CCO:  A Cross-Community Standard

Since its inception CCO has been a welcome addition to the corpus of cataloguing codes. Its impact has traversed geographical and organizational boundaries. As community-specific metadata standards proliferate, there is a growing awareness that CCO can bridge disparate communities by prescribing common practice for describing cultural works.

CCO is a data content standard that helps cataloguers and builders of cultural heritage systems.  Emerging CCO cataloguing practice has resulted in a significant body of records from museum and image library communities headed for LAM (library/archive/museum) integrated access environments. These new records will improve such catalogues because CCO practice facilitates sharable metadata.

CCO guidelines address the unique and often idiosyncratic descriptive requirements of one-of-a-kind cultural objects.  Using generic concepts to illustrate cataloguing practice, CCO can be implemented in a range of metadata element sets (e.g., VRA Core 4.0, CDWA-Lite, Dublin Core, MODS, MARC, and more).

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CCO practice has been adopted and implemented in a range of settings by a diverse group of cultural organizations, academic institutions, and special initiatives.  Here is a select list of such projects.

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