Call for Papers

Big data and Digital Libraries in Health, Science & Technology

MTSR 2013: 7th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference

November 19-22, 2013

Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece


Aim and Scope

Semantic technologies, like XML and RDF, have transformed the way health information and data can be managed, analysed and represented. Manifestations of health information and data may include: content on various diseases, treatments, drugs or diagnostics tests; patient health records; experimental and clinical data; clinical codes and terminologies; health care processes, models policies and methodologies; epidemiological data and statistical models; as well as research data that link health records to medical research. Modern intelligent health systems make use of metadata, linked data, semantics and ontologies as a means of attaching meaning to this type of clinical data and information, thus improving its management in terms of:  

  • retrieval, storage and information governance; 
  • share-ability among different services; 
  • interoperability between systems; and 
  • representation to clinicians, public health professionals, health commissioners, researchers and patients.  

The aim of the special track on Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies for Health Information Systems & Digital Libraries is to bring together researchers and academics in the area of Health informatics, Health Information Science, Bioinformatics and e-Health Research who are interested in communicating and sharing novel research approaches to the implementation of metadata, ontologies and semantics in the context of various types of Bio-Health Information Systems (like Digital Libraries & Big data, Decision-support systems, Health Policy Simulators, Information & Data Management Systems, Electronic Health Records, Epidemiological Surveillance Systems, or Patient Focus Systems). 


 Topics include but are not limited to contributions dealing with the following issues:

  • Ontologies and knowledge representation for clinical information
  • Big data management systems
  • Metadata standards, schemas and application profiles
  • Management of Electronic Patient Health Records
  • Metadata and semantic interoperability
  • Clinical terminologies, taxonomies and vocabularies
  • Metadata and ontologies for eHealth Research
  • Metadata and ontologies for clinical and disease policy models
  • Metadata and ontologies for Epidemiological surveillance systems
  • Metadata, semantics and ontologies for storage and retrieval of health information (e.g. digital libraries, search engines, data-mining and information retrieval systems)
  • Quality issues for metadata and semantics (methods, measures)
  • Human Computer Interaction and User research in metadata and ontology design and representation.
  • Comparative studies (auto generated versus human generated metadata and semantics)
  • Patient flow metadata and semantics
  • Patient opinion mining (sentiment analysis, multi-classification methods, data mining) 

Paper Submission

Interested authors can submit to EasyChair. 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. 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. 

Revised and extended versions of best papers will be published in selected international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald) (list incomplete).

Proceedings will be published by Springer in the CCIS book series. The proceedings will be abstracted/indexed in: Scopus, EI-Compendex, DBLP, Google Scholar, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.

We look forward to see you in Thessaloniki, one of the most beautiful and popular cities in Southeastern Europe. 

Important Dates

March 31st, 2013
Title and abstract (500 words) submission - not mandatory
June 20th, 2013
New Deadline: July 7th, 2013 Paper submission
July 31st, 2013
New Deadline: August 5th, 2013Acceptance/rejection notification
August 20th, 2013
Camera-ready papers due
Nov 19th - 22nd, 2013
Conference at Alexander Technological Educational Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece

Special Track Chairs

  • Emmanouel Garoufallou, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Panos Balatsoukas, University of Manchester, UK.

Special Track Programme Committee

  • Bin Chen, Stanford University, USA
  • Philip Couch, University of Manchester, UK
  • Natalia Grabar, Université Lille 3, FRANCE
  • Maria Grant, University of Salford, UK
  • R. J. Hartley, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Ludger Jansen, University of Rostock, GERMANY 
  • Alex Kuo, University of Victoria, CANADA
  • James McCusker, Yale University, & Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Pirkko Nykanen, University of Tampere, FINLAND
  • Ann O'Brien, Loughborough University, UK
  • Eitan Rubin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, ISRAEL
  • Dympna O'Sullivan, City University, UK
  • Minguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, SPAIN
  • Christine Urquhart, Aberystwyth University, UK
  • Fusheng Wang, Emory University, USA
  • Peter Weller, City University, UK
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