Built Works Registry (BWR)

Built Works Registry (BWR)


The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University and ARTstor were awarded a four-year National Leadership grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the creation of a Built Works Registry (BWR), a community-generated data resource for architectural works and the built environment (see press release).

BWR will serve scholars, students, educators, librarians, and catalogers from academic and cultural heritage organizations worldwide, and will be openly accessible to the general public. The project will include the development of the BWR policy framework, metadata structure, technical infrastructure, and a body of seed content. The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University and ARTstor will be the principal collaborators for this project, and the Getty Research Institute (GRI), nine other institutions, and an international Advisory Board will also participate throughout the four-year project development cycle. A key feature of BWR will be the collaborative aspect of the resource.

BWR data will be contributed to the Getty Vocabulary Program’s Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA) and will be a critical component to the controlled vocabulary warehouse in Shared Shelf, a cloud-based digital asset management service in development at ARTstor. The BWR’s goal is to create the system and tools to enable the gathering and widespread dissemination of a large and growing body of built works information.

For more information, visit the Built Works Registry blog.