Project Update - August 2020

A modified version of the following text has been published in issue 89 of Icon News and will also appear in the next AIC Newsletter.

The Linked Conservation Data phase 2 consortium is continuing its work developing tools and resources for Conservators, Conservation Scientists and others interested in sharing Conservation Documentation using Linked Data. Consortium members have joined working groups on specific topics: modelling, terminology, pilot, education, and policy.

Utilizing the CIDOC-CRM ontology to describe conservation data, the modelling working group has been preparing material to submit to the CIDOC-CRM Special Interest Group for approval. This includes the addition and refinement of documentation concepts used by Conservators. This group is supported by Stephen Stead who joined LCD in April 2020 and who has many years of experience of data modelling, in particular with the CIDOC-CRM.

The terminology working group has further been discussing best practices on building and using vocabularies in conservation as well as publishing aligned vocabularies, or vocabularies whose synonyms have been matched and can be used interchangeably. A draft version of the terminology guidelines is now out and we would welcome feedback prior to the final version. Feedback can be provided either through the IIC’s community platform or directly to consortium members. The draft can be found here: Terminology guidelines (phase 2).

Following the education workshop in May 2020, where consortium members gathered together for an online meeting about promoting the use of conservation data in education programs of memory organizations (museums, galleries, libraries and archives), recordings from this webinar are now available here: Education Workshop. We are also working with representatives from our three main professional groups - IIC, Icon, and AIC - on developing policy guidance for the use of linked data for conservation documentation. We hope to present our work in this area at the IIC congress in Edinburgh in November 2020.

Four institutions are participating in a pilot to use linked data for a subset of their conservation treatment documentation; The Bodleian Library, Oxford, the Library of Congress, the National Archives (UK), and Stanford Libraries. These institutions have each selected between 30 and 50 treatment reports spanning over 50 years of documenting repair of books with detached boards (The John Rylands library is also contributing to this effort). The goal is to model this data using the CIDOC-CRM along with aligned local vocabularies. Once this is accomplished, we will test how the resulting summarized data can answer research questions in book conservation. Leading this effort is Alberto Campagnolo, who also joined LCD in April 2020.