Art and design as linked data: the LODZ project (Linked Open Data Zurich)

Nicolas Prongué, Fabio Ricci, René Schneider, René Schurte



The project LODZ (Linked Open Data Zurich) adopts an experimental approach to merge data and develop a semantic web infrastructure to enable its discovery. For this purpose, three institutions in the field of art and design provided their metadata. The project cycle followed six steps: team building, gathering and cleaning of the original data, modelling, transforming, interlinking and exploration of the Linked Data set. The resulting pilot application offers innovative and attractive features based on the capability of the Linked Data, with the aim to provide a better user experience.

The major challenge of this project was the creation of links between the internal datasets, and with external sources. An important lesson learnt is therefore to focus more on the interoperability of data at the time of cataloguing in the original databases, for example by integrating external identifiers rather than just terms in the form of strings.


application; cultural data; Linked Data; semantic web

Full Text:



Belmonte, Javier, Eliane Blumer, Fabio Ricci, and René Schneider. 2012. "RODIN: An e-science tool for managing information in the web of documents and the web of knowledge." presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World, Ankara, September 19.

Bensmann, Felix. 2016. "Swissbib data goes linked Teil 2: Verlinkung Und Anreicherung." Swissbib Info. April 28.

Bermès, Emmanuelle. 2013. "Convergence et interopérabilité: Vers le web de données." In Le Web Sémantique En Bibliothèque, Pt. 1, chap. 2. Collection Bibliothèques. Paris: Ed. du Cercle de la librairie.

Berners-Lee, Tim. 2010. "Linked Data." World Wide Web Consortium.

BNF. 2016. "About" March 26.

Charles, Valentine. 2016. "Europeana data model documentation." Europeana Professional.

Coyle, Karen. 2016. "The technology." In FRBR Before and After: A Look at Our Bibliographic Models, 47–62. Chicago: American Library Association.

Dalbin, Sylvie, Emmanuelle Bermès, Antoine Isaac, Romain Wenz, Yann Nicolas, Tayeb Merabti, Anila Angjeli, et al. 2011. "Approches documentaires: priorité aux contenus." Documentaliste-Sciences de l'information 48 (4): 42–59. doi:10.3917/docsi.484.0042.

Europeana. 2015. "Europeana linked open data." Europeana Labs.

HEG Genève. 2015. "Processus de transformation des données en RDF." Filière Information Documentaire, Études Bilingues. March.

Hügi, Jasmin, and Nicolas Prongué. 2014. "Les bibliothèques face aux Linked Open Data." Genève: Haute école de gestion de Genève.

Mäkelä, Eetu, Eero Hyvönen, and Tuukka Ruotsalo. 2012. "How to deal with massively heterogeneous cultural heritage data: Lessons learned in CultureSampo." Semantic Web: Interoperability, Usability, Applicability 3: 85–109.

Schmachtenberg, Max, Christian Bizer, and Heiko Paulheim. 2014. "State of the LOD Cloud 2014." University of Mannheim, Data and Web Science Group. August 30.


Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Libellarium (Online). ISSN 1846-9213 © 2008


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.