Linked Data at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE)


A core activity of the RCE is to make cultural heritage information available. Currently this is inefficient in both resources and people. Information products are not available, usable and (legally) consistent. Information is also not offered in conjunction and not easy to combine. This is not something you want to offer to your internal and external customers.  
A Data Exchange Facility (DEF) was seen as one of the solutions to address the problems and the requirements. The aim this facility is to set up a sustainable, efficient, flexible and integral solution for information exchange. This solution makes all RCE information searchable and enables third-party’s to realise other / more extensive end-products themselves.
Part of this facility is the Linked Data Platform (LDP). Through the LDP the RCE will publish all the cultural heritage data.
The RCE started a PoC with the Netherlands' Cadastre (Kadaster). Purpose of the PoC was to develop a LDP for the RCE and test if and how cooperation between RCE and the Kadaster could benefit from each other.
Innovative character is visible in the fact that:
- The bi-modal architecture
- The Cultural Heritage Ontology
- Evolution from a technical driven project to a business driven project


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