Friday, June 18, 2004

Describing Cultural Objects

Cataloguing Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Objects and Their Images by the Visual Resources Association.
Over the last decade, many organizations and agencies have been working toward the development of data standards for creating descriptions of and retrieving information about cultural objects. Data standards not only promote the consistent recording of information; they are fundamental to the efficient retrieval of information. They promote data sharing, improve the management of content, and reduce redundancy of effort. In time, the accumulation of consistently documented records across multiple repositories will increase access to content by maximizing research results. Ultimately, uniform documentation will promote the creation of a body of cultural heritage information that will greatly enhance research and teaching in the arts and humanities.
This is a draft, VRA would appreciate comments.

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