METRO, NYPL Labs, and NYU Collaborate to Host a Day of Linked Data Discussions and Activities

Following the success of the LOD-LAM Summit ( in June, 2011, discussions of Cultural Heritage Linked Data have continued at a variety of Regional LOD-LAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums) events. These events, characterized by their "Unconference" style and focus on cutting edge Semantic Web technologies, have continued to further the goals defined in the World Wide Web Consortiums Library Linked Data Incubator Report and the various outputs of the Stanford Linked Data Workshop.

Continuing this conversation, we would like to announce LOD-LAM-NYC, two related events that add up to a day of Linked Data discussions for the Cultural Heritage Sector in the NY Metropolitan Area on February 23, 2012. The event will be comprised of two separate sessions, a morning plenary, and a smaller afternoon "hands-on" workshop. While these events are being offered free-of-charge, separate registration is required for each (see below for links).

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM           Check-in and Networking
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM         LOD-LAM Plenary
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM         Break for Lunch
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM           LOD-LAM Hands-On: Linked Data in Practice
The morning sessions will introduce the topic of Linked Open Data, including a high-level discussion of relevant technologies, best practices and current trends. This plenary is intended for a general audience and will feature:
  1. A Panel Discussion and Q&A with Todd Carter (Tagasauris), Corey Harper (NYU Libraries), Evan Sandhaus (NY Times Research & Development) Seth van Hooland (Université Libre de Bruxelles),  Erik Mannes (Ghent University - IBBT), and Rebecca Guenther (Library Consultant, formerly Library of Congress).
  2. “Free Your Metadata - Why it matters”: presentation by Seth van Hooland (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Erik Mannes (Ghent University - IBBT) on the importance of metadata quality and the possibilities offered by vocabulary reconciliation.
The afternoon session is designed for metadata experts, application developers, and others interested in exploring Linked Data in practice. By the end of the session, you will have worked with a dataset, used free, available tools, and will be equipped to continue developing these skill independently. Though the session will move quickly, technical experience is not a prerequisite. The afternoon session will feature:
  • Demos, Lightning Talks & Breakout Introductions
  • Linked Data In Practice Breakout Sessions:
Register for the morning sessions here:
Register for the afternoon session here:
This event, co-organized by METRO, The New York Public Library's NYPL Labs, and New York University, sponsored by METRO, and hosted by NYPL, will accommodate 175 attendees for the morning sessions. The afternoon workshop will be smaller, with space for up to 40 participants.
Jason Kucsma
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