Using Vocabularies and Linked data: #Connecting Archaeology April 30, 2021 - April 30, 2021, Online

This webinar explores some of the ways that cultural heritage institutions can use controlled vocabularies and Linked Data to improve the discoverability of their content in Europeana.

Three speakers will give short presentations after which there will be time for questions and discussion.

'Speaking one language: how vocabularies can help organise information', Kerstin Arnold, Archives Portal Europe Foundation

Kerstin will provide an introduction defining what vocabularies are, how they can be used, and why it is useful to consider their implementation - on a local level as well as in the context of larger scale aggregation services.

'Linked Data Vocabularies for Heritage Data', Marcus Smith, Swedish National Heritage Board

Marcus will talk about how controlled vocabularies can be taken a step further to become linked data vocabularies, the advantages of doing so, and some examples in use within the heritage sector.

'Exploiting vocabularies and linked data: in practice', Kate Fernie, CARARE

Kate will talk about how controlled vocabularies and linked data can be used in systems and services, and will demonstrate some examples including the Share3D metadata capture tool and the Europeana Archaeology Vocabulary service.

Speakers' biographies

Kerstin Arnold, Archives Portal Europe Foundation

Kerstin has been working in the archives domain for more than 15 years, after initially starting her career in public relations and editing. During this time, she has gained expertise in a variety of areas, from records management and transfer of born-digital materials to aggregation of cultural heritage metadata on national, international and cross-domain levels. She is currently Technical Coordinator for Archives Portal Europe (

Marcus Smith, Swedish National Heritage Board

Marcus has a background in archaeological information systems, and has previously worked at the Archaeology Data Service and the Council for British Archaeology. Since 2012 he has been based at the Swedish National Heritage Board in Visby, where he works with the SOCH linked open data platform, digital fieldwork documentation, and the digitisation of runic inscriptions.

Kate Fernie, CARARE

Kate has a background in archaeology, museums, information systems, data standards and digitisation. She is currently operations manager for the CARARE association (, where she works with CARARE’s members and data partners as they provide metadata to Europeana, and with CARARE’s technical partners contributing to the development of services and systems. Her experience includes producing on-line learning resources, editing best practice guidelines on digital heritage among other things.