Canadian Heritage Information Network

Given the situation surrounding COVID-19, the Canadian Heritage Information Network is no longer able to follow up on the requests that will be submitted until further notice. Upon resumption of regular CHIN activities, we will be able to follow up on requests received. CHIN would like to thank you for your understanding.

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), a Special Operating Agency within the Department of Canadian Heritage, offers valuable collections management resources to the Canadian museum community and online public access to millions of collections records. CHIN assists Canadian museums in documenting, managing, and sharing information about their collections, which in turn ensures that this information is accessible now and in the future.


Services and information

Collections management

Browse our inventory of resources to assist cultural heritage institutions in managing, documenting and cataloguing objects and collections.

Digital preservation

Browse resources for cultural heritage institutions on the preservation of digital collections.

Collections documentation standards

Browse the standards and resources needed to document your museum's collection.

Technology news for museums

Looking for more museum and technology news? Keep up on the latest technology in the heritage sector by checking our regularly updated Canadian Heritage Information Network's (CHIN) newsfeed.

Promotion and interactive media

Find new ways to attract visitors to your museum, generate interest in your collections, and additional revenues for your institution. Discover resources on interactive technologies, including podcasting and augmented reality.

Heritage research tools

Discover Canadian and international research tools, including databases, directories and portals containing heritage, museum, archival, and bibliographical resources.


Consult resources aimed at helping cultural heritage institutions manage the digitization of their collections.

What we are doing

Corporate information


Canadian Heritage Information Network Digital Preservation Case Study

Find out how the 8th Hussars Museum in Sussex New Brunswick applied the resources in CHIN's Digital Preservation Toolkit.

SPECTRUM Digital Asset Management

This Collections Trust guide proposes a methodology by which digital asset management can be integrated.

Wireless Access Point Tip Sheet for Museums

If you are considering to install wireless access in your museum, this tip sheet will help you think about the various issues associated with your project.

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