Applications for the 2017 international LODLAM Summit are now closed and delegate places have been confirmed.
The Fourth International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums (LODLAM) summit will be held in Venice, Italy, at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini June 28-29 , 2017.
LODLAM stands for Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums. Linked data is a combination of techniques, tools and web standards that enable the World Wide Web to evolve from a web of documents to a web of data. When applied to libraries, archives, and museums, linked data transforms the way we discover, analyze, and visualize cultural, scientific and government information.
The LODLAM Summit brings together thought leaders from around the world working in digital cultural heritage, eScience, and the digital humanities to debate, network and share their ideas, latest projects, hacking skills, data management methods, and to participate in the LODLAM Challenge.
People matter and representing “people” in data and turning that into linked open data is no small feat.
Some simple examples: historical figures or people in the public sphere; creator’s of scholarly works, artworks, music; collaborators, contributors, or partners in the creation process or participants an activity or event; and characters in play or personas. There are many in the LODLAM community working with data about people and either using or keen to use persistent identifiers (their own and others) to aid with enriching their datasets for greater discovery and interoperation.
With this in mind, the program committee for the 2017 Summit have been in touch with key practitioners and leaders in the LODLAM community to test out an interest in having a post Summit meeting on the use person identifiers and data about people.
The rationale behind this outreach has been to understand if the community has an interest in and is ready for a wide ranging discussion on the capture and use of people data including persistent identifiers as part of their linked open data practices, and, critically, to work more concertedly as a community of practice.
For example, whether the community are ready to work together internationally to:
The feedback to date has been strong and positive from those we have been in touch with. The program committee are confident in proposing session at the summit to discuss the use of data about people and persistent identifiers, so we as a community can explore how practices differ and where we might like to work together. With this is mind (and with the generous support of the Cini Foundation) an extra half day has been added for a satellite meeting for 15 summit delegates (the day after the LODLAM summit) should options for further planning around international interoperation arise from the community discussion at the summit.
The LODLAM community are a wonderful mix of representatives working in cultural institutions, universities, in public and community services, and commercial organisations, with a range of viewpoints and goals.
Working together around data about people is an ambitious and important move.
But it seems apt that this kind of humanities initiative comes from a community that is passionate about making societal knowledge, culture, and history discoverable, shareable, reusable, and contestable.
It will be up to the delegates from the LODLAM community attending the Summit to determine whether the 2017 LODLAM Summit in Venice is the event that kicks off a community of practice around capturing and sharing data about people and an international working group to advance that goal, with the community support as a driving force behind that.
Where is this Linked Open Data Odyssey taking you, and, where is it taking us all?
The LODLAM Summit 2017 is going to take us to Europe.
Save the date: 28-29 June 2017!
Is it time to say that we, as a community, have enough confidence in what we have done, what we have shared, and what we now know works, to set upon another chapter in this adventure together?
We hope so!
For those that are yet join in on the action, here are three reasons to be at the LODLAM Summit 2017.
Courage is at the fore when you’re leading and participating in cultural change. Make no mistake about it, the reason a person tackles new approaches, goes to extra lengths and raises their hand to be a LODLAM Summit supporter, whether a delegate, challenge participant, sponsor, or coordinator, is because it is an opportunity to be part of that exciting change.
Learning is easy when you’re in a room with people who are open to new ideas, debate, connections, sharing ideas and developing expertise. Being in the room at the LODLAM Summit with people who are passionate about what they do, are slightly obsessed with data and technology, keen to liberate cultural heritage data, and enjoying the journey of discovery—sunshine, potholes, and all—is fantastic.
Community in action is when there seems to be a magnetic vibe that pulls you all together and draws on every drop of brilliance, energy, skill, and opportunity in a network of people. Where we, the community, decide to go is up to us.
We are really looking forward to being at the Linked Open Data: Libraries, Archives, Museums Summit 2017. Not the least because the Summit is being held in dreamy Venice and our generous hosts will be the Cini Foundation, but also because as a community, the progress we make is inspiring and to be celebrated—because there is so much more that we can do together.
Once again, a chance conversation produces a brilliant idea. This time a successful collaboration between Cristina Pattuelli (Pratt Institute, New York) and me (Regesta, Rome) led to a conversation about other projects we could work on together. The conversation turned to LODLAM and our desire to see it hosted in Europe.
Suddenly, the lightbulb turned on, the challenge was accepted, and we set about planning to host the 2017 international LODLAM summit in Venice. If Venice alone — with its stunning architecture and magical canals — isn’t enough to attract attendees, the magnificent Giorgio Cini Foundation, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, will be the site of the summit. Once a working Benedictine monastery, the Cini has been transformed into a cultural institute and meeting place for the most esteemed intellectuals, artists, politicians and economists.
The Cini’s own exceptional cultural heritage collections and their work at the forefront of digital humanities are guaranteed to inspire and enrich participants’ experience. We invite you to explore and learn more about this magnificent locale and start making plans to join us in Venice for the 2017 LODLAM Summit, June 28-29.