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Monday, May 23 • 11:00am - 11:50am
1C: Linked Data for Libraries and Archives Birds-of-a-Feather

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  • How to raise visibility and awareness of linked open data initiatives and experimentation in/across our institutions
  • How to build buy-in and support for integration of linked open data efforts from institutional leadership
  • Strategies for assessing value and determining impact of linked data in routine workflows
  • Strategies for moving from stand-alone linked open data projects to integration with routine descriptive/cataloging workflows

Convened by the University of Texas Linked Data Learning Group, this birds-of-a-feather session aims to start a Texas-based cross-institutional discussion around sustainability, visibility and assessment of local linked open data projects. The past few years have seen a proliferation of initiatives by GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) using Linked Open Data technologies to enhance access to their collections. From nation-wide collaborative campaigns, such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Wikidata Pilot, to paradigm-shifting implementations, such as the transition of the Library of Congress cataloging operations to a hybrid MARC and BIBFRAME environment, the growing availability of tools, ontologies and platforms are finally allowing cultural heritage institutions to explore the promises of linked data. Yet, there are still many challenges that stop individual institutions from moving past the experimentation phase.

A monthly gathering of library and archives staff working across The University of Texas at Austin campus and beyond, the UT Linked Data Learning Group discusses strategies to evaluate the impact of their experimental projects, leverage expertise, share successes and challenges, and gain the institutional support to integrate linked data technologies into their routine metadata workflows.

By convening this session, we hope to connect with TDL colleagues that are currently involved in similar discussions and efforts. The session is intended for library and archival staff currently working with digital libraries or digital archival collections, digital humanities scholars with an interest in linked open data, practitioners and enthusiasts. 

We are interested in building a community of linked data practitioners at TDL as we explore the impact of our initiatives and consider how using linked data adds value to our internal workflows.

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Amanda Zerangue

Director, Digital Strategies and Innovation, Texas Woman's University

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Melanie Cofield

Head of Access Systems, University of Texas Libraries
I coordinate the administration and implementation of traditional and emerging systems and standards supporting discovery and access for library resources. I provide consultation on metadata best practices, co-facilitate an informal Linked Data learning group and participate in collaborative... Read More →
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Katie Pierce Meyer

Head of Architectural Collections, University of Texas at Austin
I am responsible for developing collections at the Architecture & Planning Library, in collaboration with my colleagues in the Alexander Architectural Archives.  I also participate in digital humanities, scholarship, and preservation activities and will happily discuss complex digital... Read More →
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Michael Shensky

GIS & Geospatial Data Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin
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Paloma Graciani-Picardo

Head of Printed and Published Media Cataloging, University of Texas at Austin
Metadata Librarian at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, where I oversee the creation and management of MARC-based cataloging and develop metadata strategies to enhance access and discovery of rare and unique materials. Working collaboratively across departments... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Virtual https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93914804861