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Abstract

From October 24 to 26, 2016, the Canadian Linked Data Initiative (CLDI) hosted the Canadian Linked Data Summit in Montreal, Quebec with the goal to increase awareness and nurture collaboration for linked data production in Canada. The Summit was inspired by CLDI’s investment in developing and sustaining a cooperative plan for Canadian linked data development for libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country. CLDI, comprising of Canada’s five top research libraries, the University of Toronto, McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia, and partners at Library and Archives Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, and Canadiana.org, organized the CLDI Summit to allow library staff specializing in cataloguing and technology from institutions across Canada to become better equipped for opening our library metadata to the global Web through the production of linked data. Gathering together linked data experts from North America and Europe, librarians from academic, government and special libraries, as well as graduate students from Canadian Library and Information Science schools, the CLDI Summit provided a forum for recognizing the importance of linked data for libraries, sharing expertise and resources, and working collaboratively between units and institutions across the country. Consisting of presentations and panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and a stakeholders planning meeting, the 3-day CLDI Summit helped to ignite and sustain real strategies for how to move forward with linked data knowledge and production in Canada through leadership, collaboration and communication.

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