The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the most profound economic, social and human crisis ever experienced in the arts, culture and heritage sector. The performing arts sector – whose modes of production and dissemination rely heavily on gatherings and social proximity – is profoundly affected.

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Akoulina Connell and participants at a workshop discuss the notion of value chain.

After three full day workshops in Toronto, Halifax, and Vancouver and a recent presentation at Banff’s Digital Transformation Summit in 2019, CAPACOA’s Linked Digital Future Initiative is generating some buzz. The prime mover behind this initiative: making performing arts events findable and shareable in the AI-powered web. Right now, Siri, Alexa, and other AI-powered recommendation systems are drawing a blank on local performance options.

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New entrance and facade of Canada's National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Everyone knows Wikipedia, the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia. However, not everyone is familiar yet with its sister project, Wikidata.

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We are half-way through the first full year of the Linked Digital Future initiative. Much has been accomplished already. And much has been learned.

In a spirit of openness and collaboration, we would like to share our complete Mid-Year Progress Report with the arts sector. The report offers an overview of what we’ve done and what we are currently up to. The report also includes several lessons learned, two of which I would like to share in this post.

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If you have been reading the Linked Digital Future report or any other literature about digital discoverability, you may have stumbled upon the term “knowledge graph” and wondered what on earth it can be.

Even experts disagree as to what a “knowledge graph” actually is. In simple terms, one could say that a knowledge graph is the combination of two things:

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