Speaker spotlight: Jack van der Wel

The Homosaurus as a Linked Data Vocabulary

“The Homosaurus, an international thesaurus of LGBTI index terms developed by IHLIA LGBT Heritage (Amsterdam), offers a standardized vocabulary for describing LGBTI materials. In order to allow more institutions to make use of this resource, Homosaurus’ compiler, Jack van der Wel, has teamed up with K.J. Rawson, director of the Digital Transgender Archive (U.S.A.) to transform the Homosaurus into an online linked vocabulary. I will discuss how the Homosaurus was developed, for what purposes, and some of its features. Then I will present a text by K.J. Rawson about the benefits of a linked data vocabulary and how others can utilize this resource. Finally, I will discuss how the project will proceed and the role of the international editorial board that is in the process of convening.”

JVW - Jack_van_der_Wel_webJack van der Wel

Jack van der Wel is head of collections and information services of IHLIA LGBT Heritage, located at the Amsterdam Public Library. He was one of the compilers of the original Dutch Homosaurus and worked with Ellen Greenblatt on developing a global version. He was also co-organizer of the 2012 ALMS LGBT Conference in Amsterdam.

K.J. Rawson is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and is the Director of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA). DTA is creating the linked data environment for the Homosaurus.

IHLIA is a LGBT heritage organization and owns a socially relevant and indispensable international collection. IHLIA is continuously involved in collecting information about the LGBT communities in the world and making it accessible.

The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.

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Jack will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

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