Based on CLDI's goals of raising awareness, sharing of expertise, and collaboratively planning linked data strategies, the Canadian Linked Data Summit comprised three days of presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and meetings.
The day began with a welcome and introduction by Caitlin Tillman from the University of Toronto, Julie Cardinal from Universite de Montreal, and Joseph Hafner from McGill University, all of whom are members of CLDI Steering and Planning Working Group and were instrumental in initiating the Canadian Linked Data Initiative.
When planning the agenda for the day, it was decided that CLDI working groups would each develop a practical workshop with the intention to develop linked data competencies for Summit attendees.
Generating a great deal of interest from libraries outside CLDI membership, this workshop provided the Digital Projects Working Group with new ideas of how to move forward with a project of this national scope.
At the time of the CLDI Summit, there were two main tools that allowed for metadata conversion to BIBFRAME--BIBFRAME Editor and Scribe from Zepheira.
On the final day of CLDI Summit, the working groups came together to recap the event, discuss the year's progress, and propose goals for the upcoming year.
As CLDI works towards developing linked data projects in the coming months, there will be a need to test their usability and assess user response to these projects.
Collaboration and regular communication between and within working groups will ensure that CLDI meets its goals in a coordinated and organized manner.
Overall, the Summit was a success for CLDI as it achieved the goal of bringing together the Canadian library community in order to raise awareness and establish strategies for linked data development in Canada.
Throughout 2017, CLDI aims to sustain the momentum gained from the Summit as it gets to work developing several linked data projects, such as the Canadian theses project described above, in addition to sharing documentation and training materials with the wider community.