMSs, linked data and semantics: a linked data mashup over drupal for personalized search

Aikaterini K. Kalou, Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos, and Georgia D. Solomou

12:10 – 12:30

Linking search results, bibliographical ontologies and linked open data resources

Fabio Ricci, Javier Belmonte, Eliane Blumer, and René Schneider

12:30 – 12:50

A simple approach towards SKOSification of digital repositories

Enayat Rajabi, Miguel-Angel Sicilia, and Salvador Sanchez-Alonso

12:50 – 13:10


13:15 – 14:15

Lunch break


Chairs : TBA

Chairs : TBA


Track on Big Data and Digital Libraries in Health, Science and Technology

Track on Metadata and Semantics for Open Repositories, Research Information Systems and Data Infrastructures


14:20 – 14:40

The semantics of negation detection in archaeological grey literature

Andreas Vlachidis and Douglas Tudhope

Semantically enhanced interactions between heterogeneous data life-cycles: analyzing educational lexica in a virtual research environment

Basil Ell, Christoph Schindler, and Marc Rittberger

14:40 – 15:00

A preliminary approach on ontology-based visual query formulation for big data

Ahmet Soylu, Martin G. Skjæveland, Martin Giese, Ian Horrocks, Ernesto Jimenez-Ruiz, Evgeny Kharlamov, and Dmitriy Zheleznyakov

Integrating heterogeneous and distributed information about marine species through a top level ontology

Yannis Tzitzikas, Carlo Allocca, Chryssoula Bekiari, Yannis Marketakis, Pavlos Fafalios, Martin Doerr, Nikos Minadakis, Theodore Patkos, and Leonardo Candela

15:00 – 15:20

1-5 stars: metadata on the openness level of open data sets in Europe

Sébastien Martin, Muriel Foulonneau, and Slim Turki

A semantic approach for the annotation of figures: application to high-energy physics

Piotr Praczyk and Javier Nogueras-Iso

15:20 – 15:50

Coffee break – Refreshments

15:50 – 16:10

Personalized vaccination using ontology based profiling

Ozgu Can, Emine Sezer, Okan Bursa, and Murat Osman Unalir

Towards a stepwise method for unifying and reconciling corporate names in public contracts metadata: The CORFU technique

Jose María Álvarez-Rodríguez, Patricia Ordoñez de Pablos, Michail Vafopoulos, and José Emilio Labra-Gayo

16:10 – 16:30

Metadata requirements for repositories in health informatics research: evidence from the analysis of social media citations

Dimitris Rousidis, Emmanouel Garoufallou, Panos Balatsoukas, Kostas Paraskeuopoulos, Stella Asderi, and Damiana Koutsomiha

Merging controlled vocabularies through semantic alignment based on linked data

Ioannis Papadakis and Konstantinos Kyprianos

16:30 – 16:50

Big data for enhanced learning analytics: a case for large-scale comparative assessments

Nikolaos Korfiatis

Transient and persistent RDF views over relational databases in the context of digital repositories

Nikolaos Konstantinou, Dimitrios-Emmanuel Spanos, and Nikolas Mitrou

16:50 – 17:10


Document mark-up for different users and purposes

David King and David R. Morse

17:10 – 17:30




Gala Dinner


Friday, 22nd November 2013


10:00 – 10:50

Keynote Speaker:

ProfessorStefan Gradmann

Towards a Semantic Research Library: Digital Humanities Research, Europeana and the Linked Data Paradigm


Chairs : TBA


General Session

Metadata and Ontology validation, evaluation, mapping and interoperability

10:50 – 11:10

Encoding provenance metadata for social science datasets

Carl Lagoze, Jeremy Williams, and Lars Vilhuber

11:10 – 11:30

Using metadata to facilitate understanding and certification of assertions about the preservation properties of a preservation system

Jewel H. Ward, Hao Xu, Mike C. Conway, Terrell G. Russell, and Antoine de Torcy

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break – Refreshments

12:00 – 12:20

Tools and techniques for assessing metadata quality

Effie Tsiflidou and Nikolaos Manouselis

12:20 – 12:40

Cross-language ontology alignment utilizing machine translation models

Antonis Koukourikos, Pythagoras Karampiperis, and Giannis Stoitsis

12:40 – 13:00

Applying the nominal group technique for metadata training of domain experts

Nikos Palavitsinis, Nikos Manouselis, and Charalampos Karagiannidis

13:00 – 13:20

Perceived helpfulness of Dublin Core semantics: an empirical study

Mohammad Yasser Chuttur

13:20 – 13:40


13:45 – 14:45

Lunch break  - Visit the Byzantine Museum


Chairs : TBA

14:50 – 15:30

European and National projects presentations TBA

15:30 – 15:50

Change and a Future for Metadata

Jane Greenberg and Emmanouel Garoufallou

15:50 – 16:00

Final remarks – Closing ceremony

16:00 – 16:10

Coffee break – Refreshments

16:10 – 17:00

Project collaboration brain storming – Close session


Saturday, 23nd November 2013


 Social Program, please check MTSR website for more details

 09:00 to 15:00, Saturday, 23nd November

Trip to the Archaeological Museum of Vergina (Royal Tombs) and Thessaloniki sightseeing bus tour


The Archaeological Museum of Vergina (one hour trip from Thessaloniki) has some of the most impressive and important exhibits from the Macedonian dominated period of the Greek history. Manolis Andronikos and his associates under the Great Tumulus of Vergina village in Imathia, Central Macedonia in 1977 brought to light the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century in Greece (the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.). Have a look at:, and


Includes: bus, tourist guide, admission to Vergina Museum, bus sightseeing in the city of Thessaloniki with selected stops in important monuments and historical sites


10:00 to 13:00, Saturday, 23nd November

Eat and walk: A tasty tour made just for you...


An original gastronomical experience, for those who want to understand the Greek traditional delicacies. You will have the chance to walk through the history of food that took place in the area of Thessaloniki, taste local food, and walk through some of the oldest food markets of Europe. If you wish you may even take a cooking class or end with a full meal.







One day interdisciplinary MUMIA Working Group meeting on standards and protocols for search technologies

Date: Tuesday 19th November (9:00 – 18:00)

Venue: Hotel Electra Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece


The complexity of the tasks which need to be performed by professional searchers, which usually include not only retrieval but also information analysis, monitoring and understanding tasks, require association, pipelining and possibly integration of information as well as synchronization and coordination of multiple and potentially concurrent search views produced from different datasets, search tools and User Interfaces. Many facets of IR/NLP technologies aim to at least partially address these demands. However, companies developing search solutions and professional search systems cannot easily integrate and use the results of the tremendous success of web search technologies and the results that the many different groups in IR/NLP R&D have produced during the last two decades when the research on these areas was exploded.

This interdisciplinary MUMIA Working Group meeting aims to bring together various facets of IR/NLP research, search solution providers and search tool developers, and promote discussion between them towards the development of standards and protocols facilitating the integration of IR/NLP technologies and search tools into next generation professional search systems. These discussions and such a standardised framework are required to achieve better integration of existing, current and future IR/NLP research into the development of next generation professional search systems. We believe that the development of integrated professional search systems will greatly benefit if communication and coordination protocols are well defined to allow interoperability between different IR and NLP tools.

This one day meeting has the following objectives:

  • Bring together science and industry to discuss and prioritize the needs and challenges for developing standards and protocols in the domain of search technologies.
  • Explore the best ways to launch a standardization initiative for creating standards and protocols for integrating  IR/NLP search tools and technologies.


Co-organised with the Byzantine Museum




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