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State
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Categories for the Description of Works of Art


 
CDWA Lite:


XML Schema Content for Contributing Records via the OAI Harvesting Protocol (Version 1.1)

What is CDWA Lite?

CDWA Lite is an XML schema to describe core records for works of art and material culture based on the Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) and Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images (CCO) (which uses a subset of the CDWA categories).

Purpose of the CDWA Lite schema

The purpose of this schema is to describe a format for core records for works of art and material culture, based on the data elements and guidelines contained in the CDWA and CCO. Like VRA Core, CDWA Lite offers an XML format in which to store metadata about works of visual culture in accordance with CCO. CDWA Lite records are intended for contribution to union catalogs and other repositories using the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) harvesting protocol. Elements 1 through 19 in this schema are for descriptive metadata, based on CDWA and CCO. Elements 20 through 22 deal with administrative metadata. All attributes are optional unless otherwise noted.
See also the link to the LIDO schema below.


CDWA Lite Specification: A list of Elements, Tags, Description, and Examples: download the PDF.

CDWA Lite Schema: Version 1.1 CDWALite-xsd-public-v1-1.xsd
(earlier version 1.0 also available.)



What is LIDO?

The CDWA Lite schema has been enlarged and integrated into the Lightweight Information Describing Objects (LIDO) schema, which is available on the ICOM site.

LIDO 1.0 was officially launched to the international community in November 2010, during the CIDOC Annual Conference that took place in Shanghai as part of the ICOM General Assembly. This new schema was the result of the work of the CIDOC Data Harvesting and Interchange Working Group. Led through the CDWA Lite Advisory Committee and the Documentation Committee of the German Museums Association, it was agreed to create a Working Group to develop a single schema that meets the requirements articulated by CDWA Lite, museumdat, and feedback received from the greater community of information and technology professionals. As part of this effort, compliance with CIDOC-CRM was a major requirement. Work was also carried out to align the LIDO schema with SPECTRUM.
 

Revised 7 October 2013