Nice! Getty Research Institute Releases “Art and Architecture Thesaurus” as Linked Open Data
Three more Getty vocabularies will be released as Linked Open Data by the GRI during the next 18 months. Details follow. The The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) (LOD coming soon) is one of our favorite resources to use and share.
From a Blog Post by James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust:
The Getty has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) as Linked Open Data.
The data set is available for download at vocab.getty.edu under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0).
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus is a reference of over 250,000 terms on art and architectural history, styles, and techniques. It’s one of the Getty Research Institute’s four Getty Vocabularies, a collection of databases that serves as the premier resource for cultural heritage terms, artists’ names, and geographical information, reflecting over 30 years of collaborative scholarship.
Over the next 18 months, the Research Institute’s other three Getty Vocabularies—The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), The Union List of Artist Names, and The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)—will all become available as Linked Open Data. To follow the progress of the Linked Open Data project at the Research Institute, see their page here.
The release of the Vocabularies as Linked Open Data will help link cultural heritage information across cultures and between disciplines, leading to new advances in the humanities. I am always delighted to see the new ideas and profound revelations that come from cultural research—and I’m especially excited to see what this 21st-century approach to research will yield.
As always, we welcome comments and input from the user community. If you have a suggestion or find the Getty’s Linked Open Data useful in your own work, please share it here or email the Getty’s Linked Open Data team at vocabLOD@getty.edu.
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