Over the last year, CAPACOA and Culture Creates collaborated with the Bern University of Applied Sciences to develop a conceptual model for performing arts data. At the same time, Culture Creates was building the artsdata.ca knowledge graph, and RIDEAU was rolling out the Scène Pro information system. The former assembles data about performances; the latter gathers data about organizations, venues and performing arts productions. What if the two datasets were interoperable and could exchange data? We tried it out.

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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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Linked Digital Future - Un avenir numérique lié

CAPACOA seeks service providers to undertake exploratory activities for the development of a governance framework for open and shared data in the performing arts as part of the Linked Digital Future initiative.

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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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Could Open Data Help Arts and Culture Listings? - snapshot from the blog post accompanying the report release

“Arts and culture listings are broken. Can open data help to make them better?” wondered Wales researchers from Nesta and The Satori Lab. In their recent discovery report, they concluded:

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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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Structured data makes it easy for audiences to find your event: join the Digital Discoverability Program

CAPACOA invites performing arts presenters to participate in a Digital Discoverability Program, as part of the Linked Digital Future Initiative. Between September 2019 and March 2020, a first cohort of 15 organizations will have the opportunity to work with Culture Creates to translate their event information into structured data readable by search engines and recommendation systems. As a result, local arts goers and tourists alike will have a much easier time finding your events, no matter what device or application they use.

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