Archives who have implemented linked data?

On Twitter I asked for suggestions of archives who have implemented linked data (or perhaps I should say linked open data?). I got a few responses from people who were beginning to implement or starting projects, but not much else. Someone suggested I post a list of what I’ve found, so here it is, and of course, I’m still actively looking, so post more suggestions in the comments, please:

For my purposes I am looking for implementation at an institutional level, but if people want to post about less formal projects or other kinds of projects that might be interesting for everyone to look, please do.

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11 thoughts on “Archives who have implemented linked data?”

  1. The last entry in your list, the Step Change project, has a blog at As well as confirming that there are more than two partners involved, it’s a good overview of who has done what in the UK at least. I think you are right that there are as yet few institutional examples; progress at infrastructure level (such as authority providers) and by software suppliers is probably a pre-requisite for that, and there are positive signs of such progress from this blog.

  2. I’m currently sitting in a presentation at CNI’s spring event about Linked Data & Archives describing a project at Tufts to do this. It fits your criterion of implementation at institutional level, but I think it’s still a project rather than business-as-usual for them. They’ve thought hard about why they want to do it, from the user’s perspective.

    Link here: LiAM at Tufts

  3. A correction to my last comment – the Tufts work isn’t (yet) institutional implementation. Their outputs will be a guidebook on how to do it aimed at smaller archives. I asked them if they would prove their guidance by trying to follow it themselves and they indicated that they intended to do so. It also looks as if they’ll be looking for external consultant support some time this summer to complete the work.

  4. Step change had three key outcomes. A Linked Data markup tool was embedded in CALM, the cataloguing software used by many archives in the UK: the rationale behind this was to make Linked Data creation and sharing as natural a part of the cataloguing and indexing process as possible and not an onerous extra duty or part of a time-limited project. Links can be expressed in the CALMVIEW front end to improve user access – and giving archivists another powerful reason for adopting Linked Data. The second outcome was a Linked Data version of the UK Archival Thesaurus – UKAT – available as a service. This should promote consistency in indexing and facilitate the development of new services that make use of such controlled vocabularies. Thirdly, we experimented with the mapping of catalogue entries through use of Historypin – this is a work in progress, but we are making progress. An additional outcome is a commitment to pull together archive, library, museum and heritage professionals in the UK to set baseline standards on Linked Data – a meeting took place at King’s in December to get the ball rolling.

  5. Hi Kate

    Thanks for the mention of the Archives Hub linked data. For ref, the direct link to the data is We’re working right now on a new improved, expanded data set.

    There’s the SALDA project that included LOCAH’s Pete Johnston. They reused our EAD to RDF XSLT quite extensively I believe –

    There’s also the Bricolage project that’s released data for the Penguin Archive – “a comprehensive collection of the publisher’s papers and books” . More info at

    I’m sure there’s a few more. I’ll need to scan my bookmarks.

    Cheers, Adrian

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