LD4 is a community that works together to advance library practice. We focus on linking and using data on the Web to advance the mission, goals and objectives of libraries.
Participation in the LD4 Community is open to anyone--individual or institution; non-profit, government or commercial. Through direct participation, and through its various channels, projects and events, LD4 brings together thousands of individuals worldwide.
The world enriched with library data; libraries enriched with the world’s data.
Advance library practice by establishing an open, diverse, sustainable and library-led community. Together, we explore, learn and collaborate to raise awareness and know-how, encourage adoption, and foster an ecosystem of interoperable standards, tools and services in order to move linked open data and other techniques from theory into practice, at scale.
Discovery Affinity Group
The LD4 Discovery Affinity Group will provide a forum for discussions around discovery solutions.
Community discussion of Wikidata related topics with the goal of understanding how the library can contribute to and leverage Wikidata as a platform for publishing, linking, and enriching library linked data.
To achieve our mission of promoting awareness, adoption, and use of library data linked with the world’s information, the LD4 Community supports the following activities and outcomes:
exploring, establishing, and promulgating best practices to share lessons learned and maintain and improve data quality
fostering the development, implementation, and operation of an ecosystem of interoperable linked data tools and services, to enable creation and use of linked data
catalyzing new projects and grant support, through matchmaking of interests and identification of emerging needs
facilitating communication among community members and commercial service providers for the development and enhancement of services to meet the LD4 mission
developing, documenting, and validating standards and ontologies to ensure interoperability of data
serving as a latch point for other communities interested in linked data for libraries so that expertise and innovation can be shared
hosting in-person and virtual events for community learning and collaboration
providing a home for affinity groups to bring together community members with common interests
encouraging dialog between experts and the LD4 community for the better understanding and resolution of critical issues
facilitating training and training programs to enable all library practitioners to participate in adopting linked data
The LD4 Community is an inclusive, open, welcoming, international, participatory and multivocal space that encourages engagement, collaboration, and sharing of ideas from diverse stakeholders. See our Community Participation Guidelines.
The LD4 Community is a hub; its value comes in brokering connections and building / accelerating work that may not happen on its own, or otherwise develop organically. LD4 seeks to create the forum where multiple approaches can be jointly explored and evaluated, rather than to mandate approaches.
The LD4 Community is not a neutral space. It prioritizes open data owned and controlled by the academy and public libraries, open source software, open interoperable standards, open communities, and the free exchange of knowledge.
The LD4 Community is led by libraries, and welcomes the presence and contributions of commercial partners and providers, as well as others in the cultural heritage community.
The LD4 Community is an advocate and catalyst. Its goals are to advance the interests of libraries and their patrons in the field of linked data. Linked data is not the goal in itself; the goal is the adoption of contemporary technologies in libraries of which linked data is a part.
The LD4 Community is enduring, transcending any individual grant, project, or movement to build a sustainable future.