Wikidata:Flemish art collections, Wikidata and Linked Open Data
In this project, a group of Flemish museums and art collections publish metadata of their art collections (estimated: 30,000 artworks in total) on Wikidata, and then make this dataset available as Linked Open Data (LOD) (?).
All the artworks have persistent identifiers (?).
In this way, the information about the artworks can be enriched on Wikidata. This project is a first encounter of the participating art collections with the community of Wikimedia volunteers.
The project partners investigate whether the free infrastructure, provided by Wikidata, can be used by museums:
- to realize their open data strategies,
- and to publish their collection data as Linked Open Data without needing high IT investments.
The project's Dutch title is Linked Open Data publicatie met Wikidata.
Linked Open Data publicatie met Wikidata is a follow-up to several earlier projects:
- Persistente Identificatie (2013-2014) (information in Dutch) investigated if persistent URIs would simplify the maintenance and information exchange of artworks in 10 different Flemish art databases.
- Persistente identificatie en open cultuur data (2014-2015) (information in Dutch). In this project, persistent identifiers for more than 34,000 artworks from seven Flemish museums were made operational.
It is also closely associated with opencultuurdata.be.
Partners and contact info
Co-ordination: PACKED vzw
PACKED vzw is the Flemish Centre of Expertise in Digital Heritage.
- Bert Lemmens - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barbara Dierickx - email@example.com
- Alina Saenko - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sandra Fauconnier (User:Spinster), advisor/producer, workshops, reports, community liaison (freelancer)
- User:Multichill, advisor/uploader (volunteer)
- Wikimedia Belgium: User:MADe, supervision
- Romaine, support and organisation (in and beyond Wikimedia Belgium) - romainewikimedia.be
Flemish art collections
- Whitepaper on open data management by cultural institutions on Wikidata. Deliverable D1 Done
- The whitepaper is useful for any cultural organization that considers working with Wikidata. It explains how the Wikimedia world and Wikidata work, and why contributing data to Wikidata might be interesting and useful.
- This paper was met with enthusiasm by the GLAM-wiki community and is now marked for translation into other languages. If you think it might be interesting in your language too, feel free to help translating.
- Open data publication of .csv datasets from the participating institutions. Deliverable D2 Done
- All participating art collections have made a csv file of their collection (internally) available under a CC0 license.
- Workshop and advisory board meeting I. Done
- This meeting took place on Wednesday 28 October 2015.
- Upload of csv datasets to Wikidata. Done
- RDF export from Wikidata. Deliverable D3 Done
- Manual on open data management by cultural institutions on Wikidata. Deliverable D4 Done
- Final report (internal). Deliverable D5 Done
- Workshop and advisory board meeting II. Done
- This meeting took place on Friday 29 January 2016.
Additional results and outcomes
Visualisations and statistics: a series of interesting and remarkable ways to show the data related to this project, and statistics about new edits and re-use (work in progress)
Tools and resources
- Autolist query for all works from the above collections on Wikidata
- Dynamic list of the artworks on Wikidata in all participating collections (heavy page - loads very slowly!)
- .json files that show changes in the data over time
- Wikidata:Data donation
- The Crotos tool only displays artworks that have images on Wikimedia Commons, linked to their items on Wikidata.