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Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Hi everyone,

For those of you who don't know me, I am currently working at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

As some of you may know we have recently contributed a number of developments to the Thesaurus module in EMu version 5.0 which was released late 2015. These changes have been driven by a project we call the "Discoverability project" and without going into too much detail this included ingesting the "Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)" and "Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)" among other controlled vocabularies that are not from the  Getty.

I know there are other clients out there who probably use or are planning to use Thesaurus terms from the Getty and I would love to hear from you if you are interested in being involved in a special interest group.

I will kick this off by offering some ideas for topics. Some of the questions I would personally like to explore with this potential group would be the following questions:

1. How to integrate the Getty vocabularies & EMu using Linked Open Data?

2. How to manage licenced data sets in EMu?

3. Is there a need for a co-ordinated effort to contribute terms back to the Getty in Australasia?

3a. Would you be willing to help resource a "co-ordinating professional body" to contribute back to the Getty Centre in L.A?

The objective of this "co-ordinating professional body" would be to establish an Australasian set of preferred terms to the Getty or other standards and help by streamlining the process for all of us who struggle to find the resource to sustain this work.

Currently the Getty has 'British Preferred' and 'American Prefferred' terms, I think we should have an "Australasian Preferred" this could cover the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Regions. 

If you are interested or know of someone who is then please take a couple of minutes to say hello and add a few comments about what interest you have for the future of the Getty Vocabularies and Axiell Thesaurus.

If you would prefer to say hello offline then please do not hesitate to contact me:

Giselle Stanton (Assistant Registrar, National Gallery Australia)
email: Giselle.stanton@nga.gov.au


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Re: Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Hi Giselle,

Macquarie University will be ingesting (nom nom!) Thesauri some time next year once we've upgraded to EMu 5.0. We'd love to be involved in the special interest group and I will enquire about the funding contribution for coordination of Australian contribution to Getty.

Great to catch up at the conference. Looking forward to lots of interaction here on the forums.

Barbara

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Re: Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Thanks Barbara, It was lovely to catch up with you at the conference. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for the special interest group. Lets hope we get a few more interested parties.   

Giselle

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Re: Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Hello Giselle,

Museum Victoria would doesn't really need the "Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)" and "Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)" but we are interested in participating in general discussions about the use of the Thesaurus module.

Nancy

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Hi Nancy, we are thinking of using AAT for object name, materials and techniques, Getty TGN for places, and Library of Congress Subject Headings for topic subjects. They all have initiatives for Australian terms. We'd like to use the APT for pictorial subjects but I'm not sure of its support status. Happy to hear any issues with these from anyone who has them in use. BP

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Hello Barbara,

Yes we could potentially use the AAT for materials and techniques and we have made some progress towards standardising primary, secondary and tertiary materials as well as hazardous substances testing and documenting. This has all been internal work but we have referred to  existing indexes/subject lists/thesauri (everyone uses different words) and other standards.

The Australian Pictorial Thesaurus IS NO LONGER supported.

"The Australian Pictorial Thesaurus will no longer be available from 31 August 2015. Please refer to other indexing tools such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus."

We have the APT in our DAMS and EMu and since this announcement have maintained our lookup lists based on content and user suggestions and generally as a result of image capture of items and cataloguing by the image management and copyright officers.

We would also been keen to hear about which lists organisations with natural science specimens prefer/recommend to use for common names, we did investigate the Australian Faunal Directory (AFD)but we haven't looked for a while.

I guess our primary interest would be in sharing ideas about how to prepare for the move to the IRN-based Thesaurus module and suggestions about which existing lists would be worth pursuing in terms of the Axiell community working more efficiently and where possible sharing the same lists.

Nancy

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Hi Nancy,

Thanks for your interest in the use of the Thesaurus module, happy to answer any question you may have about how we introduced the IRN thesaurus at NGA. I know Te Papa also uses the IRN based Thesaurus and they are using the Getty Vocabularies and the Library of Congress Subject Headings the last time I heard.

It was nice to catch up at the user conference, keep in touch.

Regards Giselle


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Re: Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for your interest in the use of the Thesaurus module, happy to answer any questions you may have about how we introduced the IRN thesaurus at the NGA. I know Te Papa also uses the IRN based Thesaurus and they are using the Getty Vocabularies and the Library of Congress Subject Headings the last time I heard.

It was nice to catch up at the user conference, keep in touch.

Regards Giselle


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Re: Special Interest Group for Getty vocabularies in EMu thesaurus module

Interesting (if slightly old) news from Getty:
http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/voc … index.html

"As of June 1, 2016, individual licenses for use are not required for the Getty vocabulary data. The AAT, ULAN, and TGN are currently available in annual releases of XML and relational tables under Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0. Note that it is likely that these formats may be discontinued in the future. Users are encouraged to transition to LOD data releases.
An institution must acquire a logon in order to access the XML and Relational Tables data. With the logon, the data is also available via Web Services, where data is refreshed approximately every two weeks. See the data dictionaries and more information at the Download Center."

We're working towards upgrading to EMu 5.1 this year, which means we will have irn-based Thesaurus.
We intend to load AAT and TGN straight after that, and I'm going to ask for a quote to load LCSH as well.
Would love to hear from anyone with issues arising from irn-based Thesaurus or AAT or TGN, so we can test.

Barbara Palmer
Collections Information Systems Analyst
Macquarie University

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