A web page for an event at the National Arts Centre and the structured data describing this event.

Two years ago, Nesta and The Satori Lab published a report encouraging arts organizations to publish open data for their events. As there is no data standard for the performing arts, the report notably recommended the use of to make it easier for crawling bots to read and interpret event information. Fine. But how does one use Here, in a nutshell, is how to use it.

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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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