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  • Cataloguing Cultural Objects (CCO): A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images

    CCO is a data content standard which is designed for cataloguing works of art, cultural artifacts, and their visual surrogates; cataloguing original objects may require some additional, specialized guidelines. CCO helps control the choice of terms, and defines order, syntax, and form for data values for cataloguing cultural objects. It can be used in the development of in-house cataloguing rules. The primary emphasis of CCO is on descriptive metadata; it excludes administrative and technical metadata. Controlled vocabularies and thesauri are recommended.

    CCO is a "manual for describing, documenting, and cataloging cultural works and their visual surrogates. The primary focus of CCO is art and architecture, including but not limited to paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, photographs, built works, installations, and other visual media. CCO also covers many other types of cultural works, including archaeological sites, artifacts, and functional objects from the realm of material culture."

    CHIN's "CCO Assessment Working Group" (one of CHIN's Standards Working Groups) completed a project in 2008 to assess the CCO for use in Canadian museums. After examining the implications of using CCO within their own institutions, developing a set of sample records, and completing a test using CCO rules to catalogue a new collection, they have recommended CCO for use within Canadian museums with humanities collections. CHIN is currently enhancing the CHIN Humanities Data Dictionary with the addition of CCO rules; this will be available in both French and English. See the Standards Research at CHIN section for more information.

    CCO is a project of the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Key selections of the CCO are available online at Full publication available for purchase.

    Available in English only.

  • Library and Archives Canada – Cataloguing and Metadata

    From the Web site: "This document is a summary of the National Library of Canada's Collection Management Policy (1990) and its subsequent revisions. The complete 260-page policy is available for consultation or can be borrowed on interlibrary loan."

  • CHIN Humanities Data Dictionary/Artefacts Canada: Humanities Mapped to Dublin Core

    As part of CHIN's participation in the CIMI metadata testbed project, CHIN completed a mapping between the Dublin Core and the CHIN Humanities Data Dictionary fields that are most commonly used for resource discovery. Museums following the CHIN Humanities Data Dictionary could use the same or similar mapping to Dublin Core. Available in English and in French.

  • Mesures juridiques et pratiques contre le trafic illicite des biens culturels

    "Mesures juridiques et pratiques contre le trafic illicite des biens culturels MANUEL DE L’UNESCO"

  • Méthode d'inventaire informatique des objets beaux-arts et arts décoratifs

    The Direction des Musées de France has developed this standard to assist museums in creating inventories of their fine and decorative arts collections. Includes examples and some controlled vocabularies. Available in French only.

  • Heritage Grants Program (Manitoba)

    From the Web site: "The Heritage Grants Program has been developed to assist Manitobans in identifying, protecting and interpreting the province’s human and natural heritage."

  • UNEP-WCMC Species Database

    From the Web site: "UNEP-WCMC's Species Database includes data on 75782 animals and 88973 plants of conservation interest as well as 93952 sub-species, stocks or synonyms."

  • ArtsEdNet

    From the Web site: "Lesson Plans & Curriculum Ideas..."

  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (USA)

    From the Web site / du site W3 : "The purpose of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is to support and promote excellence, ethics, and accessibility in museum practices to make the museums of the Mid-Atlantic region better able to preserve and interpret our diverse cultural, scientific, and aesthetic heritage."

  • Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative

    This site is a collaborative effort by federal agencies formed as a group in 2007 to define common guidelines, methods, and practices to digitize historical content in a sustainable manner. Recognizing that the effort would require specialized expertise, two separate working groups were formed with the possibility that more tightly focused groups might be necessary as the work progressed. The Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group will concentrate its efforts on image content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives. The Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group is focusing its work on sound, video, and motion picture film.
    The group initially formed under the auspices of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), a program initiated by Congress in December 2000 to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve digital content. Federal agencies represented on NDIIPP’s National Digital Strategy Advisory Board formed the initial core of the group’s membership.