The American Art Collaborative (AAC) is a unique opportunity to tear down data silos and learn about Linked Open Data, an advancement of the Semantic Web that connects information in LOD format no matter where it resides.

The AAC was formed by the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) to demonstrate how Linked Open Data (LOD) provides seamless access across institutional websites and new opportunities for museums to engage with audiences and connect to the window of world knowledge.

Beginning with the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, which engaged ISI to convert 44.000 collection records to LOD, 8 additional museums have now joined in a proof of concept to test the value of LOD to connect across websites. Each participating museum has sent ISI 20-50 data records on American works of art that ISI has converted to LOD. Web-X discussions and seminars are held to provide participating museums with an opportunity to better understand LOD and the steps involved in converting their data.

Get Involved

If you or your organization would like to get involved contact:

Eleanor E. Fink, Art and Technology Advisor

The current participating museums are:

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
Rachel Allen, Deputy Director

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Shane Richey, Digital Media Manager

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Jana Hill, Collection Information and Imaging Manager

Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)
Brian MacElhose, Collections Database Administrator

Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
Kyle Jaebker, Director IMA Lab

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Don Undeen, Manager, Media Lab

Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
Diana Folsom, Head of Collection Digitization

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Linda Thrift, Head Collections Information and Research

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Dawn K. Kimbrel, Registrar

Autry National Center
Rebecca Menendez, Director, Information Services and Technology

Princeton University Art Museum
Cathryn Goodwin, Manager of Collections Information

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), University of Southern California
Craig Knoblock, Director, Information Integration Research Group
Eleanor Fink, Art and Technology Advisor and Project Coordinator
Pedro Szekely, Project Leader