Digital technologies such as Linked Open Data and IIIF create new possibilities for the preservation and exploration of cultural heritage. Cultural institutions are currently exploring how these technologies can make their collections more accessible, both for humans and computers. Simply speaking, LOD can be achieved by connecting collection items to each other and additional information on the web. Institutions do this by creating and adding identifiers (URIs) to their data. URIs are online resources that are used to uniquely refer to something specific, like a person or a place. While URIs exist for places in the world, there aren’t many URIs for places within a city. So called digital gazetteers exist but their place URIs are often not granular enough to describe the location of an artefact. Institutions require urban gazetteers, so let’s make one.
You can read more on: https://vincentducatteeuw.github.io/
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is a Work in Progress so place URIs are not stable at the moment. Please wait with linking to these place URIs until after this notice is gone.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), the United States' first collection of American art, is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today, with more than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, The museum has been a leader in identifying and collecting significant aspects of American visual culture, including photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art, and video games. The museum has the largest collection of New Deal art and exceptional collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age, and maintains six online research databases with more than a half million records, including the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture that document more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide.
Pleiades is a community-built gazetteer and graph of ancient places. It publishes authoritative information about ancient places and spaces, providing unique services for finding, displaying, and reusing that information under open license. It publishes not just for individual human users, but also for search engines and for the widening array of computational research and visualization tools that support humanities teaching and research.