The Smithsonian is taking a major step in providing access to their collections beyond their walls. Having had internal data sharing between the 30-odd Smithsonian institutions for years, they are now publishing that data in LOD format. This will allow collaboration between other organizations and the public.
Data connection: http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/lod/about/
Slide show: http://www.slideshare.net/szeke/2013-0528eswcsaammp4ppsx
Technical paper: http://www.isi.edu/~szekely/contents/papers/2013/eswc-2013-saam.pdf
Blog postings: http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/making-sense-data-that-is-linked-and-open
LOD format resources:
Primary web site: http://www.w3.org/wiki/LinkedData
Museum Community: http://lodlam.net/
Paper in The Semantic Web: Semantics and Big Data
Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 7882, 2013, pp 593-607
Connecting the Smithsonian American Art Museum to the Linked Data Cloud
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