LIDO – Lightweight Information Describing Objects: Introduction & Update

Presenter: Regine Stein, chair CIDOC WG LIDO, Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (DE).

25 September, 09.30 - 13.00 LIDO: Introduction & Update

Museums aim to provide information on their collection objects to many online services including those that are thematic, cross domain, regional, national and international. The LIDO XML harvesting schema has been developed to enable museums to participate in such initiatives in a standard way.

Being an application of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) it provides an explicit format to deliver museum’s object information, for use in a variety of online services, from an organization’s online collections database to portals of aggregated resources, as well as exposing, sharing and connecting data on the web. Its strength lies with its ability to represent the full range of descriptive information about museum objects. It can be used for all kinds of object, e.g. art, cultural, technology and natural science, and it supports multilingual environments.

This workshop offers a thorough introduction to the background, design principles and use of the LIDO format, including updates on latest LIDO advancements and recommendations. It also presents practical mapping exercises, and participants are invited to bring their own data examples for discussion.

For further information about LIDO visit the webpages at

25 September, 14.00 - 18.00 LIDO WG Meeting 

Regine Stein (Germany)

Regine Stein is head of Information Technology at the German Documentation Center for Art History – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. Graduated in mathematics, she is involved in standardization work in cultural heritage documentation on German and international level since 2001, focusing on data quality aspects of integrating and linking cultural heritage information. She provides leadership for the development of LIDO, the CIDOC-CRM based metadata standard for contributing cultural heritage information to portals, from its beginnings in 2006 to its centralization within CIDOC, and is Chair of CIDOC’s LIDO Working Group.