The American Art Collaborative Linked Open Data Consortium

The American Art Collaborative (AAC) is a consortium of fourteen U.S. institutions—thirteen museums and one archive—working together to create a critical mass of Linked Open Data (LOD) around the subject of the visual arts in America.

Crystal Bridges has been a founding member of the AAC since the consortium’s formal establishment in 2014. For a full list of participating institutions, educational briefings, presentations, and general project background, visit AmericanArtCollaborative.org

Thanks to a leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (awarded to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) and generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (awarded to AAC partner Smithsonian American Art Museum on behalf of AAC), the AAC has converted over 230,000 museum object records to LOD.

USING THE AAC DATA

The URI construction for SPARQL queries is data.americanartcollaborative.org/sparql. We invite developers to make use of this data in their applications and share their results with us.

Connect to Crystal Bridges' artist data using this URI schema: data.americanartcollaborative.org/cbmaa/constituent/id/[ID]
Example: http://data.americanartcollaborative.org/page/cbm/constituent/111

Connect to our artwork data using this URI schema: data.americanartcollaborative.org/cbm/object/id/[object_number]
Example: http://data.americanartcollaborative.org/page/cbm/object/148

Metadata and LOD from the AAC partners is freely available on GitHub:
github.com/american-art - A complete set of data from the 14 participating institutions
github.com/american-art/cbm - Data from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

VIEW THE BROWSE APPLICATION PROTOTYPE

To design and develop a usable application for exploring the collected data, the project established a Browse Working Group, involving six of the 14 institutions and led by Design for Context, who developed a demonstration application, available at browse.americanartcollaborative.org.

The site allows objects and artists from across the 14 partner institutions to be explored through one interface. This application is a prototype, and is not meant to represent all the things that can be done with museum data in the future. Rather, it provides easy access to the available partner information and focuses on a few straightforward ways that data from the different institutions can be connected and explored.

AAC NEXT STEPS

As a next step, the AAC is seeking additional funding to expand the application of LOD within the museum and archival communities. As more museums produce LOD, we hope they will contact us, dialogue will ensue, and opportunities will increase to link or interconnect data and further demonstrate the value of LOD.

CONTACT US

For questions or feedback on Crystal Bridges' Data, Contact Us

For more information about AAC’s next steps, contact [email protected]