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The Hamilton Toy Museum, Perthshire


A major part of the Mapping Museums project has involved the design of a new RDF/S Knowledge Base to store data and metadata relating to the UK’s museums, as well as a Web Application allowing users to Browse, Search and Visualise the data in order to investigate their research questions. The Knowledge Base and Web Application can be accessed from this website at this link.

A description of our development approach and sofware architecture can be found here. The challenges we faced in developing the Knowledge Base and Web Application, our development methodology, and our methods are described in the article Creating a Knowledge Base to research the history of UK Museums through Rapid Application Development, in the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage.

The source data for the Knowledge Base is downloadable from the Data section of this website, in the form of an RDF/XML file.

The Web Application source code is downloadable here and is available for free use under the GNU General Public License (GPL). This allows users to run, examine, share and modify the software so long as any modifications acknowledge the original authors and are distributed also under the GPL license. The statistical computations that underpin the numbers of museums shown in each of the graphs under the Visualise tab are described here.

Please Note: The Web Application is a research prototype that was developed under tight time and resource constraints to deliver the necessary functionalities for the Mapping Museums project's research. No guarantees of accuracy are given or implied.