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Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections

  • The concept of Linked Data has made its entrance in the cultural heritage sector due to its potential use for the integration of heterogeneous collections and deriving additional value out of existing metadata. However, practitioners and researchers alike need a better understanding of what outcome they can reasonably expect of the reconciliation process between their local metadata and established controlled vocabularies which are already a part of the Linked Data cloud. This paper offers an in-depth analysis of how a locally developed vocabulary can be successfully reconciled with the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and the Arts and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) through the help of a general-purpose tool for interactive data transformation (OpenRefine). Issues negatively affecting the reconciliation process are identified and solutions are proposed in order to derive maximum value from existing metadata and controlled vocabularies in an automated manner.

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Author:Seth van Hooland, Ruben Verborgh, Max De Wilde, Johannes Hercher, Erik Mannens, Rik Van de Walle
ISSN:1532-2882 (print)
Parent Title (English):Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Place of publication:Hoboken
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:controlled vocabularies; metadata; semantic web
First Page:464
Last Page:479
Funder:Ghent University; Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT); Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT); Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO Flanders); European Union
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Informatik und Computational Science
Peer Review:Referiert
Institution name at the time of publication:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Informatik