• Linked Data and Open Data in Cultural Heritage - from panel 'Linked Art: Networking Digital Collections and Scholarship'

    Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass
    Kevin Page (see profile)
    DH2020, Linked Open Data
    Art, Computer art, History, Linked data, Metadata
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    Conference paper
    Digital art history, Linked open data
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    Cultural heritage institutions have a great deal to gain from deeply engaging in the networked environment. They have poured many resources in the digitization of their collections for the benefit of their audiences, from students to experts, who want to have access to more online material of a higher quality. The current landscape of cultural heritage knowledge on the Web, however, is very much siloed, which both harms the relevance of individual institutions as well as the overall state of scholarship which might use that knowledge. This talk will give an overview of previous initiatives and technologies intended to open up access to cultural heritage institutions, particularly art museums, including the International Council of Museums Committee for Documentation Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC CRM, also an ISO standard); The American Art Collaborative (AAC); PHAROS, the International Consortium of Photo Archives; the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT); the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN); and the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). In the context of the successes and limitations of these efforts, this paper will outline the strategy taken by Linked Art. This presentation will challenge the traditional paradigm which has large and wealthy institutions succeed in the face of structural challenges. In this era of hyper connectedness, the solution to museums’ relevance in the Web cannot be developed by a lone institution, and indeed the model that Linked Art promotes is instead based on inclusion with the goal to create institutional and individual partnerships. The other precept that the Linked Art data model advocates for is usability over absolute data completeness, and this talk will go over some specific data modeling principles that allow balance between the requirements of the institution, domain knowledge experts, technologists who will implement the standard, and scholars and other users of Linked Art.
    Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass is the Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art, and co-chair of the Linked Art working group of the International Council of Museums’ Committee for Documentation (ICOM CIDOC). Participation of Linked Art Editorial Board members in the DH2020 conference is supported 'Linked Art II: Developing Community, Practice, and Scholarship', funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/T013117/1 ) and led by Kevin Page, University of Oxford.
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