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Documenting the Cultural Heritage
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Object ID

1.0 Object ID Categories
1.1 Photographs
Photographs are of vital importance in identifying and recovering stolen objects. In addition to overall views, close-ups of inscriptions, markings, damage, and repairs should be taken (see Distinguishing Features).
1.2 Type of Object
Type of Object is a term or short descriptive phrase that describes the object (e.g., mask, warrior ear ornament). When implementing Object ID on an automated system it is advisable to be able to retrieve this information at a minimum of two levels (for example, Level 1: pottery, Level 2: portrait head jar).
1.3 Measurements
The size and/or weight of an object, including the unit of measurement (e.g., 30.5 cm by 30.5 cm by 76 cm).
1.4 Materials & Techniques
The materials, manufacturing techniques, processes, or methods used to create an object.
1.5 Inscriptions & Markings
Identifying markings or inscriptions found on, or applied to, the object (e.g., signature, dedication, title, makerŐs marks, purity marks, property marks).
1.6 Date or Period
An indication of the age of the object. This can be a date or date range (e.g., 1872, 1527-1580) or a cultural period (e.g., Late Bronze Age).
1.7 Maker
The name of the maker of an object. This may be a known individual (e.g., Thomas Tompion), a company (e.g., Tiffany), or a cultural group (e.g., Hopi).
1.8 Subject
That which is pictured in, or represented by, the object (e.g., landscape, battle, woman holding child).
1.9 Title
The title assigned to an object, either at the time of its creation or at a later date (e.g., The Scream).
1.10 Distinguishing Features
Any features on the object that could uniquely identify it (e.g., damage, repairs, or defects introduced in the manufacturing process).
1.11 Description
A short textual description of the object created using information from the above categories. It can include any additional information that helps to identify the object (e.g., colour and shape of the object, where the object was made).
2.0 Recommended Additional Categories
Five of the categories of information not selected for Object ID because there was no clear consensus in favor of their inclusion were, however, regarded as being important by a large majority of respondents in at least four of the six communities surveyed. It is recommended that those developing automated documentation systems consider including these categories.
2.1 Object ID Number
A numeric or alphanumeric identifier, as used in many museums (sometimes applied to the object itself).
2.2 Related Written Material
References, including citations, to other written material related to an object (e.g., published catalogues, articles, condition reports).
2.3 Place of Origin/Discovery
The place from which an object originated and/or the location at which it was discovered (e.g., the place it was made, or the archaeological site at which it was discovered).
2.4 Cross Reference to Related Objects
An indication that an object is related to a number of others (e.g., one of a pair, part of a dinner service).
2.5 Date Documented
The date on which the description of the object was made.


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