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Documenting the Cultural Heritage
  Standards in Practice: Greenwich
  Core Data Index
Core Data Standard
  Object ID
  Object ID Checklist
the standards
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  Implementation of the Core Data Standard
The core data standard presented here has been devised within a theoretical framework which can be employed in both manual and computer-based systems. Organisations proposing to implement the data standard are likely to build on the data standard and its theoretical framework to meet their own recording needs. The standard prepared by CIDOC draws much from the practical experience of organisations that have already implemented heritage databases, e.g., DKC, Denmark; MONARCH, England; DRACAR, France; and ARCHIS, the Netherlands.

An important element of the data standard, and of archaeological databases, is the means by which the various sections are linked. The relationship between different categories of information is as important as those individual categories of information themselves. Thus within any database implementing the data standard presented here, all sections would need to be connected to section 2.1, which identifies the monument or site, names the source of the record, and provides the date on which the record was compiled. However, in addition, other sections need to be closely linked to each other. For example, there is a clear need for a particularly close relationship to be established between section 2.3 (Type) and section 2.4 (Dating) in order to allow explicit links to be made between monument or site type and period for multi-period monuments or sites whose character changed through time, e.g., Enclosed Settlement/Bronze Age; Open Settlement/Iron Age; Villa/Roman.

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