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About ArtFrame

ArtFrame, led by Columbia University, is an extension of BIBFRAME to describe art objects, both two-dimensional (e.g., paintings, photographs) and three-dimensional (e.g., sculptures, ceramics).

Columbia Project Proposal

  • Application profile for the linked data description of art objects
  • Representative selection of BIBFRAME descriptions of art objects
  • Evaluation and publication of project findings
Current Activities

Stuff you're doing right now.

Good headers are:


Linked Data Creation

Tool Exploration / Requirements Definition


Community Engagement



Arden Alexander (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs)
Penny Baker (Clark Art Institute)
Amber Billey (Columbia/OSMC)
Roberto Ferrari (Columbia/Art Properties)
Paul Frank (Library of Congress)
Kate Harcourt (Columbia/OSMC)
Margaret Smithglass (Columbia/Avery)
Melanie Wacker (Columbia/OSMC)

Members of ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee:

Marie-Chantal L'Écuyer-Coelho (Bibliotheque et Archives nationales Québec)
John A. Mair (Pratt Institute)
Sherman Clarke (freelance art cataloger)
Bronwen Bitetti (Bard College)
Tamara Fultz (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Maria Oldal (Columbia, Rare Book & Manuscripts)
Karen Stafford (Art Institute of Chicago)
Jamie Lausch Vander Broek (University of Michigan)


Link to working documents (for partners only)

Completed Work

Last updated 11/14/2016

 Month 8 (November 2016) 

  • Finalize use case development
  • Identify ontology requirements based on use cases

 Months 5-7 (August-October 2016)

  • Continue use case development

  • Group related use cases

  • Prioritize use cases

  • Develop ontology requirements based on use cases

  • Contribute MARCXML test records for LD4L MARC to BIBFRAME converter development

  Month 4 (July 2016) 

  • Create Art Extension Group that now includes members of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, the ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee and Penny Baker from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. First call held July 6, 2016; followed by regular bi-weekly calls

  • Develop use cases (more than 30 by end of July)




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