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Getting started with Linked Open Data

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17 September 2021
08:30 - 15:00

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17 September 2021
08:30 - 15:00

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Online event




Online study day on Linked Open Data for cultural heritage

Want to get started with Linked Open Data for cultural heritage? Find out how to open up your collections or share your research.

This online study day will help you start making the transition from siloed databases to Linked Open Data.




9:30 Welcome – Sara Lammens (KBR)


9:40 Linked Data for decentralized cultural heritage ecosystems (Ruben Verborgh – Ghent University)


10:20 Storytelling with Linked Open Data (Julie Birkholz – KBR / Ghent University)

Slides – Recording

11:00 Break
11:20 Geospatial Linked Data (Piraye Hacigüzeller – University of Antwerp)


12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Workshop on data modelling of persons and organisations (ICEG)


15:00 Break
15:10 Best Practices for Library Linked Open Data (LOD) Publication (Matias Frosterus)


15:50 Conclusion – Frédéric Lemmers (KBR)


16:00 End


About the speakers

Sara Lammens is General Director a.i. at KBR

Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Decentralized Web technology at IDLab, Ghent University – imec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. He is a technology advocate for Inrupt, supporting the Solid ecosystem that gives you back control and choice—online and offline of your data. His expertise includes the Web, Linked Data, decentralization, Web APIs, hypermedia clients, and the use of linked data models in the cultural heritage sector.

Julie Birkholz is Assistant Professor Digital Humanities at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University and the Lead of KBR Digital Research Lab. Her research expertise is in the digital humanities and facilitating digital workflows for extracting information from text. From 2017 – 2020 she was a DH Fellow on the ERC Agents of Change Research project WeChangEd, investigating the historical networks of women editors, periodicals and organizations in Europe, as well as the research data manager for the Linked Open Data of the bibliographic information of these editors.

Piraye Hacigüzeller is Assistant Professor of Digital Heritage, University of Antwerp. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, a Master’s degree in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and a PhD in archaeology. Since 2003, she has worked as a geospatial data manager and analyst in several archaeological research projects in the eastern Mediterranean. She has carried out postdoctoral research on the archaeological applications of Geographic Information System (GIS) and digital mapping at KU Leuven and the University of Oxford and the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities.

ICEG or the Intergovernmental Committee E-Government is part of the Belgian Federal Public Service Policy and Support, in particular of its Directorate-General Digital Transformation who supports the government and the federal organisations in their digitisation drive. ICEG is a cooperation between the federal government, the regions and the communities in Belgium, in order to align all initiatives aiming at offering integrated electronic public services. One of their tasks is to improve data interoperability and develop digital standards.

Matias Frosterus is working as an information systems manager at the National Library of Finland. His main interests are in making library metadata more interoperable both within as well as outside of the library sector.His background is in linked data and semantic web research. He also chaired the LIBER Linked Open Data Working Group, who has recently published the Best Practices for Library Linked Open Data (LOD) Publication – a practical guide for libraries wishing to publish Linked Open Data.

Frédéric Lemmers is Head of the Digitisation Department at KBR



In cooperation with Ghent University, University of Antwerp, ICEG and Meemoo in the context of the LOD-ISNI project, funded by BELSPO.