LIDO (Lightweight Information Describing Objects) is an XML schema for describing museum objects.[1] It is applicable to all kinds of objects: art, natural history, technology, cultural objects. LIDO is widely used for harvesting museum data in union catalogs, and as a preliminary step for converting to semantic formats like CIDOC CRM or EDM.

LIDO Specification

The LIDO specification[2] is a publicly available XSD schema of relatively high complexity. Comprehensive introductions and overviews are available.

It was influenced by the following metadata standards and ontologies:[3]

LIDO Tools

A few tools are available for handling LIDO:[4]


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