Work Authority Requirements


A structured vocabulary containing authority records for cultural works such as architecture, movable works (e.g. paintings), and moving image media (e.g. films).


  • Allow users to compile authorized terms or headings used by a single organization or consortium in cataloging, indexing, or documentation (CDWA)
  • Allow for the management of synonyms and related terms, including non-hierarchical "associative relationships" among authorities
  • Allow users to create hierarchies within authority records
  • Enable term control in intake records, object records, and other authorities
  • The authority should be compliant with ISO and NISO standards for thesauri

Standards, Guidelines + Use Cases

Similarities to CONA, the Getty Cultural Objects Name Authority.


Work Authority Schema