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Linked Data Pre-Conference at ALA Annual

Creating Library Linked Data: What Catalogers and Coders Can Build
Facilitator: Debra Shapiro, University of WI-Madison School of Library & Information Studies
Sponsored by the LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group. (Division Member rate available to LITA & ALCTS members)

This preconference is positioned to take advantage of the growing interest in the library community to work to transform the wealth of quality, library-created metadata - billions of bibliographic records, finding aids, descriptions of digital content - into linked data. Some of the infrastructure necessary is already in place, such as the availability of the DDC as linked data, Library of Congress' efforts making the vocabularies it maintains available in Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), and the Open Metadata Registry, where RDA, Dublin Core, and other element sets are available in Semantic Web-consumable form. Production level tools to create linked data, as well as discovery systems to deploy linked data, are yet to be built.

The preconference will be an un-conference style event. Eric Miller of Zepheira will deliver a short keynote to begin the day, followed by a series of lightning talks from librarians and technologists involved in a variety of linked data efforts. Afterward, we will break into work groups, to begin to design linked data systems, and discuss associated issues. The project work will be followed with reports from each group, so that everyone can share in the progress being made. Please join us in this important effort to begin the migration of library data into linked data, woven into the Semantic Web!

Confirmed lightning talk speakers and work group facilitators include:

See the LITA website for more information. To register for the preconference, visit the ALA Annual Conference 2012 website.