Art historical research at museums, collections, archives, universities and other institutions is largely dependent on reference data (for works, persons, places and terms relating to art history and related disciplines). Their quality, availability, expandability and not least their multilingualism are decisive for research, inventories, publication, networking and visibility of data from holdings and research.
For this reason, as part of the Roadmap for federal research infrastructures, Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) is committed to a unified, low-threshold and long-term access to discipline-specific reference data crucial to art historical research in Switzerland. It includes the translation and provision of relevant thesauri, such as the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) in three national languages, as well as their implemention in research environments and collection management systems.
For this reason, we are currently hosting a comprehensive survey on reference data to identify the specific needs of a wide variety of actors and plan possible cooperations. The results will be published late November 2018.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI),
Reference Data and Vocabulary Team