Date and times

The LOD-LAM Summit will take place June 2-3, 2011. The schedule is still subject to change, but the start and end times will be fixed. Please note that registration is closed and the Summit is at capacity, but we’re working on the potential of some live online collaboration opportunities.

Thurs June 2

8:30am – 9am registration, coffee and light snacks
9am – 10am brief introduction and session proposals/session marketplace
Participants will have the opportunity to briefly introduce session ideas that they are passionate about and will help define or move the field forward. The person introducing the session takes the responsibility of leading the discussion and finding a scribe to record notes of the proceedings.
10:00am – 11:30pm Session One (there will be room for at least 6 simultaneous breakout sessions)
11:30am – 12:30pm Session Two
12:30pm – 2pm Lunch w/ National Japanese American Historical Society and Jazz Heritage Center
2:30pm – 3:30pm Session Three
3:30pm – 5pm Projects in Progress Briefs/Dork Shorts (participants will have 2 minutes to showcase a project they are working on relative to Linked Open Data)

6-7pm tours at the Internet Archive, 300 Funston St.

7-10pm beer and pizza at Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company, 823 Clement St.

Fri June 3
Action Planning: Forwarding Linked Open Data

8:30am – 9am Light morning snacks
9am – 10am Identifying issues for action and collaboration, based on previous proceedings. Session proposals & marketplace.
10am – 11am Action Planning, Dissemination, Collaboration Teams Part 1
11am – 12pm Action Planning, Dissemination, Collaboration Teams Part 2
12pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm –3pm Closing circle and checkout
In the closing session, we’ll identify discipline or industry specific conferences in the next year that participants plan to attend and sign up for proposing panels or workshops in which these proceedings can be presented to widen the circle of participation.
3pm – 5pm Workspace remains open for participants


Pastries, bagels, COFFEE, and lunch on Thursday and Friday will be provided. Wednesday evening and Thursday evening events are TBD.


The LOD-LAM Summit will take place at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.


We have negotiated reduced group rates at Hotel Kabuki. They are going fast and must be booked before May 2, 2011.


All day parking is available for $20/day. We’re trying to negotiate a group rate here.

Public Transportation

Hotel Kabuki is near Geary Avenue and the 38 bus, but please refer to the SF MUNI Map for more detailed options.


Of course, you can always call a cab.

Car and Couch Sharing

Feel free to post requests and availabilities in this space.

[FAQ from May 10, 2011]:

What’s the schedule?

Remember that we’re utilizing Open Space Technology to run this meeting, like an unconference. In short, there’s a marketplace of sessions which we’ll all come up with together, progressing toward actionable, collaborative planning on day 2. This insures that the issues that are most important to you, many of which are evolving as we speak, will be addressed in a dynamic, collegial and constructive environment. The framework, which will continue to change a little through the meeting itself, is posted above. The start and end times are the only things that won’t change at this point. The flexible schedule will be updated on a wall during the meeting so that you can always find the sessions of most interest to you (of which there will be no shortage of).

Will there be internet access?

Yes, but… think of this as a retreat. We will have dedicated internet access, but it’s a hotel, and as such, it’s not a lot of bandwidth (I think the best we could do was a 2x bonded T1 on dedicated wireless access points).

Should I have a presentation prepared?

No. Come with questions, ideas, passion, but not powerpoints. The only exception is that we will have one session period at the end of the day on Thursday for 2 minute “dork shorts,” to borrow a term from THATCamp.org. These are timed, 2 minute lightning briefs everyone will have a chance to share. It’s a great opportunity to tell the group what you’re working on. Remember, expect the worst on the internet bandwidth, so have any video/screenshots, etc loaded onto your computer to share, and byod (bring your own dongle).

Will there be food?

Yes. We’ll have light snacks available in the mornings (bagels, etc), and coffee and soft drinks available throughout both days. Lunch will be provided both days as well, and will offer significant variety for all types of diets. On Thursday night, the Internet Archive will be sponsoring a casual gourmet pizza dinner, as well as offering tours of their facilities at 300 Funston. More details on that as we get closer.

Can I post a session idea now?

Absolutely. If you have ideas for a session you’d like to propose or a topic you want to bring up at the meeting, feel free to log in to the lod-lam.net blog and post it now. I’ve already heard a lot of great ideas/projects percolating!

Will there be time to explore?

We’ll be finished at 3pm on Friday June 3, though our meeting space will be open for you through at least 5pm and we can make arrangements to hold luggage etc. as you need. Since there are many LAM folks attending from SF, I suspect there will be open opportunities to visit local libraries, archives & museums, and we can track those opportunities on a post on the blog. And keeping with the retreat idea, I’ve seen a few threads on spas in the Japantown area, so look for tips like that on the blog as well. Additionally, we’re building some surprises into the days’ activities that will get you out into the neighborhood a bit.


As you can imagine, there are a ton of people behind this production working to make it a success. I want to thank each of you for working so hard to get yourselves to San Francisco, and taking time out of your busy work and personal schedules to get together. The diverse expertise we’re drawing on from across sectors and from around the globe is a real testament to the opportunities that lie ahead with Linked Open Data. And of course, I’d like to thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Internet Archive for their generous contributions that have given us this amazing opportunity and made this Summit a reality. I’d like to thank my fantastic co-organizer Kris Carpenter Negulescu, as well as our organizing committee: Adrian Stevenson, John Wilbanks, Lisa Goddard, MacKenzie Smith, Mark Matienzo, Martin Kalfatovic, Mia Ridge, and Tim Sherratt. Finally, there are so many people who’ve helped out along the way to help make this possible and who won’t even be there with us—those who wrote letters of support and proof read grants, took surveys, filled out applications, made helpful suggestions along the way—thanks!