[S4.2] The Getty Vocabularies: Interactive Contribution Session

Date: Wednesday,3 October
Time : 16:20 - 17:50
Duration : One session
Place: Pasiphae
Audience Type : Open

Following the Getty Vocabulary Program’s presentation at the 2017 CIDOC conference in Tbilisi, this 90-minute session will focus primarily on contributing to the Vocabularies. One of the barriers to access to art information is the lack of standardized metadata and the use of controlled vocabularies. The aim of the Getty Vocabulary Program, at the Getty Research Institute working with a technical team at Getty Digital, is to provide expansive, multilingual, multicultural terminology resources. The Getty vocabularies promote consistency in cataloging and success in retrieval and discovery of information about art, architecture, and other cultural works. These free and open vocabularies grow through contributions from collaborating institutions and user groups. This workshop will first cover a general introduction to contributing data to our five vocabularies, as well as the step-by-step process to become a contributor. We will cover contribution of both new records as well as variant terms, the required fields, the scope of the vocabularies, sourcing terms, multilinguality, current partners and translation projects, how contributors are sourced and credited, with detailed examples in each step of the process. The distinct rules for each vocabulary, with the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) the most detailed, will be considered in relation to contributing. Secondly, we will cover technical issues with contributing data. Topics will include the data transformation process as well the process of loading and vetting data submissions from both individuals and institutions. The issue of data reconciliation will be addressed, as well as mapping data sets to the vocabularies, with examples from past submissions. We will discuss logistical challenges, future plans to assist contributors, and upcoming contributions.

Jonathan Ward
Getty Research Institute, USA
Short Bio:

Jonathan Ward is the Senior Editor of the Getty Vocabulary Program, specializing in content standardization, project workflow, LOD compliance, and art and architecture research. He has worked in the field of thesaurus construction and vocabulary management for nearly two decades, and received his MLIS from San Jose State University. He is also a producer of collections of early sound recordings from across the globe.

Gregg Garcia
Getty Research Institute, USA
Short Bio:

Gregg Garcia is the lead engineer and primary developer for the Getty Vocabularies editorial and publication systems. He has performed this role since joining the J. Paul Getty Trust in 1999. He is currently involved in maintaining and updating Vocabularies data and applications while participating in the Getty’s initiative to publish institutional data as Linked Open Data using the Getty Vocabularies to reconcile people, places and art concepts among different data sets. Gregg came to the J. Paul Getty Trust after serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and has a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering.