Where in Paris might you find an exhibit featuring the artist Charles Le Brun?
If you didn’t know to check into the Musée du Louvre, Muséophile can help. Just plug in an artist or movement, and city, and see what comes to the fore. The service, still in beta, comes courtesy of Sémanticpédia, a platform for collaboration between France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication; INRIA, the country’s public institution of scientific and technological research; and Wikimedia France, whose aim is to perform research and development applied to corpus or collaborative cultural projects, using data extracted from Wikimedia projects.
Currently, data from French DBpedia is available for Sémanticpédia projects to leverage, and Muséophile is the first effort of the collaboration to do so. In fact, an overall effort by the government of France to boost the representation of French cultural resources on the web, which should aid in Muséophile’s continued development, is underway: Those within the Ministry of Culture and Communication with expertise in various content bases related to French culture are being charged to contribute their knowledge to the still youthful French DBpedia, which constitutes an extraction of structured information from the French Wikipedia. That will lead to a single reference system that they also can rely on to collaborate, and exchange and integrate data.