Dublin Core - 2022 Call for Participation

FAO/Khaled Desouki

For more than two decades, the Dublin Core community has been a fertile ground for researchers, educators, practitioners and developers to exchange and share ideas, knowledge, experience, and innovative projects on metadata for more than two decades.

The DC-2022 conference is expanding its scope to the whole spectrum of innovation in metadata design, implementation and best practices, with a special focus on challenges and opportunities in a diverse and data-intensive world.

Two years into the pandemic, rising needs for information justice and equity are pushing the metadata community to reexamine and address biases and prejudices in metadata tools and practices in order to make information more accessible to diverse communities.

Today's data-intensive, data-dependent, and data-driven environment requires metadata that is intelligent, interoperable, sharable, and reusable.

Metadata has never been more crucial than today. Trending fields such as Linked Open Data, research data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital humanities and open science depend on high-quality metadata.

The parallel growth of data and metadata challenges the metadata community to rethink its research and practices in order to stay ahead of emerging trends.

The Dublin Core conference is a venue for discussing "innovative practice" - new solutions to practical problems. It draws participants from universities, research institutions and LAMs (libraries, archives, museums), but also from corporations and government agencies.

The organizers of DC-2022 seeks inspirational submissions on innovative tools, practices or solutions while addressing theoretical, analytical, and empirical aspects of metadata.

Submissions in form of papers, reports, posters, panels, tutorials, workshops and demonstrations are welcome in the following broad categories of metadata design, deployment and best practices:

  •     Metadata principles, guidelines, and best practices
  •     Curation, governance, and sustainability
  •     Conceptual models and frameworks
  •     Entity management
  •     Lessons from implementation
  •     Interoperability and harmonization
  •     Metadata quality and validation
  •     Metadata and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA)
  •     Metadata for research data
  •     Metadata analytics, AI, and knowledge graph
  •     Metadata in digital humanities.

DC-2022 and the pandemic:

After two years of pandemic conditions and two all-virtual conferences, many of us look forward to the day when we again can meet in person, so we are exploring options for meeting in early October face-to-face, possibly in North America. The feasibility of doing so may remain unclear for many more months.

We are therefore planning that the event will, by default, again be held virtually. If it becomes possible to hold a face-to-face meeting, attendees and presenters will have the option to attend either in person or online.

Submission Guidelines:

  •     At least one author of an accepted submission must be available to present the work, at a minimum online and possibly, as an option, in person.
  •     Submissions must follow the guidelines for one of the categories enumerated below.
  •     All submissions must be in English.
  •     All submissions must be made via the Submission System, (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dc2022) which will open in late March.
  •     Submissions must be made using Open Office (.odf) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), for which templates are available.
  •     A template for papers in Latex may also be made available.

Formatting Guidelines:

  •     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
  •     Header from top: .5 in /1.27 cm

Submission categories:

Peer-reviewed papers

Peer-reviewed papers will be published online in the conference proceedings and will be available before the start of the conference. The papers are indexed by DBLP and Google Scholar.

Full papers

Full papers either describe innovative work in detail or provide critical, well-referenced overviews of key developments or good practices.

  •     Session time allotted: 20 minutes (typically 15 minutes presentation with 5 minutes for questions)
  •     Paper and presentation slides will be included in online Proceedings
  •     8-10 pages

Short papers

Short papers are narrower in scope than full papers and may be either a description of work in progress, or a project report that concisely describes a specific model, application, or activity.

  •     Session time allotted: 15 minutes (typically 10 minutes presentation with 5 minutes for questions)
  •     Paper & presentation slides included in online Proceedings
  •     4-5 pages

Other submission categories:


Posters are for the presentation of projects, research under development or late-breaking results.

  •     Abstract and poster slide image will be included in the online Proceedings
  •     2-3 page abstract


Panel sessions are organized by experts in a specific area of metadata. Each panel serves as a focused exchange regarding the latest research and/or best practice in the area.

  •     Session time allotted: 90 minutes
  •     1-2 page abstract with panelist bios of 100-150 words each
  •     Abstracts and bios will be included in the online Proceedings


Tutorials introduce specific topics of current interest in metadata practice, optionally including hands-on practice. Proposals for tutorials must include:

  •     Title of tutorial and topic to be covered (2-3 paragraphs)
  •     Target audience: beginners, intermediate users, or experts
  •     Tutorial style: lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, software installation...
  •     Any prior knowledge required (eg, RDF, programming languages)
  •     Whether participants must (or should) bring laptops or install software beforehand
  •     Length of tutorial: 1 - 1.5 hours
  •     Presenter bios (100-150 words each)

Student Forum

The DCMI Student Forum aims at providing an opportunity to masters' and doctoral students to share their experiences and exchange ideas of best practices, research in progress, and findings in areas related to metadata innovation.

Submission Deadlines

  •     Papers (long and short): May 2nd
  •     Posters, Panels, Student forum: May 31st
  •     Tutorials: by invitation
  •     Best Practices: by invitation
  •     Invited Talks: by invitation
  •     Keynotes: by invitation