Metadata Standards

Related Standards and Metadata Schema

Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA)
describes the content of art databases by articulating a conceptual framework for describing and accessing information about works of art, architecture, other material culture, groups and collections of works, and related images. CDWA includes 532 categories and subcategories.

XML  Schema Content for Contributing Records via the OAI Harvesting Protocol

VRA Core Categories
Home site of the VRA Core, a data standard for the description of works of visual culture as well as the images that document them. This site hosts VRA Core user support materials including FAQs, Cataloging Examples, and Presentations.

VRA Core 4.0
VRA Core 4.0 schemas and documentation, hosted at the Library of Congress.

Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set is a vocabulary of fifteen properties for use in resource description. The fifteen element "Dublin Core" described in this standard is part of a larger set of metadata vocabularies and technical specifications maintained by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).

MARC 21XML schema
MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data contains format specifications for encoding data elements needed to describe, retrieve, and control various forms of bibliographic material. It is an integrated format defined for the identification and description of different forms of bibliographic material. MARC 21 specifications are defined for books, serials, computer files, maps, music, visual materials, and mixed material.

Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) is a schema for a bibliographic element set that may be used for a variety of purposes, and particularly for library applications.

Vocabularies and Thesauri

Library of Congress Authorities
Search LC authority headings for Subject, Name, Title and Name/Title combinations.

The Getty Vocabulary Program
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
The AAT is a structured vocabulary currently containing around 131,000 terms and other information about concepts. Terms in AAT may be used to describe art, architecture, decorative arts, material culture, and archival materials.

The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)
CONA comprises authority records for cultural works, including architecture and movable works such as paintings and sculpture.

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)
TGN is a structured vocabulary currently containing around 1,106,000 names and other information about places.

The Union List of Artists Names (ULAN)
The ULAN is a structured vocabulary currently containing around 293,000 names and other information about artists.

Crosswalks & Mappings

Getty Metadata Standards Crosswalk
This crosswalk includes only a partial list of the elements for each standard, focusing on the areas of overlap. This crosswalk is for planning purposes only; refer to the original standards if you are creating a technical mapping.


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