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  1. Richard Wallis

    Session Proposal: Schema.org – Embrace it or ignore it?


    Schema.org squareBacked by the major commercial search engines; promoted as the way to mark up web pages to tell them about your products and feature in their rich snippets, knowledge panels and power so-called Semantic Search; a pragmatic approach to vocabulary development – is this for the LAM Communities?

    650 Types (Classes), 980 properties; adopted by millions of domains; CreativeWorks are a core focus; a live evolving vocabulary; a community approach to enhancement; introducing extension domains (bib is one of the first); recognised by the search engines  – is this for the LAM Communities?

    After a brief update on Schema.org progress, the Schema Bib Extend Group‘s work on the bib.schema.org extension, and a short insight into its application in WorldCat; join the discussion to explore how relevant it is to the world of LODLAM and how proactive we should be about adopting it.

  2. Dan Scott

    Session Proposal: A directory of GLAM institution location and event data


    Wouldn’t it be fantastic if any search engine could give you highly accurate information about libraries, archives, galleries, and museums in your area? They can, of course, and some do just that by relying on data maintained in social media sites like Google+–as long as that secondary source of data is kept up to date. However, most GLAM institutions already publish web pages that include their name, location, opening hours, contact information, and events in human-readable format, but fail to maintain even a subset of that information with secondary data sources such as the WorldCat Registry.

    The http://schema.org/Libraryhttp://schema.org/ArtGallery, and http://schema.org/Museum classes (note: missing an Archive class!) and related vocabulary offers most of the vocabulary we need to express this information as linked open data. Using serializations such as RDFa or JSON-LD, GLAM institutions should be able to publish linked open data that matches the human-readable data, and the Evergreen library system has been doing just that for the past year. Sadly, however, the schema.org pages for GLAM institutions (LibraryArtGalleryMuseum) currently claim that fewer than a thousand domains have used this approach to making their locations available to the world. We can do better.

    Let’s discuss how we can enable GLAM institutions to publish this fundamental linked open data, possibly through the adoption of templates in content management systems such as Drupal and Joomla, and figure out what practical steps we can take to make this happen in our own parts of the world.

    Updated 2015-06-28 to be more inclusive of GLAM institutions in general.

  3. Jon Voss

    Opening the Space, Session Proposals


    With the Summit less than a week away, folks are chomping at the bit to start sharing ideas and topics, which is great! Remember that the Summit will be organized using “open space technology,” which means everyone will have a chance to propose a session, with a very quick pitch to the group. They don’t have to be incredibly well formulated ideas, and could be as simple as sharing a skill or looking for someone to help teach you how to use a tool.

    If you do want to share a session idea before we’re all together, please feel free to create a new post on this blog (all attendees have authoring permissions), and check the category for sessions. And just title your post, “Session Proposal: short description of your idea.”

    Let us know if you get stuck!

  4. Ingrid Mason

    Session Proposal: GLAM & Digital Humanities LOD Communities of Practice



    The world of galleries, libraries, archives and museums and the diverse domains of the humanities, arts and social sciences, represented under the umbrella term “digital humanities” are likely to share interests in metadata at different levels and for different reasons. For interoperability and record sharing at the higher level, for exactitude close to the research process, likely more.

    The session topic proposed is based on two related questions:

    • How are, and can, these worlds of work and practice, work effectively together, using linked open data methods?
    • What do we need to move on, in tandem, or not, to help demonstrate the value of using a linked open data approach, to support resource discovery or the integration or fusion of data?

    Image: Indigo Skies CC-BY-NC 2.0

  5. Ingrid Mason

    Turning Digital @Statelibrarynsw 26 June 2015


    Turning Digital: delights, dangers & drama

    A free digitisation seminar & tour for the GLAM sector

    Turning Digital: delights, dangers & drama @Statelibrarynsw 26 June 2015

    Date: Friday 26 June 2015
    Time: 10.00 AM to 3.30 PM
    Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor, Macquarie Wing, State Library of NSW
    Cost: Free, Bookings Essential

    Galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the GLAM sector) — locally and globally — are embracing the possibilities of the digital.

    This seminar will showcase the opportunities and challenges of turning our collections digital. How can we collaborate more effectively and build online spaces that encourage research, engagement and creativity?

    Keynote presentation:

    Rachel L Frick, Director of Business Development at the Digital Public Library of America, will share her organisation’s innovative model for a sustainable virtual library. Rachel will explore some of the fundamental questions — such as ‘Why digitise?’ — and demonstrate creative, unexpected uses of digital content. She will also discuss some of roadblocks, and look to what’s emerging on the horizon.

  6. richardlehane

    LODLAM Challenge Finalists


    The five teams selected as finalists for the 2015 LODLAM Challenge are:

    These 5 teams will be supported to travel to Sydney to pitch their projects at the Summit and compete for three additional prizes: a $2000 Grand Prize, a Multimedia Prize (sponsored by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), and an Open Data Prize (sponsored by Synaptica).

    A very big thanks and congratulations to all the entrants. We were delighted at the number, diversity and brilliance of the projects submitted… you made the judging process very hard! Thanks also to everyone who voted, shared, and commented on entries. Hope to see you in Sydney in June.

  7. Jon Voss

    LODLAM Challenge Voting Open Through 29 April


    Just a heads up that voting for the 18 amazing LODLAM Challenge entries are open through 29 April.

    Do stop by to see the entries and just click “like” on your favorites, and spread the word. Voting accounts for about 30% of the weighting for 5 finalists, who will receive travel support to get to the LODLAM Summit in Sydney, Australia 29-30 June at the State Library of New South Wales.

    The finalists will compete in Sydney for a $2,000 USD cash prize as well as special awards for audio/visual projects (with support from the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision) and the exclusive use of Open data (with support from Synaptica).

    There are still a few delegate spots available if you’d like to attend the Summit, though they’re going fast.

    Thanks again to Richard Lehane for his work in coordinating the LODLAM Challenge and Ingrid Mason, chair of the LODLAM Summit organizing committee.

  8. Jon Voss

    Challenge Entry: Open Memory Project


    Voting is closed. 296 liked.

    Title: Open Memory Project
    Team: Open Memory Project

    Short Description

    A Linked Data Web Portal to publish and access resources on the History of the Jews and the Shoah in Italy

    The Open Memory Project has been realized by the Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea CDEC Foundation in Milan in partnership with Regesta. exe from Rome.
    The CDEC Foundation (www.cdec.it) is an institute of research involved in the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of the Jews in Italy in the contemporary age. It was born in 1955 and since then its special focus is on the documents and testimonies about the Shoah in Italy. Regesta.exe (www.regesta.com) is one of the most important italian IT companies, specialized in LOD technologies applied to the cultural heritage.

    The main aim of the Open Memory Project is the publication on the web of information and resources coming from the CDEC Foundation’s archives and library, using the LInked Open Data Technologies.

    Team members: team members: Laura Brazzo, Silvia Mazzini, Simone Pasquini.
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  9. richardlehane

    Challenge Entry: Preservation Planning Ontology


    Voting is closed. 243 liked.

    Title: Preservation Planning Ontology
    Team: Artefactual Systems

    Short Description

    Artefactual Systems proposes to develop a Preservation Planning Ontology, to turn digital preservation planning Documents into Preservation Planning Data.

    Linking existing vocabularies from PREMIS, NEPOMUK, ORE and others, the Preservation Planning Ontology would fill a real gap the digital preservation world.

    Building on the Format Policy Registry, a tool that is bundled with the open source Archivematica project, the first goal of this project is to develop a new ontology that allows Preservation Rules to be described, along with the tools used to enact those rules.

    The second goal will be to develop a reference implementation of this new ontology in Archivematica.

  10. richardlehane

    Challenge Entry: Project Mosul


    Voting is closed. 46 liked.

    Title: Project Mosul
    Team: projectmosul

    Short Description

    Project Mosul is a volunteer effort to crowd-source the digital restoration of heritage destroyed in zones of conflict, particularly in the Mosul area of Iraq.

    Team: Matthew Vincent, Chance Coughenour, Marinos Ioannides