The Research and Education Space (RES) is working with a wide variety of collection holders, such as broadcasters, archives, museums, libraries, galleries and publishers, to help them make their digital assets more discoverable. The list of institutions who are publishing their data in a RES-friendly format is growing all the time.
If your organisation has a digitised collection, we would love to hear from you at RESFeedback@bbc.co.uk. We can show you how publishing your data as linked open data can increase the visibility of the collections you manage, help you format your data and help you with decision-making about licensing.
One major advantage of RES for collection holders is that it uses open data to tell people what’s in your collection and encourages visitors to use your collection, on your terms. By publishing your catalogue as linked open data, your assets will be found because of their authenticity, provenance, permanence and because they're appropriately licensed. With RES you can control the access to your assets, whereas with search engines the visibility of links to your assets is largely out of your control. For instance, with the RES model, a focused collection about a particular niche subject is equal to collections held by larger organisations.
RES doesn’t take away traffic from your websites; rather it directs people to your materials, and helps people looking at data from, for example one museum, to find related information at others.
RES is also working with product developers to create digital educational projects using this continually growing, free, open-source, openly licensed index of cultural assets. The Research and Education Space, as its name suggests, is primarily focused on the re-use of assets it indexes in the education sector, but you don't have to stop there; once your catalogue is published as linked open data you can use it how and where you like. Websites, apps; it's all open to you.
Come and join us in RES and make your collections more discoverable and accessible.