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Introduction to Vocabularies
Introduction to Vocabularies
Enhancing Access to Cultural Heritage Information
Elisa Lanzi

Getty Research Institute
70 pages, 7 x 9 1/2 inches
5 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-544-9
paper, Out of Print  1998

"Even if you think you know all you will ever need to know about data standards, controlled vocabularies, and documentation tools, you should still take a look at this recently published guide."
Visual Resources Association Bulletin

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Digital networking, such as on the World Wide Web, makes our global cultural heritage accessible to an ever-widening audience. To reach this audience and ensure researchers can find the information they seek, it is essential to create and employ a consistent terminology to the language used in information retrieval contexts.

Introduction to Vocabularies explains, demonstrates, and advocates the use of controlled vocabularies in describing, cataloging, and documenting cultural heritage information. A six-chapter study guide discusses vocabularies in the context of documentation, standards, and access. The book concludes with descriptions of three vocabulary databases developed by the Getty Information Institute: Art & Architecture Thesaurus, the Union List of Artist Names, and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.

Contributors are Howard Besser, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California at Berkeley; Joy Davis, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria; Patricia Harpring, Vocabulary Program, Getty Information Institute; Christine L. Sundt, Architecture and Allied Arts Library, Visual Resources Collection, University of Oregon; Helen R. Tibbo, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Suzanne Warren, independent consultant.

Elisa Lanzi is an independent consultant and former acting director of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus.

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