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First of Four Getty Vocabularies Made Available as Linked Open Data

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Getty Vocabularies - Linked Open Data logoby Eric Franzon

Jim Cuno, the President and CEO of the Getty, announced yesterday that the Getty Research Institute has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) ® as Linked Open Data. Cuno said, “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.”

The data set is available for download at vocab.getty.edu under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0). Vocab.getty.edu offers a SPARQL endpoint, as well as links to the Getty’s Semantic Representation documentation, the Getty Ontology, links for downloading the full data sets, and more.

Data for individual terms is also accessible via the interface at https://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/aat/index.html. For example, a search of the term “bronze” brings up a resource page where users can select from a list of disambiguated terms. Choosing “bronze(metal)” then leads to a page with a “Semantic View” (image below) of the data and links to download the data in various forms (JSON, RDF, N3/Turtle, or N-Triples).

screen shot of "bronze (metal)" search result


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. For general information about the Getty’s Linked Open Data project see http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/lod/.

The Getty welcomes 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 with the Linked Open Data team by emailing vocabLOD@getty.edu.


image courtesy Getty

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