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Study for the proposition of a controlled vocabulary for the iconographic collection of the Museu Paulista

Grant number: 14/26874-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Solange Ferraz de Lima
Grantee:Lais de Oliveira
Host Institution: Museu Paulista (MP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The project was originally intended to study for the development of a controlled vocabulary for the art gallery of the Paulista Museum, over a thousand items of watercolors and oil paintings, but in a review and mapping the biographies of painters and photographers took to rethink the scope scheduled for the controlled vocabulary. We note that it was possible to propose the development of a vocabulary for all the iconographic collection of the Paulista Museum, consisting of photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, printed, and textual documentation. The proposition continues the steps already undertaken by staff of the institution. Since 1995, the Textual Documentation and Iconography (SVDHICO), has a controlled vocabulary for photos. The controlled vocabulary will act like a bridge, connecting by terms, the collection, the staff of the institution and external users. It consists in a list of standard terms and are related to each other to be applied in cataloging activities, indexing and retrieval of information. The main reference for the preparation of controlled vocabulary is The Art & Architecture Thesaurus of the Getty Research Institute. This project integrates a broader proposition provided for the documentation activities for the biennium 2015-2016. With the museum close for public viewing, website and database have become fundamental to enable access to their collection with more than 100,000 items. In this sense, the museum direction intend to invest on two fronts in the digital field. One is the redesign of the site, so it becomes a space capable of holding and propose activities related to collections (virtual exhibitions, interactivity with users, educational programs for long distance). The second reformulation, predicting the expansion of functionality, the current computerized management system of collections, with the acquisition of a new software management and adaptation to international protocols adopted today by IBRAM for your general guidelines inventory of cultural heritage. To feed these two fronts, one-off projects, but aligned with the general guidelines mentioned above, are underway and others being formulated. Since 2011, the staff that manage the collections of the Paulista Museum are preparing the general inventory, reorganizing terminology and the collections, updating manuals for catalog cards fill. Such activities are necessary and preparatory for future migration to another management system. In this process, began to be developed, from 2014, projects like this, facing the description of content, techniques and materials of the cataloged iconographic items as well as standardization of the lists of authorities and localities.

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