NFDI4Culture Forum: Census Data as Linked Open Data

6. April 2022

On May 2, 2022, Kath­leen Chris­tian and Franz Engel (HU Berlin) toge­ther with Denitsa Nenova ( Athens) will present the upco­ming deve­lo­p­ment of the trans­for­ma­tion of Census data into Linked Open Data (LOD).

The Census team was invited by NFDI4Culture’s Working Group on Data Stan­dards and Data Quality (Task Area 2) to the consortium’s second public, digital forum. In this forum, the focus is on frequently-occur­ring problems and ques­tions rela­ting to data quality. The star­ting point will be concrete scen­a­rios drawn from rese­arch projects in the fields of art, music, media and theatre studies. The exchange at the event is intended to raise awareness of where problems with data quality arise, and how they can be tackled.

One of the central goals of the Census team is to make the exten­sive content of the data­base avail­able as a LOD in the near future. The trans­for­ma­tion is aimed at crea­ting effi­ci­ency and simpli­fi­ca­tion: first, the Census has the oppor­tu­nity to refine the data model intern­ally to create more accu­rate and more easily reus­able data points, while main­tai­ning the conti­nuity of the project data model. Second, this tran­si­tion allows the Census data to link to other LOD collec­tions. Opening up the Census’s extre­mely rich and valu­able art histo­rical data as LOD aims to enable rese­ar­chers to approach the data in diffe­rent ways, and pursue new rese­arch goals by buil­ding upon or buil­ding upon the foun­da­tions of the Census in enti­rely new ways.