Quality in cultural heritage metadata (Europeana)

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About Quality in cultural heritage metadata (Europeana)


Publication and exchange of metadata has made great progress in the culture domain (museums, libraries, archives). However, the emergence of large aggregators like Europeana confirms the vast heterogeneity of the various datasets made available and some important quality issues, which hamper the re-use of these data.

The first aim of this project is to study a representative set of openly accessible cultural metadata, as provided by Europeana. It will require methodological work, identifying the main categories of data quality that are relevant. This can be based on prior practical efforts by Europeana's own data ingestion team, and research work on the quality of Linked Data and Knowledge Organization systems by Bizer, Vrandecic, Auer, Suominen, Mader, Gueret, etc. (and ongoing work in the project Data2Semantics in which VU participates)

Based on the results of this study, practical work can then focus on devising and running concrete quality measures on the Europeana datasets, helping the Europeana team to report on the quality of metadata ingested from its partners, and possibly improving Europeana's current measure for "completeness" of metadata records that is used for ranking objects in search results.