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Linked Data Summit: Call for proposals

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for a Linked Data Summit to be held on March 16, 2017. This day-long, multi-state event will take place both in Lansing, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. Speakers and participants will interact both in-person and remotely. The summit will feature a BIBFRAME overview and update from Beacher Wiggins (Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress) and a presentation from Linked Data industry leader Zepheira on the implications for libraries.

This summit is an opportunity for librarians to explore the possibilities of what a fully integrated Linked Data world means for libraries and our communities. This event will also provide updates and presentations exploring what is already happening to make that possibility a reality.

We invite program proposals from September 14, 2016 to November 7, 2016.

Proposed programs should be either 20 minutes or 45 minutes in length, including time for questions. Proposals should be grounded in experience.  They may explore projects, plans, collaborations, data analysis as well as other aspects of Linked Data creation and implementation.

Proposals could relate to, but are not restricted to, any of the following topics:

  • A single library’s experience participating in a Linked Data project, such as Zepheira’s Libhub Early Adopter Program or the Library.Link Network
  • A Linked Data demonstration project in a shared catalog environment
  • Experience with a specific Linked Data product (e.g., SirsiDynix BLUEcloud Visibility, Innovative Linked Data)
  • Advocacy for Linked Data with vendors
  • Libraries engaging with wider Linked Data community efforts, outside of libraries
  • Linked Data related research and standards activities
  • What your library is doing to prepare for the Linked Data environment—Planning your linked data project
  • Exposing cultural heritage collections to the web via Linked Data
  • Incorporating linked data into technical services workflows
  • Analytics to capture uses of the Linked Data
  • Technical advice
  • Innovative ways to use Linked Data that further your library’s goals and create engaging experiences for your digital users

Please submit a 200 word maximum proposal for your presentation. In the submission form there is a field to indicate from where, Indianapolis or Lansing, you would like to present.

Program proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those selected will be notified by November 23, 2017.

Questions can be directed to Michelle Bradley, Member Engagement Manager, at

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