Linked Data Integration for Archives, Libraries and Museums

Using Semantic Technology and Linked Data

Ontotext has delivered semantic solutions for cultural heritage organizations in support of collaborative research, high performance loading and querying of multiple semantic repositories simultaneously, creative re-use of meta data, knowledge representation, artifact aggregation, data silo integration and search applications for research and scientific information.

Learn about some of the solutions we have implemented below. Contact us to talk with our team of experts and find out how we can improve the representation and access to artifacts and research in your organization.

Semantic Technology
Powers Cultural Heritage Applications

A variety of semantic technologies are at the core of the solutions below.  In some cases, an ontology provides an effective way for collaboration and research by describing artifacts, events in the cultural heritage lifecycle, semantic annotations and research.  Additional information about this domain is available in the customers section of the website.

The British Museum

ResearchSpace is a project awarded by the British Museum and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support collaborative research projects for cultural heritage scholars.  It includes a hosted platform for web-based research, knowledge sharing and web publishing.

This platform includes data and digital analysis tools, collaboration, semantic RDF data sources, data management and workflow tools.

Based on the CIDOC CRM ontology for the cultural heritage domain, the system has GraphDB™ as the semantic repository performing powerful reasoning, fast performance, efficient multi-user access and incremental assert and retraction of data.

Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art is interested in publishing collections as Linked Open Data and integrating search applications that are completely different.   In doing so, the data can be reused, applied in applications and used by developers in creative ways. GraphDB™ and the CIDOC CRM cultural heritage ontology are at the core of the solution for storing, representing and searching artifacts.

GraphDB™ was selected because it can load and query RDF statements simultaneously at scale.  In this case, reasoning and rule inferencing are very important in complex search.

This capability facilitates collaboration and research even when the data is present across different collections. Search scenarios supported include finding all works by a certain author regardless of the collection in which they reside and joining data about a work or author across several repositories.


Using GraphDB™, Ontotext has loaded over 20 million cultural heritage objects in the semantic repository for Europeana and hosts the SPARQL endpoint.  OWL-Horst inference is used comprising 993 million explicit statements and 4 billion retrievable statements.

A different division,  Europeana Creative needed to facilitate the creative re-use of cultural heritage metadata and content in the areas of History Education, Natural History Education, Tourism, Social Networks, and Design.  Ontotext developed the core back end component of the architecture and geo-tagged the cultural heritage objects.

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