How to obtain the Getty vocabulary data

  • On the Getty Web site: Users may search for individual terms and names in the Getty vocabularies online. The data is refreshed approximately every two weeks. The Getty vocabularies are made available via this Web interface to support limited research and cataloging efforts.


  • Fee-free LOD formats: Users may acquire the full data for AAT, TGN, and ULAN, which is available in JSON, RDF, N3/Turtle, and N-Triples under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0, through our Linked Open Data (LOD) project.


  • Additional formats:As of June 1, 2016, individual licenses for use are not required for the Getty vocabulary data. The AAT, ULAN, and TGN are currently available in annual releases of XML and relational tables under Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0. Note that it is likely that these formats may be discontinued in the future. Users are encouraged to transition to LOD data releases.

    An institution must acquire a logon in order to access the XML and Relational Tables data. With the logon, the data is also available via Web Services, where data is refreshed approximately every two weeks. See the data dictionaries and more information at the Download Center.


  • Incorporated in vendors' systems: The Getty vocabularies may be used in various collection management systems or other information systems, for example Adlib Information Systems, Cuadra Associates, Gallery Systems, KE Software/KE EMu, Luna Imaging, Questor Systems, Vernon Systems, or Willoughby Associates.


  • Data Dictionaries: The data dictionaries and other documentation describe the release formats and content of the Getty vocabularies. They do not give step-by-step instructions on how to construct a database or interface based on the data files; analysis and programming resources will be required to implement the vocabularies. The Getty does not provide technical support. View the data dictionaries and data from our Download Center.


The Art & Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT), the Union List of Artists Names ® (ULAN), the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® (TGN), the Cultural Objects Name Authority® (CONA), and the Iconography Authority (IA) are made available by the J. Paul Getty Trust under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0.





Revised 1 September 2016