Posts Tagged ‘museum data’

USC Collaborating with Smithsonian on Conversion to Linked Open Data

Robert Perkins of USC News reports, “The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is collaborating with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to provide more detailed and more easily accessed information about artworks in the museum’s collection online than has previously been possible. Through this collaboration, online users will soon be able to access records of more than 40,000 artworks, which will be converted to Linked Open Data (LOD), a system that tags and publishes information online in a structured format designed to be easier to interlink – both inside and outside of the museum’s online presence. ‘We are excited about developing and applying our research tools to support the museum community,’ said Pedro Szekely, research assistant professor at the ISI. ‘The resulting tools are generic, will work with any museum’s databases and they will be made available for free to the museum community’.” Read more

Libraries, Museum Open Up Data Using CC0

In an article about CC0, the Creative Commons option that allows content creators and owners to dedicate works to the public domain, Jane Park reports, “CC0 has been getting lots of love in the last couple months in the realm of data, specifically GLAM data (GLAM as in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums). The national libraries of Spain and Germany have released their bibliographic data using the CC0 public domain dedication tool. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it means that the libraries have waived all copyrights to the extent possible in their jurisdictions, placing the data effectively into the public domain. What’s more, the data is available as linked open data, which means that the data sets are available as RDF (Resource Description Framework) on the web, enabling the data to be linked with other data from different sources.” Read more

The British Museum Releases Semantic Web Version of its Collections Database

The British Museum has released “a Semantic Web version of the database complementing the Collection Online search facility. The Museum is the first UK arts organisation to instigate a Semantic Web version of its collection data. The new service brings the British Museum into the ‘linked data’ world and will allow software developers to produce their own applications that can directly manipulate and reuse the data. It will also allow researchers and scholars a way to search and find data more precisely and facilitate automatic updates.” Read more