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Additions to programme announced at EMEA Regional Council Meeting

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With the 2013 Meeting gearing up to being the biggest yet, there are some new announcements to the programme that are adding to the excitement that already surrounds this event.

VIAF Workshop in association with BnF on Monday 25th February

First of all, we are very proud that the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is co-hosting a Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) Workshop on Monday 25th February, at the Palais des Congrès in Strasbourg, entitled VIAF: strengthen your project with trustworthy data.  

The aim of the workshop is to increase participant awareness and knowledge of current, possible roles and uses of VIAF in the international data exchange ecosystem.  VIAF is regarded as a threshold into the World Wide Web for library authority data.  VIAF allows authority data to be used by projects not necessarily focused on the library community and to be enriched and consolidated by these projects.   So, VIAF becomes the common factor and a hub for, different projects for various uses and allows these projects to be interoperable, which is very important in a linked data-oriented environment.  We would invite any library with an interest in this work to attend and find out more.

Wikipedian in Residence

Secondly, we are pleased to confirm that the optional Research Library Partnership session on Tuesday 26 February will now include a talk by Max Klein, OCLC’s Wikipedian in Residence.  He will discuss the work he is doing to put the library in Wikipedia, Google, Europeana/TEL and other discovery aggregations with a view to improve connectivity and quality of the information about libraries on the web.  He will be accompanied by Rémi Mathis, President of Wikimedia France, giving an insight into recent efforts to go beyond dissemination of collection information in Wikipedia.

Roy Tennant to keynote

Last but certainly not least, we are delighted that Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer in the OCLC Research Division and a renowned speaker on the international library conference circuit will join the Meeting.  His talk will be on “Leveraging WorldCat: Data Mining the Largest Library Database in the World”. 

We are already 20% up on registrations for this time last year and expectations are high that many of the optional Member sessions and the enrichment program visits will be over-subscribed.  We would like to encourage you to register at the earliest opportunity to secure the sessions and visits you would like to attend.  We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful city of Strasbourg! 

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