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British Museum deploy Semantic EndPoint

posted 16 Sep 2011, 13:19 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 16 Sep 2011, 13:28 by Dominic Oldman ]

The British Museum has now released a Semantic Web Endpoint complementing the Collection Online search facility. The Museum is the first UK arts organisation to instigate a Semantic Web version of its collection data. The new service brings the British Museum into the ‘linked data’ world and will allow software developers to produce their own applications that can directly manipulate and reuse the data. It will also allow researchers and scholars a way to search and find data more precisely and facilitate automatic updates.

Conversion of the Museum’s data to the Semantic Web format was made possible through preliminary work on the ResearchSpace project.

The service is initially released as a beta while development work continues. It supports the formats JSON, RDF, TTL and N3 and returns SPARQL queries in JSON and RDF/XML.

The service URL is http://collection.britishmuseum.org

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