LIDO-Handbook for the Cataloging and Publication of Metadata on Cultural Objects. Volume 1: Prints and Drawings

From collection to collection, the way in which graphic collections are digitally recorded differs. The Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, as the technical operator of the graphics portal, is thus faced with the challenge of feeding data in extremely different formats and content structures into a common database and making it searchable by means of superordinate filters.

For this to succeed, the data must already be available in a similar structure during import. The standard for providing structured data from museum collections is called LIDO - Lightweight Information Describing Objects.

It is an XML Harvesting Schema designed to read data in logical content links from local databases and to present it in the same structure in a target system and optimize it for the search. The schema was developed by the Working Group Data Harvesting and Interchange, a team of CIDOC. It works by assigning to each piece of information in your database a LIDO element that describes what kind of information it is.

Is the place name you want to export a name for the place of production or location in your collection? Is the personal name an artist or former owner of the artwork? These questions are answered by the assigned LIDO element. What you have to do yourself before exporting your data is the assignment of the LIDO elements to the information you have collected so that they can be transferred to the correct data fields in the target database. The basis for this is the first volume of LIDO-Handbook for the Cataloging and Publication of Metadata on Cultural Objects. Volume 1: Prints and Drawings with a focus on graphics, developed by the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. The new handbook includes important suggestions from the graphic community given during start-up period of the portal.

In the graphics portal, it will be possible to merge all prints from one printing plate, which are now in different collections, into one search result. For this to succeed, it is necessary that all data-providing institutions give the references to the catalogue raisonné numbers in the same form.

Examples of the short quotations of the most commonly used manuals are given in the attached PDF (see work material).
To prepare a data export based on the LIDO handbook, complete the names of the local data fields in the mapping table.