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Call for Presentations: LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries, May 13-14, 2020

  • 1.  Call for Presentations: LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries, May 13-14, 2020

    Posted Jan 17, 2020 04:03 PM
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    Call for Presentations and Program Content

    LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries: May 13-14, 2020

    Preconference workshops: May 12, 2020

    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

    Submission deadline: Friday, January 31st at 11:59pm PST


    At the 2020 LD4 Conference, to be held May 13-14 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, participants will learn concrete ways that linked data benefits GLAM institutions, and discover pathways to participation in linked data. Whether you have already implemented linked data in your work or are just getting started, you will leave with a better understanding of what linked data is, how it can be used, and what you can do to get started or continue to incorporate linked data in your institutions or projects. By bringing together a broad range of perspectives, and centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethics in our discussions, we will create a community of practice for linked data in libraries.


    We are delighted to have Karen Hwang as our conference kick-off speaker. Karen's practice as a metadata professional and archivist is rooted in concerns of discoverability and representation. She works to promote underrepresented histories through digital collections, and  has explored ways to implement linked open data to enhance and boost the discovery of cultural heritage resources. An advocate for such strategies, she also comments on disparities encountered along the way. Read more about Karen's work on the LD4 Conference website.


    To create a meaningful and engaging conference, we are seeking proposals for contributions to the program in the following areas: 

    • Workflows: how projects are accomplished and scaled
    • Organizational implementation: organizational changes, skill sets, infrastructure, and partnerships necessary to implement linked data
    • Impact: outcomes of implemented projects, linked data in discovery environments, and user experience research
    • Show and tell: demonstrations, posters, URIs that you minted-no project is too big or too small

    We encourage proposals for presentations or sessions for the conference in the following formats:

    • delivering a traditional presentation (30 minutes including question-and-answer time)
    • giving a short lightning talk (10 minutes)
    • leading a hands-on tutorial (60-90 minutes)
    • demonstrating a tool (20 minutes)
    • facilitating work on a defined project in a collaborative environment (60-90 minutes) 
    • facilitating a formal discussion session with panelists or a more informal birds-of-a-feather type discussion session with conference participants (60 minutes)
    • exhibiting a poster 

    We also welcome proposals for half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours) pre-conference workshops to be held on May 12, 2020. They should be targeted towards those with less experience in linked data, to prepare participants for the main conference content.


    We especially encourage proposals (conference or pre-conference) from participants from groups and regions that are traditionally underrepresented in conferences related to linked data in libraries and other cultural heritage organizations, as well as proposals from early career professionals. 


    A $100 registration fee, collected upon acceptance of your submission and confirmation of your attendance, will help to cover conference expenses and will include food and beverages during morning and afternoon breaks as well as a lunch buffet for both conference days, May 13th and 14th. There will not be an additional registration fee for the pre-conference workshops.


    Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a limited number of stipends are available to make participation possible for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. We ask applicants to first seek support from their home institutions and organizations and to apply for stipends only if you do not have other resources available. Stipend applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee and recipients selected based on merit and need. 


    To propose a session please complete the presenter proposal form (which includes the application for stipends) by Friday, January 31st at 11:59 pm PST. (Proposal form URL for copying and pasting: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebmQF48Gn9bag6x)


    The Program Committee will select proposals and contact all applicants by February 21st. For those interested in attending without proposing a session, a separate call for participation will be announced in late February.


    For questions about the LD4 Conference, please contact the conference co-chairs at ld4conf_chairs@googlegroups.com


    For more information on the event, please visit the conference web site (ld4.io).


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    Hilary Thorsen (Stanford University) and Christine Fernsebner Eslao (Harvard University), Conference Co-Chairs



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    Elizabeth Russey Roke
    Digital Archivist
    Emory University
    Decatur GA
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