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’.”

Perkins continues, “Using more precise tagging information than current Web publishing formats allow, LOD lets users access, reuse, enrich and share information dynamically and eliminates many of the useless results sometimes found in other searches. The USC team has already mapped data into a standard LOD model, and is currently working to link the published data on each artwork and artist to other online resources, such as DBpedia, the LOD version of Wikipedia.”

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