An innovative approach to making the UK’s public art collection searchable has generated three million descriptive ‘tags’ on more than 200,000 paintings. Just under ten thousand users have contributed to the Your Paintings Tagger website which uses a ‘citizen science’ approach previously used on the Galaxy Zoo project for identifying astronomical objects.
The Citizens Science Alliance team based in the Astrophysics Department at the University of Oxford has written the software that processes and analyses tags that are contributed to the project. Other project partners are Intelligent Heritage, Keepthinking which created the web-based Collection Management System that publishes data to the BBC Your Paintings website via a live API, and the History of Art Department at the University of Glasgow.
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