Essential Sources & Background

Inscription – ‘List of Word Lists’

Historic England thesaurus and related guidance (contains useful basic information on thesauri)

FISH Forum

Historic England Data Standards and Terminology (good background information)

Scottish Thesaurus of Monument Types


CIDOC CRM ‘definitions and a formal structure for describing the implicit and explicit concepts and relationships used in cultural heritage documentation’

Dublin Core metadata Basics

Disciplinary Metadata

MIDAS Heritage (The UK Historic Environment Data Standard)

Seneschal (linked data)

Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus

Further Information and online thesauri


UNESCO Thesaurus

EH Object Type Thesaurus:

British Museum/Collections Trust Object Thesaurus:

Informing the Future of the Past:


Forum for Scottish HERs and SMRs