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

  • Identify the tools and techniques for publishing and working with Linked Open Data.
  • Share, consider and publicize precedents and policy for licensing and copyright considerations regarding the publishing of library, archive, and museum metadata.
  • Share and promote use cases that will give LAM staff the tools they need to begin implementing Linked Open Data in their institutions.

Where and when?

The LODLAM Summit will take place June 19-20, 2013 in Montreal, Canada, at the beautiful BAnQ, the National Library and Archives of Quebec. We’ll be kicking things off by 9am on the 19th, will have a special event on the night of the 19th, and will be adjourning by 5pm on the 20th.

How will the Summit be organized?

Richard Urban proposes a session during the first morning marketplace at Summit2011. Photo: Martin Kalfotovic

The LODLAM Summit 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 LODLAM 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.”

Day 1, June 19
8-9am Doors open, registration, light food & coffee
9-10am Opening/organizing session (will be streaming)
10am-11am Sessions 1
11am-12pm Sessions 2
12pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Sessions 3
1:30-3:30pm Sessions 4
3:30-4:30pm Dork Shorts (will be streaming)
4:30-5:15pm LODLAM Challenge (will be streaming)
7pm-10pm TBD

Day 2, June 20
8-9am Doors open, registration, light food & coffee
9-10am Opening/organizing session (will be streaming)
10am-11am Sessions 5
11am-12pm Sessions 6
12pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3pm Sessions 7
3pm-4pm Closing

I’m coming! Should I submit a paper? Put together a slide deck?

Nope! With the exception of Dork Shorts, which are 2 minute briefs in which anyone who wants has a chance to tell the group about your work, all of the sessions are where you have the opportunity to work with fellow participants and explore ideas/concepts/actions/planning.

Is it open to all?

Unfortunately, we can only accommodate about 100 or so 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 will 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 50% 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, the cost of the meeting will be only $75, and will include continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages for both days of the Summit. Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the Summit. We will be making a block of discounted rooms available at a nearby hotel in January.

How do I apply?

Submit your application on this form.

Who are the organizers?

Jon Voss (@jonvoss) will serve as the Summit facilitator and chair of the Organizing Committee.

And special thanks to our Organizing Committee:

Jason Kucsma (US, Executive Director, METRO) – Treasurer/Fiscal Sponsor
Rachel Frick (US, DLF/DPLA)
Kris Carpenter Negulescu (US, Internet Archive)
Ingrid Mason (Australia, Intersect)
Nick Poole (UK, CollectionsTrust)
Leon Robichaud (Canada, U of Sherbrooke-Canada)
Jean-Francois Gauvin (Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec)
Andy Neale (NZ, DigitalNZ)
Elizabeth Iorns (US,
Geneviève Létourneau-G. (Canada, UQAM)
Amy Buckland (Canada, McGill University)


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The meeting will be held at the Grande Bibliotèque at 475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
Montréal (Québec) H2L 5C4, tentatively scheduled to begin at 8:30am.

We have negotiated rates available at three hotels (click on the hotel name to reserve with the special rates):
Zero-1: A modern hotel, best rates, just a 10 minute walk away
Rates: Pop: 115, Hip: 119, Loft suite: 129, Panorama suite: 139, Living suite: 159.
Our block rates held until May 1. Please note: I was having an issue in Safari but it worked fine in Chrome and Firefox. The available dates at this rate are from June 15-23. Also, if you are staying more than 3 nights, they currently have 2 promotions on right now (3rd night half off, or 5th night free), which may make it cheaper to go with their regular rates than our discounted rates.

Gouveneur Place Dupuis: An older, more expensive hotel, just 2 blocks away
Rates: Classic: 129, Superior (w/ healthy buffet breakfast): 149, Business (w/ American buffet breakfast): 169.
Our block held until April 19

Getting there from the airport
A taxi will cost about $45, or for $9, you can have unlimited travel on Montreal public transportation for 24 hours, including the 747 bus, which goes round trip between the airport and the bus depot, which is directly across the street from the BAnQ. The bus takes 45-60 minutes and includes wifi!


  1. Mariana Damova

    June 6, 2013

    I learned about the streaming possibility. How can I participate in teh discussions from a distance?

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      Jon Voss

      June 7, 2013

      Hi Mariana,
      We’ll have live info up on the day of, and the best way of participating will be via Twitter. Individual breakout sessions may use Google Hangouts to get people in remotely, reliant on bandwidth.

      Thanks, Jon

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    Mariana Damova

    June 19, 2013

    Hi: where on twitter do I find eh conference? the #LODLAM brings me to general posts related to the event

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    Mariana Damova

    June 19, 2013

    Dear Jon:
    How do I get to Twitter information about the conference, and how do I specify the Google hangout I am interested in?

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