Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) is an academic research institution that aims to advance the creation of a state-of-the-art academic information infrastructure. Such infrastructure is essential to research and education within the broader academic community. With its extensive experience in Linked Data and other semantic technologies, Ontotext was able to provide invaluable support to NII in achieving its goals.
Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) wanted to use a Linked Data approach to make available various types of academic information such as cultural heritage, museum collections, ert..
Some of the main challenges for the project were:
The LOD.AC project scraped the data already digitized by many Japanese museums and mapped it to RDF in CIDOC CRM. As a result, all that knowledge became accessible as interlinked data and was presented as integrated data views.
The Linked Data approach empowered the release of useful academic information resources in Japan such as, for example, the relationships between associated artists and artworks from different museum collections. The result is LOD.AC Museum, which covers a web presentation, natural language search and SPARQL endpoint.
The project uses Ontotext’s leading semantic database GrpahDB to store the datasets and to provide a backend to the public demo website.
Powered by Ontotext’s semantic graph database, LOD.AC Museum is now able to release useful academic information and create applications that use it.
Currently, the data released through the project focuses on domestic information resources such as museums and museum data, species data, etc., but future plans of NII involve contributing more generic Linked Data (including Japanese contents such as dbpedia.jp).
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