Digital availability of your collections to enable rich scholarship around the world is not a "big bang" effort that is completed quickly, before moving on to other things. Sustainability, continuous improvement and integration are vital.
Libraries are at the forefront of linked data for cataloging efforts and are actively digitizing and describing special collections. Museums are making art collection data available online, producing digital scholarly publications and integrating data across collections. Archives are being spurred on by born-digital materials, preservation requirements, and active funding for digitization. The demands for using linked data are growing exponentially. At the same time, art libraries need sustainable strategies to enhance metadata and link collections.
We offer key steps in the theory and practice of managing collection data as linked data, a framework that supports ongoing enhancement of digital resources, and ways to discuss your approach toward digital scholarship.