Motivation for this graph has been the DescriptionInformation Group of the International Guidelines for Museum Object Information: The CIDOC Information Categories and other domain expert knowledge, as well as interpretation of characteristic database schema elements from relevant collection management systems.
According to the International Guidelines for Museum Object Information: The CIDOC Information Categories, this information supports Security, Accountability, Access, and an Historic archive. In the absence of an image it provides a detailed description of an object and a retrieval facility which would not be available using an image alone. Description information can be used for a variety of purposes, including research, handlists, exhibitions, and publications and should record the following information categories:
- Physical description
- Specimen status