Report on the International Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit

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A report on the 'International Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit' held in San Francisco, California June 2-3, 2011 for the 'Linked Data and Libraries 2011' event held at the …

A report on the 'International Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit' held in San Francisco, California June 2-3, 2011 for the 'Linked Data and Libraries 2011' event held at the British Library, London, UK, 14th July 2011

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  • How do explain LOD to non-techie audience?What do you need to convince others of the benefits of LOD?Killer appsMoneySuccess storiesHow do you assess the costs of doing LOD? What are the key benefits of LOD?What kind of training do the implementers of LOD need?Talis organizes LOD days, such as do you sell the idea of LOD?Put up an FAQ explaining LOD for librarians.Hash-tag: #lodfaqWhat are the questions this FAQ should answer?Do we need to use explanatory metaphors or affordances of LOD (i.e., what can be done with LOD)?
  • 50 million documents at 100 triples per document. If using triple-level provenance, assume a 10x increase in the number of triples. Assume an index and storage overhead of 100 bytes per triple. That yields 5 terabytes of storage required for this amount of linked data.
  • LOD LAM Summit has stimulated activity


  • 1. Report on the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museums Summit
    Linked Data and Libraries 2011
    British Library, London
    14th July 2011
    Adrian StevensonLOD LAM Summit Steering Committee
    UKOLN, University of Bath, UK
  • 2. LOD LAM Summit
    Summit held June 2-3rd in San Francisco
    100 People from around the world
    Organiser: Jon Voss + organising committee
    Application process to attend
    Generous funding
  • 3. Organisations
    Over 85 organisations represented
    Library of Congress, French & German National Libraries, British Library, NYPL
    National Archives of the US and UK, Archives Hub, California Digital Library
    The Met, SFMOMA, Powerhouse, Smithsonian, UK Science Museum, Culture24
    Lots of LOD LAM activity already
  • 4. LOD LAM Summit Aims
    “catalyze practical, actionable approaches to publishing Linked Open Data”:
    Identify the tools and techniques for publishing and working with Linked Open Data
    Draft precedents and policy for licensing and copyright considerations regarding publishing of LAM metadata
    Publish definitions and promote use cases to give LAM staff the tools to advocate Linked Open Data in their institutions
  • 5. How the Summit was organised
    Open Space Technology meeting format
    Initial session where collaboratively create agenda
    Then breakout sessions
    Second day: focus on actions, documentation, & collaboration over next year
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  • 8. Sessions: LOD ABC
    How to explain to non-techies
    How do you assess cost of LOD?
    What kind of training needed?
    How to sell the idea?
    LOD FAQ for Librarians, Archivists
  • 9. Sessions: The Business Case for LOD
  • 10. Sessions: Provenance/Scalability
    Same issue with attribution
    Solutions: Named graphs? Quads?
    Best Practice
  • 11. Session: Rights and Open Data
    Proposed a ‘4-star classification-scheme for linked open cultural metadata’
    ★★★★ Public Domain (CC0 / ODC PDDL / Public Domain Mark)
    ★★★ Attribution License (CC-BY / ODC-BY) when the licensor considers linkbacks to meet the attribution requirement
    ★★ Attribution License (CC-BY / ODC-BY) with another form of attribution
    ★ Attribution Share-Alike License (CC-BY-SA/ODC-ODbL)
    More on Summit blog at
  • 12. Session: Crowdsourcing LOD
    Importance of quality interface
    Ecosystem of interfaces to deal with problems - e.g. correct errors
    Issues of provenance - expert, authoritative crowdsourced content vs general public contributions
    What can crowdsourcing help with?
    Start simple, then build on emergent behaviours?
    Guidance needed on structured names for people and places
  • 13. Session: Preservation of RDF, Vocabulary Maintenance
    LOCKSS (Lots of copies keep stuff safe) for vocabularies?
    Vocabulary management toolkit:
    Metadata Registry.
    Drupal module.
    HIVE - Helping with Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering.
    Best practices for vocabulary alignment
    When to use owl:sameAs, SKOS matches (skos:exactMatch, skos:closeMatch), rdfs:seeAlso
    Workshop on this at DC2011
  • 14. Session: Users and Uses
    What user tools exist that we can build on?
    BBC, Freebase, VIVO, Open Library, Zotero
    Need open-ended tools - some things that people might want to do:
    Timelines, maps, views
    re-expose info
    filter, sort

  • 15. More Sessions …
    Lots more sessions…
    RDFaand ePub session
    Utilising existing vocabs for modeling archives
    Getting structured linked data out of LAMS
    More on the LOD LAM Pirate pad
  • 16. What next?
    Connections made and activities kick-started
    Many more LOD LAM events planned
    Tag: #lodlam
    #lodlam #london
    First meet yesterday
    Bigger event planned for November
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  • 18. CC Licence
    Sections of this presentation adapted from materials created by other LOD LAM Summit attendees
    This presentation available under creative commonsNon Commercial-Share Alike: