International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies

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Editor in Chief: Dr. Miguel-Angel Sicilia
ISSN online: 1744-263X
ISSN print: 1744-2621
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IJMSO aims at publishing research advances and discussions about metadata in a broad sense, and about their associated semantics and ontological structures, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and with an emphasis on domain-specific ontologies and organisational, human interaction and social issues regarding metadata annotation, use and assessment. It also intends covering Semantic Web research, as a concrete metadata-intensive technological framework in which shared and standardised semantics are a critical issue.


 Topics covered include

  • Metadata design and semantics
  • Quality of metadata
  • Evaluation and applications of metadata standards
  • Metadata annotation practices
  • Ontological and knowledge-based approaches to metadata
  • Ontologies and standard catalogues specific to business or professional domains
  • Semantic Web and ontologies in library science and digital libraries
  • Metadata-based information retrieval and browsing
  • Organisational and social aspects of Semantic Web and related technologies

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The main objective of IJMSO is to provide an open forum in which several disciplines converge and provide their perspectives regarding the complex topic of metadata creation, use and assessment. Those disciplines include Digital Libraries, the Semantic Web, Library Science and Knowledge Management, among others.


IJMSO aims at being an open forum for researchers, practitioners, managers and policy makers in the field of metadata, informing current practices with recent innovations.


IJMSO publishes original research papers providing significant results, and also short communications about innovative ideas and news, announcements and reviews regarding the topics of the journal. Articles describing schemas or ontologies for concrete applications or domains are also welcomed, provided that a digital version of the final artefact is submitted to be made publicly available.



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    Editor in Chief

  • Sicilia, Miguel-Angel, University of Alcalá, Spain

Executive Editor

  • Garoufallou, Emmanouel, Alexander Technological Educational Institute (ATEI) of Thessaloniki, Greece

Associate Editors

  • Akerkar, Rajendra, Western Norway Research Institute (Vestlandsforsking), Norway
  • Greenberg, Jane, Drexel University, USA
  • Papatheodorou, Christos, Ionian University, Greece
  • Stellato, Armando, University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy

Editorial Assistant

  • Chatzopoulou, Chrysanthi, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece

Editorial Board Members

  • Aalberg, Trond, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
  • Alemu, Getaneh, Solent University, UK
  • Bargmeyer, Bruce, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Beckett, Dave, University of Bristol, UK
  • Buche, Patrice, INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), France
  • Budin, Gerhard, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Can, Ozgu, Ege University, Turkey
  • De Luca, Ernesto William, Georg Eckert-Institute, Germany
  • Dicheva, Darina, Winston-Salem State University, USA
  • Dutta, Biswanath, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Gasevic, Dragan, Monash University, Australia
  • Gensel, Jérome, Université Pierre Mendès-France, France
  • Hori, Masahiro, Kansai University, Japan
  • Hyvonen, Eero, Aalto University, Finland
  • Kashyap, Vipul, Partners Healthcare System, Inc., USA
  • Kiryakov, Atanas, Sirma AI EAD Ltd, Bulgaria
  • Lacroix, Zoe, Arizona State University, USA
  • Ma, Zongmin, Northeastern University, China
  • Moen, William E., University of North Texas, USA
  • Rajashekar, T.B., Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Siatri, Rania, ATEI of Thessaloniki (Alexander Technological Educational Institute), Greece
  • Sowa, John F., VivoMind, USA
  • Sutton, Stuart A., University of Washington, USA
  • Taniar, David, Monash University, Australia
  • Weibel, Stuart, OCLC Office of Research, USA


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