Flemish art collections, Wikidata and Linked Open Data

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The project Flemish art collections, Wikidata and Linked Open Data was a project in de period 2015-2016 in what the metadata of collections of museums in Flanders was uploaded to Wikidata.


Packed vzw started, with support from Wikimedia and its users, the project Linked Open Data via Wikidata in what cultural institutions start working with Wikidata. The project exists out of:

  1. A white paper is written about Wikidata. The document describes how data can be added to Wikidata, what the benefits are, best practices, user cases, and more.
  2. Participating partner organisations provide a CSV dataset with their art works.
  3. This dataset will be added to Wikidata under a CC0 license.
  4. The partner organisations receive back an RDF export with their data.

Also three YouTube videos have been created to explain the project:

The project resulted in a white paper being written, see: Flemish art collections, Wikidata and Linked Open Data/Whitepaper.

History and background[edit]

Linked Open Data publicatie met Wikidata is a follow-up to several earlier projects:

  1. Persistente Identificatie (2013-2014) (information in Dutch) investigated if persistent URIs would simplify the maintenance and information exchange of artworks in 10 different Flemish art databases.
  2. Persistente identificatie en open cultuur data (2014-2015) (information in Dutch). In this project, persistent identifiers for more than 34,000 artworks from seven Flemish museums were made operational.

It is also closely associated with opencultuurdata.be.


  • Coordination by PACKED vzw, the Flemish Centre of Expertise in Digital Heritage
    • Bert Lemmens
    • Barbara Dierickx
    • Alina Saenko
  • Wikimedia
    • Sandra Fauconnier (User:Spinster), advisor/producer, workshops, reports, community liaison (freelancer)
    • Multichill, advisor/uploader (volunteer)
    • Romaine, support and organisation, for Wikimedia Belgium


  • Vlaamse Kunst Collectie (VKC) / Flemish Art Collection   (Q2542010)
    • Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (KMSKA) / Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp   (Q1471477)
    • Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (MSK Gent) / Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent   (Q2365880)
    • Groeningemuseum in Brugge   (Q1948674)
  • Vlaamse Kunst Collectie / Flemish Art Collection ('virtual' collection)
  • Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (partnership of four contemporary art museums in Flanders)
  • Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap   (Q2173225)
  • M - Museum Leuven   (Q2362660)


  • Generic budget WMBE


Presentation on 20 June 2017


  • 31 794 artworks from 8 museums added to Wikidata

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