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.
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  1. valentine charles

    LODLAM Technical Challenge: Time to pick your favourite !


    The call for challenges entries is closed and it is now time to vote. Which LOD project  highlights the most innovative ideas, the most interesting data sets, the best visualisation ? Tell us which one is your favourite by adding your ratings on challenge entries’ pages.

    The five finalists will be invited to pitch their project during the LODLAM Summit in Venice (28- 29 June) and to a panel of judges who will choose the two winning teams. More details at

    L'urne, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain

    L’urne, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain

    1. Infoseg
    2. Genealogy Project
    3. DIVE+: Explorative Search for Digital Humanities
    4. CWRC / Muninn
    5. LOD Navigator
    6. Oslo public library
    7. WarSampo
    8. PROVisualizer People!
    9. aLOD
    10. JazzCats
    11. Cobis Linked Open Data Portal
    12. ResearchSpace
    13. Annif
    14. TrinkerMedia
    15. City-Zen
    16. Tag The Web
    17. TALDIS. Time and Linked Data in Space
    18. Telemeta
    19. WITH
    20. Fishing in the Data Ocean

    If you have any questions, please email Valentine Charles the 2017 LODLAM Technical Challenge Coordinator.


  2. Ingrid Mason

    People in Linked Open Data


    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.

  3. Ingrid Mason

    LODLAM Summit 2017 goes to Europe!


    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

    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.

  4. Silvia Mazzini

    LODLAM Summit in Venice

    San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight by Claude Monet, 1908 | Public domain

    San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight by Claude Monet, 1908 | Public domain

    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.


    Paolo Veronese, Le nozze di Cana, olio su tela, 1563. Il dipinto venne realizzato per la parete del refettorio progettata da Palladio nel complesso di San Giorgio Maggiore. Nel 1797 fu prelevato da Napoleone per essere trasferito al Louvre, dove è tuttora esposto. Oggi la Fondazione espone una perfetta riproduzione dell’originale, in tela.

    Paolo Veronese, The Wedding at Cana, oil on canvas, 1563. The painting was created for the wall of the refectory designed by Palladio for the Benedictine monastery. In 1797 it was taken by Napoleon and transferred to the Louvre, where it is still on exhibition today. The Cini Foundation has created a facsimile on a one-to-one scale —a ‘second original’ – and placed it in the setting for which it was originally conceived. Challenging the notion of “aura” 


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
Le città in festa

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