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Linked data; Indigenous peoples--Canada; Subject headings; Discrimination


This presentation is inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations released by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations in April 2017. With a focus on the “decolonization of library access and classification” in relation to the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) it presents the term circle as a way to mitigate colonial biases by creating a hybrid subject language system using SKOS RDF/XML in a linked data context. This hybrid system facilitates Indigenous community participation in the control and development of subject metadata and suggests a new role for metadata.


Based on a presentation delivered by video to the International Federation of Library Associations (ILFA) World Library and Information Congress on August 18, 2021.

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