Are you making sure your API will produce and consume Linked Open Data?
Jacques of Les Archives du Spectacle was confronted with this question, and of course indicated that he would look into it, — and he should — , but I liked Isabelles (Contredanse) remark that one can discuss for ages how to comply with standards and then suddenly observe that you are discussing for 10 years without tangible results.
Share your database software
Instead of making your own database and website and deal with all the technical hassle that is involved with that, just piggy back on somebody else’s database. As an example, IbsenStage is a fantastic resource, and I think this is partly due to the fact that they do not need to worry about database, software and other technical stuff — like I have to do. They are simply reusing AusStage for their data. In the same spirit, Flanders Arts Institute is sharing the database software with Contredanse!
Work towards a non-technical result
This one I got while discussing with Staf Vos: many people around the table are excited about databases, linked data, data collection, etc. But with these more technical things, you do not convince a wider audience that you are doing something useful — in these neoliberal times were everything we do needs to be useful. Accepting this, we could work towards tangible projects and create valuable insights that appeal to non-technical people.
Overview of performing arts databases
This is undoubtly incomplete, and please let me know who I forgot on firstname.lastname@example.org, I am sure I am forgetting many initiatives (online databases that can be searched for performers, or stage productions/performances):
Flanders Arts Institute
Les Archives du Spectacle
lesarchivesduspectacle.net for France
e-teatr.pl for Poland
ViS for Czech republic
Czech Performance Collection
Theatre.cz also for the Czech republic!
Finnish dance website
At University of Amsterdam they maintain the old Theater Instituut Nederland database.
Norwegian theatre productions
Belgium is happening
Operabase is a commercial actor, but nonetheless holds a fantastic amount of information about “big” operahouses, in a neatly structured way.
World Theater Map
Next to databases that are specific to countries or types of performance (dance, greek drama, etc.), there are also a lot of initiatives to make a database of performances specific to a house, organisation or author. Some pretty great examples are Ballets C de la B, Abbey theatre, IbsenStage and many more (but here we focus on databases beyond a single author, house or organisation)!