LODLAM 2015 in Sydney, Australia

The third international Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums (LODLAM) summit will be held in Sydney, Australia, at the State Library of New South Wales on 29-30 June, 2015. Thought leaders from around the world working in digital cultural heritage, eScience or eResearch, and the digital humanities come together at the Summit to debate, share their case studies, experience, thinking, hack skills, and data management methods.

The LODLAM Summit is being timed to run in collaboration with the annual international Digital Humanities 2015 conference, also being held in Sydney: 29 June – 3 July, 2015.  Collaboration and coordination between the organizing groups boosts options for attendance, exposure and promotion.

The Summit will be limited to about 100 participants, and limited travel grants will be available this year.  Our sponsors help to cover the costs of the Summit including attendee meals and support of the LODLAM Challenge awards. We have several sponsorship opportunities available and are actively seeking partners to help support the international collaboration that has grown over the past four years and gained momentum.

How will the Summit be organized?

The crew of NCC-1701-D Enterprise | Andrew Becraft | https://www.flickr.com/photos/dunechaser/163959411/ | https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ The LODLAM Summit will utilize the Open Space Technology meeting format, designed to give this group of expert innovators the time and space to freely identify and address as a group the most pressing issues related to forwarding Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums. This format involves an initial session in which the participants collaboratively create the agenda for breakout sessions for the first day. Because the LODLAM Summit is action-oriented, a similar process happens on the second day, but with a focus on actionable items, documentation, and collaboration over the short term period of the next year. The meeting is based on the two primary principles of passion and responsibility: passion to jump in and play an active role; and responsibility to lead, and follow through with action. No papers will be submitted or read, no plenaries given, and everyone will participate.

In essence, Open Space puts a focus on convening passionate players across multiple disciplines to address one specific question or theme; in this case the question is “How do we expand international adoption of Linked Open Data amongst Libraries, Archives, and Museums.”

Day 1, Monday June 29
8.00-9.00am: Doors open, registration, light food & coffee
9.00-5.30pm: In session
7.00pm: LODLAM social event

Day 2, Tuesday June 30
8.00-9.00am: Doors open, light food & coffee
9.00-4.00pm: In session
5.30-7.30pm: DH conference reception

For more details, check out the full schedule.

Is it open to all?

Unfortunately, we can only accommodate about 100 or so people, so we are seeking representative candidates from a broad range of institutions from around the world with diverse levels of leadership and technical expertise. We will hold future meetings at various locations around the world that will be open to more participants. All summit proceedings will be open and published.

Who should attend?

The ideal candidate may be a programmer, academic, administrator, lawyer, LAM professional, or any number of things, but will have at least a working understanding of Linked Open Data if not some direct experience with the technology or policies involved. Participants will have the authority in their position to implement policy or technology, or influence decision makers in their institution or sector. We’ll be looking for people that have organized others in their field around Linked Open Data and will have a wide sphere of influence. We seek to have at least 50% of participating institutions contribute to a working use case, so the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to that goal.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to the generous support of our funders and sponsors, the cost of the meeting will be only $100, and will include lunch, and beverages for both days of the Summit. Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the Summit. We will be making information about discounted accommodation available in early 2015.

How do I apply?
There will be online applications available starting in mid October.

I’m coming! Should I submit a paper? Put together a slide deck?

Nope! With the exception of Dork Shorts, which are 2 minute briefs in which anyone who wants has a chance to tell the group about your work, all of the sessions are where you have the opportunity to work with fellow participants and explore ideas/concepts/actions/planning.

Who are the organizers?

2015 International Organizing Committee:


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