1. Bridget Almas

    LOD URLs, Persistent Identifiers and Research Data


    I’d like to propose a session in which we discuss the relationship between LOD URLs, Persistent Identifiers and Research Data. Can a LOD URL be considered a Persistent Identifier? Is LOD also Research Data? Can we apply the outputs of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) which aim to make research data shareable at scale by defining standard machine-actionable approaches to describing and interacting with persistently identified data to LOD? What benefits and disadvantages would doing so bring to the LOD community?

    We could approach this discussion by looking at some very specific examples of LOD which are both enabling and becoming embedded in digital humanities research data: place and person identifiers. Can we apply the RDA  “kernel” metadata profile strawman for Persistent Identifiers to LOD URLs as Persistent Identifiers for places and people? Can we define and register data types to describe the person and place data these identifiers reference? Would doing so enable greater interoperability and make it easier to publish, use, share and preserve LOD or would it impose restrictions that impede its publication and use?

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  2. Marcia Zeng

    LD4PE: Linked Data for Professional Educators

    Screenshot of the browsing page for the Competency Index

    Competency Index for learning Linked Data

    The Linked Data for Professional Educators (LD4PE) project [funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)] has developed a Competency Index of the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with Linked Data. Now the first version of the Competency Index has been released, along with 500+ learning resources cataloged and mapped to the Competency Index. It is time to take advantage of this tool to explore ways to combine the skills and resources for teaching different audiences and self-learning.

    This session will give a brief overview of the structure and content of the LD4PE Competency Index, the website, and associated tools provided for organizing and exposing learning resources associated with the competencies.

    The Website of LD4PE is at http://explore.dublincore.net/

    Image of the LD4PE website landing page

  3. Adrian Pohl

    Documenting Linked Open Data


    I would like to have a session about (meta)data documentation at this year’s LODLAM summit addressing questions like:

    • What aspects need to be covered when documenting Linked Open Data?
    • What parts of documentation are most important to users, i.e. what should be priorities when preparing documentation?
    • How to best provide documentation to potential users so that they can quickly learn how to use the data?


    Preparing the new version of lobid.org, we reflected on how to improve the documentation of its Linked Data API, see the blog posts on what to document and how. We are convinced that examples play an important role in the documentation process of API responses, ontologies or application profiles and have experimented with “documentation by annotation” adding annotations to live data using hypothes.is.

    In other contexts, documentation seems to also be a hot topic. When I recently skimmed through the takeaways from the LD4P and LD4L-Labs hosted a Community Input Meeting I stumbled over this unanswered question:

    “To truly understand implementations of linked data, how can the community best document and share application profiles?”

    The corresponding desideratum to be worked on within the LD4 projects reads:

    “Push for clear, publicly available application profiles for the datasets we wish to consume.”

    Looks like a documentation session would be timely.

  4. Richard Light

    Shared frames of reference


    Existing LOD projects (e.g. British Museum) demonstrate how easy it is to create a silo, simply by minting all the URLs oneself.  What we need are shared frames of reference, so that when we are making statements about a particular person, for example, we always use the same URL.  Shared frames of reference will make the ‘co-reference problem’ go away.  For cultural heritage, those frames of reference will include people, places (with an historical dimension), events, and specialized objects such as ships.

    I would like us to discuss how we can set up an environment which allows shared frames of reference to evolve out of the work of individual institutions and projects.  Also, we should talk about how we can make it easy to use such shared resources in our individual cataloguing/annotation work.

  5. Ingrid Mason



    Data about people is personal, social, political, and cultural.

    Passeggiata - Venice by Librarygroover https://www.flickr.com/photos/librarygroover/8872513950/

    Passeggiata – Venice by Librarygroover CC-BY 2.0

    The session I would like to propose for the Summit is on how using linked open data can aid in understanding the lives of people in ancient history right through to contemporary “history” and what issues can also arise.  What curatorial processes are in place to support linking and publishing openly (or not) data about people?

    Recording information in cultural customs and documentary forms about people to understand their lives, their community, their milieu, is a part of cultural heritage practice and often the subject of research.

    What are the best practices in different contexts and why?

    All delegates working in GLAMs and in digital humanities research e.g. classics, prosopography, archaeology, and history, are invited to share their curatorial ideas and practices.



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