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Linked Open Data in limbo: Open cultural heritage resources


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Presentation by Alina Saenko and Sam Donvil at Open Belgium 2018 -

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Linked Open Data in limbo: Open cultural heritage resources

  1. 1. Linked Open Data in limbo Co-creation as a catalyst for open cultural heritage resources Open Belgium 12.03.2018 Sam Donvil Alina Saenko @PACKEDvzw
  2. 2. • 2006 - 2010: Platform for Archiving and Conservation of Art on Electronic and Digital Media • 2011 - present: Centre of Expertise Digital Heritage • Flemish, Belgian and European projects • Support for ICT-processes at heritage and arts organisations (o.a. creating, storage, cataloguing, online access, exchange and reuse) and policy thereof • Central concern: sustainability (digital heritage is vulnerable)
  3. 3. The museum as a changing concept: antiquity > museion Role: scholarship Audience: research community
  4. 4. The museum as a changing concept: renaissance > cabinet of curiosities Role: prestige, display of ‘all’ objects Audience: privileged visitors, courtiers
  5. 5. The museum as a changing concept: enlightenment and modern era > birth of the modern museum Role: scholarship & caretaking of objects, not necessarily display Audience: research community & privileged visitors Role: scholarship & caretaking of objects, national prestige Audience: research community, large middle class audiences
  6. 6. The museum as a changing concept: contemporary era > changing consumer demands
  7. 7. The museum as a changing concept: contemporary era > memory institution as an online knowledge source Future interpretation: -Share -Contextualise -Coordinate -Facilitate Conventional interpretation: -Control quality -Control access Current ICOM definition: A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.
  8. 8. Accumulation and registration of data
  9. 9. Back-office: - Not a ‘popular’ topic to invest in - Often no ‘digital mindset’ inside the institutions > external IT services Data - Messy and not complete, but a lot of potential knowledge - Captured on different carriers (systems, digital and analogue files) - Often closed (and obsolete) software Audio-visual material - Different tools and DAMs, but not good enough - ‘Analogue mindset’: distributed versions and copies The situation in the Flemish artmuseums
  10. 10. 2012
  11. 11. Open source tool: Resolver-tool
  12. 12. Resolver Persistent URI: 2016 - ...
  13. 13. Enrichment of data via external authorities External authorities: - Wikidata, VIAF, RKDartists, ODIS, Geonames, AAT (Getty Vocabularies), Iconclass ente_identificatie
  14. 14. Visualisations with internally shared data Acquisition source: From which source did a museum acquire artworks? (5 museums) - Private - Artist - Gallery - Government - The Monarchy - The Church
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  16. 16. Blueprint distributed AV management
  17. 17. Making data and images accessible
  18. 18. Open Cultuur Data project
  19. 19. Open data on Wikimedia platforms Why Wikimedia? ● visibility ● reuse ● engagement
  20. 20. Wikidata ○ Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (7.798 artworks) ○ Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (6.973 artworks) ○ Groeningemuseum Brugge (2.858 artworks) ○ M - Museum Leuven (3.137 artworks) ○ Mu.ZEE (3.979 artworks) ○ S.M.A.K. (2.579 artworks)
  21. 21. Wikimedia Commons
  22. 22. Data enrichment and reuse
  23. 23. Data enrichment and reuse
  24. 24. Data enrichment and reuse
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  29. 29. Conclusion and next steps
  30. 30. Why Linked Open Data in Limbo? digital movement <> no digital mindset reducing costs <> out-of-control IT-budgets new ‘digital’ audiences <> losing ‘traditional’ audiences showing off with fancy tools <> locked up in obsolete technology engaging with the ‘crowd’ <> abandoned web portals
  31. 31. - More IT profiles in the cultural heritage sector and less dependence on the providers - More freedom to play around and test things out - Better open infrastructures and tools that make better internal workflows and LOD possible: - Back office tools: Collection Management Systems, DAMs , Datahubs… - Publishing online tools: Resolvers, API’s... - Reusing: Wikimedia art viewers, apps... - etc... - Vocal and demanding audience: - (examples of) reuse - curating/enriching data Wishlist
  32. 32. - Datahub project fase 2 en 3 - Resolver-tool op Open Summer of Code 2018 - Wikimedia projects: - Public Domain publication - Publishing images and more structured data - Reusing in Wikipedia-articles and outside of the platform - Networked cultural data - survey on the current demand for cultural heritage data by various sectors Do you see yourself contributing to one of the projects or to the wishlist? Idea’s or feedback? Please contact us! PACKED vzw 2018 -...
  33. 33. Thank you! Questions? Feedback? Sam Donvil Alina Saenko @PACKEDvzw