On behalf of the LD4 Conference Program Committee, I am pleased to post the official call for presentations for the 2020 LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries. This work is closely linked to Wikidata and Wikicite work, and we warmly welcome Wiki related proposals so please consider submitting content for this great event and joining us May 13-14, 2020, at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Call for Presentations and Program Content
LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries: May 13-14, 2020
Preconference workshops: May 12, 2020
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Submission deadline: Friday, January 31st at 11:59pm PST
At the 2020 LD4 Conference, to be held May 13-14 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, participants will learn concrete ways that linked data benefits GLAM institutions, and discover pathways to participation in linked data. Whether you have already implemented linked data in your work or are just getting started, you will leave with a better understanding of what linked data is, how it can be used, and what you can do to get started or continue to incorporate linked data in your institutions or projects. By bringing together a broad range of perspectives, and centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethics in our discussions, we will create a community of practice for linked data in libraries.
We are delighted to have Karen Hwang as our conference kick-off speaker. Karen's practice as a metadata professional and archivist is rooted in concerns of discoverability and representation. She works to promote underrepresented histories through digital collections, and has explored ways to implement linked open data to enhance and boost the discovery of cultural heritage resources. An advocate for such strategies, she also comments on disparities encountered along the way. Read more about Karen's work on the LD4 Conference website: http://ld4.io.
To create a meaningful and engaging conference, we are seeking proposals for contributions to the program in the following areas:
* Workflows: how projects are accomplished and scaled
* Organizational implementation: organizational changes, skill sets, infrastructure, and partnerships necessary to implement linked data
* Impact: outcomes of implemented projects, linked data in discovery environments, and user experience research
* Show and tell: demonstrations, posters, URIs that you minted-no project is too big or too small
We encourage proposals for presentations or sessions for the conference in the following formats:
* delivering a traditional presentation (30 minutes including question-and-answer time)
* giving a short lightning talk (10 minutes)
* leading a hands-on tutorial (60-90 minutes)
* demonstrating a tool (20 minutes)
* facilitating work on a defined project in a collaborative environment (60-90 minutes)
* facilitating a formal discussion session with panelists or a more informal birds-of-a-feather type discussion session with conference participants (60 minutes)
* exhibiting a poster
We also welcome proposals for half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours) pre-conference workshops to be held on May 12, 2020. They should be targeted towards those with less experience in linked data, to prepare participants for the main conference content.
We especially encourage proposals (conference or pre-conference) from participants from groups and regions that are traditionally underrepresented in conferences related to linked data in libraries and other cultural heritage organizations, as well as proposals from early career professionals.
A $100 registration fee, collected upon acceptance of your submission and confirmation of your attendance, will help to cover conference expenses and will include food and beverages during morning and afternoon breaks as well as a lunch buffet for both conference days, May 13th and 14th. There will not be an additional registration fee for the pre-conference workshops.
Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a limited number of stipends are available to make participation possible for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. We ask applicants to first seek support from their home institutions and organizations and to apply for stipends only if you do not have other resources available. Stipend applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee and recipients selected based on merit and need.
To propose a session please complete the presenter proposal form<https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebmQF48Gn9bag6x> (which includes the application for stipends) by Friday, January 31st at 11:59 pm PST
The Program Committee will select proposals and contact all applicants by February 21st. For those interested in attending without proposing a session, a separate call for participation will be announced in late February.
For questions about the LD4 Conference, please contact the conference co-chairs at ld4conf_chairs(a)googlegroups.com<mailto:email@example.com%3Cmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
For more information on the event, please visit the conference web site http://ld4.io.
Merrilee Proffitt (she/her)
OCLC * Senior Manager, OCLC Research Library Partnership
OCLC.org<http://www.oclc.org/home.en.html?cmpid=emailsig_link> * Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/pages/OCLC/20530435726> * Twitter<http://twitter.com/MerrileeIam> * YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/OCLCvideo>
The OCLC Research Library Partnership<http://www.oclc.org/research/partnership/> provides a unique transnational
collaborative network of peers to address common issues as well
as the opportunity to engage directly with OCLC Research. Join with us!
Hello all, and apologies for crossposting!
I hope you are doing well!
As you may have noticed when we announced the partnership in August :
the Wikimedia Foundation is working with the UN Human Rights to help expand
the availability of knowledge about human rights online.
As one of our first collaborations, we are going to be running a campaign
from November 15 - January 30 to add and improve knowledge about human
rights on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. The initial focus of the
campaign will be on improving articles about topics related to the UN
Declaration of Human Rights and youth standing up for human rights. More
information about the campaign is also available here:
We would like to invite you to get involved in the campaign in one of
Help us build the list!
We need your help identifying more topics related to youth involved in
human rights that don’t have articles on Wikipedia or could use further
improvement. We would like to represent many different languages and
geographies in the campaign. To propose topics for the list, see
Organize an online or offline event!
We need your help finding community leaders from throughout the Wikimedia
Host an online campaign on your language Wikipedia! To learn more about
hosting a local topical campaign see the kit here:
Hold an in person editathon with local human rights organizations or
partners! To learn more, check out the kit here:
Promote the campaign starting Dec. 10 for International Human Rights Day!
Help us amplify your efforts around the campaign and publicize it to wide
audiences. We’ll be sharing a communications toolkit (including graphics)
soon with suggestions on reaching out to folks about the campaign.
Reach out to local media and supporters: Journalists and the public
can help add momentum to the campaign through storytelling and spreading
Promote the campaign on social media: We’ll be using
#WikiForHumanRights to promote the campaign on social media, when we
increase the communication to the public on 10 December
If you want to help in other ways, let us know on the discuss space
or by emailing Alex Stinson <astinson(a)wikimedia.org and Luisina Ferrante <
If you are interested, let us know by indicating your interest to organize
in the Organize sections linked above!
Note: We are still updating the communications assets for the campaign! To
watch for those materials, add
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiForHumanRights/Share to your meta
If you have questions, we are going to be hosting an office hour next
or you can ask questions on the discuss space #human-rights tag
Looking forward to your engagement with the campaign!
Alex Stinson, Wikimedia Foundation
Luisina Ferrante, Wikimedia Argentina
Senior Program Strategist
Learn more about how the communities behind Wikipedia, Wikidata and other
Wikimedia projects partner with cultural heritage organizations:
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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From: Jakob Voß <Jakob.Voss(a)gbv.de>
Date: Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 1:14 PM
Subject: [Wikidata] Call for Contributions to WikiCite Satellite Cologne
To: Discussion list for the Wikidata project <wikidata(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
We are happy to announce the WikiCite Satellite Cologne 2020 and looking
forward to your contributions. The event will take place at May 6th -
8th 2020 at GESIS in Cologne, organized together with ZB MED and FH
Köln. The event aims to connect local library institutions and academic
researchers with the WikiCite community in their shared interest in an
open infrastructure about open citations and linked bibliographic data
for research and education. See https://w.wiki/9jj for details!
Submission deadline for contributions is February 16th 2020. The
conference will contain different forms of contributions. Please specify
the format and how much time you are going to need. We especially
welcome topics such as (but not limited to):
- use of bibliographic data in Wikibase and Wikimedia projects
- applications and tools to process, analyze and visualize scientific
- strategies to enhance the bibliographic information on large scale
- bibliometric analyses and quantitative science studies
- ethical and social aspects of data collection and analysis
- open citations and open bibliographic data
Please suggest your contribution with a short abstract (max. 500 words),
contact information, preferred language (German or English) and its
type, which has to be one of the following options:
- hands-on workshops: practical tutorials with up to 30 participants
each (up to 150 minutes), e.g. introduction to Wikidata or other
Wikimedia projects, introduction to bibliometrics, how-to and
best-practice guides around tools
- talks: traditional presentations (10-30 minutes including questions)
- discussions: self-organized barcamp-like open discussion with up to 30
participants (up to 60 minutes)
- demos: interactive demo of a tool or prototype (10-15 minutes)
- posters: visually appealing and informative description of a topic (0
minutes) to be shown at the conference site. It’s also possible to
provide a poster without physically participating, please indicate in
All participants can also give spontaneous lightning talks.
Contributions can be submitted openly in the Wikidata wiki. Both English
and German contributions will be accepted. Please create an account (any
Wikimedia project such as Wikipedia will do) and submit your
contribution via the event page (https://w.wiki/9jj#Metadata). The
submission form opens a template to publish your submission with full
title and additional information.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Jakob Voß <jakob.voss(a)gbv.de>
Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG) / Common Library Network
Platz der Goettinger Sieben 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
+49 (0)551 39-31031, http://www.gbv.de/
Wikidata mailing list
Forwarding. Per the page on Meta, for this grants program, "The funding is
aimed primarily at user groups and smaller Wikimedia chapters; participants
from the Global South <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_South> are
especially encouraged to apply."
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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From: john cummings <mrjohncummings(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 9:46 PM
Subject: [Wikimania-l] Grants funding available for GLAM projects in the
What interesting GLAM projects are people running in the Global South?
Especially ones relating to data (but doesn't have to be). Wikimedia
Sverige have some small grants available and we would like to actively
encourage people to apply. Any links to anything written down would be
Wikimania-l mailing list
As a part of my job at OBC Transeuropa <https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng>
among the other things I contribute to Wikipedia and Commons with graphs
and text coming from EDJNet <https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/>, a
data journalism network we promote that is publishing its content with a
In the attempt of inserting graphs using MediaWiki instead of svg images I
realised the tool now available are cumbersome and there is the
possibilities for improvement.
Thus we are making a survey to understand if Wikipedia users are interested
in having better tools, allowing to publish better graphs more easily. So
I ask you to please spend a few minutes of your time to let us now what you
The survey is anonymous. You will be given the opportunity to leave your
e-mail address to receive updates on developments, but this is optional.
The results of the survey will be published on EDJNet and on Meta, and I
will also link them here.
Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you!
Niccolò "Jaqen" Caranti