The Getty just released its Art and Architecture Thesaurus as linked open data, announced by James Cuno in The Getty Iris online magazine article. This is the first release of four of the Getty’s Vocabularies—the other three are to come out as linked open data over the next year and a half.
The Art and Architecture Thesaurus is a reference source including over 250,000 terms on art and architecture history, styles, and techniques, explains Cuno. From the Getty site, the AAT is described as a structured vocabulary that can be used to improve access to information about art, architecture, and material culture.
Linked Open Data
Cuno describes linked open data as a “way of publishing information so that it can be connected with other information and freely used.” The potential of linked open data is in allowing researchers to access data “locked” in databases and repositories such as libraries, archives, museums, and universities. Linked open data makes new webs of connectivity, increasing online discovery. Cuno also includes an informative video on linked open data created by Europeana.
More to come on structured vocabularies and linked open data in my next blog posts.
The Getty Iris
“Art and Architecture Thesaurus Now Available as Linked Open Data”
by James Cuno