Canadian Heritage Information Network

The Canadian Heritage Information Network has resumed most of its activities.

However, given the situation regarding COVID-19, we will assess any new requests based on their urgency and the date of receipt so that we can provide services to our clients in a fair manner. Additionally, response times may be delayed.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding. We encourage you to check our site frequently for the latest updates to our services.

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.

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.

Training and learning

Get involved in training and learning activities that support cultural heritage institutions and professionals.

What we are doing

Corporate information


Who we are

Watch our corporate video to find out more about the Canadian Heritage Information Network.

SPECTRUM Digital Asset Management

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

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