The VRA Core in a Digital Library of Artistic Production

Keywords: VRA Core, artwork, image database, contemporary art


The database Digital Library of Artistic Production contains images of artistic works created in the Visual Arts courses at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo, including engravings, drawings, photographs, artist books, photobooks, sculptures, and three-dimensional objects. The VRA Core was chosen to develop the database because it is a standard created especially for works of art and their images. In two years of cataloging tests, it has already been possible to verify that the VRA metadata is suitable for artists and contemporary art researchers.

Author Biographies

Vania Mara Alves Lima, University of São Paulo

Vânia Mara Alves Lima is a PhD Professor, Department of Information and Culture, University of São Paulo, in the Librarianship course. She develops research in art librarianship, architectural image indexing, knowledge organization, and controlled vocabularies. She has been collaborating on the translation of the Getty Research Institute’s Art and Architectural Thesaurus into Portuguese and has been a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) since 2015.

Marina Macambyra, University of São Paulo

Marina Macambyra is a librarian who graduated from the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo. She has worked in the library of that same school since 1982 in information processing and reference services. Her main area of ​​activity is audiovisual documentation, having worked on organizing collections of films, still images, and musical documents. She currently heads the Reference and Circulation Service of the Library of the School of Communications and Arts, where she coordinates the training program.

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