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LD4P is hosting a conference for practitioners of linked data in libraries, to be held May 10-11, 2019, at the Martin Conference Center at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. Preliminary information will be on this page until the conference website is up.

Location and Date

LD4 Conference
2019 May 10-11
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School


Linked data promises to expose the richness of library collections to the world, and to open up new pathways to knowledge based on previously unlinked data. After a decade of experimentation and pilot projects, what are the next steps to move to large-scale production of linked data? How can the library community learn from and contribute to other communities who are working toward similar goals? The 2019 LD4 Conference, to be held May 10-11 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, aims to bring practitioners together to collaborate on creating pathways to implementation of linked data in libraries.

The language of the conference is English.


The Program Committee invites participation from librarians working (or aspiring to work with) with linked data, as well as others working toward similar goals in cultural heritage institutions and beyond. We especially encourage applications from participants from groups and regions that are traditionally underrepresented in conferences related to libraries and linked data, as well as applications from early career professionals. Because this is an evolving space with many learners and few who are “experts” in everything that will help to move us forward, the Program Committee seeks to engage all attendees as active participants.

“Participation” can take many forms:

  • delivering a presentation on current work;
  • leading a hands-on tutorial;
  • demonstrating a tool;
  • working on a defined project in collaborative environment;
  • facilitating a working session;
  • engaging in an in-depth discussion session;
  • and more

The Program Committee will select participants and will design the agenda based on the applications received. To apply:

Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, there is no registration fee for this conference, and a limited number of stipends are available to make participation possible for those who would not otherwise be able to attend.

How to apply to participate

To apply to participate (in any of the ways listed above, including those seeking to attend without presenting) please complete the Application to Participate (which includes the funding application) by February 1, 2019. The Program Committee will notify applicants of decisions (including funding) by February 28, 2019.

For questions about the LD4 Conference, please contact the conference co-chairs at

Program Committee

Justin Sègbédji AhinonAfricArxiv
Asaf BartovWikimedia Foundation
Amber BilleyBard College
Nurunnaby ChowdhuryOpen Knowledge International 
Christine EslaoHarvard University
Michelle Futornick, Co-ChairStanford University
Myung-Ja (MJ) K HanUniversity of Illinois
Will KentWiki Education
Jason Kovari, Co-ChairCornell University
Andrew LihWikimedia DC
Merrilee ProffittOCLC Research
Greg ReeveBrigham Young University
Mary SeemThe Frick Art Reference Library 
Lars G. SvenssonDeutsche Nationalbibliothek
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