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GoogleArt project to RDF

LOD Around The Clock (LATC) logoGoogle recently announced a new project, named the Google Art, which give access to paints from around the world in very high definition. It also provides some information related to these paintings.This is a very cool service but the data is not provided in a machine-friendly way. So we thought it would be nice to have a wrapper exporting in RDF so that this data could be more easily consumed by any semantic-aware application.

The GoogleArt2RDF wrapper offers such a wrapping service for any painting made available through GoogleArt. In order to use it, just copy the name of the artwork and paste it after “http://linkeddata.few.vu.nl/googleart/”. For instance, change “http://www.googleartproject.com/museums/rijks/night-watch” into “http://linkeddata.few.vu.nl/googleart/museums/rijks/night-watch“.

The data is expressed using essentially the FOAF and Dublin Core ontologies. When possible, the resources are linked to DBPedia for the author of the painting and the medium used (oil on canvas, etc). This is a first version of the system which does not yet export all the data from Google, comments and suggestions on how to improve it are much welcome!

  1. February 3, 2011 at 18:52

    Hello Cristophe, Cool project! I want to write about it at semanticweb.com. In trying to explore the data, I can only get the example you list to work.

    works great!

    does not. I get a 500 error.


    • February 3, 2011 at 19:26

      Thanks for the bug report! It was crashing because http://lod.openlinksw.com/sparql is currently out of service. We were using it instead of DBPedia’s endpoint for finding DBPedia entities because this cache tends to be faster than that of dbpedia.org. The code now uses dbpedia.org/sparql and works again 🙂

      • February 3, 2011 at 19:39

        Excellent. I’d love to talk to you more about this. can you email me at eric [at] semanticweb [dot] com?


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