Open Conference Systems at Dalhousie, International Association of University Libraries, 2016 Conference

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Forming the Canadian Linked Data Initiative
Caitlin Tillman, Joseph Hafner, Sharon Farnel

Last modified: 2016-03-07


In the fall of 2015, librarians from the University of Toronto, McGill, the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, and the Université de Montréal met to discuss the potential of collaborating on linked data efforts.   As a result of that meeting, and with the inclusion of  Library and Archives Canada and later the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, over the next six months the Canadian Linked Data Initiative (CLDI) was born.  The paper will discuss the processes and tools our group is using to work collaboratively to articulate, plan, and find funding for a suite of projects that will coordinate the metadata production activities of our library's technical services units, special collections, and digital libraries in both English and French.  The paper will show how, in working together and with partners in Canada, US, and Europe, we aim to provide a path to linked data readiness for our institutions and leadership for the adoption of linked data by libraries across Canada.