The International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit (“LOD-LAM”) will convene leaders in their respective areas of expertise from the humanities and sciences to catalyze practical, actionable approaches to publishing Linked Open Data, specifically:

Identify the tools and techniques for publishing and working with Linked Open Data.
Draft precedents and policy for licensing and copyright considerations regarding the publishing of library, archive, and museum metadata.
Publish definitions and promote use cases that will give LAM staff the tools they need to advocate for Linked Open Data in their institutions.
Where and when?

The LOD-LAM Summit will take place June 2-3, 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

How will the Summit be organized?

LOD-LAM will utilize the Open Space Technology meeting format, designed to give this group of expert innovators the time and space to freely identify and address as a group the most pressing issues related to forwarding Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums. This format involves an initial session in which the participants collaboratively create the agenda for breakout sessions for the first day. Because the LOD-LAM Summit is action-oriented, a similar process happens on the second day, but with a focus on actionable items, documentation, and collaboration over the short term period of the next year. The meeting is based on the two primary principles of passion and responsibility: passion to jump in and play an active role; and responsibility to lead, and follow through with action. No papers will be submitted or read, no plenaries given, and everyone will participate.

In essence, Open Space puts a focus on convening passionate players across multiple disciplines to address one specific question or theme; in this case the question is “How do we expand international adoption of Linked Open Data amongst Libraries, Archives, and Museums.”

Is it open to all?

Unfortunately, we can only accommodate about 50 people, so we are seeking representative candidates from a broad range of institutions from around the world with diverse levels of leadership and technical expertise. We hope to hold future meetings at various locations around the world that will be open to more participants. All summit proceedings will be open and published in real time.

Who should attend?

The ideal candidate may be a programmer, administrator, lawyer, LAM professional, or any number of things, but will have at least a working understanding of Linked Open Data if not some direct experience with the technology or policies involved. Participants will have the authority in their position to implement policy or technology, or influence decision makers in their institution or sector. We’ll be looking for people that have organized others in their field around Linked Open Data and will have a wide sphere of influence. We seek to have at least 25% of participating institutions contribute to a working use case, so the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to that goal.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to the generous support of our funders and sponsors, there is no cost for attending the meeting. Limited travel grants will be available.

How do I apply?

We will be accepting applications beginning at 8am, PST February 1, 2011, and closing 5pm PST, February 28, 2011. Participants will be selected and notified by March 7, 5pm PST.

Who are the organizers?

Jon Voss (@jonvoss), Founder, LookBackMaps, principal organizer/facilitator.
Kris Carpenter Negulescu, Director of Web Group, Internet Archive, project manager

And special thanks to our Organizing Committee:
Lisa Goddard (@lisagoddard), Acting Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, Memorial University Libraries.

Martin Kalfatovic (@UDCMRK), Assistant Director, Digital Services Division at Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Deputy Project Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Mark Matienzo (@anarchivist), Digital Archivist in Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library.

Mia Ridge (@mia_out), Lead Web Developer & Technical Architect, Science Museum/NMSI (UK)
Tim Sherratt (@wragge), National Museum of Australia & University of Canberra
MacKenzie Smith, Research Director, MIT Libraries.
Adrian Stevenson (@adrianstevenson), Research Officer, UKOLN; Project Manager, LOCAH Linked Data Project.

John Wilbanks (@wilbanks), VP of Science, Director of Science Commons, Creative Commons.