Improving the dissemination of conservation records and increasing the capacity of the profession for sharing observations and learning from others
Linked Conservation Data is a conservation documentation project funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council. The project has established a Network to improve the dissemination of conservation records and increase the capacity of the profession for sharing observations and learning from each other's practice. The project team welcomes participation from individuals engaged in the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in all Network activities including webinars, workshops, and calls.
The Network will investigate current web technologies known as Linked Data to enable accessibility to conservation records. Linked Data technologies allow the publication of records/data in such a way that they can be linked to other resources and enable re-use and discovery. By re-using conservation data, researchers can extract better conclusions because they have access to larger samples and material evidence from expert observations. We believe this will lead to transformative research projects in a) conservation, for assessing the impact of methods and materials, b) history/archaeology, for enabling provenance studies based on material evidence and c) curation/museology, for enabling new ways of engagement based on rich content. By re-using conservation data, memory institutions will be able to tell new stories about their collections to the wider public and engage with audiences through material evidence of objects.
The Network will focus on two areas which are essential for implementing Linked Data solutions:
Staff from a number of major UK and international institutions, including Icon, are partners in the Linked Conservation Data project.
Network members currently include staff or faculty from the following institutions:
For further updates visit the project website.