These documents contain information about editorial practice for the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)®, the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)®, the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)®, the Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)®, and the Getty Iconography Authority (IA)™. The guidelines are subject to frequent modification and addition.

Purpose of these guidelines
These editorial guidelines for the AAT, ULAN, TGN, CONA, and IA contain rules and guidelines intended for contributors to the Getty vocabularies and the editors of the Getty Vocabulary Program. References to the in-house editorial system, VCS (Vocabulary Coordination System), may appear. Contributors to the AAT, TGN, ULAN, CONA, IA, and implementers of the vocabulary data should consult these guidelines, extrapolating information and guidance appropriate for their own needs and uses.

News: Recently added Getty Vocabulary records (Revised April 2023) (PDF, 0.9 MB, 79pp)
Editorial issues and contributions (August 2017) ( PDF, 7.5 MB, 104pp)
Editorial issues and contributions 2 (August 2016) (PDF, 1.8 MB, 53pp)
Technical issues: Part 1 (August 2016) (PDF, 3.5 MB, 34pp)
Technical issues: Part 2 (August 2017) (PDF, .4 MB, 12pp)
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT), the Union List of Artist Names® (ULAN), the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® (TGN), the Cultural Objects Name Authority® (CONA), and the Getty Iconography Authority (IA) are copyrighted by the J. Paul Getty Trust. Companies and institutions interested in regular or extensive use of the vocabularies should consider obtaining the data as Linked Open Data or in other formats. All available Getty vocabulary data is provided fee-free under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0.

Revised 12 July 2022