Other heritage research tools

Browse research tools from Canadian and international heritage organizations.

Artefacts Canada

Browse the Artefacts Canada database, containing approximately 5 million object records and 1 million images from Canadian museums.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
Artists in Canada

Artists in Canada, compiled and maintained by the National Gallery of Canada Library, is a bilingual union list that identifies the location of documentation files on Canadian artists. Libraries and art galleries across Canada have contributed biographical information and lists of their documentation files to create this resource which contains information for more than 55,000 artists. Each record includes biographical information on the artist, artist technique and name variants. Available in English and French.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN)

The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN) is the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property. A worldwide network of libraries and documentation centres contributes data to BCIN on conservation holdings, including previously unavailable material from private sources. (Description taken from the website)

Canada's Geographical Names

Place names, also called geographical names or toponyms, are the names we use to refer to the places and geographical features around us. Canada's official names are stored in the Canadian Geographical Names Database. The online query tool on our website provides many ways to search for a current or former official name. (Description taken from the website)

Canadian Military History Gateway (CMHG)

The Canadian Military History Gateway (CMHG) is an online service providing access to websites and digitized resources about Canada's military history. The Gateway is designed to be the authoritative source for quality-controlled information on Canada's military history. (Description taken from the website)

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet. (Description taken from the website)

Museum Knowledge Workers for the 21st Century

The Museum Knowledge Workers for the 21st Century project evaluates the role of technology in the changing museum environment, determines the technological skill set required by museum professionals in the 21st century, considers the curricula of university and college programs in Museum Studies programs in North America, analyzes professional development and continuing education opportunities for museum professionals, and identifies the gap between the skills needed to carry out museum jobs and the technical skills currently taught by educational institutions (some with a course of study emphasizing technology). The objectives of this research project are threefold: 1) to assess the impact of technology on the changing museum environment; 2) to help inform the curriculum development of Museum Studies programs in order to better serve the changing technological needs of museums; and 3) to assist museums in planning for staff training programs.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
New Technologies and Museums: Glossary by the Canadian Heritage Information Network

New technology evolves fast, and we often don't know how to translate a term in the other official language. This glossary provides a list of new terms with their French equivalent. For example, do you know how to translate "to create a buzz online" in French? "Provoquer une réaction virale sur le Net" renders the meaning, but also "créer une vague en ligne". For more terms, consult this new bilingual CHIN Glossary.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging

Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging is a standard for classifying and naming objects in cultural collections. The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), Parks Canada and the Nomenclature Task Force appointed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) have collaborated to produce an online version which includes the entire Nomenclature 4.0 (published in 2015); terminology, definitions, illustrations and bibliographic references from the Parks Canada Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects (Parks DVD); a complete French version; and Canadian variants of Nomenclature concepts, where warranted. Nomenclature is continuously updated by the Nomenclature Task Force.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
2004 Survey of Visitors to Museums' Web Space and Physical Space: Survey Documentation and Findings

In 2004, Canadian museums had a growing presence on the internet. Although most museums felt the internet was a valuable tool to reach potential and actual visitors, not much was known in terms of what people were looking for from a museum's web space. To attempt to answer part of this question, the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) decided to undertake an evaluation of people's use of and expectations of museums' web spaces. This study was done in collaboration with various museums across Canada.

Canadian Heritage Information Network

(Stolen) Works of Art

INTERPOL's database of stolen works of art is a key tool, accessible to law enforcement agencies and other authorized users across the world. In addition, certain types of data can be accessed openly by the general public. (Description taken from the website)

The Getty Provenance Index

The Getty Provenance Index databases currently contain 1.5 million records taken from source material such as archival inventories, auction catalogs, and dealer stock books. This vast collection of digital records is expanded and enriched on a regular basis. The quantity and scope of research material that is available varies by region, period and type of document. (Description taken from the website)

World Heritage Information Network (WHIN)

The World Heritage Information Network (WHIN) is the global network of World Heritage information providers. (Description taken from the website)


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