LIBER 2021 Online has ended
This year, the LIBER 2021 Conference is a special one indeed. That’s because our organisation is celebrating our 50th anniversary and this year also marks the 50th conference that we’ve run. Over the years our conference has served as a vibrant hub for research libraries from all over Europe. Hence, this is a milestone to be celebrated and we are very excited to welcome you at our upcoming (virtual) conference!
The conference will be digitally co-hosted by our colleagues at the University of Belgrade Library in Serbia. As such, we aim to recreate and showcase our vibrant community that is the LIBER Network, while at the same time hosting our conference online and ensuring the safety of all conference participants.

Make sure you visit our virtual professional exhibition & networking space here: lbve.rs. You can also visit our virtual poster exhibition here and make sure to cast your vote for your favourite poster by filling in this form.

Feel free to browse through our digital programme and start building your customised schedule. If you haven’t registered for our conference please make sure that you do so here.
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Thursday, June 24 • 15:00 - 16:00
Why use Wikidata, or not?

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Wikidata as an infrastructure is a gold standard for modeling and sharing information on the web, as it provides an open source infrastructure for modeling data, as well as for querying information. Consequently, libraries are increasingly making metadata on their collections available via Wikidata. According to the survey conducted by the LIBER LOD Working Group in 2019, Wikidata “stood out as the most common external resource that the projects were linking to.”1 In this panel session we seek to bring together speakers who have done research on or implemented Wikidata for library collections to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of sharing these information via the Wikimedia ecosystem and Wikidata specifically. The panel will include a presentation from Annette Dortmund from OCLC; Olaf Janssen from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in the Netherlands; Julie M. Birkholz from KBR- the Royal Library of Belgium, and Matt Miller from the Library of Congress. The presentations will include the reasons for the use of Wikidata or not, as well as practical examples from three libraries implementing Wikidata each in different stages. Following these short presentations there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions to facilitate a larger discussion on the growing knowledge around the use of linked data and specifically Wikidata in libraries.

* This session is being recorded. By joining the session, you are consenting to be recorded.

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Annette Dortmund

Senior Product Manager, OCLC
Dr. Annette Dortmund, Senior Product Manager at OCLC, has been working with European libraries for more than two decades to analyse library needs from multiple perspectives in an environment characterised by system interoperability. She currently focuses on scholarly communications... Read More →
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Olaf Janssen

Wikimedia & open data coordinator, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Olaf Janssen is the Open Data & Wikimedia coordinator at KB, the national library of the Netherlands. In this role he stimulates and facilitates the collaboration between the collections, knowledge, open data and employees of the KB on the one hand, and the projects of the Wikimedia... Read More →
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Matt Miller

Matt Miller is a librarian and technologist working in the field of cultural heritage. He currently works at the US Library of Congress focusing on id.loc.gov and the Bibframe initiative. Previously he worked for the New York Public Library in the NYPL Labs group. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Pratt School of Information and co-director of the Semantic Lab research group... Read More →
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Julie Birkholz

Lead of KBR's Digital Research Lab & Asst Prof, KBR & Ghent University
Dr. Julie M. Birkholz is the Lead of the Royal Library of Belgium’s Digital Research Lab, and Assistant Professor Digital Humanities at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium. Her research expertise is in historical social network analysis, and thus in practice has become an expert in developing diverse digital workflows to study the past. As the Lead of KBR’s Digital Research Lab she work... Read More →

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Ann Van Camp

Scientific staff, KBR (Royal Library of Belgium)
As scientific staff member at KBR, the Royal Library of Belgium, Ann Van Camp is responsible for the development of contemporary collections, in particular the legal deposit and valorisation of the Bibliography of Belgium. She also coordinates the ISNI Registration Agency, an int... Read More →

Thursday June 24, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 CEST