Kelcy Shepherd

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Kelcy Shepherd


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Short Bio

Kelcy Shepherd is the Head of Digital Programs at Amherst College, providing vision for the creation, delivery, and preservation of digital content within the Library and the College; planning for the design, integration, and maintenance of digital asset management and preservation programs and systems; and providing overall administration of the Library’s digital collections.

Kelcy is a workshop instructor for the Society of American Archivists and teaches XML and metadata courses for Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and is currently a member of the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description (TS-EAD), a group that is working on the second revision of EAD. Kelcy holds a masters degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and a BA in Art & Design with a second major in Anthropology from Iowa State University.

Interest in LODLAM

I feel strongly that small liberal arts colleges should be working alongside larger research institutions to publish linked open data, and would like to see Amherst College provide a model for others to follow. I would like to discuss implementing efficient methods for converting existing metadata into LOD and developing a SPARQL interface for repositories such as Fedora.


United States


Library, Archive, Academic

Linked Open Data Projects

My department is collaborating with our Academic Technology services on Amherst College Digital Collections ( We are strongly committed to open metadata. Our metadata, which includes Amherst's extensive collection of Emily Dickinson manuscripts, is currently in MODS and one of our major goals for the coming year is to publish it as linked open data as well. We are already working on an open metadata policy.

I have provided instruction in the basics of RDF and Linked Open Data in metadata and XML classes I teach for Simmons College. I have experience in digital collections and metadata policy development as well as a variety of metadata schemas and XML.


Amherst College