Library Linked Data: From Vision to Reality


About the Webinar

The library and cultural institution communities have generally accepted the vision of moving to a Linked Data environment that will align and integrate their resources with those of the greater Semantic Web. But moving from vision to implementation is not easy or well-understood. A number of institutions have begun the needed infrastructure and tools development with pilot projects to provide structured data in support of discovery and navigation services for their collections and resources.

Join NISO for this webinar where speakers will highlight actual Linked Data projects within their institutions—from envisioning the model to implementation and lessons learned—and present their thoughts on how linked data benefits research, scholarly communications, and publishing.

Event Sessions

ODLAM + Historypin: A Collaborative Global Community


Jon Voss

Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director
We Are What We Do

Jon will cover the near past and future of LODLAM, plus looks under the hood at how Historypin is working to add to the ecosystem of Linked historical data.

Jon Voss has innovated solutions and community engagement on “big picture” problems for fifteen years. In the mid-nineties, his early work on social responsibility led him to develop new business practices for music festivals and rock stars through his work with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and artists like the Beastie Boys, David Crosby and Wyclef Jean. A decade later, he helped religious communities and other institutions develop and implement technology infrastructure and strategies that fit with their beliefs, cultures and daily practice. He served as the IT Director for the San Francisco Zen Center before running his own IT consulting firm for 7 years.

Today, Jon is the Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior change agency. Jon is helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through his work with Historypin and as one of the organizers of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museum Summit.

The Linked Jazz Project: Revealing the Relationships of the Jazz Community


Matt Miller

Applications Developer, NYPL Labs / Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science
NYPL Labs, New York Public Library / Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science

This talk will review how the Linked Jazz Project converted oral history transcripts into a linked open dataset and the applications that process enabled. We will also look to the next steps of the project as we begin linking our data with other institutions.

Matt Miller is an Applications Developer for NYPL Labs at the New York Public Library and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. He applies his technical knowledge to explore research interests, including: Linked Open Data in libraries and archives, data visualization, and network analysis. He holds a dual master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and History of Art from the Pratt Institute.

Linked Data Demystified: The UNLV Linked Data Project


Cory Lampert

Head of Digital Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Silvia Southwick

Digital Collections Metadata Librarian at UNLV University Libraries
UNLV University Libraries

Cory Lampert is the Head of Digital Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is responsible for management and strategic planning for the University Libraries' digital initiatives. Her research interests include digital library best practices and the evolving role of librarianship in a technological world. Cory was a recent contributor to the book, "Jump Start Your Career as a Digital Librarian" and has collaborated on several articles, presentations, and projects (including UNLV's Linked Data Study Group) to support the evolution of metadata for digital collections. She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1995 and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005. 

Silvia Southwick received her MSLIS and Ph.D. from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Her scholarly interests are generally in the area of digital library development. Topics of specific interest include metadata management, digital library technologies, and linked data. She worked as assistant professor for the MLS program at the University of Buffalo and currently is the Digital Collections Metadata Librarian at UNLV University Libraries.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on December 11, 2013. Cancellations made by December 4, 2013 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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