Art and Architecture Thesaurus. Controlled vocabulary developed by the Getty Research Institute that contains subject terms, attributes, and other information about art, architecture, and cultural heritage objects. Vocabulary is licensed from the Getty and made accessible in the Cataloging Tools.

  • ADL

    Artstor Digital Library. An image database featuring images from the world’s leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. It is the most comprehensive image resource available for educational and scholarly use, with many rare and important collections available nowhere else. The library adds new collections monthly, continually expanding areas of reference and study. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use.

  • Admin

    User role. Three possible uses of “admin” apply:

    1. Administrative Tools, the administrative tools for building and managing projects.
    2. Institutional Administrators, users with access to the Admin Tools environment that are involved in building and managing projects.
    3. Project Administrators, users that do not necessarily have access to the Admin Tools, but are granted admin permissions on specific projects for overseeing and managing content.  Project Administrators may have access as Institutional Administrators, but it is not required.  A Project Admin user has access to all cataloging forms and publishing privileges in a project.  They can also see all sets and saved filters in a project.
  • Admin Tools

    Administrative Tools. The building tools for creating projects and managing the structures of existing projects. Institutional Administrators may define the metadata schemas by using available templates or building fields from scratch. DEMO and LIVE spaces are administered separately.

  • API

    Forum’s application programming interface (API) which allows users to pull content from projects and use it in other environments.

  • Artstor-provided Fields

    Earliest Date, Latest Date, Artstor Classification, Artstor Country. Four specific fields that, when mapped for publishing to Artstor and Shared Shelf Commons, make it possible for users to sort and filter search results.

  • Asset

    Also called Item. Unit of description for content in a project. Describes one media file and its corresponding metadata. Assets are viewable in the asset panel when a project is selected and are filterable, searchable, editable in the Cataloging Tools. Assets can be published to end users or suppressed from publishing environments, and can be deleted from a project.

  • Asset Panel

    Also called Item Panel. Spreadsheet-like display of all the records in the project, with column headers showing field names and data. Data cannot be edited directly within this view, but all columns may be filtered and sorted to created refined searches.

  • AWS

    Institutional Collection in Artstor. Same environment where Artstor Digital Library content is displayed including various tools for use in teaching, it is one of the available publishing target types to expose Forum content to local users. Forum content published to an Institutional Collection in Artstor publishing target is only accessible to your campus community based on IP range.

  • Base Filters

    A filtered view of the items in a project that can be assigned to a user to restrict their access. Base Filter options include “all records in the project”, “only records created by the user”, or “only records created by the user and never updated by anyone else”. A base filter is applied when a user is assigned as a cataloger in a project.

  • Boolean Checkbox

    Field type that supplies true or false values. The field appears a checkbox, and when checked indicates a True value, when unchecked indicates a False value, and when checked with a square indicates a null value.

  • BWR

    Built Works Registry. Project developed by Artstor in collaboration with the Avery Library at Columbia University and the Getty Research Institute to create authority records around built works. Data developed through the BWR project will eventually be contributed to CONA.

  • Cataloger

    User role. A cataloger, by default, doesn’t have access to any cataloging forms or publishing privileges but can be provisioned with forms and publishing privileges by an admin.

  • Cataloging Form

    The cataloging form contains the fields in the edit tab. Users can design cataloging forms for customized views of the fields. Forms can be assigned to users so they are limited to a custom view of all the fields in a project.

  • Collection

    The organizational unit in end-user environments through which cataloged records are published. Forum projects can result in multiple collections, each with varying levels of access. For example, a project can be linked to a Public Collection for publishing on the open web, and also linked to an Omeka collection to create an open access exhibition of the content.

  • Column Views

    Within the asset panel, personalized display of columns/fields within a project.

  • Complete

    State of a Name Record. When a Name Record has data in the following fields: Name, Source, Birth date, Death date, Gender, Roles, Nationalities/Culture, Bibliography.

  • CONA

    Cultural Objects Name Authority. Controlled vocabulary developed by the Getty Research Institute that contains authority records for cultural works. Includes architecture and movable works such as paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, textiles, ceramics, furniture, other visual media such as frescoes and architectural sculpture, performance art, archaeological artifacts, and various functional objects that are from the realm of material culture and of the type collected by museums. The focus of CONA is works cataloged in scholarly literature, museum collections, visual resources collections, archives, libraries, and indexing projects with a primary emphasis on art, architecture, or archaeology.

  • DAM

    Digital Asset Manager. Generic term; a business process for organizing, storing and retrieving rich media and managing digital rights and permissions. Rich media assets include photos, music, videos, animations, podcasts and other multimedia content.

  • Date Fields

    Field type available in project set up that is indicated by a calendar icon; metadata is formatted as MM/DD/YYYY. A date field can also be created as a text field to enable the use of words, punctuation and abbreviations in the display of the date. Begin Date and End Date fields enable the record to be indexed by date.

  • Description

    Optional customizations made to fields. Hover text that will display in the cataloging form to help a user know what to enter into the field.

  • Discussion List

    Email listserv open to all subscribers.

  • DPLA

    Digital Public Library of America. A national digital library that brings together thumbnail images and metadata from the digital collections of libraries, museums, and archives around the country into a single, freely available, searchable website. Artstor facilitates sharing collections with DPLA that have been published as Public Collections.

  • Dublin Core

    Template option. A set of fifteen metadata elements designed to facilitate diverse resource description. The name “Dublin” is due to its origin at a 1995 invitational workshop in Dublin, Ohio; “core” because its elements are broad and generic, usable for describing a wide range of resources.

  • Excel Template

    An Excel template is exported from the project, and includes columns for each of the project fields as well as unique field ID numbers in brackets. These field ID numbers allow the system to recognize which fields to add or update the data upon import. Exported records include a unique System-Supplied ID number (SSID) in the Excel template that allows you to modify existing records.

  • Field Types

    Optional customizations made to fields that defines the type of input allowed in the field. A field can be configured as a text field, text area, linked field, list field, date field, numeric field, alphanumeric field, or Boolean checkbox.

  • Fields

    Used for managing data. Two concepts of fields apply. Project fields are fully customizable through the Administrative Tools based on field types, labels, and description text. Once established, the fields contain the data which describes your content and makes it searchable and retrievable to end users. Field access can be restricted to certain users as well as restricted in how the data may be entered by users.

    1. Project Field:  A field used within a project. Project fields can be established from an existing template, a previous project, or created freely. Project administrators can set up specific field types to allow for free-text entries, list values, numeric values, or link to authorized vocabularies. In the mapping process, a project field is mapped to a target field for published display. Any project field not mapped to a target field will not be represented in that published environment.
    2. Target Field:  A field that displays in the published environment. A target field may or may not be identical to a project field. In the mapping process, the target fields are populated with project fields.
  • Filters

    Filters are created in the asset panel to search on keywords, date ranges, or controlled lists. Multiple filters may be applied on multiple fields, and filters can be saved for accessing later through the Saved Filters panel. New records added to your project that fit within the filter criteria will be dynamically added to your saved filter for use in cataloging workflows.

  • Filters Panel

    Available below the Projects panel in an accordion-fold, you can manage saved filters through the the options of Edit Saved Filter Information or Delete Saved Filter. Search for filter names in the search box, or narrow the list of results down by the permissions applied using the person icons according to their level of restrictions (Private, Restricted, or Shared).

  • Google Image Search

    Built-in functionality that allows you to find more information about the image, or to verify that the image matches the data you are cataloging. Other uses may include finding a different view of the place or object, determining whether an image was accidentally captured with horizontal inversion, or obtaining a better resolution of that image.

  • Hosted Collection

    Institutional content that was hosted on Artstor servers and made available to institutions within the Artstor teaching and learning software. Hosted collections are no longer offered by Artstor.

  • IIIF

    International Image Interoperability Framework. International framework for delivering images. Currently, Artstor and Shared Shelf Commons use a IIIF compliant image viewer. To learn more about IIIF, see http://iiif.io.

  • Image Viewer

    Tool to make images in Artstor Digital Library and the Cataloging Tools viewable by the user, and includes zoom and pan functionalities to see details of the image.

  • Implementation Manager

    Your support contact that will assist you through the implementation of Forum at your institution and continue to provide ongoing support.

  • Institutional Administrator

    Your local contact that oversees the Administrative work of permissioning users, building new projects, and other local decisions requiring guidance.

  • Item

    Also called Asset. Unit of description for content. Describes one media file and its corresponding metadata. Items are viewable in the asset panel when a project is selected and are filterable, searchable, editable. Items can be published to end users or suppressed from publishing environments, and can be deleted from projects.

  • Item Panel

    Spreadsheet-like display of all the records in the project, with column headers showing field names and data. Data cannot be edited directly within this view, but all columns may be filtered and sorted to created refined searches.

  • KVP

    Key Value Pair. A term used in information architecture to establish relationships between a field and a value. In the target mapping for a project in the Admin Tools, the KVP Target Field exists as an unspecified field for mapping custom Project Fields that do not fit into the Artstor default Target Fields.

  • Linked Fields

    Field type available in project set up that connects a text field to a controlled authority, such as the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus or the Library of Congress. The Getty’s vocabularies Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), and Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) are fully integrated with the Cataloging Tools and are selectable for linked fields. Other authorities can be linked as well using the website’s URL.

  • List Fields

    Field type available in project setup that allows for a controlled list of terms to ensure standardized and consistent data. Lists can be setup as simple single-field lists of terms, or they can have multiple fields to qualify the term’s definition, its source, etc.

  • List Values

    Controlled vocabularies created locally by your institution and added to a list.

  • Lists

    A predefined set of terms and definitions that can be accessed by users in the Cataloging Tools for certain data fields.

  • Live

    Also called PROD. The primary environment for the Cataloging Tools and Admin Tools. This is where the actual work of building projects and cataloging records for exposing to your audiences is performed.

  • Local

    Only available to the institution that created the name record, work record, or list term.

  • Mapping

    The process of assigning project fields to target fields in order to expose the data in the published environment.

  • Master Record

    A record manually set to have all or most of its data copied to other records. The set Master Record will clear each time the user logs out of the Cataloging Tools.

  • Media

    The visual representation of an item in the format of an image, audio, video, PDF, PowerPoint, or document (Word, Excel) file. The storage utilized for a project is calculated based on the size of the media files uploaded to that project. Forum automatically creates derivatives for media files to be used throughout the system, (thumbnails, for example, are used in the grid view in the asset panel). Derivatives are not included in the calculation of subscribers’ storage.

  • Media URL

    A shareable URL that provides users access to the media file on the storage server. The URL can be accessed from the edit tab of individual records, or exported in bulk to Excel.

  • Mobile Artstor

    Application developed by Artstor that will allow the Artstor Digital Library to be viewed on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

  • Name Records

    A set of fields describing a creating entity (person or corporate body) involved in the production or conception of material culture.

  • Number Fields

    Field type that is available in project setup and only accepts numeric values.

  • OAI

    An Open Access Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) server that makes content discoverable in a library’s discovery environment or by an OAI Harvester.

  • Omeka

    A locally-hosted (omeka.net) or Omeka-hosted (omeka.org) website used in creating online exhibitions of digitized content.

  • PC

    Personal Collections. An Artstor Workspace collection that’s only accessible by the collection owner, but can be shared through image groups and folders. Forum-created Personal Collections differ from those created in the Artstor Workspace. See Personal Collections Overview on support.artstor.org.

  • Permissions

    Determines the level of access a user has for a project in the Cataloging Tools.

  • Position

    Optional customizations made to fields. Determines the default order in which a field column will display in an Excel export, and in the project panel.

  • Project

    The top-level organizational unit in which metadata schema are defined and items are managed. Projects are also where publishing to end-user collections is set up. Forum can contain multiple projects, while access to projects can be restricted on a user by user basis. For example, a student cataloger may only have access to one project but a visual resources curator may have access to multiple projects.

  • Project Administrator

    A Project Admin user has access to all cataloging forms and publishing privileges in a project. They can also see all sets and saved filters in a project. Project Admins do not necessarily have access to the Admin Tools, but are granted admin permissions to specific projects in the Cataloging Tools for overseeing and managing content. Project Administrators may have access as Institutional Administrators, but it is not required.

  • Project Panel

    The list of all the projects that your account has access.

  • Project Template

    Consist of pre-built metadata schemas, meaning the field labels are created, the field types designated, description text added, and the position number of the fields in the asset panel defined. Project templates are entirely editable to create your custom fields, so you can use a template to define your own metadata fields if you’re unsure where to begin.

  • Promote

    When creating a new Name Record, catalogers and project administrators may promote the record to be accessed and used by other users.

  • Propagation Monitor

    The Propagation Monitor displays the propagation status when updating works, names, or list terms that are linked to items. You can access the Propagation Monitor by selecting Activity Monitors then selecting the Propagation Monitor tab. The Propagation Monitor displays the username that performed the update, date of update, propagation status, updated term ID, term type, and a batch ID.

  • Provisional

    State of a Name Record. When a Name Record does not have data in all the fields that are necessary to mark the record as complete: Name, Source, Birth date, Death date, Gender, Roles, Nationalities/Culture, Bibliography.

  • Publishing Targets

    Also called Targets. The environment in which content will display when published; this includes Institutional Collections, Public Collections, Personal Collections, Omeka, and the OAI server.

  • Record Tab

    Edit tab in which you can edit the metadata of a single item or multiple items in bulk. Open different record tabs at once to work across records in a project.

  • Relationships

    Two relationship types may be established:

    1. Work to Work
    2. Work to Item
  • Report

    Usage statistics that capture user activity within the system.

  • Set

    Manually created group of records by a user in the Cataloging Tools that allows the user to organize items within a project. Personal sets are viewable only by the creator, though the content within the set may be viewable by others in the project. Restricted sets are visible to the creator and specified users with access to the project. Shared sets are visible to all users that have access to the project. Administrators can see all sets in a project, regardless of permissions. Deleting items within a set will remove them only from the set and not from the project.

  • Sets Panel

    Panel for viewing and opening available sets in a project. The sets panel is located below the project panel and opens like an accordion-fold.

  • Shared

    When a name record, work record, or list term is made available to all users.

  • Shared Shelf Lists

    Artstor-supplied lists made available to link terms in list and linked field types. Also integrated in the Work and Name record forms, local terms can be added to these lists while cataloging in the Work form. Further management of Shared Shelf Lists is available in the list tab.

  • Splash Page

    Visible in Artstor and Shared Shelf Commons, splash pages add context to your content through a text description and representative image of the collection, department, or institution.

  • SSC

    Shared Shelf Commons. The standalone site where Public Collections content published by Forum users is made available on the open web.

  • SSN

    Shared Shelf Names. Controlled vocabulary submitted by users to create local names and authorities. Any name records created are searchable locally alongside ULAN records. Users have the option of promoting local terms more broadly with all subscribers.

  • Suppress

    Removes the item(s) from any publishing target collection(s), but the item will still be available in the Cataloging Tools to edit or re-publish at any time. Suppression will not necessarily remove a record from a third-party environment.

  • TGN

    Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names. Controlled vocabulary developed by the Getty Research Institute that contains names and other information about geographic locations. Vocabulary will be licensed from the Getty and made accessible to users in the Cataloging Tools.

  • ULAN

    Union List of Artist Names, included within SSN. Controlled vocabulary developed by the Getty Research Institute that provides standardized information about artists. Names in ULAN may include given names, pseudonyms, variant spellings, names in multiple languages, and names that have changed over time (e.g., married names). Vocabulary is licensed from the Getty and made accessible to users in the Cataloging Tools.

  • User Group

    Voluntary group of users that meet periodically to learn more about upcoming features, discuss user needs, and inform the development timeline.

  • User Roles

    Permissible roles granted to users. Roles include admin and cataloger. Admins are often referred as “project admin” and may oversee the work and performance of managing content. Admins have access to every cataloging screen, publishing target, set, filter, and record added to the project. Catalogers may receive granular permissions, with limited access granted to only specific cataloging screens, specific publishing targets, and base filters of records. Catalogers may also be restricted from publishing altogether, or given access to built read-only cataloging screens, depending on level of project accessibility needed.

  • Work Records

    Commonly referred to as Works. Serves as the controlled record where details about a Work are cataloged and shared across a collection, across projects, and across an institution. A work records serves to populate an item record (or “display record”) with terms common to any representation of the work itself, and the item record may contribute additional data representing that particular item.

  • Work to Item Map

    The map defining how the data from the work propagates to fields in the item record when linked. The map can be defined using the Admin Tools or using Excel for importing to the Admin Tools.