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Thursday December 1st, after this year's National Digital Forum in Wellington. If spaces run out please email to join the waitlist so we can try and find additional room.


LODLAM is an initiative that explores Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, Museums (LODLAM) and the cultural sector in general. This LODLAM-NZ event builds upon the findings and sessions of the International LODLAM Summit in San Francisco, held earlier in the year. It is an event that is suitable for both practitioners, and people interested in learning more.

We are also excited to announce that Jon Voss, who organised the first LODLAM event in San Francisco, is planning to attend with other founding participants.

This event is free, but spaces are limited to 50 particpants, so please register your interest. LODLAM-NZ is being hosted by DigitalNZ, and is being held the day after this year's National Digital Forum with their support. 

What is happening on the day?

This one day working meeting will kick off with an introduction on open linked data by Jon Voss. 

Sessions will then move to a barcamp style, created by participants, including local and international leaders in the field. The types of sessions might include: clinic on open data licensing; tools for publishing and utilising linked open data; vocabularies; exploring use cases; tools for encouraging in your organisations.

More about LODLAM

The first International LOD-LAM Summit, hosted by the Internet Archive and funded by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, convened this past June, 2011, to bring together 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.

Find out more about the LOD-LAM community and future regional meetings on their website,, or follow them on Twitter #LODLAM.

More about Linked Open Data

According to a definition on, "The term Linked Data refers to a set of best practices for publishing and connecting structured data on the web." This has enormous implications for discoverability and interoperability for libraries, archives, and museums, not to mention a dramatic shift in the World Wide Web as we know it.

Data is increasingly driving the internet economy, and innovations in the Semantic Web and Linked Data offer glimpses into the future of what many are calling Web3.0. But aside from advertisers predicting our behavior and better targeting consumers, what is it good for? What exactly is it and what does it do? And perhaps most importantly, what are the possibilities for harnessing this technology to increase human knowledge and forward the common good?

In the intorductory presentation, Jon will explore the fundamental elements of Linked Open Data and discover how rapidly growing access to metadata within the world's libraries, archives and museums is opening exciting new possibilities for understanding our past, and may help in predicting our future.

More about Jon Voss

Jon Voss (@jonvoss) is the Strategic Partnerships Director of Historypin, a location-based community driven public history project. He recently organized the first International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit, hosted by the Internet Archive and funded by the Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He's also the project manager of Civil War Data 150, a collaborative project utilizing Linked Open Data to connect and discover information about the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary.



Wellington, New Zealand