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Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections

by Seth van Hooland, Ruben Verborgh, Max De Wilde, Johannes Hercher, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle

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 o 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 (Google Refine). Issues negatively affecting the reconciliation process are identified and solutions are proposed in order to get a maximum value from existing metadata and controlled vocabularies in an automated manner.

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Published in 2013 in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

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@article{vanhooland_jasist_2013,
  title = {Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections},
  author = {van Hooland, Seth and Verborgh, Ruben and De Wilde, Max and Hercher, Johannes and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  year = 2013,
  month = mar,
  volume = 64,
  number = 3,
  pages = {464--479},
  doi = {10.1002/asi.22763},
  journal = {Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  url = {http://freeyourmetadata.org/publications/freeyourmetadata.pdf},
}

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S. van Hooland, R. Verborgh, M. De Wilde, J. Hercher, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle, “Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections,” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 464–479, Mar. 2013.
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Seth van Hooland, Ruben Verborgh, Max De Wilde, Johannes Hercher, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle. 2013. Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 64, 3 (March 2013), 464–479.
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van Hooland, S., Verborgh, R., De Wilde, M., Hercher, J., Mannens, E., Van de Walle, R.: Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 64, 464–479 (2013).
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van Hooland, S., Verborgh, R., De Wilde, M., Hercher, J., Mannens, E., & Van de Walle, R. (2013). Evaluating the success of vocabulary reconciliation for cultural heritage collections. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 64(3), 464–479.
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van Hooland, Seth et al. “Evaluating the Success of Vocabulary Reconciliation for Cultural Heritage Collections.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 64.3 (2013): 464–479. Print.

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