Joan Cobb

active 2 months, 1 week ago
TGN is NOW AVAILABLE as LOD! We are very pleased to announce that we have reached the second major milestone in our Linked Open Data project. The second of the four Getty Vocabularies, The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)®, has joined the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) as Linked Open Data. Both datasets are now available at […] View



Joan Cobb


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Short Bio

Joan Cobb is currently leading the project to publish all four Getty vocabularies as Linked Open Data. Since joining the Getty in 1990, Joan has played a primary role in the design and development of the custom software necessary to support the growth and usage of the Getty Vocabularies. Joan came to the Getty with a background in an array of programming and design experiences, ranging from academic and medical research to energy management and hazardous chemical tracking. She began her career in computing technology after more than a decade as a teacher and master teacher with the public school system and government/industry sponsored programs.

Interest in LODLAM

My attendance at the LODLAM 2013 Summit made a huge difference in my ability to get our LOD project started. In fact, I think it marked the actual turning point for us. There are many reasons why our community is finding the LOD versions of the Getty Vocabularies valuable but, for us, our goal is to make sure they become the conduits through which cultural heritage resources can connect to each other. There are 2 basic things I would like to address at the 2015 Summit: 1) Confirmation of our ontology choices for CONA; 2) Ideas for an open-source tools to help external resources make the best use of the vocabularies.


United States


Library, Museum, Humanities, Other NGO or Non-Profit, Academic, Research

Linked Open Data Projects

I am currently leading a project to publish all four Getty Vocabularies as LOD. The four Getty Vocabularies are: the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)


J. Paul Getty Trust