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The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)


The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) is a controlled vocabulary used for describing items of art, architecture, and material culture. It contains generic terms, such as "cathedral," but no proper names, such as "Cathedral of Notre Dame." The AAT is used by, among others, museums, art libraries, archives, catalogers, and researchers in art and art history. The AAT is a thesaurus in compliance with ISO and NISO standards including ISO 2788, ISO 25964 and ANSI/NISO Z39.19.

The AAT is a structured vocabulary of around 44,000 concepts,1 including 131,000 terms, descriptions, bibliographic citations, and other information relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture.

it is being structurally translated into several languages; Spanish, Dutch, German, Chinese and recently Polish. More languages are availaible troughout the thesaurus.
Other vocabularies can be mapped to the AAT for improved interoperabilty of metadata in Linked Data projects.

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