IFLA WLIC 2014 satellite meeting

Linked Data in Libraries: Let's make it happen!


14 August 2014


Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France


Linked Data beginner or expert? Librarian geek? If you're interested in making Linked Open Data happen in your environment, this conference is for you. Hosted at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris with the generous support of OCLC, this unique event should attract many talents and key leaders involved in this new and exciting vision for the future of libraries.

See: pre-conference website


During the past few years, libraries have started experimenting with Linked Data technologies: releasing open data in RDF, merging and aggregating datasets, creating prototypes, proofs of concepts and new applications for their end users, providing data services for developers inside and outside the library domain. Linked Data has been advocated both as a powerful vehicle to help libraries enter the Web and a new interoperability framework which could encourage convergence with other domains and communities such as archives and museums. The promise is also to make library online services more attractive : search engines may be able to link into library catalogues, making thereby much more easy to find entries, books, publications, etc. New library models and standards such as FRBR and RDA are now inspired by RDF and their latest developments encompass the paradigm of the triple.

With the technology becoming mature, it is more than ever necessary to build a Linked Data community in libraries, in order to share not only data, but also tools, lessons learned and demonstrated benefits of this technology to end users. This one-day event aims at bringing up actual realizations and demonstrating how Linked Data can maximize the benefit of library data for the community at large. The goal of this event is to encourage professionals who have started implementing semantic web projects in libraries to share their feedback and best practices from a real life perspective (and not only from a pure advocacy / experimental angle) with those who are willing to do the same, and also facilitate networking and possibly new projects between them.

Target audience

This event targets participants ranging from three profile types of professionals:

  • motivated librarians interested in Linked Data but not very knowledgeable yet (beginners),
  • confirmed digital curators and IT librarians who want to get more in-depth, practical, hands-on experience in development (advanced),
  • managers, middle-managers and decision-makers.

The event will be organized in 2 parallel tracks : a conference track with papers and presentations and a tutorial track with 3 slots targeted to these 3 types of target audience. See the conference website for our call for papers, conference details, registration, etc.

Programme Committee

Chairs : Emmanuelle Bermès and Gildas Illien
Members : Gordon Dunsire, Ted Fons, Kevin Ford, Ivan Herman, Antoine Isaac, Yann Nicolas, Ricardo Santos Muñoz, Jodi Schneider, Lars Svensson, Daniel Vila, Mirna Willer

Satellite Meeting, Linked Data, Information technology, France, Linked data

Last update: 18 February 2014

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