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Art & Architecture Thesaurus

“AAT is a structured vocabulary, including terms, descriptions, and other metadata for generic concepts related to art, architecture, conservation, archaeology, and other cultural heritage. Included are work types, styles, materials, techniques, and others.”

General information
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Vocabulary type: 
Update frequency: 
Every two weeks
Available formats: 
XML UTF-8 and relational tables; Linked Open Data
Vocabulary Sample URL: 

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Scope and Usage

“The AAT is intended for all who catalog and record information about art, architecture, and objects of cultural heritage. It is also intended for those who retrieve this information.”

Used By: 

“Users include the following communities: museums, libraries, archives, visual resource specialists, conservation specialists, archaeology projects, architectural projects, students, researchers, system vendors, and information scientists.”

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Terms and Conditions
The data is released under Open Data Commons Attribution License.
Availability Comments: 

Adherence to ODC Attribution instructions for the correct assertion of attribution is encouraged. The preferred form of attribution is: "This [title or report or article or dataset] contains information from Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® which is made available under the ODC Attribution License."

Licensing Options: 

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT) is copyrighted by the J. Paul Getty Trust. “Companies and institutions interested in regular or extensive use of the Getty vocabularies should explore licensing options by sending an email to”At The Linked Open Data dataset is available at under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0).

Vocabulary provider name: 
The Getty Vocabulary Program, The J. Paul Getty Trust
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