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.

What is Linked Data?

Linked Data refers to a set of technologies which are delivering the Semantic Web. A good starting point to discover Linked Data is this webpage from the World Wide Web consortium. Linked Data allows sharing of datasets across institutions by enabling joint query and cross-linking of individual records (not only document hyperlinks). We are exploring these technologies for the benefit of conservation.

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.