This is a page to discuss GLAM - Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums and how they can use Freebase.
Why cultural institutions should get involved with Freebase
Freebase is a repository of open data, aka "facts", about all kinds of entities.
Problems with existing museum stuff:
- information is siloed, hard to connect to other institutions' information
Why put your stuff in Freebase:
- Improves discoverability of institutions' holdings
- Allows collections to be mashed up with other collections or with other data in Freebase or accessible through Freebase
Using GLAM data with Freebase
Determining Licensing Terms
A critical first step to making metadata about your collections available beyond your own institutional website is determining the appropriate licensing terms for your holdings and confirming, or having your lawyer confirm, that those terms are compatible with Freebase's License_compatibility. In short, your metadata should be published using CC-BY version 3.0 or greater.
Importing metadata about collections into Freebase
The steps for importing collection metadata to Freebase include:
- Gathering information about the metadata available
- Mapping the fields to Freebase Schema
- Turn the available data into a format that can be loaded into Freebase
- Reconciling data to existing Freebase topics (possibly utilizing Crowdsourcing)
- Writing the data to Freebase
Freebase has tools to help with all these steps. See Loading data for more information.
Building mashups with Freebase and GLAM collection data
Questions and Answers
How does Freebase differ from the Flickr Commons? Wikimedia Commons?
Do we have to use an open license to put our stuff in Freebase?
How would institutions be attributed/cited by third parties?
GLAM institutions with open data/APIs/etc
The following institutions etc. have open data, APIs, etc, which could be used in conjunction with Freebase:
- Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia)
- Brooklyn Museum (New York, USA) - API can be used for mashups, but license prohibits contribution of data retrieved via API to Freebase
- AMMP (Archives Metadata Mapping Project)
- ArchivesNext (Blog by Kate Theimer)
- CWD150 (Civil War Data 150)
- GLAM-WIKI Recommendations (Wikimedia Foundation)
- slideshare (Mapping Historical Photos For The Common Good, Jon Voss, 11/17/09)
- CC Talks with Brooklyn Museum (Creative Commons interview with Shelley Bernstein, Brooklyn Museum's Chief of Technology, Feb 5, 2010)
- Toward linked data in the humanities (session proposal for Great Lakes THATCamp)
- Historypin.com working with several libraries and museums as partners in mapping historical photos