1. Ingrid Mason

    People in Linked Open Data

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    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.

    Concert in St. Mark's Place, Venice, Italy (Detroit Publishing Company, 1905) | Library of Congress

    Concert in St. Mark’s Place, Venice, Italy (Detroit Publishing Company, 1905) | Library of Congress

    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:

    • Collate the different approaches to capturing and sharing data about people and the use and linking of local and persistent identifiers
    • Establish a shared public resource for these different practices to boost capacity to undertake linked open data initiatives that involve data about people
    • Establish a working group to optimise capacity for international interoperation around data about people and best practices in diverse contexts

    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.

    Election Night Crowd, Wellington, 1931 | National Library of New Zealand

    Election Night Crowd, Wellington, 1931 | National Library of New Zealand

    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.

  2. Ingrid Mason

    LODLAM Summit 2017 goes to Europe!

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    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!

    Late Summer on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. Trish Hartmann. 2013 https://www.flickr.com/photos/21078769@N00/9717003249/

    Late Summer on the Grand Canal. Trish Hartmann. 2013 CC-BY

    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 discoverysunshine, potholes, and allis 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.

    LODyssey Trip 2015 at Europeana. L to R: Antoine Isaac, Ingrid Mason, Valentine Charles, Rowan Brownlee, Hugo Manguinhas.

    LODyssey Trip 2015 at Europeana.

    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 celebratedbecause there is so much more that we can do together.

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