- What is your position and mission in your institution?
I am a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, mainly active in the area of the preservation of interactive media but also involved in (Linked) Open Data projects. Sound and Vision is an audio-visual archive with the following mission statement: “As the guardian of Dutch audio-visual cultural heritage we keep Dutch history in sound and vision alive. We make it possible for everyone to learn, experience and create with the Dutch audio-visual history.”
- What are the current Open data activities you & your organization is working on?
Our biggest open data project is Open Images, a repository for videos that are made freely available under open licenses to stimulate creative reuse. It offers a fully functional API that makes it easy to build new applications using this material. Also, the video’s on Open Images can be found in articles on Wikipedia, which enriches and illustrates the online encyclopaedia, whilst simultaneously providing context information to these collections. A few of the other open data related projects that we are currently involved in: Geluid van Nederland(Sounds of the Netherlands): combines historical sounds from the collection of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision with new recordings created by enthusiasts.
BenGDB (in Beta): connects our own thesaurus (open through OpenSKOS) to the Sound and Vision Wiki, Wikipedia and Wikidata
Open Cultuur Data: in which Sound and Vision works together with Kennisland and the Open State Foundation to encourage the use of open licenses in the Dutch cultural industry and the development of new applications using these datasets.
- Why is it important to you?
Publishing and promoting Open Data helps us to fulfil our mission of enabling everyone to learn, experience and create with the Dutch historical audio-visual collections that Sound and Vision holds. It encourages a new type of relationship between the archive and its user, where the user plays an active role in keeping the materials vibrant by providing them with a new context and redistributing them at one’s leisure.
- How Comsode project helped you to develop these activities?
Comsode has developed extensive methodology for the publication of open data. These form a rich resource for new players in the open data game. The Open Data Node can play an important role in connecting data across institutional and sectorial boundaries.
- What was the most inspiring part of Comsode project for you?
To see that the open data movement is really gaining momentum, and that public institutions and organizations are aware of the relevance of open distribution of their data.
- Do you have any recommendations for Comsode project?
I think a vital part of the Comsode project are the pilots because they visualize the relevance of open data for users and policymakers alike. These use cases inspire, whilst at the same time exposing some of the challenges that we face when working with open data. Methodology is important, but should be though through from the point of view of the users (communities, small businesses, etc.). Openness can become a goal in itself, but ultimately we are looking for the data to be reused and re-purposed.