150 years of Canadian ArtA linked open data project
150 Years of Canadian Art - A Linked Open Data Project is an introduction to an exciting new way of exploring and discovering Canadian art.
The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, undertook the project with the specific goal of evaluating linked open data as a means of better leveraging the information being made available through Canada’s national inventory of museum objects, Artefacts Canada. The project lays the groundwork for a forward-looking modernization of Artefacts Canada that will heighten the visibility of all Canadian museum collections.
Eight museums from coast-to-coast have partnered with us in this innovative project to showcase selected Canadian art in Artefacts Canada through the prism of Canada’s 150th anniversary: the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McCord Museum, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. This proof-of-concept project has been made using a subset of about 85,000 records from these institutions, and is designed to explore advanced approaches to publishing, connecting and enriching museum collections information. It does so by applying the concepts of:
- Linked Data, thereby enabling the Web to connect structured data that is related; and
- Open Data, thereby making certain data Footnote 1 freely available to reference, use or enhance as users see fit, without restrictions.
Within the scope of the proof-of-concept, the (meta)data about an artist, an artist group or a work of art can be:
- Referenced by a user to enhance their own content with links to Artefacts Canada (and hence to the contributing art galleries); or
- Included in a user application to enhance their own web content, or to develop new ways of combining their own information with Artefacts Canada information.
In the future, a user will be able to combine Artefacts Canada resource data with other data on the web to develop their own stories.
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