Semantic Technology at the Library of Congress
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  Laura Campbell   Laura Campbell
Library of Congress


Thursday, June 9, 2011
08:30 AM - 09:15 AM
Level:  Case Study
Practical Experience

Location:  Grand A

The Library of Congress is utilizing linked data and semantic technologies in several current projects including Project Recollection and it's Digital Preservation Initiative. Laura Campbell, CIO of the LoC, will describe these efforts and the reasons for choosing to enable them with semantics.

On Oct. 2, 2000, Laura E. Campbell was appointed by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington as Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives, a new Library of Congress position. Creation of the position responds to a recommendation contained in the July 26, 2000, National Academy of Sciences report, "LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress." Ms. Campbell is responsible for the overall strategic planning for the Library, which includes development of a national strategy, in cooperation with other institutions, for the collection, access and preservation of digital materials. This collaborative effort is formally called the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Ms. Campbell is the Library’s CIO and also oversees the Information Technology Services directorate at the Library. Ms. Campbell is also Director of the National Digital Library (NDL) Program, which she has led since 1994 at the Library. In this capacity she directed a cooperative national effort to digitize and make available online important and interesting materials of America's history and culture from the Library and other repositories throughout the country. The flagship of the NDL Program is the award-winning American Memory Web site, which makes freely available more than 15 million historical primary source items. The NDL Program continues to add new content from the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Ms. Campbell joined the Library in April 1992 as director of Library Distribution Services, a directorate that included programs for the Cataloging Distribution Service, the Federal Research Division, the Photoduplication Service and Retail Marketing. These areas of the Library operate on a cost-recovery basis. In 2007, Ms. Campbell was the recipient of the EMC Information Leadership Award from the Computerworld Honors Program. Ms. Campbell is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1973), the University of Maine (M.A. in management, 1979) and Georgetown University (M.S. in accounting, 1983).

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