Heritage Data – Linked Data Vocabularies for Cultural Heritage

National cultural heritage thesauri and vocabularies act as standards for use by both national organizations and local authority Historic Environment Records but previously lacked the persistent Linked Open Data (LOD) URIs that would allow them to act as vocabulary hubs for the Web of Data. The AHRC funded SENESCHAL project made such vocabularies available online as Semantic Web resources. SENESCHAL started with major vocabularies as exemplars and project partners subsequently continued to make other vocabularies available. Other organizations are welcome to make use of the data and services which are open licensed.

RESTful web services were developed for the project to make the vocabulary resources programmatically accessible and searchable. A series of case studies explored use of these web services, in collaboration with the project partners.