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Standardized terms in the network

How can users find online information about paintings by Rembrandt, whichever heritage institution manages that information? This is only possible if institutions use the same terms to describe the same information, for example by referring to a “painting” rather than a “picture” or “artwork”, or using the name “Rembrandt van Rijn” instead of “Rembrandt” or “Rembrant”. But how do the institutions know which terms to use? The Standardized terms in the network project intends to solve that problem.


The project aims to develop a facility for institutions to find terms. The terms originate from common terminology sources available in the network, such as thesauri and reference lists. Using this facility, resource holders – such as collection managers – can search for terms, select the most relevant one and assign it to their collection description. This functionality is also known as the “Network of Terms”. A prototype is already available.

Intended results

  1. Requirements
    Requirements that must be met by both terminology sources and the Network of Terms. They will be drawn up in consultation between heritage software suppliers and the terminology sources working group, made up of representatives of the institutions managing and using these resources.
  2. Designs and prototype
    Prototype based on the functional and technical designs for the Network of Terms. The prototype will be evaluated with suppliers of heritage software and the terminology sources working group.
  3. Roadmap and service model
    Upon completion of the project, the prototype will be developed into a production-grade application. There will be an implementation roadmap and a service model by which the Network of Terms can be further developed and managed in a sustainable manner.
  4. Architectural vision of the context
    There are various other services that are related to the Network of Terms, such as applications for terminology management (for example OpenSKOS and PoolParty), for aligning terms (such as CultuurLINK) and for searching (such as Erfgeo). In its architectural vision the project will describe how these facilities relate to the Network of Terms.

Project participants

  1. Sjors de Valk (project lead)
  2. Marian Hellema (tester, trainer)
  3. Enno Meijers (principal, domain manager Usable Digital Heritage)

More information

If you want to know more about the project contact project lead Sjors de Valk.

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