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Wednesday, October 2 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Clean and link your metadata with alignments

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Good, consistent metadata is essential to find content in an archive. Many institutions use thesauri to structure and unify their metadata. Keeping a thesaurus up to date and of consistent quality is already a major challenge, and now there is the additional challenge of realizing the promise of Linked Open Data in practice. For instance, thesauri can be used to make connections to various distributed collections of cultural heritage objects. In this presentation Sound and Vision will showcase two cases where alignments play a central role. Alignments of thesaurus entries with reliable external sources offer solutions for not only ensuring thesaurus quality, but, more importantly, for tackling the challenge of linking to external vocabularies. The first use case centers around cleansing our thesaurus of a historical legacy of thousands of unvalidated concepts of various origin. The second one involves music and library sources such as Discogs and Wikidata that we use to both enrich our thesaurus and add information to these sources themselves, in the form of alignments. This opens the doors to the wealth of possibilities offered by Linked Data, which we will elaborate on in our presentation.

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Tim Manders

Advisor, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Tim Manders works at the Exploration department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. He is experienced in operationalising automatic annotation techniques such as speaker labeling, thesaurus label extraction and face recognition, applied on daily ingest into the archive... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am BST
BenGLab 1