March 22, 2018

Journal Article: “The Rijksmuseum Collection as Linked Data”

The following article was recently published in the journal Semantic Web.


The Rijksmuseum Collection as Linked Data


Chris Dijkshoorn
VU University Amsterdam

Lizzy Jongma
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Lora Aroyo
VU University Amsterdam

Jacco van Ossenbruggen
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, the Netherlands

Guus Schreiber
VU University Amsterdam

Wesley ter Weele
VU University Amsterdam

Jan Wielemaker
VU University Amsterdam


Semantic Web
vol. 9, no. 2 (2018)
doi: 10.3233/SW-170257


Many museums are currently providing online access to their collections. The state of the art research in the last decade shows that it is beneficial for institutions to provide their datasets as Linked Data in order to achieve easy cross-referencing, interlinking and integration. In this paper, we present the Rijksmuseum linked dataset (accessible at, along with collection and vocabulary statistics, as well as lessons learned from the process of converting the collection to Linked Data. This dataset contains over half a million objects, including detailed descriptions and high-quality images released under a public domain license.

Direct to Full Text Article (OA Version via Semantic Scholar)
7 pages; PDF.

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