The documents on this page include presentations and other training materials 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)®, the Getty Iconography Authority (IA)™, Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA), Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO), and standards in general. These materials are subject to frequent modification and addition.

Getty Vocabularies: Overviews, Using, Contributing
Presentations describing the history, scope, and characteristics of the Getty Vocabularies and how you may use and contribute to them. For more details on contributions, see Contributing to the Getty Vocabularies. For detailed editorial rules for contributing, see the Editorial Guidelines. For comprehensive information on controlled vocabularies, see Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies.

CONA and Subject Access (2020) (PDF, 10.5 MB, 144pp)
AAT flier (PDF, 170 KB, 1pp)
TGN flier (PDF, 225 KB, 1pp)
ULAN flier (PDF, 320 KB, 1pp)
CONA flier (PDF, 270 KB, 1pp)
IA flier (PDF, 220 KB, 1pp)
Getty Vocabularies: CIDOC, CAA, Other Conferences, LOD
Presentations from conferences and other links, including the history, scope, and characteristics of the Getty Vocabularies as Linked Open Data and related topics. For more details on LOD, see this page: Getty Vocabularies as Linked Open Data.

Linked Open Data Flier (PDF, 2 MB, 1pp)

Standards and Cataloging: CDWA, CCO, and other topics
Presentations describing standards for cataloging art and related materials, including Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA), Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO), and managing a documentation or vocabulary project.

CDWA flier (PDF, 120 KB, 1pp)

International Terminology Working Group meetings
What is the ITWG? The ITWG is a group of cultural heritage documentation professionals, convened and led by the Getty Research Institute to discuss common issues regarding translations, other contributions, and use cases of the Getty Vocabularies, including AAT, TGN, ULAN, CONA, and IA. Closely related topics, such as CDWA, may be included. Getty Vocabularies are compiled resources that grow through contributions from Getty projects and more than 350 museums, libraries, archives, special collections, visual resources collections, art conservation professionals, bibliographic and other documentation projects, large translation projects, and individual experts. The resulting compiled resources are made available in online Search, LOD, and other formats under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) 1.0. ITWG was founded ca. 1988; in the past few decades, the group has met every several years. ITWG most recently met in February 2020 at the Getty Center, with a few invitees attending remotely. The next meeting is tentatively anticipated in October 2024 in Los Angeles, with a hybrid attendance option provided. For information, please contact us at

Iconclass, Posthumus (PDF, 6.4 MB, 27pp)
Spanish AAT and TRP, CDBP SNPC (PDF, 1.5 MB, 16pp)
Nomen explained, Zeng (PDF, 2.3 MB, 11pp)
Status Report from German AAT, Hagedorn-Saupe and Ermert, 2016 [currently unavailable]
German translation update, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz (currently unavailable)