Exploring Audiovisual Archives Through Aligned Thesauri

  • Victor de BoerEmail author
  • Matthias Priem
  • Michiel Hildebrand
  • Nico Verplancke
  • Arjen de Vries
  • Johan Oomen
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 672)


As audiovisual archives are digitizing their collections and making these collections available online, the need arises to also establish connections between different collections and to allow for cross-collection search and browsing. Structured vocabularies, made available as Linked Data, can be used as connecting points by aligning thesauri from different institutions. In this paper, we present a case study where partial collections of two audiovisual archives are connected by aligning their thesauri. We report on the conversion of one of the thesauri to SKOS and on the subsequent application of an interactive alignment tool “CultuurLINK”. Finally, we introduce an cross-collection browser which uses the produced alignment to allow users to explore connections between the two collections.


Audiovisual archives Thesaurus alignment Cross-collection browsing 



This research was funded by Taalunie project “Gemeenschappelijke Thesaurus voor Uniforme Ontsluiting”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor de Boer
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Matthias Priem
    • 3
  • Michiel Hildebrand
    • 4
  • Nico Verplancke
    • 3
  • Arjen de Vries
    • 4
  • Johan Oomen
    • 1
  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for Sound and VisionHilversumThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Flemish Institute for ArchivingGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Spinque B.V.UtrechtThe Netherlands

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