Send a library linked data practitioner to the SemTechBiz conference in San Francisco, June 2-5

Have you been working on a linked data project for your library? Or do you know someone doing great work promoting or demonstrating the benefits of linked data for libraries? If so, I’m happy to share the news that the first “Library Spotlight on Library Innovation” is now accepting nominations!
OCLC and LITA are working together to promote library participation at the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz), an event that brings together thought leaders and practitioners to explore the impact of semantic technology applications. wants to spotlight innovation in libraries, so we’re helping out by sending one library presenter to the SemTechBiz conference, all expenses paid, to share experiences, insight, and outcomes.  There’s lots of interesting work going on out there in libraryland, but I’d love – just a little bit selfishly! – to see someone from the Developer Network community there, showcasing his or her work!  
So…if you know of someone working on an interesting project, nominate him or her to participate in the conference, to be held in San Francisco from June 2-5, 2013. Note that the project can be ongoing, but significant practical work should have been accomplished prior to March 31, 2013.
Nominations  for the Spotlight are being accepted through May 10.  Self-nominations will be accepted. This “library spotlight” opportunity will provide one sponsored presenter with a spot on the conference program, paid travel & lodging costs during the conference, plus a full conference pass.
Even if you do not nominate anyone, the Semantic Technology and Business Conference is well worth experiencing. SemTechBiz brings together industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities jointly impacting both business leaders and technologists. Conference sessions include technical talks and case studies that highlight semantic technology applications in action. The program includes tutorials and over 130 sessions and demonstrations as well as a hackathon, start-up competition, exhibit floor, and networking opportunities.
As supporters of the Library Spotlight, OCLC and LITA members will get a 50% discount on a conference pass - use discount code “OCLC” or “LITA” when registering here.

And if you haven’t had a chance to dig into the exciting possibilities of linked data in the library space,  stay tuned -- there’s lots of activity, both at OCLC and in the community, that I’m hoping to highlight in future posts!

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