Controlled Vocabularies for Art, Architecture, and Material Culture

Authored by: Murtha Baca

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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There are a number of controlled vocabularies that can be used for describing and enhancing access to information resources relating to art, architecture, and material culture. These data value standards are essential for the description of movable art works, built works, and objects of material culture, as well as their visual and digital surrogates. Local, collection-specific authority files for museum and visual resource collections also play a key role in describing collection materials and providing access points for a wide range of users, both internal and external to the particular organization. So-called folksonomies, which are the result of social tagging, are not true controlled vocabularies but can be useful in providing additional access points.

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