Wikidata:Flemish art collections, Wikidata and Linked Open Data

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Presentation about this project during the GLAM-WIKI 2015 conference (April 2015)

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.

Earlier, related projects[edit]

Linked Open Data publicatie met Wikidata is a follow-up to several earlier projects:

  1. 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.
  2. 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[edit]

Co-ordination: PACKED vzw[edit]

PACKED vzw is the Flemish Centre of Expertise in Digital Heritage.

  • Bert Lemmens - bert@packed.be
  • Barbara Dierickx - barbara@packed.be
  • Alina Saenko - alina@packed.be

Wikimedians[edit]

Flemish art collections[edit]

Artworks on Wikidata Visualisations and statistics
Vlaamse Kunst Collectie / Flemish Art Collection

(partnership of the three main museums of fine arts in Flanders)

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Antwerpen).jpg
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen Antwerp Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (Q1471477) View with Reasonator View with SQID

Category on Wikimedia Commons

7,798 artworks in original dataset. Visualisations and statistics
Museum voor schone kunsten gent.jpg
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent Ghent Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (Q2365880) View with Reasonator View with SQID

Category on Wikimedia Commons

6,973 artworks in original dataset. Visualisations and statistics
Brugge - Dijver 12 -Voormalig poortgebouw van de proosdij van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, heden ingang van het Groeningemuseum - 82339.jpg
Groeningemuseum Brugge Brugge Groeningemuseum (Q1948674) View with Reasonator View with SQID

Category on Wikimedia Commons

2,858 artworks in original dataset. Visualisations and statistics
Vlaamse Kunst Collectie / Flemish Art Collection

('virtual' collection)

Flemish Art Collection (Q2542010) View with Reasonator View with SQID 2,537 artworks in dataset.

Works from this collection on Wikidata:

Visualisations and statistics
Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders

(partnership of four contemporary art museums in Flanders)

PMMK.JPG
Mu.ZEE Ostend Mu.ZEE (Q1928672) View with Reasonator View with SQID

Category on Wikimedia Commons

3,979 artworks in dataset.

Works from this collection on Wikidata:

Visualisations and statistics
Smakedificio.jpg
S.M.A.K. Ghent Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Q1540707) View with Reasonator View with SQID

Category on Wikimedia Commons

2,579 artworks in dataset.

Works from this collection on Wikidata:

Visualisations and statistics
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Q2173225) View with Reasonator View with SQID

1,933 artworks in dataset.

Works from this collection on Wikidata:

Visualisations and statistics
M - Museum Leuven
MuseumM1.JPG
M - Museum Leuven Leuven M – Museum Leuven (Q2362660) View with Reasonator View with SQID

Category on Wikimedia Commons

3,137 (notable) artworks in dataset.

Works from this collection on Wikidata:

Visualisations and statistics

Project results[edit]

Original deliverables[edit]

Manual resulting from this project. March 2016. Includes instructions on how to modify and add items to Wikidata.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Workshop and advisory board meeting I. ✓ Done
    • This meeting took place on Wednesday 28 October 2015.
  4. Upload of csv datasets to Wikidata. ✓ Done
  5. RDF export from Wikidata. Deliverable D3 ✓ Done
  6. Manual on open data management by cultural institutions on Wikidata. Deliverable D4 ✓ Done
  7. Final report (internal). Deliverable D5 ✓ Done
  8. Workshop and advisory board meeting II. ✓ Done
    • This meeting took place on Friday 29 January 2016.

Additional results and outcomes[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Crotos tool only displays artworks that have images on Wikimedia Commons, linked to their items on Wikidata.