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Overview of how data is modelled in

Artsdata Data Model v0.2

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A simple data model for Performing Arts Events and related Places, People and Organizations.

You are welcome to give feedback and review current issues with GitHub Issues.

There is also a PDF of the data that Footlight feeds into Artsdata. At the moment, the data that Footlight publishes on the websites of arts organizations and the data in Artsdata are very similar. As more and more sources feed into Artsdata, the shape of the data between Footlight and Artsdata may diverge, with Footlight being a subset of classes and properties collected in Artsdata.

The classes and properties used in Artsdata represent a “thin” layer of data roughly specified by Google Event Structured Data. The main difference is that Artsdata enforces links between entities within Artsdata and interlinks URIs outside of Artsdata including links to Wikidata and other LOD (Linked Open Data) sources. Artsdata also generates unique global identifiers (IRIs also called URIs) for classes such as Event, Person, Place, and Organization.

Here are the main Classes used in Artsdata.


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  1. EventAttendanceModeEnumeration
  2. EventStatusType
  3. Event
  4. Offer
  5. Organization
  6. Person
  7. Place
  8. PostalAddress
  9. VirtualLocation
  10. WebPage

Ontologies & Inferencing uses a basic set of RDFS and OWL entailments (or ruleset) to enable simple inferencing, called OWL-Horst (optimized).

The main ontology used in is imports the core schema and the pending schema (to include schema:EventSeries which is a pending class). has a large number of class and property mappings between,,, FOAF and DOLCE+DnS Ultralite (Ontology Design Patterns) using owl:equivalentClass and owl:equivalentProperty. The majority of mappings come prebuilt from external ontologies with some additional specific mappings to Wikidata.

Current work into the next version of the ontology is being influenced by the work at CAPACOA’s Linked Digital Future initiative and involves aligning the data model with data models used in cultural heritage including, but not limited to, CIDOC-CRM, FRBRoo, PROV and RDA. The data models will be futher specificed by a domain-specifc vocabulary to be released in the upcoming versions.

Ontologies loaded into Artsdata


Data is great, but it is not the ultimate truth, and without traceability it can lose our trust. For example, what if two web pages have different dates for the same performing arts event. Which source is more trust worthy? How can we follow the data back to the source to decide for ourselves?

To track provenance, uses metadata attached to named graphs. Each data source in is stored in a separate named graph. The graph’s URI is used as the subject of the provenance metadata. This technique to track provenance is generally called the Named Graphs approach. Each named graph URI is a prov:Entity and is linked to provenance metadata including the date when the data was loaded, the software used to collect it and the email of the contributing organization. Each time data is imported, whether from a web site, spreadsheet or existing triple store, the graphs provenance metadata is updated. In addition, when the data source is directly from a crawled web page, the schema:WebPage entity includes the date when the web page was crawled.

In the future, we will likely switch to RDF* (pronounced “RDF star”) in order to have more granular provenance data on individual statements.

Data Flow Architecture

In principle, anyone can add data to as long as certain data requirements are met. Here is a diagram about how data flows in and out of

Caching LOD loads LOD from Wikidata and DBpedia in order to cache it for performance reasons. The triples are obtained using content negotiation (instead of data dumps) and are cached unmodified in their respective named graphs.

Note: there is one notable exception, the Wikidata property P31 (instance of) is transformed to rdf:type. This same result could have been accomplished using owl:equivalentProperty but it was not selected for performance reasons.

Naming Conventions

Conventions on how to name things when in doubt.

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