LODLAMTO Workshop Registration Now Open

The Linked Open Data in Cultural Heritage Workshop (#LODLAMTO) is a two-day event taking place on May 12-13, 2016 at Ryerson University (map) and York University (May 13) in Toronto. It’s a great opportunity to learn and get some practical experience with Linked Open Data.

The first day is focused on training workshops with a track for beginners and another track for participants with more experience. During the second day participants will have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, give short presentations and work together with data.

We hope that this event with help foster a LODLAM community in Canada. Please join us!

Workshop programme, registration details and info available on website: http://lodlamto.ca

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: http://semtechbizsj2014.semanticweb.com/LODLAM

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 Schema.org
  • 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.

LODLAM posse for THATCamp Brisbane?

Digital humanities plotting by Anna Gerber and others has blossomed into the organisation of a THATCamp in sunny Brisvegas, Queensland, Australia. We’ve been keen to have a LODLAM event in any state or territory in Australia that can rustle up space and interest in talking about and testing our linked open data.

So, for anyone in Brisbane on Saturday 25th August 2012, that would like to be a part of the THATCamp action, it is entirely possible that linked open data enthusiasts from the GLAM sector will appear to thrash out their ideas and test some of their code. Queensland GLAMMers and Digital Humanities folk that want to be a part of that, get in touch: thatcampbne [at] gmail [dot] com

Melbourne LOD-LAM gets serious

Well, that’s perhaps an overstatement, but we are pursuing the ‘practical and pragmatic applications’ approach and running two follow-up sessions to our April event:

Tuesday 31st July
Venue: TBC
1.30 – 3.00pm – Place names
3.30 – 5.00pm – ANZAC material

People already working with linked data in each area will be present, and the sessions will canvas opportunities to work together – with regards to linked-open-data proper and linked data more generally. It will be relevant for both technical and programming staff.

RSVP: 16th July : Eleanor Whitworth, Senior Arts Officer/Content Curator, Culture Victoria (Monday – Wednesday) email: eleanor[dot]whitworth[at]dpc[dot]vic[dot]gov[dot]au or @elewhitworth

Melbourne LODLAM event

On April 17th apx 35 people from a range of sectors, including memory organisations, tertiary institutions and government departments gathered at the Melbourne Museum. It was a lively session and in keeping with the focus on “practical and pragmatic applications and opportunities for sectors to work together” concluded with agreement to continue discussions, working on two LODLAM projects: Victorian place names and World War 1.

Lightning talks by Mia Ridge, Peter Neish (Victorian parliamentary Library), Conal Tuohy (HuNI), Helen Morgan (eResearch, University of Melbourne) and Adam Bell (Australian War Memorial) got the ball rolling. A spontaneous Melbourne-San Francisco-Skype-in with Jon Voss and Simon Sherrin started the general discussion.

A detailed write-up from notes taken by myself and Ely Wallis is now up at Culture Victoria.

Big thanks go to Mia Ridge, Ely Wallis and Ingrid Mason for their insights and planning for what will continue to be an active space…  With, we anticipate, more muffins…

Muffin remnants
Melbourne LODLAM muffin remnants

GLAM Rocks! – Libraries, Media & The Semantic Web hosted by the BBC

Lotico BusA few weeks ago, myself and Jon Voss had the pleasure of speaking at the ‘Libraries, Media & The Semantic Web’ event hosted by the BBC Academy, along with folks from the New York Times, the BBC, Google in the guise of Schema.org, and KONA. The event was organised by the Lotico London Semantic Web Group. I’ve written a fairly comprehensive post about the event over on the Linking Lives blog, including videos of all the talks, for those who want to read/hear more.

Melbourne LODLAM event, lightning talks and more

The Melbourne LODLAM event is shaping up. Put a slot in your diary for Tuesday 17th April!

The day will start with a series of lightning talks (5-10 mins) from people active in the field (including Mia Ridge @mia_out) and move to a structured discussion around practical applications in the Victorian and National context (including collaboration around WWI/ANZAC material). More details to come closer to the date.

Lightning talks are being arranged. For those that have projects being worked on, please get in touch with Eleanor Whitworth @elewhitworth – the more the merrier!

Hyro graffiti
Hyro graffiti

Session details are: 9.30am – 1.00pm (lunch provided)
Date: Tuesday 17th April
Place: Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens

RSVP: 10th April: Eleanor Whitworth, Senior Arts Officer/Content Curator, Culture Victoria (Monday – Wednesday)
Email: eleanor[dot]whitworth[at]dpc[dot]vic[dot]gov[dot]au or @elewhitworth

Canberra LODLAM minibar – Tuesday 27 March 2012

Australian politics might dominate the landscape in Canberra during the day and politicians swell the bars in the evening, but linked open data helps anyone to make good connections!

rain + night + driving

rain + night + driving | swirling thoughts | CC by-nc 2.0

The Canberra Linked Open Data – Libraries, Archives Museums (LODLAM) minibar will be held on Tuesday 27th March, 2012 from 5.30-6.30pm. We will meet in the Fellows Bar and Cafe, University House at the Australian National University.

Those local to Canberra and in the library, archives, museum and gallery world of metadata and web development, or gov2 enthusiasts or those attending the Australasian Digital Humanities 2012 conference may wish to find peers and interested in attending the lodlam minibar. The Fellows Bar at University House is about 5 minutes walk from the Shine Dome (where the conference is being held).

The event is a means to:

  • Get to know each other – let’s all get a drink from the bar and we do some introductions
  • Get some shared understanding – let’s collate some information about what people are doing, ask questions and do some quick brain storming

lodlam attendees may like to head out to dinner to continue the conversation about linked open data (and perhaps digital humanities use of LOD too) in smaller groups.


We had about 18 people gather together to talk linked open data – libraries, archives, museums. From University of Queensland, Anna Gerber and Kerry Kilner; from the Australian War Memorial Roby Van Dyk, Adam Bell, Liz Holcolmbe; from University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, Gavan McCarthy; from University of Western Sydney, Peter Sefton; from Deakin University, Deb Verhoeven; from Victoria University of Wellington, Sydney Shep; from Auckland War Memorial Museum, Russell Briggs; and last but definitely not least, Mia Ridge, PhD candidate from the Open University (UK).. and Oyvind Eide, PhD candidate at King’s College, London (UK). There were a handful of others, but I think the pong from the scratch and sniff ice cream stickers was affecting my capacity to memorise who was there… who I’ve missed, feel free to advise or correct me.

The upshot was, we shared our interest, questions, potential projects, desire to regroup again, so, here’s the takeaway:

  • A number of people in the group (from Australia) are working on the HuNI project (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) NeCTAR funded virtual laboratory project (which aims to start in May and goes for 2 years). Linked data is going to be a key aspect of this project. It is being led out of Deakin University.
  • There is another NeCTAR funded research tools project, Aust-ESE which will involve linked data, led out of University of Queensland.
  • Anna Gerber talked about how ITEE eResearch Group at University of Queensland has been focusing efforts around the use of RDF and linked data with their open annotation work.
  • Gavan McCarthy talked about how Melbourne eScholarship has been using linked data in their projects.
  • Peter Sefton talked about how he’s been interested and working with linked data in his application development work.
  • The Trans-Tasman ‘museums folks’ talked about an ongoing, and stronger collaboration around WWI data to enable them to contribute to centenary commemorations of WWI in 2014.
  • A Melbourne #lodlam date was set, 17th April, more information will be coming, check with @elyw or @elewhitworth for more information or watch for blog posts soon.
  • A Brisbane #lodlam date was mooted, 26th August, to time with a possible THATCamp, the 2012 International Council of Archives Congress check with @wragge and @annagerber for more information or watch for more blog posts soon.
  • A clear idea that a Sydney #lodlam event, late October/early November, to align with the eResearch Australasia 2012, and needs to have 3 sessions: a tech session, a content session, a mixed session, so that all parties (developer, scholar, collection manager, etc) can all get their heads around the work space. Check with @1n9r1d @dfflanders @richardlehane for more information or watch for more blog posts soon.

That’s all folks! See you at the next #lodlam Australian Style!