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Legal and Practical Measures Against Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property

Legal and Practical Measures Against Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property - UNESCO Handbook
By International Standards Section, Division of Cultural Heritage, Paris, UNESCO, 2006

This handbook briefly draws attention to some basic legal and practical measures and tools to help combat illicit trafficking in cultural property.
Available online in PDF

Introduction to Object ID Available online - English

Object ID al español al español

Introduction to Object ID: Guidelines for Making Records that Describe Art, Antiques and Antiquities
By Robin Thornes with Peter Dorrell and Henry Lie
Getty Information Institute, 1999

This 72-page book with 31 b/w illustrations summarises the evolution of Object ID and provides guidance on its use. It also provides guidance on photographing art, antiques and antiquities for identification purposes, inlcuding choosing viewpoints, selecting backgrounds and positioning lighting. Introduction to Object ID is published by the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities.

The Making of Object ID Available online

(English only)

Protecting Cultural Objects in the Global Information Society: the Making of Object ID
By Robin Thornes
Getty Information Institute, 1997
The project's final report: it was published to coincide with the launch of Object ID in May 1997. This report contains the results of surveys of more than 1,000 organisations in 84 countries.

Object ID project's preliminary Survey Available online

(English only)

Protecting Cultural Objects: A Preliminary Survey
By Robin Thornes
Getty Art History Information Program, 1995
This report presents the findings of the project's initial questionnaire survey. The survey, carried out in 1994 by the Getty Information Institute, was endorsed by the Council of Europe, the International Council of Museums and UNESCO. It elicited responses from organisations in 43 countries, including many major museums and galleries, heritage documentation centres, Interpol, and a number of national law enforcement agencies. It also took account of existing standards and standards-making inititatives in the cultural heritage world. Around 12,000 copies of the report have been circulated worldwide.

Documenting the Cultural Heritage Available online - English

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Documenting the Cultural Heritage
Edited by Robin Thornes and John Bold
Getty Information Institute, 1998
Produced in association with the Council of Europe and European Foundation for Heritage Skills, this publication presents three internationally-agreed standards for documenting the cultural heritage: the Core Data Index to Historic Buildings and Monuments of the Architectural Heritage, the International Core Data Standard for Archaeological Sites and Monuments, and Object ID. The standards have been brought together in a single publication to provide a readily-accessible guide for use by those responsible for documenting the archaeological, architectural, and movable heritage.


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