INFORMATION ON HOW TO CATALOGOUE YOUR COLLECTION.
The illicit trade in cultural objects is now widely recognized as one of the most prevalent categories of international crime. Documentation is crucial for the protection of art and antiques, for police officers can rarely recover and return objects that have not been photographed and adequately described.
Object ID is an international standard for describing cultural objects. It is the result of years of research in collaboration with the museum community, international police and customs agencies, the art trade, insurance industry and valuers of art and antiques.
Object ID project was initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust in 1993 and the standard was launched in 1997. It is being promoted by major law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Scotland Yard and Interpol, UNESCO, museums, cultural heritage organisations, art trade and art appraisal organisations and insurance companies, such as AXA ART Insurance.
The contents of the standard were identified by a combination of background research, interviews, and, most importantly, by major international surveys. In total, over 1,000 responses were received from organisations in 84 countries.