LD4 Conference

2020

Conference Update

March 10, 2020

We have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation concerning the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and it has become clear that it is no longer logistically feasible or ethical to hold our in-person meeting as planned. After careful consideration, the LD4 2020 organizers have made the difficult decision not to hold a physical meeting at Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center given our concern for participants’ health and our institutions’ increasingly broad travel restrictions. We will shift the format of the conference to online presentations and discussion. Exactly which form this will take will be determined by the program committee in collaboration with presenters.

We are disappointed that we will not be able to meet in-person this year, but the health and safety of conference participants is our highest priority and we look forward to sharing the exciting program we’ve worked hard to develop. We will update this page soon with further plans and next steps for participating.

Thank you for your understanding and a special thank you to Texas A&M for all of the hard work they put in to help us organize LD4 2020.


Join us online! More information coming soon

Questions? Contact the co-chairs:

Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Harvard | Hilary Thorsen, Stanford

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About LD4 2020

The conference was to be held May 13th and 14th at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a focus on learning concrete ways that all GLAM institutions can participate in linked open data, whether they have implemented it in their work or are just getting started. We are shifting to an online format and will publish updated dates and program content as soon as it is available.

See content from last year’s conference here.


Kickoff Speaker: Karen Hwang

Karen Hwang’s practice as a metadata professional and archivist is rooted in concerns of discoverability and representation. Her work to promote underrepresented histories through digital collections includes a continued engagement with community organizations such as the Asian American Arts Centre and previous volunteership with Interference Archive. More recently, her work as the metadata specialist for the Empire State Digital Network, the New York service hub for the Digital Public Library of America, provided an opportunity to work with hundreds of organizations and institutions in promoting their collections and histories more widely through aggregation.


Karen has explored ways to implement linked open data to enhance and boost the discovery of cultural heritage resources as part of the Linked Jazz team and later as a fellow with METRO in New York City. An advocate for such strategies, she also comments on disparities encountered along the way.

Program Committee

Winny Nekesa Akullo, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority

Judith Cannan, Library of Congress

Madison Chartier, Oklahoma State University

Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Harvard University

Lisa Furubotten, Texas A&M

Michelle Futornick, LD4P/Stanford University

Paloma Graciani Picardo, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

TJ Kao, UC Davis

Jason Kovari, Cornell University

Filiberto Felipe Martinez Arellano, Biblioteca Nacional de México

Olaniyan Ishola Olushola, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria

Jake Orlowitz, Founder of the Wikipedia Library

Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts, University of Tennessee Libraries

Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC

Erik Radio, University of Colorado Boulder

Greg Reeve, Brigham Young University

Elizabeth Russey Roke, Emory University

Jackie Shieh, Smithsonian Libraries

Ananth Subray P V, Centre for Internet and Society (CIS)

Hilary Thorsen, LD4P/Stanford University

Liam Wyatt, Europeana