Call for Papers

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International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications:
Metadata for Meeting Global Challenges

3-7 September 2012, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Part of «Knowledge Technology Week 2012»

DC-2012 will explore the global, national and regional roles of metadata in addressing global challenges such as food security, the digital divide, and sustainable development. Metadata plays a significant role globally in information systems shaping how we know, monitor and change social and governmental systems affecting everything from the environment, human rights and justice to education and peace. DC-2012 will bring together in Kuching the community of metadata scholars and practitioners to engage in the exchange of knowledge and best practices in developing languages of description to meet these global challenges.


  • Submission Deadline **ENTENDED**: 30 March 2012
  • Author Notification: 25 May 2012
  • Final Copy: 29 June 2012

«Start here to submit a paper to this conference»

Beyond the conference theme, papers, reports, and poster submissions are welcome on a wide range of metadata topics, such as:

  • Metadata principles, guidelines, and best practices
  • Metadata quality (methods, tools, and practices)
  • Conceptual models and frameworks (e.g., RDF, DCAM, OAIS)
  • Application profiles
  • Metadata generation (methods, tools, and practices)
  • Metadata interoperability across domains, languages, time, structures, and scales
  • Cross-domain metadata uses (e.g., recordkeeping, preservation, curation, institutional repositories, publishing)
  • Domain metadata (e.g., for corporations, cultural memory institutions, education, government, and scientific fields)
  • Bibliographic standards (e.g., RDA, FRBR, subject headings) as Semantic Web vocabularies
  • Accessibility metadata
  • Metadata for scientific data, e-Science and grid applications
  • Social tagging and user participation in building metadata
  • Usage data (paradata/attention metadata)
  • Knowledge Organization Systems (e.g., ontologies, taxonomies, authority files, folksonomies, and thesauri) and Simple Knowledge Organization Systems (SKOS)
  • Ontology design and development
  • Integration of metadata and ontologies
  • Search engines and metadata
  • Linked data and the Semantic Web (metadata and applications)
  • Vocabulary registries and registry services


  • All submissions for papers, reports, extended poster abstracts, and community workshop and special session must do so through the DCMI Peer Review System on the conference website (see link at bottom of page).
  • Author registration with the peer review system and instructions for the submission process appear under the "Information for Authors".
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All paper, report, and extended poster abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed by the International Program Committee.
  • Unless previously arranged, accepted papers, project reports and posters must be presented in Kuching by at least one of their authors.

Submissions for Asynchronous Participation

With prior arrangement, a few exceptional papers, project reports and extended poster abstracts will be accepted for asynchronous presentation by their authors. Submissions accepted for asynchronous presentation must follow both the general author guidelines for submission as well as the following additional instructions:

  • Submission metadata in the peer review system must include a link to a YouTube presentation of the submission. A submission intended for asynchronous presentation will not be considered for peer review without the YouTube video presentation also being available for review by the Program Chairs.
  • Length of videos:
    • Papers and project reports range from 15-20 minutes
    • Posters range from 5-10 minutes

For exact instructions for video preparation and submission to YouTube, see: «».  Remote authors presenting asynchronously and conference delegates will have the opportunity to interact online during the the conference and for a period of time after the conference closes.


  • Accepted papers, project reports and poster abstracts will be published in the official Conference Proceedings at «». The full proceedings will also be published on the conference website for permanent access.
  • Special session and community workshop session abstracts will be published and made permanently available in the online conference program only.
  • Papers, research reports and poster abstracts must conform to the appropriate formatting template available through the DCMI Peer Review System.
  • Submitting authors in all categories must provide basic information regarding current professional positions and affiliations in the submission metadata as a condition of acceptance and publication.

Submission Categories

FULL PAPERS (8-10 pages; Peer-reviewed)

Full papers either describe innovative work in detail or provide critical, well-referenced overviews of key developments or good practice in the areas outlined above. Full papers will be assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Originality of the approach to the topic and potential for implementation
  2. Quality of the contribution to the implementation community
  3. Significance of the results presented
  4. Clarity of presentation

PROJECT REPORTS (4-5 pages; Peer-reviewed)

Project reports describe a specific model, application, or activity in a concise presentation. Project reports will be assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Conciseness and completeness of technical description
  2. Usability of the technical description by other potential implementers
  3. Clarity of presentation

POSTERS (1-2 pages; Peer-reviewed)

Posters are for the presentation of projects or research under development or late-breaking results. Poster submissions should consist of a one-two page extended abstract. Posters will be assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Concise statement of research or project goals and milestones
  2. Significance of the research or project
  3. Framing of key barriers and future research
  4. Statement of results and accomplishments
  5. Clarity of presentation

One or more sessions will be scheduled for display and discussion of posters at the conference venue. Instructions on the preparation of the display poster can be found at «»


Special and panel sessions are organized by experts in a specific area of metadata. Each special session serves as a focused exchange of the latest research and/or best practice in the area. A proposal for a special session consists of a single document of approximately 800-1,200 words in length containing:

  1. Session title
  2. 35-50 word abstract for use in promoting the session
  3. Brief description of the scope and motivation for the session
  4. Names and brief CVs of session facilitators, presenters, or panelists
  5. Brief CVs of the organizers (if different from #4 above)


DCMI Community Workshop & Task Group Sessions are intended to: (1) advance the specific work of DCMI entities as defined at «»; and (2) to set the work agenda for the Community or Task Group for the coming year. Note: Communities wanting to present a special session or a panel in the area of the Community's interest should submit a proposal under Special & Panel Sessions above.

Author Guidelines

Full papers, project reports and poster abstracts are accepted for publication in the DC-2012 Conference Proceedings. Submissions for review may be submitted using Open Office (.odf), Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).

In order to guarantee readability and uniformity of appearance, authors are expected to use the specifications in in the table below in formatting their submissions.  An MS DOC template is available as well as a PDF illustrating the specifications:

Reference to the « published proceedings for DC-2011 » may be of further assistance with matters of document formatting.

Maximum submission length for each category of submission as well as evaluation criteria are set out in the Call for Papers at « » .

DCMI adheres to a blind peer review process in which reviewer identities are unknown to authors. It does not use a double-blind review process; therefore, author identities are known to reviewers.

Submission Formatting Specification

  • 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
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Submissions for this conference were closed on 2012-04-30.

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