Seeking LODLAM Workshop Leaders 2015-16

We’re seeking volunteers to run workshops at a number of key conferences throughout 2015-16 designed to teach the basics of Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums. In doing so, we hope to strengthen a growing community of practitioners willing and able to build upon shared cultural heritage and scientific data. The expectation is that we can assemble and share the workshop plans and content to enable more and more people to host and teach them over time.

In particular, we’re looking for people to teach tools in 1.5 hr sessions with real data that address the following 4 categories:

  • Big picture view: Introduce the basic concepts of LODLAM integrating examples of what people are already doing with it.
  • Cleaning: Use Open Refine to clean and reconcile datasets to make them more usable for the public.
  • Publishing: Demonstrate ways that people can publish datasets in the library/archive/museum space – from publishing CSV’s and posting datasets in Github to rdf’izing in Open Refine or using triplestores.
  • Reusing and Building: Teach SPARQL as well as open source tools used to visualize single or multiple collections.

Let us know if you can help by filling out a workshop leader volunteer interest form:

Please contact Jon Voss (, Ethan Gruber (, or Anne Gaynor ( if you have any questions.

Register now for LODLAM Training Day August 19

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for LODLAM Training Day 2014 at the 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz), August 19, 2014 in San Jose, California.  We have an amazing lineup of hands on training sessions with LODLAM practitioners from around the world.  Thanks to the generosity of our friends at SemTechBiz, the all-day workshop series is available at the ridic price of $75, and you can even upgrade to attend the whole conference–at half off!

Registration is limited and will be first come first serve.  Please spread the word–all are welcome and both morning and afternoon streams are aimed at all levels of users, and even if you come in knowing nothing about LODLAM, you’ll walk away with ways to get started using open source tools. If you already have experience, you’ll have an opportunity to hone your skills and work with other practitioners.

Register here:

Special thanks to everyone who stepped up to lead sessions and help organize, and especially to Eric Franzon at SemTechBiz for making this possible!  And feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions.


Publishing, Sharing, and Opening

  • 8:30-9:30 Silvia Southwick and Cory Lampert, UNLV,  Librarians’ adventure into LODLAM
  • 9:30-10:20 Eric Lease Morgan, Notre Dame, Publishing LOD with a bent toward archivists
  • 10:30-11:20 Rob Sanderson, Stanford, International Image Interoperability Framework and JSON-LD
  • 11:30-12:00 Richard Wallis, OCLC, Worldcat, Works, and
  • 12:00-1:30 – LUNCH on your own, birds of a feather networking topics will be posted

Discovery, Visualization, and Reuse

  • 1:30-2:30 Eetu Mäkelä, Aalto University School of Science, What to do with Linked Data?
  • 2:40-3:30 Ethan Gruber, American Numismatic Society, 0 to 60 on SPARQL queries in 50 minutes
  • 3:40-4:40 Jarek Wlkiewicz & Shawn Simister, Google, Making Freebase Mashups
  • 4:50-5:30 Duane Degler & Neal Johnson, Design for Context, Now What? Creating Innovative LODLAM Sites & Apps

LODLAM Training Day at SemTech 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with the 10th annual Semantic Technology and Business Conference (aka SemTech 2014) to offer an exclusive Training Day focused on Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums on August 19, 2014 in San Jose, California.

We’ll do a single stream day of hands on tutorials covering a range of skillsets, starting from novice and moving toward advanced.  The cost to participants will be only $75 (we can accommodate a maximum of 60).  By the end of the day, you’ll walk away with an arsenal of tools for publishing, querying, and building with Linked Open Data.

The call for workshops is now open.  If you’d like to present a 60-90 minute workshop, please submit your idea before May 8, 2014, using this form.  Workshop leaders will receive a full 3-day access pass to SemTech (worth $1,495).  There will be up to six workshops selected.

Registration for the training day will open soon.  If you’d like to be notified of news or registration regarding the LODLAM Training Day, leave your email here, and we’ll let you know.

Congratulations to the Winners the LODLAM Challenge Heat #2!

It was not easy. For all those who entered, thank you for making this a difficult decision.

After much deliberation and taking into consideration the popular vote, we are pleased to announce the two finalists from Heat 2 of the LODLAM Challenge:


Although not a finalist, we want to give special shout-out and an honorable mention to WWI Linked Data.

Nice work, Everyone!

This rounds out the slate of 5 challenge finalists that will be competing head-to-head at the LODLAM Summit June 19-20, 2013 in Montreal.

All finalists have earned travel grants for the trip to Montreal and the chance to win a $2000USD cash prize.

A big thank-you to all the teams who submitted entries. It was great to see such creativity and wide range of ideas.

The LODLAM community rose to the challenge and amazed us.

If you didn’t get a chance to look at the entries – check out the talent in both heats:

Challenge Entries Heat #1

Challenge Entries Heat #2


See you in Montreal!



LODLAM Challenge Heat 2 open for voting!

Please spread the word and have fun checking out the video entries!

Many thanks to all of the entrants this year–they’ve put in so much time and care to share their work/ideas/vision and put in for some good-natured international competition.  Who needs the Olympics?

As seen on Twitter:
It’s AWN! Public voting open thru May 9 for #LODLAM Challenge entries! #OpenGLAM #linkeddata
5/2/13 8:23 AM

Announcing Heat 1 LODLAM Challenge Finalists

We’re very excited to announce the three finalists from Heat 1 of the LODLAM Challenge. We had 10 amazing entries, so the voting was very tough. These three finalists earn travel grants to the LODLAM Summit June 19-20, 2013 in Montreal, and the chance to compete for bragging rights and a $2,000 USD cash prize.

Heat 1 Finalists:
Free Your Metadata


Linked Jazz

Big thanks to all of the teams who participated in Heat 1. Heat 2 will be open from Feb 1 through May 1, 2013 and we’ll be selecting two more finalists then.

Challenge Entries now open for voting

The first round of LODLAM Challenge entries are now open for voting until December 15. Public votes count for about 30% of consideration for selecting finalists, and a panel of judges plus the organizing committee (who don’t have conflicts of interest) makes up the balance of the decision making process.  We’ll be announcing three finalists by December 20th.

On behalf of the 2013 LODLAM Summit organizing committee, I’d like to thank all of the entrants for putting together amazing proposals which really highlight the quality and innovation of work in this new space.
Please go to the site to check out the entries and tell us which ones you like.  The entries are displayed randomly with their title, team, video and short description, with a link to dig deeper on each one.

Applications for Summit 2013 Now Open

We are now accepting applications for delegates to the 2nd International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit, taking place in Montreal June 19-20, 2013.  Applications will be open Oct. 2-Nov. 2.  The LODLAM Challenge is also now underway, and it’s easy to register a team and post your entry for a chance of winning up to $2,000USD in travel awards plus a cash prize and bragging rights.

Applications for LODLAM Summit open Oct. 2

Applications for delegates to the International LODLAM Summit in Montreal will open at 8am, PST October 2, 2012, and closing 5pm PST, November 2, 2012.  Delegates will be selected and notified by November 16, 5pm PST.

Unfortunately, we can only facilitate about 100 delegates at the LODLAM Summit, so we’re asking prospective delegates to fill out a short application, which will be available on October 2 at with full details. Delegates will be selected to insure diversity of: leadership, technical expertise, field of work/research, and geographic location.  Additionally, preference will be given in order of application submissions.

Because of the limited space, we are asking that institutions select one person as a delegate. We know this is difficult in bigger institutions, but one delegate will need to represent and report back to the institution.

Please note that this is not an informational conference, but a meeting focused on forwarding the adoption of Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums worldwide. Ideal candidates will be actively involved in or planning Linked Open Data projects. Throughout the year, we will hold meetings and seminars at various locations around the world that are open to more participants. All summit proceedings will be open and published in real time via the blog, twitter, and potential other medium.