Network of terms
The Network of Terms is a new service being developed by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network. It will make it easier for collection managers and editors to use terms from terminology sources. Of course it is possible to search terminology sources directly, without the Network of Terms. This can be a challenge, however. Terminology sources use different ways to unlock their information. The Network of Terms facilitates the process by providing a uniform way of searching.
How does it work?
The Network of Terms searches all of the terminology sources available in the heritage network. Please note that, as a user, you do not search the Network of Terms directly; your collection or content management system will do it for you. You first enter your search query, for example: Rembrandt or fiets (‘bicycle’). You then select the terminology source you want to search, for instance: Netherlands Thesaurus of Author’s names (NTA) or Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT). The Network of Terms then performs a real-time query of the terminology source and returns all the matching results. For Rembrandt it will return, for example, all the people going by that name, and for fiets, all concepts containing that noun, such as ‘bakfiets’ (cargo bike) and ‘waterfiets’ (pedal boat). The Network of Terms unlocks the information as it appears in the terminology sources, without any modifications.
An application like this is very advanced, even from an international perspective. We are working hard on the step-by-step development of this new technology. We have now created an operational prototype of the Network of Terms. You can use the demonstrator to perform your first real-time search of various terminology sources. This is a significant step towards the desired end result.
The demonstrator is primarily intended to demonstrate the operation of the Network of Terms. During the next stage of this project, we want to get in touch with collection managers to fine-tune the application to their needs.
Do you have questions about the Network of Terms or its application within your organization? Sjors de Valk, information architect at the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, will be happy to answer them and tell you more.