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Linked data and international standards for cultural heritage

From 13 September 2022
to 14 September 2022


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. The conference will be held in person if the Covid-19 policies allow it. If not, we will organise it virtually.



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.


Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: Monday 14 March 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: 18 April 2022
  • Conference: 13-14 September 2022.


Conference language

We accept abstracts written in English, French or Dutch.
Note that the main language for this conference will be English and that abstracts written and/or presented in any other language than English will likely limit the impact of your message.



We invite submissions of abstracts on best practices, lessons learned, research projects, collaborative initiatives, innovative workflows or specific case studies.

The upcoming 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


Session & presentation formats

The conference will include several session and presentation formats:

  • Paper (ca. 15 mins presentation + 5-10 mins discussion)
  • Poster (A3 format) & Lightning talk (5 mins) for a brief show and tell
  • Panel session / roundtable (ca. 50 mins), consisting of 3 to 4 brief presentations and followed by a debate with the audience
  • Interactive demonstrations or workshop (1-2 hours): self-organised sessions running parallel to the main program to provide learning opportunities and skill sharing between attendees. They can be organised to run in hybrid, in-person or fully virtual mode.

Workshop topics can be guided by input from attendees.  Please feel free to make suggestions at vfav@xoe.or.

Authors are encouraged to submit their accepted papers for publication in the Journal In Monte Artium, a fully peer-reviewed journal that deals with book history and book production as well as all aspects of technical innovations relating to the development of modern research libraries.

Conference e-mail: vfav@xoe.or