BWR project partners, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, Artstor and the Getty Research Institute, are pleased to announce the launch of the Built Works Registry. This phase one release includes 70,000 openly accessible and shareable core records for works of architecture and the built environment.
BWR fulfills a community need for a structured means to compile and provide a dataset of uniquely identified records for use by catalogers, scholars and the interested public in their individual and collective efforts to describe, interpret and reference the built environment across the world’s geographic and temporal boundaries. BWR is comprised of records aggregated and enhanced from forty-two source collections; we are extremely grateful to those individuals and institutions who contributed their data to be openly shared through this important new resource.
By working with colleagues in the academic and cultural heritage communities, BWR aims to evolve a coherent set of standards, policies, protocols and technical platforms to facilitate the continued development and growth of the BWR as a shared data resource. Our work throughout the project development has been enriched by the input of many professional colleagues and community advisors; we thank each of them for their thoughtful contributions of insight and good counsel.
Built Works Registry (BWR) phase one development was made possible in part by a 2010 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We are enormously grateful to IMLS for seeding the BWR project with funding to support this initial development phase.
BWR work has also been generously supported by institutional commitments from Columbia University Libraries (including the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Original and Special Materials Cataloging, and Lehman Library Digital Social Science Center), Artstor and the Getty Research Institute.