We aim to advance the use of linked data for art and design from a library- and archives-led perspective through information sharing, exchange, and collaboration.
As an LD4 Affinity Group, we are open to all, regardless of institutional or organizational affiliation.
We are a community of practice that explores the unique challenges of modeling, creating, querying, and visualizing linked data related to art and design including:
- Domains such as visual arts, performance art, craft, architecture, graphic design, and fashion
- Events such as exhibitions, performances, and auctions
- Formats such as catalogs, artists’ books, visual resource collections, and artist files
An earlier version of the LD4 Art & Design Affinity Group organized calls between June 2021–January 2023 under the name “ARLIS/NA Wikidata Group.” We began meeting regularly following sessions at the 2021 ARLIS/NA conference including a Wikidata workshop and Digital Humanities SIG meeting on Wiki projects in art and architecture libraries. Members also organized a session for the 2022 ARLIS/NA conference titled “Points of Connection: Using Wikidata for Art Information.”
In February 2023, we joined the LD4 community as an affinity group, updating our name and expanding our scope to linked data more broadly.
We hold monthly open calls to learn about and discuss projects, resources, and tools within our scope. Join our Google Group to be notified when calls are announced.
Members of our Google Group can share relevant announcements, resources, questions, and job postings by sending emails to
If you are not yet a member, you can request membership through your web browser or send a blank email to
We have a dedicated channel (
#art-design) in the LD4 Slack workspace (ld4.slack.com) for more ephemeral discussion.
See the LD4 site for the link to join the Slack workspace. Once you have joined, search for
#art-design and click the
Join Channel button.
Relevant Groups and Initiatives
Bold links indicate art/design focus
- AAMC Foundation Best Practices Guide for Artist Demographic Data Coordination
- American Art Collaborative
- ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee
- ARLIS/NA Cataloging Section
- ARLIS/NA Digital Humanities Special Interest Group
- Art Information Commons
- BIBFRAME Art and Rare Materials (ARM) Ontology
- Collections as Data
- DLF Arts and Cultural Heritage Working Group
- Enriching Exhibition Scholarship Project
- Getty Vocabularies
- Getty Vocabularies as Linked Open Data Google Group
- IFLA Wikidata Working Group
- LD4 Discovery Affinity Group
- LD4 Rare Materials Affinity Group
- LD4 Wikidata Affinity Group
- Linked Art
- Ontology for Museum Domain and Applied Arts
- RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee
- RBMS Linked Data for Rare Materials Implementation Working Group
- Semantic Web in Libraries
- VRA Cataloging and Metadata Standards Committee
- Wikidata:WikiProject Sum of All Paintings
- Wikidata:WikiProject Visual arts
- Wikimedia Commons
- Wikimedia Commons:Structured Data