For some years work at the Getty Research Institute’s Vocabulary Program has included the development of Linked Open Datasets. Yesterday the first of the four vocabularies to appear as LOD: Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)®, was announced by James Cuno on the Getty Iris. The data set is available for download at vocab.getty.edu under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0). Cuno writes:
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus is a reference of over 250,000 terms on art and architectural history, styles, and techniques. It’s one of the Getty Research Institute’s four Getty Vocabularies, a collection of databases that serves as the premier resource for cultural heritage terms, artists’ names, and geographical information, reflecting over 30 years of collaborative scholarship. The other three Getty Vocabularies will be released as Linked Open Data over the coming 18 months.
The availability of the Getty Vocabularies in this form is a real step forward for developers of content in the digital humanities, and we all look forward to the remaining Vocabularies’ release as LOD as well. These include: