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Fee-free formats: The AAT, TGN, and ULAN are now available fee-free in JSON, RDF, N3/Turtle, and N-Triples under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0. See the SPARQL endpoint at Getty Vocabularies: LOD. See documentation in a printable version (PDF, 92pp., 3.84MB) or online. Included are sample queries that users may consult in order to acquire the data according to various criteria. See also general information on the Getty Vocabularies as Linked Open Data.

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Web services: With a license, the data files may be accessed through Web services APIs (application programming interfaces), which provide access to data that is refreshed every two weeks. Note that the data is subject to frequent additions and updates. The APIs are available to any institution that holds a valid license. See details in the Web Services User's Instructions (PDF, 153pp., 2MB).

Relational Tables and XML: The AAT, ULAN, and TGN data were last released in July 2015 in relational tables and XML formats. No software is provided. Only full sets of data are available for licensing; we do not provide subsets of the data. For a currently undetermined period of time, we plan to continue providing the data as relational tables and XML releases in addition to the LOD releases. However, we plan to phase out these formats in the future. Users would be given notice in advance.

Data dictionaries: Note that data dictionaries for XML and relational tables formats below do not give step-by-step instructions on how to construct a database or interface based on the data files; analysis and a competent programmer will be required to implement the vocabulary data files. The Getty does not provide technical support. For details regarding data content and editorial rules, see the Editorial Guidelines.

Data currently available: The data currently available for licensing was cut in Spring 2015.


Download sample records from the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT). The full AAT is a hierarchical vocabulary of around 41,642 records, including 326,735 terms, descriptions, bibliographic citations, and other information relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, archaeology, and other material culture. The full XML data file for the AAT is around 65 MB in size. The sample available here is a small subset of the AAT. For further information, see About the AAT.

AAT Sample Data
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Data Dictionary for the
AAT Data Release

XML UTF-8 (5MB)

 

XML format (PDF, 22pp., 419MB)

Relational Table UTF-8 (64MB)

 

Relational Table format (PDF, 11pp., 264MB)



Download sample records from the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN). The full ULAN is a vocabulary of around 234,776 records, including 619,757 names and biographical and bibliographic information for artists, architects, firms, shops, and art repositories, including a wealth of variant names, pseudonyms, and language variants. The full XML data file for the ULAN is around 145 MB in size. The sample available here is a small subset of the ULAN. For further information, see About the ULAN.

ULAN Sample Data
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Data Dictionary for the
ULAN Data Release

XML UTF-8 (20MB)

 

XML format (PDF, 29pp., 545KB)

Relational Table UTF-8 (103MB)

 

Relational Table format (PDF, 14pp., 312KB)



Download sample records from the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN). The full TGN is a hierarchical vocabulary of around 1,409,151 records, including 2,019,245 names, place types, coordinates, and descriptive notes, focusing on places important for the study of art and architecture. TGN is not a GIS; coordinates are included for many records, but they are for finding purposes only (i.e., to find the place on a map). The full XML data file for the TGN is around 257 MB in size. The sample available here is a small subset of the TGN. For further information, see About the TGN.

TGN Sample Data
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Data Dictionary for the
TGN Data Release

XML UTF-8 (8MB)

 

XML format (PDF, 28pp., 537KB)

Relational Table UTF-8 (21MB)

 

Relational Table format (PDF, 14pp., 343KB)



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Revised 19 August 2015