Harvesting Format for Providing Core Data from Museum Holdings
museumdat is a harvesting format optimised for retrieval and publication, meant to deliver automatically core data to museum portals. It builds largely upon the data format CDWA Lite developed in the US by the Getty, the Visual Resources Association and others, with a specific focus on arts. museumdat now applies for all kinds of object classes, e.g. cultural, technology or natural history, and is compatible with the reference model of the international documentation committee CIDOC-CRM (ISO 21127). museumdat is an outcome of the work of Fachgruppe Dokumentation des Deutschen Museumsbundes (DMB).
museumdat activities are currently involved in an initiative on international level that aims at developing a common, internationally
acknowledged metadata format providing museum information for internet resource discovery: