Handbook of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies




Information on the book

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co.

Editor: Dr. Miguel-Angel Sicilia, msicilia@uah.es

Objective: To provide a reference book (not a research one) on the topics of metadata semantics and ontologies (the scope is similar to that of IJMSO). The book should be useful for students, practitioners and researchers as an authoritative reference, so authors are requested to properly and concisely report on the state of the art and to provide tables and graphs that help in understanding the status of schemas and technology and the comparison of languages, standards and other components.

This page will be updated continuously as authors are assigned and they provide skeletons and draft versions.

Tentative TOC, authors assigned and status

Please feel free to suggest chapters that you feel should be included in the book.

PART I. Foundations


C_I_1. Defining metadata. Miguel-Angel Sicilia (Univ. of Alcalá)

C_I_2. Typology of metadata and metadata uses.  E. Méndez (U. Carlos III)

C_I_3. The value and cost of metadata. M. Lytras (U. Patras)

C_I_4. A brief history of ontologies. Oscar Corcho (U. Manchester)

C_I_5. A brief history of metadata. Jane Greenberg (U. North Carolina)

C_I_6. Metadata quality. Xavier Ochoa (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador).

C_I_7. Ontologies in System Theory (E. Curras, U. Autónoma de Madrid)


PART II. Metadata and ontology languages


C_II_1. SGML and XML. Laura Papaleo (Univesity of Genova)

C_II_2. Ontology languages. Sinuhe Arroyo (Phion)

C_II_3. Other forms of metadata: ratings, comments and reviews.

C_II_4. Topic maps. Piedad Garrido (Univ. of Zaragoza)

C_II_5. Methodologies for the creation of semantic Data. E. Simperl (STI Innsbruck)

C_II_6. The Dublin Core standard. Slavic, A. (UDC Consortium, The Hague) & Polydoratou, P. (City Univ.)


PART III. Metadata and ontologies by domain


C_III_1.  Metadata and ontologies for librarianship (MARC, MODS, etc.).  Francisca Hernández (Fundación Marcelino Botín)

C_III_2.  Metadata and ontologies for e-learning (IEEE LOM, IMS, SCORM, etc). Manuel Prieto (University of Castilla La Mancha)

C_III_3.  Metadata and ontologies for health (SNOMED, OpenGalen, etc.). Gianluca Colombo (Univ. Milano-Bicocca) 

C_III_4.  Metadata and ontologies in agriculture and farming. Nikos Manouselis (Agricultural University of Athens)

C_III_5.  Metadata and ontologies in historic archives (TEI, CEI, EAD). Torsten Schaßan (Herzog August Bibliothek)

C_III_6.  Metadata and ontologies in accountancy and finance (XBRL). Eva Reyes (U. de Alcalá)

C_III_7.  Metadata and ontologies for bioinformatics (annotation, OBO) Enrique Blanco (U. of Barcelona)

C_III_8.  Metadata and ontologies for  Mechanical Objects Design and Manufacturing Fabio Sartori (U. Milano-Biccoca)

C_III_9.  Metadata and ontologies for emergency management. Leopoldo Santos (Military Emergency Unit, Spain)

C_III_10. Metadata and ontologies for tourism. Dimitris Kanellopoulos (Univ. of Patras, Greece)

C_III_11. Metadata and ontologies for multimedia. Tobias Bürger (STI Innsbruck)

C_III_12. Metadata and ontologies for long-term preservation. Lucie Verachten (Belgian State Archives)



PART IV. Technologies and systems for managing metadata


C_IV_1. Technologies for metadata storage.

C_IV_2. Technologies for metadata integration and interoperability of metadata (NISO, OAI-PHM, OCLC, etc.). Ricardo Eito Brun, GMV.

C_IV_3. Technologies for metadata extraction. Koraljka Golub, Emma Tonkin (UKOLN)

C_IV_4. Technologies for metadata search.

Requirements for authors

Chapter authors must be experts recognized in the concrete area of the chapter, with publications or relevant work experience in the area. The editor will assign chapter to qualified authors as authors nominate themselves. So please drop me an email (msicilia@uah.es) as soon as possible with the chapter(s) in which you are interested and one paragraph with an idea of what you will cover in the chapter.

Please feel free to suggest another colleague that is an expert in some related topic to nominate him/herself as a potential author.

Formatting and dates

Authors should provide a first skeleton of the chapter as soon as possible (tentative sections and subsections and some basic introductory material) and a draft version by the end of september 2008.

The final versions are due November 2008.

Book trim size for the handbook will be 9.75” x 6.50”. Chapter contributors can follow the book style files instructions for “Review Volume (Multiple Authors)” available at World Scientific's website: http://www.worldscientific.com/style/review_style.shtml.

The book will consist of approximately 800-1000 pages.