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Linked Data and International Standards for Cultural Heritage

From 13 September 2022
to 14 September 2022

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13-14 September 2022





International conference

We kindly invite you to the international conference ‘Linked data and international standards for cultural heritage’, which will take place at KBR, the Royal Library of Belgium, on 13 – 14 September 2022, as a hybrid event.



The networking project LOD-ISNI, funded by BELSPO, aims at strengthening the long-term cooperation with (inter)national partners, and at promoting the use of Linked Open Data and international standards for disclosing and valorising cultural heritage materials.

Despite the many policies and platforms to support the move to Open Data, the public availability of cultural heritage data is still limited and dispersed. Implementing linked open data techniques and international standards like ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) makes cultural heritage data more FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable), provides an opportunity to efficiently bring together currently siloed information, and enables synergies with other organisations across different domains, repositories, collections and systems.

Gathering key actors to discuss state-of-the-art solutions and lessons learned, this conference serves a twofold purpose:

  • empower the cultural heritage sector, as well as research institutions and book professionals in their digital transformation
  • develop a long-lasting network that will enhance international and cross domain collaboration.



The conference will address the following topics:

  • Linked (Open) Data
  • International standards, e.g. ISNI
  • FAIR data and cultural heritage
  • Cooperative Cataloguing
  • Digital data flows, e.g. between publishers and libraries
  • Cross domain research
  • Collections as data


Programme, biographies and abstracts

The sessions on 13 September will focus mainly on Linked Data, on 14 September the focus will be on international standards.

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Day 1: Linked Data

Julie Birkholz (KBR)

KBR Digital Data Strategy

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Annette Dortmund (OCLC)

Next Generation Metadata as a transformative change

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Tiziana Possemato (@Cult & Casalini Libri)

The Share family, a shared and integrated ecosystem for library linked data

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Wilbert Helmus (Dutch Digital Heritage Network)

Linked Data and Digital Heritage in the Netherlands: Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed

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Michelle Boon & Lois Hutubessy (Het Nieuwe Instituut)

A practical implementation of Linked Open Data

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Martín Álvarez-Espinar (Quick App Initiative)

Fancy a sustainable cultural heritage project for your town (in minutes)?

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Olivier Van D’huynslager (Design Museum Ghent) & Annelies Valgaeren (City of Antwerp)

Linking city heritage collections by implementing Flemish OSLO standards

  • Collections of Ghent, a participatory platform to publish Linked Data Event Streams of heritage organizations of the city of Ghent
  • Datahub Museums and Heritage Collections Antwerp
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Ricardo Santos (National Library of Spain)

Putting Linked Data to work: datos.bne.es, from the National Library of Spain

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Brecht Deseure (KBR & former researcher at King’s College)

Radical translations 

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Julie Birkholz, Marianne Van Remoortel, Pieterjan De Potter (Ghent University) & Katherine Thornton, Kenneth Seals-Nutt (Stories Services Collaborative)

Enabling Linked Open Data for the Linking of Historical Women Editors of Periodicals

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Ursula Oberst, Annachiara Raia (African Studies Centre Leiden)

Unpacking and linking transoceanic data of Swahili material culture: some preliminary results

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Day 2: International Standards (ISNI, …)

Sofie Veramme, Evelien Hauwaerts (Mmmmonk – Bruges Public Library)

Connecting Medieval Monastic Manuscripts: metadata aggregation using IIIF manifests

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Karen Andree (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Vesper: cooperative cataloguing for subject indexing in art and heritage libraries

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Sven Lieber (KBR)

The benefits of international standards for research data management 

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François Renaville, Laurence Richelle, Marie Goukens & Robert De Groof (University of Liège)

Enriching and aligning Alma bibliographic records with the IdRef authority file, the ULiège Library experience

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Barbara Fischer (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

GND meets Wikibase

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Alicia Fagerving (Wikimedia Sweden)

Wikidata at the museum: lowering thresholds for research with linked data in Sweden

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Luc Wanlin (Archives et Musée de la Littérature)

Unlocking performing arts global studies through ISNI

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Tim Devenport (ISNI International Agency)

ISNI – Ten years of identifying creative entities & prospects for the future

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Vincent Boulet (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

ISNI, a stimulus for digital legal deposit and key to BnF’s data services

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Isabelle Gaudet-Labine & Patrick Joly (BTLF)

The Hub. Evolution of the data management system at BTLF and the introduction of ISNI in the book supply chain of Quebec

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Caroline Saccucci (Library of Congress)

ISNI Integration in Prepublication Metadata Workflows at the Library of Congress

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Jenny Wright (Bibliographic Data Services)

Linking to the future: ISNIs in the UK publisher and library metadata systems

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Fride Fosseng (Bokbasen)

Implementation of ISNI in Bokbasen

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Practical information

  • This will be a hybrid event. You can participate either online or on-site.
  • The main language for this conference will be English.
  • Conference e-mail: vfav@xoe.or  
  • The Auditorium at KBR is accessible for persons with reduced mobility (there is a ramp at the back entrance of the room).
  • On 15 September, a conference on Social Media Data is taking place at KBR. If you are interested in the use of Linked Open Data and ISNI as a crucial bridge identifier for cultural heritage materials, don’t hesitate to register for this event.
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