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NISO/NFAIS Joint Virtual Conference: 
Connecting the Library to the Wider World:
Successful Applications of Linked Data

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

For the vast majority of users, the launch of Google’s Knowledge Graph in 2012 was the first glimpse they had of the value of linked data. A search of Google for “Jane Austen” generates a display that serves up specific facts on Austen’s life and work so that users aren’t left to sort through disorganized (and potentially irrelevant) result sets. The displayed card is the dynamically generated result from underlying linked data connecting entities and concepts, exposing the casual searcher to existing relationships and potentially new meaning.

All types of content providers—including libraries—are acting on the promise of knowledge systems built on linked data. By making data open, it becomes interoperable. By disambiguating and linking data,the user’s experience is a better one. Content is more discoverable and more meaningful by exposing the relationships the data may have in the context of similar or relevant materials. By creating services that rely on linked open data, a more sophisticated information environment is created that better serves user communities in a variety of settings. This day will encompass the following linked data topics:

Keynote Presentation:

  • What is linked open data (LOD)? Differentiating LOD from linked data. What is the vocabulary used? What are some of the emerging tools and technologies?

Library Initiatives 

  • Metadata and Discovery
  • Digitized Special Collections

Enhanced Services 

  • Creating Online Engagement
  • Fueling Smart Content, Insightful Systems

Building Materials and Tools

  • Drawing from Government and Cultural Heritage Data
  • Emerging Tools for Creation of Engaging Content

Roundtable Discussion

  • Long Term Future: What’s the 3-5 year outlook?
  • Short Term Needs: What are immediate next steps in the building process of this new information environment?

The promise of linked data—open or closed—is slowly becoming reality. Register to hear experts from the information community discuss how they are shaping that reality.

Agenda & Event Slides

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO
Jill O'Neill, Director of Professional Development, National Federation of Advanced Information Serivces (NFAIS)

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11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Linking Data: What Does It Take to Make It Happen? 
Marjorie Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc. and Data Harmony

This talk provides an path to linked data implementation options by first showing the linked data potential, suggesting ways to leverage the or taxonomy in the process for richer expression, how to automate the linking process, and then apply the glue to make the links happen. There is a short coverage of the linked data principles and a few best practice cautions. All of these points are made by showing current sites which are employing these suggestions in varying degrees to make the pathway to implementation clear without digging down into the weeds of the technology.

Marjorie (Margie) Hlava is the President of Access Innovations, Inc. and Data Harmony, a software suite specifically to increase accuracy and consistency while streamlining the clerical aspects in editorial and indexing tasks. Margie served for seven years on the NISO board, chaired the SLA Standards committee for nine years, has chaired the NFAIS Standards committee since 2001, and is currently a member of the NISO Content Collaboration Topic Committee. She was specifically involved in the work on the NISO standards for thesauri and controlled vocabularies (Z39.19), Dublin Core (Z39.85), DOI (Z39.84), and Contributed Metadata set for the DOI. Margie served as NFAIS president from 2003 to 2004, and has served on the board of SLA twice, was president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), president of Documentation Abstracts, president of ASIDIC, and Treasurer of IIA at the time of its merger with SPA to become SIIA, as well as having served in many board, committee, and editorial positions within each of those organizations. She currently serves on several boards, including those for the ASIS&T Bulletin (Chair), Information Systems and Use, Places and Spaces, University of North Carolina SLIS, and the SLA Taxonomy Division (founding Chair).

Educated as a botanist and trained by NASA as an information engineer, Margie has worked behind the scenes for most of the major information organizations. She was just named ASIST’s 2014 Award of Merit winner.

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12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hyperconnected Learning: linked data at Pearson
Madi Weland Solomon, Director of Semantic Platforms & Metadata, Pearson Plc

Pearson, the global media and publishing company with brands that include the Financial Times and Pearson Education, is changing its approach to business. Evolving from print-centric products, Pearson is now investing in the development of semantic strategies to usher in dynamic, customizable modules and a new immersive narrative. Information about digital resources is being cross-referenced, allowing content to be bundled and repurposed in new ways. For Pearson, content is no longer a passive object but rather a reader-seeking missile.

In this case study, Madi Solomon will walk you through the process of introducing linked data principles to Pearson and how they are using this approach to solve business problems.

Madi Weland Solomon is the Director of Semantic Platforms & Metadata at Pearson Plc, the international media company that owns The Financial Times and Pearson Education and is the largest education company in the world. She is responsible for leading metadata and information function, and delivering the semantic-enabled strategies for the enterprise. Supporting the businesses in the delivery of education-based business intelligence initiatives and data quality across the enterprise, she is building semantic technology capabilities to manage large educational data sets. These include planning, directing, and sponsoring activities in metadata, taxonomy, ontology, data standards, data integration and business-led information management projects. Prior to Pearson, she was the Corporate Taxonomist for The Walt Disney Company and a taxonomy and metadata consultant specializing in rich media. Her background is in the visual arts sector as the former Project Associate with the Getty Information Institute in Standards and Vocabularies at the Getty Center, and Curatorial Assistant for The Broad Art Foundation. She is a TOGAF-9 certified Enterprise Architect, an IAPP certified Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), member of the European Linked Content Coalition, Advisory Board of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and Board Member of the Information Industry Network Europe. She holds a BFA from Boston University.

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12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Serendipity in Digital Collections: Enhancing Discovery with Linked Data
Anna L. Creech, Head, Resource Acquisition and Delivery, Boatwright Memorial Library, University of Richmond

Librarians and libraries have been working with rudimentary linked data ever since the invention of the card catalog, but it is only recently with the adoption of RDA and the development of BIBFRAME that we have begun transferring this practice into the realm of the semantic web. This talk will discuss what we are doing and what we could be doing to make our collections more discoverable through linked data.

Anna Creech is the Head of Resource Acquisition and Delivery at the University of Richmond, which is a fancy way of saying she’s in charge of the department that buys all the (library) things. With a background as a serials and electronic resources librarian, she has a strong interest in scholarly electronic content and data standards, as well as a slightly unhealthy obsession with spreadsheets.

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1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break

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1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Smart Content applications at Elsevier
Michael Lauruhn, Disruptive Technology Director, Elsevier

Five years ago Elsevier began its Smart Content initiative to introduce Linked Data to its content in an effort to enhance findability and provide a platform that would facilitate the development of new innovative applications. This talk will describe some of the core components of the platform and give an overview of some sample applications that leverage Linked Data. We will also be sharing some tips and lessons that can help project managers and other stakeholders have successful implementations.

Mike Lauruhn is a librarian currently working as Disruptive Technology Director in Elsevier Labs. His research areas include Linked Data, taxonomies and ontologies, research data, the future of scholarly communications, and other content-related topics. He has been with Elsevier Labs for four years. Before Elsevier Labs, he held consulting and technical positions helping large companies and organizations define and implement taxonomies and metadata schemas. Mike's earlier work experience includes being a cataloger for the California Newspaper Project. 

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2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Should We Expect a Bang or a Whimper? Will Linked Data Revolutionize Scholar Authoring and Workflow Tools?
Jeff Baer, Senior Director of Product Management, Research Development Services, Proquest

As we consider the highly touted potential of Open Linked Data, one of the primary focus points should be the increasingly important set of services now classified as Scholar Workflow and Authoring tools. These include, but are not limited to, web -scale discovery interfaces (e.g. EBSCO Discovery Service, ProQuest Summon), personal research management products (e.g. Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote), and the plethora of new ideas and tools which may bolster scholarly publishers’ value creation in the emerging age of Open Access. This presentation will seek to read the tea leaves around such exciting opportunities such as: creating enhanced online engagement, fueling a new generation of truly “ insightful” information systems, and reducing faculty/researcher administrative burdens.

To assist in this forecasting process we will briefly look at the recent history of success and failure of relevant projects such as VIVO open-source profile software as well as announced or hinted plans for the enhancement of library knowledge bases which power the back-office data critical to academic libraries.

Jeff Baer is currently a Senior Director of Product Management at ProQuest. Jeff graduated from Princeton University where he studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

After a brief stint teaching Thermodynamics and Engineering Design in Singapore, Jeff joined Community of Science (COS), a start-up emerging from The Johns Hopkins University. He was appointed CEO of COS in 2004 and successfully oversaw its acquisition by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, a predecessor to ProQuest.

Jeff lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.

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2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

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3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. VIVO: An overview and its Implementation at Brown
Ted Lawless, Library Applications Developer, Library Integrated Technology Services, Brown University 

This talk will provide an overview of VIVO, the semantic-web-based research and researcher discovery tool, and its implementation at Brown University and how it is informing future work.

Ted Lawless is a Senior Library Applications Developer at Brown University. His work focuses on delivering information services to the university community by integrating data from multiple systems and developing user interfaces. He's a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information.

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3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Challenges of Describing Best Tagging Practices for JATS
Jeffrey Beck, Technical Information Specialist, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Co-chair, NISO Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) Standing Committee

NISO Z39.96-2-12 Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) describes a set of XML elements and attributes and three XML models for describing journal articles. Based on the "NLM DTD" the XML models have been available for over 10 years and are used widely by journal publishers and aggregators. But designing an article model that is well suited for interchange means that there will be a lot of choices to make when tagging content. This means variability in the application of the models. To anyone trying to reuse the content on a large scale, this variability is inconsistent tagging. Describing best tagging practices in this area can be tricky because JATS is already so widely used for content in all stages of the lifecycle.

Jeff Beck is a Technical information Specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the US National Library of Medicine. He has been involved in the PubMed Central project since it began in 2000. He has been working in print and then electronic journal publishing since the early 1990s. Currently he is co-chair of the NISO Z39.96 JATSStanding Committee and is a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences.

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4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Forging a Path for Linked Open Data at the DPLA
Gretchen Guegen, Data Services Coordinator, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America has spent the summer and fall revising their metadata application profile (MAP) in order to take better advantage of Linked Open Data. This presentation will discuss the work done to enhance the MAP as well as the opportunities DPLA envisions for enriching and sharing open data across the country.

Gretchen Gueguen is a Data Services Coordinator, working alongside our Director and Assistant Director for Content to bring on new partners, conduct data mapping and ingest, perform quality assurance, and support several other critical projects. Prior to DPLA, Gretchen worked as Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia where she helped establish the first born-digital archives program. Gretchen has also worked at East Carolina University and the University of Maryland where she received her MLS in 2005. Gretchen has been involved several collaborative digital library and digital humanities projects throughout Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO and Jill O'Neill, Director of Professional Development, NFAIS 


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Registration closes on December 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Registration Costs

  • NISO/NFAIS Member
    • $185.00 (US and Canada)
    • $225.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $245.00 (US and Canada)
    • $285.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $80.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes on December 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).  Cancellations made by  November 26, 2014 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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