Appointments: LIDATEC Committee Member

Term: August 2021-August 2025

Appointments will be made by parent committees in June – August 2021.


The Linked Data Technical Committee (LIDATEC) maintains and supports IFLA’s namespaces and reports to the IFLA Committee on Standards.

Who can stand for this position?

Anyone can stand. Candidates do not have to be an IFLA Member or Affiliate and if elected, are elected in their own right and not as the representative of their employer or nominator. LIDATEC Committee Members require a skill set specific to the work, particularly in the area of linked data and RDF publishing, to be successful.

What is the term of office?

The term of office is four (4) years from 2021 – 2025. This term is renewable once, although individuals would need to stand again for re-election.

What are the roles and responsibilities for this position?

LIDATEC supports the linked data and namespaces activities of IFLA professional units by assisting in the publishing of standards, and in providing training and support to these activities. The committee has a responsibility to:

  • Coordinate the development of namespaces by IFLA groups who wish to publish standards in a linked data form;
  • Develop and promote guidelines for the efficient and effective management of IFLA namespaces;
  • Develop training materials for units wishing to publish their standards in the namespace registry;
  • Oversee the maintenance of the infrastructure to support the efficient and effective management of IFLA namespaces;
  • Support the Committee on Standards in areas of linked data and the Semantic Web;
  • Act as liaison with non-IFLA groups involved in the organization of information as linked data in the Semantic Web;
  • Promote and make more visible the IFLA namespaces and encourage their use in all appropriate communities.

What skills and attributes do I need for this position?

Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate:

  • expertise, experience and interest in the area of linked data and the Semantic Web; 
  • proven ability to contribute meaningfully as part of a committee, in order to develop work that supports the wider library field;  
  • willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role – this is usually a few hours per month; 
  • time allowance to prepare and attend meetings of the Review Group, and financial resources to attend at least the IFLA annual Congress; 
  • an ability to act with respect, trust, confidentiality and transparency and recognize the need to protect personal and privileged information. They must declare any conflicts of interest and abstain from discussions where they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest. 

How many nominations do I need?

Each candidate requires one (1) nomination for this position.

Who can be a nominator?

Association Members, Institution Members and Honorary Fellows can nominate for this position.

They have received an election email containing information describing how they can submit a nomination.

How many candidates can each Member nominate for this position?

Each Member can nominate six (6) candidates for this position.

How do I find a nominator?

Check the list of IFLA Members and Association Affiliates found on the Membership page. Contact IFLA members in your country or region and ask if they are willing to nominate you.

How do I submit my nominee consent form?

Those wishing to stand as a candidate will need to submit a nominee consent form for this position. This should be done once a nominator has been found. In this form you will also be asked to provide a 200 word statement describing how you demonstrate the skills and attributes required.

A nomination only becomes valid when there is a match between the number of required nominations and a completed nominee consent form.