Enrich Cultural Heritage and Museum through Linked Open Data: The Content Analysis of Open Data Platform in Taiwan


Recently, the concept of Open Data has drawn attention worldwide. It is suggested that the government or government-subsidized institutions should disclose data for public access, distribution and reuse, therefore, those data can contribute more values to the society. In the trend of Open Data, museums or cultural institutions have started to release cultural datasets over the internet, this is to invite people to use datasets of the museums, with the purpose of creating more cultural software and services for the public. Consequently, the society will pay more attention to cultural institutions and facilitate a positive cycle. For instance, upon alliance, the museums in Europe founded the Open GLAM (Open Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) to implement the cultural Open Data project. In Japan, LODAC was constructed to implement Open Data in museums of Japan. The government of Taiwan established the Open Data Platform last year. However, the characteristics of datasets of museums on the platform were not systematically explored. Therefore, this study treats Open Data Platform of Taiwanese government as the subject, and conducts content analysis to probe into 186 datasets related to museums or cultural institutions. The purposes are to analyze the data content, data format and characteristics, as well as to derive means to enhance data usage. Finally, suggestions are proposed for future implementation of Open Data in museums of Taiwan. Thus, museums’ data in Taiwan can be used by the public through continuous open data, and in turn enriching cultural and educational functions of museums.

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Shao-Chun Wu, National Palace Museum, Taiwan

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Conference: ACTIS2014
Stream: The Data-Enriched Society

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