LD4 Conference 2020

Join us at Texas A&M

Date: Wednesday, May 13th, to Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Location: Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station, Texas.

Questions? Contact the co-chairs:

Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Harvard | Hilary Thorsen, Stanford

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About LD4 2020

The conference will be 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.

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, Institute of Research in Library Science and Information. National Autonomous of Mexico

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