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Video playlist
Room 216
Video playlist
Room 217

08:30 - 09:00Coffee
Block 4: 09:00 - 10:30
(90 minutes) 

Videos: Hanson; Panigabutra-Roberts; Chou; Ho plus Q&A beginning; Q&A continued
Facilitator: Christine Fernsebner Eslao

titleEric Hanson. Using RDF to manage a specialized authority file of faculty names (Lightning Talk)
While at Johns Hopkins University, I oversaw the creation of a specialized authority file that was used to normalize user-submitted data and generate a standardized list of faculty names associated with the electronic theses and dissertations collection. Using Python and RDF, simple workflows were used to normalize variant forms that appeared in DSpace as well as update the RDF file when new variations were entered by submitters.

titleSarah Seymore. Enhancing Refinement of Local Name Authority Files and Workflows (Lightning Talk)
“Enhancing Refinement of Local Name Authority Files and Workflows” will discuss the creation and development of, a controlled vocabulary manager for LOD local name authorities and vocabularies. She will discuss workflows and processes for URI creation, management, and dissemination, as well as address mistakes that were made as early adopters of LOD for other institutions to consider before creating and managing their own local name authority files. This session will not be recorded.

titleAnchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts. Experimenting with Name Entities in Wikidata @ University of Tennessee Libraries (Lightning Talk)
My talk will focus on my experience in learning how to apply Wikidata to build an author’s profile in Scholia. I will also discuss the learning curve to create new Wikidata and to update the existing ones to connect with the new items. I had also explored different tools, queries and visualization in Wikidata. In conclusion, I will discuss my take away and possible scenarios we can use Wikidata for our collections at UT Libraries.

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

This presentation examines and explores how to improve the linking relationships of persons with more than one identity in VIAF through definition comparisons and case studies in terms of the semantic web. In light of identity management in cyberspace, library authority data should include the perspectives of privacy and security.

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

This presentation will describe plans that are being made for the creation of an “authority control” app for names within repositories at Texas A&M University. The purpose of this app is to serve as a tool for library staff, external metadata providers, and repository users to identify and disambiguate individual persons, as well as link to contextual data in external sources (e.g., Library of Congress Name Authority File, ISNI, ORCID, etc.).

Special Formats 2 (Video)
Facilitator: Mary Seem

titleChew Chiat Naun. Transitional Strategies for MARC Cataloging (Lightning Talk)
How do we get from here to there? Our existing infrastructure is heavily based on MARC, but the MARC format itself has evolved in ways that can help smooth the path to adoption of linked data. This presentation will describe recent work by the PCC on incorporating linked data into MARC and suggest directions that cataloguing practice can take in response to these developments.

titlePeter Chan. Video Game Controlled Vocabulary in Wikidata (Lightning Talk)
The talk will cover the process of creating video game controlled vocabulary in Wikidata and the translation of the vocabulary to 6 languages (English, German, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).

titleMarc McGee. Linked Data Descriptions for Scanned Cartographic Materials (Lightning talk)
The Harvard Map Collection is home to over 400,000 sheet maps dating back to the late 15th Century.  Over 5,000 of these maps have been scanned and are freely available for viewing through the Harvard Library image delivery service but remain largely undiscoverable outside of the Harvard Library online catalog.  This talk will focus on describing an LD4P2 subproject that is exploring the use of the LD4P Sinopia Linked Data Editor with the BIBFRAME 2.0 ontology and Wikidata items to produce linked data descriptions for scanned cartographic materials to enable broader discovery and re-use of these images on the open web.

titleNancy Fallgren. Serials in BIBFRAME (Lightning talk)

Serials cataloging is NLM’s bread and butter because of the importance of serials to the medical community and internal dependencies related to article indexing.  This is an update on the status of NLM’s LD4P2 Cohort task to improve serials cataloging in BIBFRAME.

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

The work of the American Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs is notorious among collectors and bibliographers for its scale and complexity. In this presentation, we describe our objectives and experiences in representing, enhancing, and publishing the information in Brian E.C. Schottlaender’s “Anything But Routine: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography of William S. Burroughs, version 4.0” as linked data using BIBFRAME 2.0 and ARM ontologies.

titleRosie Stephenson-Goodknight. Women Writers in Review - modeling the reception of pre-XX-century works by women writers

Women Writers in Review is a collection of 18th- and 19th-century reviews, publication notices, literary histories, and other texts responding to works by early English-language women writers. It is published by the Northeastern University Women Writers Project with support from the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University Libraries, and grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This session provides an introduction to the data, an explanation of how a digitized evaluation of reception of these works enriches the understanding of the data, and reviews potential ways of modeling it on Wikidata. It also addresses how development of a Wikidata model for this purpose could be adapted to other scholarly digital collections.

Application Profiles (Video in process)
Facilitator: Jennifer Baxmeyer

titlePaul Walk. DCMI and application profiles (Lightning talk)

The concept of the (metadata) application profile has for two decades been a central focus of attention in the Dublin Core community and has underpinned many of DCMI's development efforts. There continues to be significant community interest in developing tools to help people create and document application profiles and, more recently, in technologies for validating data produced according to profiles. This talk will describe a new initiative to respond to this interest.

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

This talk presents the work of the LD4P Profiles Working Group to develop initial protocols for collaborative development of profiles in the LD4P Sinopia shared environment. Attendees will (1) get a better sense of what a BIBFRAME profile is and how it can be managed; (2) understand the challenges of working with profiles on a shared environment; (3) learn about strategies and best practices for profile re-use; and (4) see a live-demo of the tools and the workflow.

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

Wikidata in Action
Videos: Smith-Yoshimura, Li; Moody; Allison-Cassin, Seeman
Facilitator: Merrilee Proffitt

titleKaren Smith-Yoshimura & Xiaoli Li. Taking Advantage of Multilingualism Support in Wikidata (Presentation)
This presentation highlights some key lessons from our experiences in the OCLC Research’s Linked Data Wikibase Prototype (“Project Passage”) regarding Wikidata’s multilingualism support.

titleHonor Moody. Local authority file conversion from MARC to Wikidata (Presentation)
At WikiCite 2018 Christine Fernsebner Eslao and Honor Moody worked to develop tools for preliminary reconciliation and ingest of local MARC authority records into Wikidata using MarcEdit and OpenRefine. In the 6 months since they’ve learned that it’s more complicated than they first thought, and “easy to set up” doesn’t always mean what Magnus Manske thinks it does.

titleStacy Allison-Cassin & Dean Seeman. Leveraging Wikibase for Linked Data Vocabulary Management: Indigenous Communities in Canada (Presentation)
This session will take the form of an open discussion of the opportunities and challenges presented by Wikibase, the open source software for managing structured data. A brief overview and survey of current activity related to libraries will be presented and the presenters will engage in an open discussion of possibilities, critical issues and questions on the use of Wikibase within the library and broader GLAM context. Particular emphasis will be placed on opportunities for its use with marginalized community data, specifically their experience piloting Wikibase for Canadian Indigenous community data.

Community Adoption (Video)
Facilitator: Andrew Pace

titleDan Scott & Catie Sahadath. Gauging the Canadian library community's readiness for BIBFRAME (Discussion)

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations launched the BIBFRAME Readiness Workgroup in late 2018 with the mission to assess the readiness of Canadian libraries to adopt BIBFRAME. In 2019, the workgroup will survey Canadian libraries to measure their readiness for a transition to, and their understanding of, BIBFRAME. These findings, analyzed by demographics including library type, library size, participant role, and region, will inform the Canadian library community's efforts to support BIBFRAME adoption.

titleMichele Casalini. Report from the European BIBFRAME Workshop (Lightning Talk)

Brief report from the EBW initiative, and further steps to facilitate international discussion and exchange of experiences on BIBFRAME implementations.

titleLaura Akerman. Customers and vendor: The IGELU-ELUNA Linked Open Data Working Group and Ex Libris (Lightning Talk)

A Linked Open Data Working Group formed in 2011 within the international Ex Libris customer organization IGELU, and in 2013 became a joint working group with the separate North American customer organization ELUNA. Its purpose has been to work with the vendor to advocate, provide use cases, and consult on development for changes to its products to enable customers to do linked data development with our data, and also to incorporate linked data based features into the products themselves. This talk explores  how the relationship with Ex Libris has evolved over time and with changes in the larger library and linked data environment.

Lunch and Birds of a Feather
Topics to be chosen by participants
Birds of a Feather sessions will not be recorded.
12:30 - 13:00Pick up lunch
13:00 - 14:15

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

titleRotunda: Making linked data development more open and less centralized (in the library and cultural heritage space) (Facilitators: Amber Billey, Honor Moody)

titleRoom 214: Ethics in linking (Facilitator: Itza Carbajal)

Birds of a Feather 3

titleRoom 216: Discovery!.... (Facilitators: Tom Cramer, Jessie Keck, Huda Khan, Simeon Warner)

Data: organizing analysis/assessment of data sources (Wikidata, DBPedia, etc.) and how to connect MARC records to URIs from relevant data sources.

Knowledge panels / displays of external data in discovery interfaces: assessing success / ideas / questions

Affinity Group "in-person"

Birds of a Feather 4

titleRoom 217: Using Wikidata API to programmatically search and retrieve RDF from Wikidata

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

Technical Focus: Projects and Development
Pace; Nelson, Greben; Rayle, EichmannChapman, Godby  
Facilitator: Merrilee Proffitt

titleAndrew Pace. Ideation to Prototype (Lightning talk)

Using the Wikibase Linked Data Prototype as an example, Pace will outline 5 simple steps for managing a complex project that will improve your chances for getting from an experiment to a production service.

titleJeremy Nelson and Josh Greben. Lean Development of the Sinopia Stack (Presentation)

This spring the LD4P's Sinopia project will release their first Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of a collaborative, cloud-based, linked data editor. This talk will explain the Lean Startup approach the Sinopia team took in building the MVP in the first work cycle following the Build-Measure-Learn methodology for agile software development. Specific examples and experiences from the Sinopia project will be shared as the team prepares for the MVP release to the initial cohort of users. Finally, as the team measures usage and adoption of Sinopia in the next few months, learning continues for refining features and pulling other requirements from the community for the next iterative work cycle of Sinopia.

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

Presentation Slides

The Mellon Foundation-funded Linked Data for Production (LD4P) project is exploring the library community transition to Linked Open Data. Authority and identity lookups are integral to cataloging workflows and provide excellent opportunities for exploring how to leverage the power of linked data for reconciliation and more effective lookups.

Central questions in this work include the implementation, performance and reliability of lookup services; what multiple authority lookups mean with respect to reconciliation; and user interface design. Much of our work to date has focused on addressing a number of issues inherent in the current maturity, not of the technology, but in its use. This includes most significantly for this project remarkable variability in the quality of the data. RDF and SPARQL as a query language lack an ability to rank results and to provide a relevance score (rather than just match or no match on predicates). Hence we have created a multi-tier approach layered on a foundation of a standard triple store overlaid with a Lucene search interface. Questioning Authority (QA) then functions as a intermediary, providing a uniform interface for consuming platforms. This has allowed us to address a number of data issues including missing or inaccurate language tags; systemic misuses of character sets, and problematic transformations from original MARC into RDF.

We will demonstrate recent extensions in authority search and lookup that build on efforts from previous grant cycles. Recent work extending search results to include additional context allows UIs to go beyond simple auto-complete fields to lookups providing sufficient context for accurate selection. We are also exploring ways to use linked data results for a single term to copy significant portions of a resource from an external source (e.g., LC, ShareVDE, etc.) to serve as the basis of a newly created resource.

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

This presentation shares highlights of the soon-to-be-published OCLC research report on Project Passage, OCLC’s pilot study of the metadata creation workflow using the Wikibase platform, which was completed in September 2018.

Cataloger Perspective: Tools and Training (Video)
Facilitator: MJ Han

titleTimothy Thompson. UIs for Cataloging.

Although most traditional MARC-based cataloging interfaces are woefully inadequate, lacking even basic validation and placing the full burden of data entry on the cataloger, they have the side effect of forcing catalogers to internalize the standards they work with and to achieve a level of mastery of the relevant content and encoding standards. What kinds of tools and interfaces are most conducive to training catalogers for mastery of linked data and semantic modeling concepts as a practical part of their daily work?

titleKevin Ford. The Bibframe Editor: Origins and evolution of an RDF editor, from its earliest conception to its featured role in Bibframe at LC, and beyond.

This presentation covers the history of the LC Bibframe Editor, such as what technological and workflow considerations were factors in its design. The presentation will end with a highlight list of user-focused features that have been added since.

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

In the LD4P/LD4L-Labs and LD4P2 grants, we explored cataloger needs to help design linked data cataloging interfaces.  In this presentation, we will review what we learned from these explorations and what further questions we can review as we develop Sinopia.

titleBruce Washburn. OCLC Project Passage UI (Lightning talk)

OCLC’s Project Passage evaluated a federated instance of Wikibase as a platform for cataloging bibliographic entities.  This presentation will focus on applications and workflows that were developed during the project to help speed and improve the cataloging user experience.

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

Discussion will focus on how to translate traditional cataloging experience into linked data learning, lessons learned so far (what works and what doesn't), and more. Ideas generated in the discussion could be shared wider library community to develop a new linked data training module.

16:35-16:40Closing. Video