JocondeLab - About
The JocondeLab website results from an experiment conducted by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Its aim is to show the advantages of the semantic web, aka 'Web 3.0' and how the interweaving of linked cultural data and multilingualism can enhance ergonomics and interactivity.
In particular, the experiment is aimed at facilitating the access of a wider audience to French cultural resources and makes a signicifant contribution to linguistic diversity by developing the multilingual content of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. The data do not have to be translated as they are available via Wikipedia in other languages.
The experiment gives access in 14 languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Catalan, Basque, Breton and Occitan) to over 300,000 detailed records retrieved from the Joconde Catalogue. This Catalogue contains the whole collections of the French National Museums and is the most widely used database of the Ministry (over a million visitors or visiting websites in 2012).
It also provides opportunity for exploring new ways of browsing online cultural resources, experimenting collaborative tagging and completing information on Jaconde with data from the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, approved by a large number of people (over 20 million French visitors per month).
This experiment is designed to serve as an example for other heritage websites and shall update the tools used within the Ministry for treating cultural resources.