New Bilingual Nomenclature Is Now Online

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November 2018

Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging is a standard for classifying and naming objects in cultural collections. For over 40 years, the print version has been used by museums and heritage organizations. The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), Parks Canada and the Nomenclature Task Force appointed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) are therefore pleased to announce a new online version of Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging, which includes:

  • the entire Nomenclature 4.0 (published in 2015);
  • terminology, definitions, illustrations and bibliographic references from the Parks Canada Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects (Parks DVD);
  • a complete French version; and
  • Canadian variants of Nomenclature concepts, where warranted.

The AASLH’s Nomenclature Task Force, which includes representatives from both Canada and the USA, will regularly update the harmonized online standard in both French and English, in consultation with the museums that use it. Also, users will soon be able to purchase an electronic download of the new Nomenclature data from Rowman & Littlefield. In 2020, CHIN plans to release Nomenclature content as linked open data under an Open Data Commons license, which means that it will be free to download and use at that time.

The new Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging website provides North American museums housing history or ethnology collections with a single, bilingual, illustrated standard. We invite you to consult the updated user guide, search for terms or browse through the classification hierarchy. Visit today to discover more or submit new terms for inclusion in the standard.

Please contact Paul Bourcier at the AASLH Nomenclature Task Force, Heather Dunn or Madeleine Lafaille at CHIN, or Jean-Luc Vincent at Parks Canada for more information.


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One Response to New Bilingual Nomenclature Is Now Online

  1. William Ashley says:

    This deserves atleast one comment.

    This is great to have these resources brought together and standardized.

    It is a great resource to have both a database and offline dvd to draw information off of.

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