Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO)

Authored by: Elizabeth O’Keefe , Maria Oldal

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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The entry provides an overview of the data content standard, Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO), developed by the Visual Resources Association (VRA), and published in 2006 by the American Library Association (ALA). CCO fills a gap in the array of descriptive standards by providing guidelines for visual resources curators, museum documentation specialists, archivists, librarians, or anyone engaged in the documentation of works of art and architecture, objects of material culture, and their images. The entry begins by placing CCO within the context of object and visual image cataloging and the broader framework of data content standards. Following the organization of the guide, which is divided into three parts, General Guidelines, Elements, and Authorities, it summarizes the main features of CCO. Finally, it evaluates CCO in terms of its suitability for use by the metadata communities that form its intended audience, and its sustainability.

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