Drawings of the Florentine Painters

The Villa i Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, has launched “Drawings of the Florentine Painters,” a digital resource based on the Bernard Berenson publication of the same name. It’s an astonishing database that includes the text from all three editions of Berenson’s work, in both English and Italian, as well as thousands of images.

Being able to search, view, cross-reference, and explore all these drawings is impressive enough, but what makes this resource truly valuable is that the content of the catalogs has been converted into Linked Open Data, allowing researchers direct access to the data. The dataset is also available as RDF (resource description framework) for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, allowing researchers to use the data in potentially new ways and combine them with other open-data repositories