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Date2019 May 10-11
LocationJoseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Visiting Boston: There are no organized tours as part of the conference, but these links can help you plan your own tours: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Freedom Trail:, Black Heritage Trail:

Directions (public transit and car)
Harvard Longwood Campus Map
Parking options (Please note: Parking will not be available at the Martin Center itself, and driving is discouraged due to Boston traffic.)

Presentations and Notes:

Friday, May 10

RoomRotundaRoom 216Room 217
08:30 - 09:00Registration & Coffee
09:00 - 09:10Welcome

09:10 - 10:15

Facilitator: Jason Kovari

 Philip Schreur. LD4P in context

 Andrew Lih. Libraries and open GLAM spaces

 Dorothy Berry and Amanda Rust. Design for Diversity

10:15 - 10:30Break

Block 1: 10:30 - noon
(90 min)

Discovery 1
Facilitator: Greg Reeve
 Huda Khan & Astrid Usong. Discovery interfaces integrating linked data (Presentation)

 Steve Meyer. A Bibliographic Data Crawl to Enhance Library Discovery with Linked Data (Presentation)

 Tom Cramer. Knowledge panel (Discussion)

Facilitator: Asaf Bartov

 Robert Allen. Rich Semantics and Direct Representation (Lightning Talk)

 Clifford Wulfman. FRBRoo & PRESSoo (Lightning Talk)

 Aislinn Sotelo & Elizabeth Miraglia. UCSD's OA LD (Lightning talk)

 Tiziana Possemato. SHARE-VDE (Presentation)

 Erik Radio. A Survey of Time-Based Approaches to RDF Serialization (Presentation)

Wikidata Tutorial 1
Facilitator: Amber Billey & Will Kent
 Robert Fernandez. Wikidata Tutorial

noon - 13:00Lunch
Block 2: 13:00 - 15:00
(2 hours) 

Discovery 2
Facilitator: MJ Han

 Jessie Keck. Implementing in Stanford's Discovery Environment SearchWorks (Lightning Talk)

 Dobias. Google (Lightning Talk)
 Peter Velikonja. Analyzing Linked Data from an SEO Perspective (Presentation)

 Juliane Schneider. Ten Years Later: When the Space Catches Up with the Tool: eagle-i (Presentation)

 Jodene Pappas. One Record at a Time: Student Success, Collection Visibility, and Linked Data in the Mid-sized University Library (Lightning Talk)

 Arden Kirkland. A Visual Workflow for Contributing and Accessing Linked Data (Lightning Talk)

Special Formats 1
Facilitator: Mary Seem

 Steven Folsom. A Pragmatic approach to Using Discogs in an RDF Copy Cataloging Workflow (Presentation)

 Lynnsey Weissenberger. LITMUS (Presentation)

 Jacqueline Parascandola & Audrey Pearson. BF & rare materials (Discussion/Panel)

Wikidata Tutorial 2
Facilitator: Amber Billey & Will Kent

 Andrew Lih. Wikidata Tutorial

15:00 - 15:30Break
Block 3.1: 15:30-16:30
(60 min) 

Library of Congress Special Topics
Facilitator: Greg Reeve

 Kevin Ford, Sally McCallum, Matt Miller, Nate Trail & Beacher Wiggins.

Digital Collections & Institutional Repositories 1
Facilitator: Nancy Fallgren

 Xiying Mi. USF LD Team (Presentation)

 Ruth Tillman. Creating linked data converts: snycretism in the cataloging department (Presentation)

Omeka Tutorial
Facilitator: Michelle Futornick

 Patrick Murray-John. Introduction to Omeka S

In this hands-on workshop (using the sandbox at we will begin with a brief introduction to the popular digital humanities publication platform Omeka S and how it implements Linked Open Data. We will focus on content creation and, of course, metadata creation options using a variety of LOD vocabularies, and how content and metadata are represented in the JSON-LD-based API. To get the most out of this tutorial, participants should bring a laptop and have access to a few files (images or other content) and some metadata for those files.

16:30 - 16:40Break
Block 3.2: 16:40 - 17:15
(35 minutes) 

The National Archives API: A Five-Year Journey from Idea to Imperative
Facilitator: Will Kent

 Dominic Byrd-McDevitt. The National Archives API: A Five-Year Journey from Idea to Imperative (Presentation/Demo)

Digital Collections & Institutional Repositories 2
Facilitator: Michelle Durocher

 Alison Babeu. Perseus (Lightning Talk)

 Itza Carbajal. LLIAS repository (Lightning Talk)

Managing Local Data
Facilitator: Michelle Futornick

 Christie Thomas. Managing locally created & copy cataloging data (Discussion)

17:30 - 19:30Reception

Saturday, May 11

RoomRotundaRoom 216Room 217
08:30 - 09:00Coffee
Block 4: 09:00 - 10:30
(90 minutes) 

Facilitator: Christine Fernsebner Eslao

 Eric Hanson. Using RDF to manage a specialized authority file of faculty names (Lightning Talk)

 Jeannette Ho. Name Disambiguation for Digital Collections: Planning a Linked Data App for Authority Control at Texas A&M University Libraries (Presentation)

 Sarah Seymore. Enhancing Refinement of Local Name Authority Files and Workflows (Lightning Talk)

 Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts. UTenn names (Lightning talk)

 Charlene Chou. Linked Data for Pseudonyms: the Challenges of Linking VIAF, LCNAF, ISNI, Wikidata and Beyond (Presentation)

Special Formats 2
Facilitator: Mary Seem

 Peter Chan. Video game genres in Wikidata (Lightning Talk)

 Marc McGee. Linked Data Descriptions for Cartographic Materials (Lightning talk)

 Naun Chew. Non-traditional data (Lightning Talk)

 Nancy Fallgren. Serials in BF (Lightning talk)

 Bradley Allen. Representing and Publishing Schottlaender's "Anything But Routine" as Linked Data (Lightning talk)

 Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, NEU Women Writers

Application Profiles
Facilitator: Jennifer Baxmeyer

 Paul Walk. DCMI and application profiles (Lightning talk)

 Paloma Graciani Picardo. Corralling BIBFRAME profiles: using the Sinopia Profile Editor in a shared environment (Presentation)

10:30 - 11:00Break
Block 5: 11:00 - 12:30
(90 minutes) 

Wikidata in Action
Facilitator: Merrilee Proffitt

 Karen Smith-Yoshimura & Xiaoli Li. Taking Advantage of Multilingualism Support in Wikidata (Presentation)

 Stacy Allison-Cassin & Dean Seeman. Wikidata & Indigenous Communities (Presentation)

 Honor Moody. Gamification of local authority file conversion from MARC to Wikidata (Presentation)

Community Adoption
Facilitator: Andrew Pace

 Dan Scott & Catie Sahadath. Gauging the Canadian library community's understanding of BIBFRAME (Discussion)

 Michele Casalini. European BF Working Group (Lightning Talk)

 Laura Akerman. The IGELU-ELUNA Linked Open Data Working Group experience: Customers and vendor. (Lightning Talk)

Lunch and Birds of a Feather
Topics to be chosen by participants
12:30 - 13:00Pick up lunch
13:00 - 14:15

Birds of a Feather 1 (Rotunda) | Birds of a Feather 2 (Room 214 (38 ppl)

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14:15 - 14:45Break
Block 6: 14:45 - 16:30
(1 hour 45 min)

Technical Focus: Projects and Development
Facilitator: Merrilee Proffitt

 Andrew Pace. Ideation to Prototype (Lightning talk)

 Jeremy Nelson. Lean Development of the Sinopia Stack (Presentation)

 Lynette Rayle & Dave Eichmann. Authority data - the good, the dirty and the semantic (Presentation)

 John Chapman & Jean Godby. What are the "entities that matter" to this object? Reflections on the OCLC Linked Data Wikibase Pilot) (Presentation)

Cataloger Perspective: Tools and Training
Facilitator: MJ Han

 Timothy Thompson. UIs for Cataloging.

 Huda Khan & Astrid Usong. VitroLib and Sinopia UIs (Lightning talk)

 Bruce Washburn. OCLC Project Passage UI (Lightning talk)

 Library of Congress BF Editor UI

 Beth Picknally Camden. Training for Linked Data. (Discussion)



We have reserved a block of rooms at the Inn at Longwood Medical, which is in walking distance to the conference center.

Inn at Longwood Medical
342 Longwood Avenue, Fenway Kenmor
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
The Inn at Longwood Medical is now sold out; to check for cancellations call them directly (617) 731-4700, our booking code is STAN0519

Another hotel option, Longwood Inn's sister hotel, just over 1 mile from the conference center), no booking code required.
The Midtown Hotel 
220 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
617-369-6285/F: 617-262-8739


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.


Participation is by open application; the application period ended February 28, 2019. The Program Committee invited participation that will bring diverse and broad perspectives, from both aspiring and experienced practitioners including:

  • Librarians working (or aspiring to work with) linked data
  • Representatives from adjacent cultural heritage spaces including archives and museums
  • Ontologists and data modelers
  • Software engineers and user experience professionals interested in library metadata
  • Open knowledge advocates
  • Others who share an interest in implementing linked data in libraries

We had a large response to our call for applications, and the Program Committee chose the applications that best fit within the conference scope.

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

Travel Stipends

If you have received a travel stipend, follow Travel Stipend Instructions to claim your stipend.

Program Committee

Justin Sègbédji AhinonAfricArxiv
Asaf BartovWikimedia Foundation
Amber BilleyBard College
Nurunnaby ChowdhuryOpen Knowledge International 
Christine Fernsebner 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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