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Report on the American Art Collaborative Project

Presentation given at MCN 2015

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Report on the American Art Collaborative Project

  1. 1. Report on the American Art Collaborative Project A Partnership to Expose Hidden Meaning and Insights Across American Art Information Resources via Linked Open Data MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
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  3. 3. Mellon Planning Grant Forming the Collaborative Convene a number of museums with holdings in American Art Look for diversity in the participating institutions Art Critical mass of object records converted to linked data. Including Archives of American Art What other data might be useful? Sargent, John Singer, Self-Portrait, 1907 MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  4. 4. Amon Carter Museum of American Art Jana Hill, Collection Information and Imaging Manager Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Karen Weiss, Supervisory Information Resources Specialist Autry National Center Rebecca Menendez, Director, Information Services and Technology Colby College Museum of Art Paige Doore, Curricular Registrar Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Shane Richey, Digital Media Manager Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) Shyam Oberoi, Director of Technology and Digital Media and Brian MacElhose, Collections Database Administrator Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) Kyle Jaebker, Director IMA Lab Jeremy Tubbs, Web Application Developer Planning Grant Participants Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art Diana Folsom, Head of Collection Digitization National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Linda Thrift, Head Collections Information and Research Sue Garton, Data Administrator National Museum of Wildlife Art Adam Harris, Petersen Curator of Art and Research Princeton University Art Museum Cathryn Goodwin, Manager of Collections Information Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Rachel Allen, Deputy Director Sara Snyder, Deputy Chief, Media & Technology Office The Walters Art Museum Kate Blanch, Systems Manager, Data & Digital Resources MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  5. 5. AAC Working Session, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Feb 2014 MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  6. 6. Educate / prepare the partnership 2-days of facilitated group ideation and strategy Consensus! The partnership is critical to success This is gonna take some time Need demonstration project(s), timely results Mellon planning grant process and outcomes ––– MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  7. 7. Mellon planning grant process and outcomes ––– 38 use cases...prioritized by the partners What defines a “critical mass” of American Art LOD? Recognize challenges around: URL creation and management Harmonization (aka Reconciliation) between like / related entities MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  8. 8. Next Steps Map data from 13 partner institutions Prepare and publish data linked to the Linked Data cloud Integrate emerging tools/standards (e.g., IIIF which brings images into the equation in an LD-friendly manner) Obtain IMLS matching grant Develop application(s) facilitating use of the linked data Spread the love Publish Best Practices and Lessons Learned Develop open source tools Publish via open licensing where possible MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  9. 9. Perspectives from an AAC partner Motivators for participation: An opportunity to share new content. Elevate lesser known collection strengths. Leverage collective energy and educational resources. American, Mrs. Walter Clarke and Her Son Marvia H. Clarke, ca. 1840 MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  10. 10. Collective Energy and Educational Resources Experimental development! Try new techniques, explore new technologies, creatively extend the use of existing resources in a low-risk environment. Deep dive into technology with institutions who have both similar and different challenges. Connect with humanities and technology experts who provide support and tools. Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, 1793 MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  11. 11. Collective Energy and Educational Resources “Linked open data is the bleeding edge of web technology,” said Sara Snyder, chief of media and technology at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which organized the consortium. “It’s not the easiest starting point for most museums, but it’s potentially more powerful than anything we’ve seen so far because of the baked-in connectedness.” “New Online Openness Lets Museums Share Works With the World.” The New York Times, October 27, 2015. MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  12. 12. Personalizing what is learned in pursuit of improved data management and access. Looking at (evaluating, auditing, cleaning, getting better at exporting) our own data. Understanding interoperability and ontologies in practice. The data model as an “information strategic plan”. Knowledge Outcomes from Planning Phase American, Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1840 MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  13. 13. Tangible Outcomes from Planning Phase A draft mapping of “tombstone” information to the CIDOC-CRM. Generating a structured data export (TMS/SQL → XML) that supports mapping to RDF. Opportunity farming (IIIF)! William Jacob Baer, Aurora, 1896 MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015
  14. 14. Report on the American Art Collaborative Project Presented by MCN | NOVEMBER 5th, 2015 Neal Johnson Shane Richey Kate Blanch