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How Linked Open Data helps Museums Collaborate, Reach New Audiences, and Improve Access to art Information

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Eleanor E. Fink, Manager, American Art Collaborative

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How Linked Open Data helps Museums Collaborate, Reach New Audiences, and Improve Access to art Information

  1. 1. How Linked Open Data helps Museums Collaborate, Reach New Audiences, and Improve Access to art Information Eleanor E. Fink Manager, American Art Collaborative
  2. 2. Eleanor E. Fink Linked Open Data •A method of publishing structured data so that it can be interconnected and become more useful. •Uses a mark up language called RDF. When combined with a domain ontology the relationship between subject, predicate, and object can be tagged explicitly. •As a result when you are searching using LOD you don’t get the “noise” or unrelated information you get with online searching.
  3. 3. Linked Data facts: <subject> <predicate> <object> using W3C standards (RDF) links between facts from different databases like links between Web pages Pedro Szekely and Craig KnoblockUniversity of Southern California Eleanor E. Fink
  4. 4. A Google search for “winslow homer theft” retrieves documents that users must read to extract relevant information information
  5. 5. Eleanor E. Fink American Art Collaborative LOD
  6. 6. LOD cloud containing interlinked resources from a wide variety of sources relevant to locating stolen or looted cultural property
  7. 7. Window to the World of Knowledge
  8. 8. Eleanor E. Fink Tear Down Data Silos Provide Open Access
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  10. 10. AAC Eleanor E. Fink Consortium of museums who have come together to learn about and implement LOD within their respective museums. AAC is developing its LOD under a federated model whereby each AAC member assumes responsibility for updating and maintaining its own data.
  11. 11. The American Art Collaborative Partners Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Archives of American Art, Autry National Center of the American West, Colby College Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art, National Portrait Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Walters Art Gallery Eleanor E. Fink
  12. 12. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Planning Grant American Art Collaborative Linked Open Data Initiative (AAC) Education Mission Statement Commitment Road Map Eleanor E. Fink
  13. 13. IMLS Leadership Grant and a Grant Pending Road Map over next 12- 21 Months • Convert data to LOD using the CIDOC CRM • Link to the Getty Vocabularies as well as contribute missing names to enhance the vocabularies • Implement an API and reader compliant with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) that will allow researchers to compare and contrast AAC LOD Eleanor E. Fink
  14. 14. • Develop several open source tools including a link curation tool and IIIF/CRM translator • Develop browse demonstration • Open access • Publish best practices and lessons learned Eleanor E. Fink
  15. 15. Rationale Eleanor E. Fink •Learn together as a collaborative; build a critical mass to explore and demo value of LOD •As primary holders of art objects and data AAC members want to make sure LOD is accurate •More precise results when searching(Semantic Web) •Build richer contexts for inquiry by integrating data from different sources
  16. 16. •Interest in access across the partnership as well as linking to other LOD nodes: providing more knowledge than any single institution •Cross domain searching as a window to the world of knowledge •Greater visibility; more outreach •Collaborative platform potential (curator to curator) Eleanor E. Fink
  17. 17. CIDOC CRM ontology 82 classes and 263 properties including relationships Events (e.g., creation, production, attribute assignment), Immaterial things (e.g., information objects, appellations, rights) Material things (e.g., actors, physical things, man-made objects) Eleanor E. Fink
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  19. 19. Slide by Design for Context
  20. 20. Eleanor E. Fink American Art Collaborative LOD
  21. 21. THANK YOU

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