Linked Open Data Libraries Archives Museums (LOD-LAM) Summit

Posted by laura on March 10, 2011 under Metadata, Semantic web, Standards | Be the First to Comment

I’m stoked. I’ve been accepted to the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit. From the about page, the summit: will convene leaders in their respective areas of expertise from the humanities and sciences to catalyze practical, actionable approaches to publishing Linked Open Data, specifically:

  • Identify the tools and techniques for publishing and working with Linked Open Data
  • Draft precedents and policy for licensing and copyright considerations regarding the publishing of library, archive, and museum metadata
  • Publish definitions and promote use cases that will give LAM staff the tools they need to advocate for Linked Open Data in their institutions

It’s exciting because of its potential to spark real progress for library linked data.  I’m keen to be involved with projects where I can get my hands dirty.  I’m pretty much done with librarian conferences like ALA.  IMHO, ALA is an  echo chamber of how-we-done-it-good presentations and yet-another-survey research.  I went to an ERM presentation at the mid-winter meeting and heard a speaker discuss work flows that I’ve seen implemented in libraries for the past 13 years.  Seriously.  ALA is good for networking with fellow librarians to be sure but it isn’t the place to get bleeding edge information.  I’m ready to give my time and effort to breaking new ground.   I’m very fortunate that my boss is incredibly supportive of my LOD-LAM participation.

We want to do a linked data project with author identifiers for our faculty.  We’re a small institution.  We’ve got roughly 300 current faculty members which is a small enough number for us to create a complete set of records within a reasonable amount of time.  Our goal is to contribute our metadata to the commons and to share our experience as a use case.    I’m quite honored to be invited.  I’ve been following the work of some members of  the organizing committee for years and I’m very much looking forward to finally meeting them.

 

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