VRA Core: A Data Standard for the Description of Images and Works of Art and Culture

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VRA Core: A Data Standard for the Description of Images and Works of Art and Culture

A data standard that describes visual and other image-based works.



Visual Resources Association; Network Development and MARC Standards office of the Library of Congress

Fall 1996

April 9, 2007

VRA Core 4.0

Tools that may assist when using VRA Core include: VRA Core XML Transform Tool, VRA XML to RDF converter, VRA XMP Info Panel, VRA Panel Export-Import Tool, Ziziphus, DIMLI, and IRIS.


Metadata, Structured Data

Institutions that have implemented VRA Core include the College of the Holy Cross's Visual Resources Library Collection (implemented in 2011, last updated January 29, 2015), several of Cornell University Library's collections (including "Beyond the Taj," "Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs," "Billie Jean Isbell Andean Collection," "Mysteries at Eleusis," and the, "Lab of Ornithology Art Collection") (updated January 28, 2015), North Carolina State University's Design Library Image Collection (updated January 28, 2015), the Rhode Island School of Design's Image Database (last updated August 28, 2011), Smith College's Snapdragon II Collection Management Systems (last updated August 1, 2011), University of Cincinnati's Architecture and Urban Planning Collection (last updated August 1, 2011), the University of Michigan's History of Art Visual Resources Collection (last updated December 16, 2014) and the University of York's Digital Library (last updated December 17, 2014).


March 14, 2018


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