OpenAtlas INDIGO Vocabs Meeting 2022-03-31

Updated information in the course of the meeting is in color. Every participant is invited to add and adapt.


  • OpenAtlas: Alexander Watzinger, Bernhard Koschiček-Krombholz
  • LBI ArchPro: Geert Verhoeven, Jona Schlegel
  • ARCHE/Vocabs: Massimiliano Carloni

This meeting is about importing INDIGO thesaurus from ACDH-CH Vocabs into OpenAtlas (#1663)


  • OpenAtlas can link to external references (e.g. Wikidata) with SKOS match exact and close but not the used broad, broader, related and narrower matches.
  • There seems to be some issues with linking to vocabs (e.g. id format "0030") -> Comes from the CSV import. We will further discuss alternatives like using terms instead of numbers which will also make for more readable URLs
  • Decide about multiple/single selection and what to link with.
    • Graffito Creator (Single) -> Person and Group
    • Graffito Class (Single) -> Artifact
    • Graffito Component (Multiple) -> Artifact
    • Graffito Type (Multiple) -> Artifact
    • Community Term -> will not be imported to OpenAtlas
  • Is the link to Vocabs enough or do we want to track related information in the description field for:
    • Alternative names (e.g. translations) -> Link to Vocabs
    • Dublin Core information, e.g. for Background: [{'@value': 'van Treeck 2001'}, {'@value': 'McDonald 2013'}]
      -> Link to Vocabs. Question: is it possible to link a reference to a type? Not currently but we can think about implementing but have to consult the CIDOC CRM model first. Please create a Redmine issue if this is needed.
    • Are there also descriptions in Vocabs? -> Descriptions are possible in Vocabs but weren't used yet


As expected automatic synchronization between OpenAtlas and Vocabs isn't possible for various reasons. Most obvious workflows would be:
  • Freeze Vocabs and import to OpenAtlas before work on data starts
  • Keep both systems in sync manually -> will be the most likely workflow. In summer 2022 will be a first version with a fixed structure and it is assumed that only a small amount of terms may be added later.

Updated by Geert Verhoeven about 2 years ago · 10 revisions

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