OCLC are pleased to sponsor this year’s IFLA 2014 Satellite Meeting, which is being held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Site François-Mitterrand on the 14th August 2014. OCLC is particularly passionate about the focus of the meeting - linked data. The meeting aims to inform delegates on how linked data can maximise the benefit of library data for the wider community.
The event hopes to encourage professionals who have started implementing semantic web projects in libraries to share their feedback and best practices from a real life perspective, from both an advocacy and experimental angle. Such discussions will offer an excellent networking platform for those libraries wanting or considering doing the same.
Linked data has been advocated both as a powerful vehicle to help libraries enter the Web and a new interoperability framework which could encourage convergence with other domains and communities such as archives and museums. As the technology is maturing, it seems a good time to build a linked data community in libraries, to share not only data, but also tools, lessons learnt and demonstrated benefits of this technology to end users.
By sponsoring this meeting OCLC aims to support raising awareness of creating new ways for users to connect with library data and services to help increase the relevance of search and the profile of libraries. OCLC has published bibliographic linked data for the most widely held works in WorldCat and has been an active participant in the library community of linked data initiatives. The event will be enlightening to a range of participants in the library sphere including, beginners to the world of linked data, those who are more advanced with hands on experience and decision makers.
The meeting organisers are also hoping to have participants and speakers from companies and contractors who have experienced working on linked data projects with libraries, allowing them to share their own vision and feedback in implementing such projects with cultural organisations.
The deadline for submitting a paper is the 8th March 2014. Full details including examples of relevant topics can be found on the Meeting website.
Submissions should be made via Easychair. Registration will be open shortly.