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KulturNav is a Norwegian cloud-based software service, allowing users to create, manage and distribute name authorities and terminology, focusing on the needs of museums and other cultural heritage institutions. [1] The software is developed by KulturIT ANS and the development project is funded by the Arts Council Norway. [2]

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

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In library science, authority control is a process that organizes bibliographic information, for example in library catalogs by using a single, distinct spelling of a name (heading) or a numeric identifier for each topic. The word authority in authority control derives from the idea that the names of people, places, things, and concepts are authorized, i.e., they are established in one particular form. These one-of-a-kind headings or identifiers are applied consistently throughout catalogs which make use of the respective authority file, and are applied for other methods of organizing data such as linkages and cross references. Each controlled entry is described in an authority record in terms of its scope and usage, and this organization helps the library staff maintain the catalog and make it user-friendly for researchers.

KulturNav is designed to enhance access to heritage information in archives, libraries and museums, working across institutions with common metadata. Thus many institutions can collaborate to build up a list of standard naming and terminology. [3] The metadata is published as linked open data (LOD), which can be linked further against other LOD resources. [4] The application programming interface (API) currently supports HTTP GET requests to read data. API calls are currently not authenticated or authorized. This means that the system returns only published content that is readable by any user. [5] The system was developed within Play Framework together with Solr and jQuery. [6]

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The company KulturIT, launched in 2013, is owned by five Norwegian and one Swedish museum. [7] It is a non-profit organisation with all surplus going to development. [8]

The website was launched on 20 January 2015 [4] and is currently being used by approximately 130 museums in Norway, Sweden and Åland. [8] In March 2015 the Swedish national register of photography was in the process of being transferred to the KulturNav site. [9] A register of Swedish architects is also available through Kulturnav. [10]

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund Strait. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. The capital city is Stockholm. Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi) and the highest urban concentration is in the central and southern half of the country.

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  1. "KulturNav", DigitaltMuseum
  2. "Welcome to KulturNav", KulturNav site
  3. FAQ #1, KulturNav site
  4. 1 2 Seminar Lansering av KulturNav (Launch seminar), Arts Council Norway
  5. "KulturNav API", KulturNav site
  6. Per Steneskog: Senior Consultant at Altrusoft AB, LinkedIn
  7. "Om KulturIT - KulturIT". kulturit.org (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  8. 1 2 Digisam, "KulturNav" (PowerPoint presentation)
  9. Bidra med information till Nationella fotografregistret (Contributing information to the National Photographic Registry), Nordic Museum (Stockholm)
  10. Arkdes (Skeppsholmen Architecture and Design Centre) Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine