Project update - February 2020

Linked Conservation Data project moves to phase 2

We are pleased to announce that the Linked Conservation Data Consortium has secured further funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue with efforts to improve and harmonise documentation in conservation. The consortium is a unique environment where conservation practice, documentation, terminology and ontology are discussed in relation to their impact on the profession both in strategic and in practical terms.

New consortium members

We are delighted to welcome the following institutions to the consortium:

  • The National Archives, UK
  • The Institute of Conservation (ICON), US
  • The International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), UK
  • The American Institute for Conservation (AIC), US
  • National Gallery of Scotland, UK
  • Guildhall Museum, Rochester
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US
  • Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, US
  • Universitá Sapienza, Italy
  • University of the Aegean, Greece
  • University of South Wales, UK

Working groups

With phase 1 of the Linked Conservation Data project completed in January 2020, phase 2 has already started shaping up. The funding from the AHRC for this phase will allow the consortium to focus on the following:

  • Establishing infrastructure for sharing conservation vocabularies.
  • Developing a pilot to showcase how Linked Data can be used in conservation.
  • Producing a policy document to advocate best conservation documentation practices.
  • Identifying education strategies in memory organisations in relation to conservation.

We are also moving forward with the ongoing task of modelling in collaboration with our sister project Linked Art and of course the CIDOC-CRM Special Interest Group. We are proposing to establish small working groups for the above tasks and you may already have a pretty clear idea where your interest and expertise lies. If you wish to join any of the groups please email Brigitte to let her know. We are also hoping to make more use of video-conferencing both for the working groups and the whole of the consortium.

Events - Dates for your calendars

This year we will organise fewer events as there is limited travel budget and it will not be possible to cover expenses for everyone. Please keep the following in mind (and in your calendars) and let us know if there are major clashes for you:

  • Education workshop (Guildhall Museum Rochester): 4th May
  • IIC congress panel (Edinburgh): 2nd - 6th November
  • Modelling workshop (Library of Congress, Washington DC): 12 - 13 November (to be confirmed)

we are monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and will notify participants on alternative plans

Strategy document

During this phase our dissemination partners with significant contribution by Anni Mantyniemi (ICON) will work together to establish a draft document outlining strategic aims for the profession in relation to documentation and data.

These activities are in preparation for a follow-up funding application at the end of 2020 for a multi-year larger project.

Phase 1 concluding webinar

We have uploaded the concluding webinar for phase 1 which you can view on our website here and please feel free to share.