The Rijksmuseum collection as Linked Data

Chris Dijkshoorn*, Lizzy Jongma, Lora Aroyo, Jacco Van Ossenbruggen, Guus Schreiber, Wesley Ter Weele, Jan Wielemaker

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Many museums are currently providing online access to their collections. The state of the art research in the last decade shows that it is beneficial for institutions to provide their datasets as Linked Data in order to achieve easy cross-referencing, interlinking and integration. In this paper, we present the Rijksmuseum linked dataset (accessible at, along with collection and vocabulary statistics, as well as lessons learned from the process of converting the collection to Linked Data. The version of March 2016 contains over 350,000 objects, including detailed descriptions and high-quality images released under a public domain license.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-230
Number of pages10
JournalSemantic Web
Issue number2
Early online date24 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • cultural heritage
  • image collections
  • Linked Data
  • museums
  • Open Data


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