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Online-Workshop on Controlled Vokabularies


Online-Workshop on Controlled Vokabularies

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Integration of data, metadata and their interoperability with applications for analysis and processing are one of the major challenges for museum catalogue systems today. Specialized institutions such as maritime museums, in particular, maintain highly specific controlled vocabularies for their materials. The workshop seeks to provide an overview of such vocabulaires in museums with maritime collections: How are these vocabularies built and utilized for indexing and retrieval, and how are the structured to group synonyms and arrange concepts into categories?

The English-language online workshop on "Controlled Vocabularies" will be held on 7. December, 2021, from 10 am to 5 pm. Register with Dr. Alexander Reis at

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10:00–10:15 Welcome, introduction (A. Opitz, A. Reis, R. Schilling)

10:15–10:45 Standards of museum vocabularies today (F. von Hagel, A. Ermert), Chair: R. Schilling

10:45-11:15 F. Rehder, digiCULT.xTree – Vocabulary management. Collaborative indexing of specialized cultural heritage information

11:15–11:45 RGZM Meta-Index and community-driven vocabularies in the LOD Cloud (A. Mees/F. Thiery)

11:45–13:15 Break

13:15–13:45 The thesaurus of the Technical Museum Vienna and linked open data (Ch. Stadelmann/Th. Winkler), Chair: A. Reis

13:45–14:15 A fresh start with a new database in the Maritime Museum Rostock (J. Uhlemann)

14:15–14:45 The thesaurus and controlled vocabularies in the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam (R. Brand)

14:45–15:15 Break

15:15–15:45 Thesaurus – politics of searching and finding. On keywording at the Department of Visual Anthropology at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (L. Steinkampf)

15:45–16:15 Linked Open Data: An introduction to Wikidata and Wikibase (G. Burnett)

16:15–16:30 Break

16:30–17:15 Round Table (D. Niewerth, DSM: Technologies of managing collections, F. von Hagel/A. Ermert: Theories on controlled vocabularies, F. Rehder, digiCULT.xTree)

17:15–17:45 Wrap up and future prospects (all participants)

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