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.
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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
Hi John -
Thanks for joining the conversation here. I'm not ignoring M Journal at
all, but I think that it is being conflated. People cite Wikipedia in
literature that is accepted and published after peer review. This happens.
Whether you agree with it personally or not, it's a factual reality - well
beyond the examples of those researching Wikipedia as an entity.
When an official account conflates the idea of citing Wikipedia as a source
with the model of spoofing journal articles that M Journal has devised, it
gives fuel to the fires of those that seek to discredit the cite broadly
from within the academy.
The mission of Wikimedia reads "... to empower and engage people around the
world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in
the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally."
Making resolute statements about how that educational content can or should
be used in any context from an official Wikimedia communication avenue is
damaging to that mission. All you have to do is look at the twitter
responses that it garnered.
On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 4:20 PM John Lubbock <john.lubbock(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
> Dear Kathleen,
> I did not say that Wikipedia should not be cited in the literature,
> period. You are choosing to ignore this tweet in which I specifically said
> that a journal article about Wikipedia would be an appropriate context to
> cite Wikipedia:
> There is also the wider context of a website which not only breaks
> WIkipedia's licensing rules
> <https://twitter.com/pigsonthewing/status/1177302213477183489>, but does
> so in order to trick professors into thinking a Wikipedia citation comes
> from a journal.
> I agree that Twitter is not the best place for nuance, and perhaps I would
> have been wise to specifically say that Wikipedia is not an 'academic level
> source' rather than simply a source. However, I stand by this
> characterisation, because the ultimate source for any of the information on
> Wikipedia is not Wikipedia, it's another source. Wikipedia acts as a source
> At Wikimedia UK, we deal all the time with people who flat out refuse to
> use Wikipedia in academic and educational contexts because students use it
> improperly. We use the expression 'write Wikipedia, don't cite Wikipedia'.
> You may have a different context as a librarian, but I very much take
> exception to the way you have mischaracterised our interaction above.
> John Lubbock
> Communications Coordinator
> Wikimedia UK
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> Wikimedia UK is the national chapter of the global Wikimedia open
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> work to make knowledge open for all. Have you considered supporting
> Wikimedia UK? Donate here <https://donate.wikimedia.org.uk>.
> The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who operate
> Wikipedia, amongst other projects). *Wikimedia UK is an independent
> non-profit charity with no legal control over Wikipedia nor responsibility
> for its contents.*
> On Thu, 26 Sep 2019 at 17:53, Merrilee Proffitt <mproffitt(a)gmail.com>
>> I completely agree with Kathleen. I would assert that it is a lack of
>> nuance around the nature of information sources and the research task at
>> hand that has lead educators and others to wholesale "ban" the use of
>> Whether or not a source can be utilized in a research context depends on
>> the researcher, and what information they are supporting with the citation.
>> For my middle school daughter doing some investigation on an element in the
>> periodic table (as she has been doing this week), the Wikipedia English
>> article (or any encyclopedia article) is appropriate for her. For a
>> graduate student in chemistry this would not be appropriate, but the grad
>> student might (appropriately) cite Wikipedia for some basic definitional
>> stuff, just as they might cite a dictionary or something similar. You see
>> Wikipedia utilized appropriately in citations all the time -- why would we
>> discourage this?
>> Having conversations about the veracity of online information is tough.
>> Wikipedia can be challenging because articles are at various levels of
>> development. To my mind, this makes it something that those of us engaged
>> in conversations around information literacy should steer towards, rather
>> than away from, because a) Wikipedia is widely utilized in a variety of
>> contexts and b) it is a great teaching tool for talking about when you can
>> trust information online and when you should steer clear. But saying "no"
>> to *any* information source without having a discussion about it seems
>> lazy. It definitely does not reflect the type of discourse we should be
>> having, especially now.
>> I look forward to more discussion on this topic.
>> On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 9:02 AM Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki(a)gmail.com>
>>> Twitter doesn't facilitate reasoned arguments. I suppose as usual the
>>> goal was to encourage greater use of the references and other
>>> meta-content of Wikipedia articles, which are excellent tools for
>>> critical thinking.
>>> Kathleen DeLaurenti, 26/09/19 17:55:
>>> > Hi all -
>>> > As a librarian who uses and supports Wikipedia, I wanted to bring up
>>> > some issues around the BuzzFeed article posted today about M-Journal
>>> > that has led to some messaging from the WikipediaUK twitter account
>>> > I find concerning. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to
>>> > bring this up, but I wasn't sure where else to reach out.
>>> > For those who missed, a citation cite is not manufacturing journal
>>> > articles if a student submits a Wiki article so that it looks like an
>>> > "official" citation in their school research papers.
>>> > Clearly there are some nefarious potential uses here, but what's more
>>> > concerning is that the WikiUK twitter account has come forward
>>> > forcefully saying that Wikipedia shouldn't be cited in the literature.
>>> > Period.
>>> > https://twitter.com/wikimediauk/status/1177215917534711808
>>> > I work very hard to improve the cite through my courses and academic
>>> > advocacy as do many librarians. It's concern to me to see Wikipedia
>>> > undermining its own authority in such a public way in what appears to
>>> > a misguided attempt to deflect association with the MJournal site.
>>> > Would welcome any insight or ideas on how to navigate this discussion.
>>> > The entire M-Journal use case exists, imho, because we are still
>>> > battling for a critical (not blanket acceptance) view of Wiki as a
>>> > resources, and I find this kind of public statement to be very
>>> > to the hard work so many are doing to create a quality information
>>> Libraries mailing list
Hi all -
As a librarian who uses and supports Wikipedia, I wanted to bring up some
issues around the BuzzFeed article posted today about M-Journal that has
led to some messaging from the WikipediaUK twitter account that I find
concerning. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to bring this up,
but I wasn't sure where else to reach out.
For those who missed, a citation cite is not manufacturing journal articles
if a student submits a Wiki article so that it looks like an "official"
citation in their school research papers.
Clearly there are some nefarious potential uses here, but what's more
concerning is that the WikiUK twitter account has come forward forcefully
saying that Wikipedia shouldn't be cited in the literature. Period.
I work very hard to improve the cite through my courses and academic
advocacy as do many librarians. It's concern to me to see Wikipedia
undermining its own authority in such a public way in what appears to be a
misguided attempt to deflect association with the MJournal site.
Would welcome any insight or ideas on how to navigate this discussion. The
entire M-Journal use case exists, imho, because we are still battling for a
critical (not blanket acceptance) view of Wiki as a resources, and I find
this kind of public statement to be very damaging to the hard work so many
are doing to create a quality information resource.
Librarians and library lovers,
>From *January 15th to February 5th* we will be joining together around the
world to make Wikipedia more reliable. You can participate in *#1Lib1Ref *by
simply adding a citation to Wikipedia's content!
That's all we ask and imagine: a world in which every librarian (or
archivist, reference professional, and scholar) adds 1 more reference to
Wikipedia. This is the fifth year of the #1Lib1Ref campaign and we couldn’t
be more excited to support another year of activities.
Full resources and guides for participating are available on the campaign
website <http://1lib1ref.org> (http://1lib1ref.org).
If you are planning to host a coffee hour
or a edit-a-thon focused on #1Lib1Ref, and you need funding for the event,
you will be able to apply for a Rapid Grant
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid>. For the best chance
of approval, requests should be made in the month of November, since
requests related to #1Lib1Ref will be given priority by the Grants team
You can make sure your contribution is counted by using the Program and
Events Dashboard for your event, institution, or region, and using the
hashtag in your edit summary. Login to start a new event or join an
existing one for the January campaign here:
Please tell your library and library-loving friends about #1Lib1Ref in
January. We need everyone's help to make Wikipedia more reliable!
You can join the 1Lib1Ref community via the Libraries (
libraries(a)lists.wikimedia.org), and 1Lib1Ref (1lib1ref(a)lists.wikimedia.org)
mailing lists, or by joining the Wikimedia + Libraries User Group:
You can learn about last year's campaign and what we learnt in our recently
released blog post on Wikimedia Space:
The Wikipedia Library team
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