The Getty Vocabularies: Content Review and Usage Status (90 min.)


Gregg GARCIA -  Software Architect, Getty Research Institute

Jonathan WARD - Standards Editor, Getty Research Institute

Part 1
The Getty Vocabularies: Multilingual Thesauri for Access to Art History (25 min.)

The Getty Vocabularies have been at the forefront of access to art and cultural heritage information, providing standardized terminologies used to document cultural works since the 1980s. First, there will be a brief overview of the four Getty Vocabularies: the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN), and the Cultural Object Name Authority (CONA) with its accompanying Iconography Authority (IA). Why are they essential? We will discuss users and access, updates on continuing efforts to enrich the Vocabularies, including new contributions, areas of focus, and international partnerships.

Part 2
Linked Open Data and the Getty Vocabularies: Expanding Access (25 min.)

The Getty Vocabularies have been available as Linked Open Data since 2015. This segment will briefly focus on providing our LOD to the community, semantic structure, and will also discuss the methods by which museums and institutions utilize our LOD. We will cover more deeply our Web Services and OpenRefine for harnessing our data, as well as our SPARQL endpoint.

Part 3
Usage Examples and Future Initiatives (25 min.)

Who uses the Vocabularies and how will we make them improve? This segment will discuss our international translation projects, the International Terminology Working Group, how museums and institutes in the field use our data, and how we, in turn, can help better provide that data. We’ll discuss our plans for the future, including numerous digital initiatives at the Getty Research Institute that involve direct partnerships with the Vocabulary Program, as well as other institutions. Additional topics include social media, visualizations, and data sharing.

Part 4
Conclusion: The Vocabulary Program’s Commitment to Access (15 min. incl. questions)

An open forum to discuss technical or content-related issues, with a focus on access and contributions.

Gregg Garcia (USA)

Gregg Garcia is the lead engineer and primary developer for the Getty Vocabularies editorial and publication systems. He has performed this role since joining the J. Paul Getty Trust in 1999. He is currently involved in maintaining and updating Vocabularies data and applications while participating in the Getty’s initiative to publish institutional data as Linked Open Data using the Getty Vocabularies to reconcile people, places and art concepts among different data sets. Gregg came to the J. Paul Getty Trust after serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and has a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering.

Jonathan Ward (USA)

Jonathan Ward is the Senior Editor of the Getty Vocabulary Program, specializing in content standardization, project workflow, LOD compliance, and art and architecture research. He has worked in the field of thesaurus construction and vocabulary management for nearly two decades, and received his MLIS from San Jose State University. He is also a producer of collections of early sound recordings from across the globe.