Linked Conservation Data

Linked Conservation Data is a Network of partners working on improving access of conservation documentation records. The aim of the Network is to discuss and report on ways that conservation documentation can be disseminated and re-used more effectively through Linked Data.

Project objectives

We have identified three areas of development for the network’s attention: Terminology, Modelling, and Dissemination.

  • Terminology: In the Semantic Web, communicating by using a variety of terminology traditions is important for disambiguation. The Network will assess the suitability of existing vocabularies in conservation and identify the amount of work needed both in terms of coverage and in terms of formatting to improve them for use in Linked Data applications. The relevant Linked Data standard for vocabularies is SKOS.
  • Modelling: In the Semantic Web, the type of each published record needs to be explicitly declared. For example, machines need to be able to handle records of type condition assessment and records of type treatment proposal differently. A standard which provides different types of records (classes) is the CIDOC-CRM. The Network will assess the suitability of the CRM and its extensions for conservation.
  • Dissemination: The Network will share best practices for producing Linked Data from conservation documentation and report on the readiness and capacity of existing software to host and share Linked Data.

Project update July 2019

It’s been a busy spring and early summer. Here’s a report on our collective activities for our Linked Conservation Data Consortium.

Webinar 1 - May 3, 2019

We held our first webinar as an introduction to Linked Data this Spring. Guest speakers included Karen Waldemar and Jay Hoffman of Gallery Systems, Dennis Wuthrich (Farallon Geographics) and Robert Sanderson (Getty Digital), and Dominic Oldman of the British Museum. Each spoke about their projects using linked data or their explorations of linked data as a resource for conservation documentation.

Modelling workshop

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This workshop will take place in London, UK. Conservation documentation combines many different types of records. During this workshop the consortium will propose guidelines on best practices for encoding these records.

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 (All day) to Friday, 13 September, 2019 (All day)
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