Friday, March 04, 2011

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Contextual Metadata: Journal of Library Metadata

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Contextual Metadata: Journal of Library Metadata

Overview: The general aim of this special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata is to assess and present practices and research on contextual metadata as a component of a metadata framework. Contextual metadata can be found in a variety of metadata systems and in all environments that maintain metadata. The guest editor seeks to outline the major issues, challenges, applications and tools, standards, guidelines, and documentation practices for contextual metadata.

Topics: Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Definitions of contextual metadata
* The influence of community on contextual metadata (e.g., disciplines, specific community-driven structures, task-oriented structures, and cross-community applications)
* Contextual metadata standards
* Contextual metadata as a component of other standards
* Dynamic and/or static contextual metadata
* Automatic contextual metadata generation from existing data
* Use and usability of contextual metadata for relevance ranking and selection
* Content analyses of contextual metadata to determine best practices
* Semantic practices in constructing contextual metadata
* Quality metrics for contextual metadata
* Centralization and decentralization of contextual metadata

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before, March 31, 2011, a proposal (up to 1000 words) clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of his or her proposed article. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified shortly about the status of their proposals. Full manuscripts (3000-7000 words) are expected to be submitted by July 10, 2011. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Guest Editor: Dr. Katherine M. Wisser, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College. Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to the guest editor at following addresses:

"The Journal of Library Metadata is the exclusive forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications in libraries and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. This focused journal comprehensively discusses practical, applicable information that libraries can effectively use in their own information discovery environments. Specialized knowledge, the latest technology, and top research are presented pertaining specifically to evolving metadata use in libraries." More information about Journal of Library Metadata can be found online: