LODLAM 2017 in Venice, Italy

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 Summit will be limited to about 100 participants, and limited travel grants will be available. Our sponsors will help to cover the costs of the Summit including attendee meals and support of the LODLAM Challenge awards. We have several sponsorship opportunities available and are actively seeking partners to help support the international collaboration that has grown over the past six years and gained momentum. If you are interested please contact us!

The LODLAM Challenge will highlight data visualizations, tools, mashups, meshups, and all types of use cases for Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums. Challenge participants will register for a single heat held during the Australian fall.

The LODLAM Summit is being timed to run in collaboration with the International Workshop on “Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits” organized by CDEC Foundation as part of EHRI project in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University, also being held in Venice, University of Ca’ Foscari: June 29-30, 2017. Collaboration and coordination between the organizing groups boosts options for attendance, exposure and promotion.

How will the Summit be organized?

The LODLAM Summit will utilize the Open Space Technology meeting format, designed to give this group of expert innovators the time and space to freely identify and address as a group the most pressing issues related to forwarding Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums. This format involves an initial session in which the participants collaboratively create the agenda for breakout sessions for the first day.

Because the LODLAM Summit is action-oriented, a similar process happens on the second day, but with a focus on actionable items, documentation, and collaboration over the short term period of the next year. The meeting is based on the two primary principles of passion and responsibility: passion to jump in and play an active role, and responsibility to lead and follow through with action. No papers will be submitted or read, no plenaries given, and everyone will participate.

In essence, Open Space puts a focus on convening passionate players across multiple disciplines to address one specific question or theme; in this case the question is “How do we expand international adoption of Linked Open Data among Libraries, Archives, and Museums?”

Is it open to all?

Unfortunately, we can only accommodate about 100 people, so we are seeking representative candidates from a broad range of institutions from around the world with diverse levels of leadership and technical expertise. We will hold future meetings at various locations around the world that will be open to more participants. All summit proceedings will be open and published.

Who should attend?

The ideal candidate may be a programmer, academic, administrator, lawyer, LAM professional, or any number of things, but will have at least a working understanding of Linked Open Data if not some direct experience with the technology or policies involved. Participants will have the authority in their position to implement policy or technology, or influence decision makers in their institution or sector. We will be looking for people that have organized others in their field around Linked Open Data and will have a wide sphere of influence. We seek to have at least 50% of participating institutions contribute to a working use case, so the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to that goal.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the meeting will be $100 and will include lunch and beverages for both days of the Summit. Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the Summit. We will provide information about discounted accommodations in early 2017.

How do I apply?

There will be online applications available starting in October.

I’m coming! Should I submit a paper? Put together a slide deck?

Nope! With the exception of Dork Shorts, which are 2 minute briefs in which anyone has a chance to tell the group about their work, all of the sessions are opportunities to work with fellow participants and explore ideas/concepts/actions/planning.

Who are the organizers?

2017 International Organizing Committee

Program Chairs:

  • Antoine Isaac (Europeana, Europe) @antoine_isaac
  • Ingrid Mason (AARNet, Australia) @1n9r1d
  • Silvia Mazzini (Regesta.exe, Italy) @silvia_mazzini
  • Cristina Pattuelli (Pratt Institute, USA; University of Bologna, Italy) @cristinapattuel

Logistics Organizer:

  • Andrea Barbon (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Italy)

Technical Challenge Organizer:

  • Valentine Charles (Europeana, Europe) @valentinec89

Committee members:

  • Geoff Browell (King’s College London, England) @aim25news
  • Rowan Brownlee (Intersect, Australia) @eresRowan
  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang (Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan) @trc4identica
  • Joan Cobb (Getty Institute, USA) @joanbcobb
  • Pasquale Gagliardi (Fondazione Cini, Italy)
  • Nate Hill (METRO, USA) @natenatenate
  • Andrea Wei-Ching Huang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) @andreasinica
  • Dean B. Krafft (Cornell University Library, VIVO, LD4L, USA) @krafft
  • Maurizio Lancia (CNR, Italy)
  • Asa Letourneau (Public Record Office Victoria, Melbourne) @asaletourneau
  • Devika Madalli (DRTC, Bangalore, India)
  • Andrea Marchetti (Institute of Informatics and Telematics of CNR) @Andrea_Marchett
  • Mark Matienzo (Stanford University Libraries, USA) @anarchivist
  • Matt Miller (NYPL Labs, USA) @thisismmiller
  • Adam Moriarty (Auckland Museum) @adamrmor
  • Andy Neale (DigitalNZ, National Library of New Zealand) @andyhkn
  • Adrian Pohl (North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center, hbz, Germany) @acka47
  • David Ramírez-Ordóñez (Fundación Conector, Colombia) @hiperterminal
  • Francesca Tomasi (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Conal Tuohy (freelance) @conal_tuohy
  • Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics, Japan) @takechan2000
  • Chiara Veninata (University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy) @ChiaraVeninata
  • Anne Washington (University of Houston, USA) @amgwashington
  • Richard Wallis (Independent Consultant – Data Liberate, UK) @rjw
  • Rob Warren (Muninn Project, Canada) @muninn_project
  • Marcia Zeng (Kent State University, Ohio) @marciazeng
  • Alessandro Zucchini (Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy)


Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Linking sponsors


Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Supporting sponsors

The Getty
Casalini Libri

Challenge sponsors


Travel awards sponsors

Digital Library Federation


con il patrocinio

With the patronage of

AgID MAECI Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations ICOM Italia anai
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