Call for Papers

UNIMARC Core Activity (UCA)

Expanding MARC Metadata Services with Linked Open Data

The IFLA UNIMARC Core Activitiy (UCA) invites papers to be presented at 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Singapore, August 2013.

There is a promising future for existing library metadata in the evolving semantic web and linked data environment. The quantity and quality of existing MARC records make it an unquestionable source for expanding data services that have the potential to easily share bibliographic data at a global level, providing innovative and sophisticated new ways of reusing data that reach far beyond the library community. This session will focus on concepts, strategies, experiences, technical issues and prospects of linked open data (LOD) applied to MARC and UNIMARC records.  Contributions are invited on topics such as:

  • Open data policies
  • LOD  strategies and technical issues
  • Experiments and projects of LOD implementation
  • Implications of linked data for the future of bibliographic standards


The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 March 2013.

How to submit - Send your proposal by email - an abstract (minimum 300 words) in English, complemented by short biographical information and contacts of the author(s) to:

Maria Inês Cordeiro
Director, IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Permanent UNIMARC Committee.
Authors of selected proposals will be notified by 15 April 2013.
Full papers - will be due by 31 May 2013 to allow time for editing and translations.

Paper Presentation

Between 20-30 minutes will be allowed for paper delivery in the session.  Every paper should be presented in person by one of the authors at the WLIC in Singapore.


All proposals must be in before 31 March 2013.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 22 February 2013