FISH Thesauri updated – Version 20 (February 2017)

We have now updated the FISH Thesauri (version 20). 

Click here to view the latest versions.

Candidate terms (terminology suggestions) are submitted to FISH all year round. Terms are processed and usually added to the FISH thesauri and authority files as and when they come in. Once a year the main thesauri are updated and uploaded to this website, where you can browse for a specific term, and Heritage Data, a related website, where you can download key thesauri as CSVPDF and LOD formats.

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the FISH thesauri or candidate terms.

ISKO UK: integrating taxonomies into technology (London, 14 March 2017)

Making Knowledge Organisation (KO) Work: integrating taxonomies into technology

When:  Tuesday March 14th 2017, at 14:30

Where: The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (Directions)

The afternoon is FREE for ISKO members and full-time students, £40 for non-members.   For more information about the event, please click here.


Findability, navigability and interoperability – all can be boosted via taxonomies that are well integrated into technology supporting the functionality that the business and the end users require. A sophisticated taxonomy may provide for faceted structures, synonym control, relationships between terms and/or concepts, links to definitions and other business-oriented attributes. But all too often the downstream software proves incapable of storing the structure properly or exploiting the taxonomy capabilities in a user-friendly search interface.

“Making KO Work” explores the opportunities and the pitfalls. The options for a variety of scenarios and technologies will be described by speakers with practical experience of taxonomy integration.


  • Marc Stephenson, Metataxis (whether and how to implement taxonomies in SharePoint).
  • Joe Pairman, Mekon  (the use of templates for authors to tag their content easily, with benefits for personalized content delivery, analytics and quality control).
  • Chris Jones, Aberdeen Harbour (the challenges of getting KO techniques to work with IT systems, especially for search).
  • Alan Flett, Smartlogic (the storage and manipulation of taxonomies before they are output into applications).

All are invited to stay on for networking, wine and nibbles, kindly sponsored by Mekon.

The US National Park Service and spatial data transfer standards

In 2010 the US National Park Service (NPS) approved cultural resource spatial data transfer standards to help document the lineage of their cultural resource spatial data, used in geographic information system (GIS) applications throughout the NPS and for the public.

The standards also help integrate the numerous cultural resource databases maintained by the NPS for cultural resource management. In 2014 the Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) implemented these standards with the Cultural Landscapes Inventory and List of Classified Structures databases.

Working with NPS regional GIS coordinators as well as regional cultural resource managers, the project automates legacy data contained within these databases, creating enhanced GIS data and forming a base for an authoritative NPS-wide cultural resource data set.

The purpose of these spatial data transfer standards is to facilitate updating, transforming and integrating digital experiences within the US National Park Service to enhance public understanding as well as internal NPS resource management.

For more information about this project:

3D Digital Documentation Summit, New Orleans (18-20 April)

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will partner with Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Heritage Documentation Programs (NPS) and APTI Technical Committee for Documentation to host a three day summit on 3D digital documentation for cultural heritage.

Date: April 18 – 20, 2017

Location: Old US Mint Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Cost of the symposium: $299 Registration

The purpose of this summit is to advance the use and understanding of the various methods of 3D digital documentation and capture of cultural heritage. In addition, the summit aims to address issues with the long-term storage and management of the data generated by 3D digital documentation. Also, the NPS hopes to start discussions on and establish goals for their use of 3D digital documentation for architectural heritage.

The Summit will include two days of lectures organized into themed sessions. Presenters will be allotted 25 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions. Also, during the first two days, a poster session will be held to highlight new, upcoming, and student research in 3D digital documentation and capture. The Summit’s third day will include hands-on sessions. These sessions will take place at the around New Orleans and be led by various companies and firms who develop and practice 3D digital documentation.

This Summit will include sessions on topics such as Data Acquisition, Data Management, and Data Applications.

Call for papers:

Arches™ 2-Day Workshop, Liverpool (29-30 March)

Introduction to Arches v4 and the new Arches Designer

UPDATE (January 25, 2017): The workshop is now FULL!
However, in the event that we are able to accommodate more attendees or if you would like to be updated about future events, please email

Location: Liverpool John Moores University

Attend for one day or two. Free workshop.

Day One (Wednesday, March 29):

What is Arches?

  • An overview of Arches, including creation/management of data, search and reporting functionality, and geospatial layers
  • Controlled vocabularies; manage satellite/aerial imagery; import and export capabilities
  • Plans for a mobile data collection app and crowdsourcing tools
  • Customizations for the UK: compliance with MIDAS Heritage; a consultations module; and UK heritage vocabularies
  • How Greater London and Lincoln HERs are preparing for deployments of Arches, including costs and support options
  • Considerations for an Arches implementation
  • Other international implementations; the Arches community and how to participate

Day Two (Thursday, March 30):

Installation and Configuration of Arches 

  • Arches download and installation
  • Hands-on comprehensive configuration of Arches
  • Arches database: graph/data structure (Arches Designer); thesauri management (Reference Data Manager [RDM])
  • Permissions/user-profile management, base maps and GIS overlays

For more information:

Arches Project

CIPA 2017: Digital Workflows for Conservation (Ottawa Aug-Sep 2017)

The 26th biennial CIPA 2017 symposium will be held at Carleton University, Ottawa from August 28 to September 1, 2017.

The theme of the 2017 symposium is “Digital Workflows for Heritage Conservation”. The rapid rise in new digital technologies has revolutionized the practice of recording heritage places. Digital tools and media offer a myriad of new opportunities to collect, analyze and disseminate information about heritage sites. The appropriate, innovative and research-focused use of digital media in heritage conservation is an urgent topic in the global heritage conservation field, one in which CIPA and its partners have played a leading role. CIPA 2017 will offer a unique opportunity for educators, professionals, heritage institutions and property managers to share, exchange and explore new approaches, best practices and research results.

Contributions in the form of papers and posters are invited for the following forums:

  • Identifying Heritage places for posterity and preparedness: this track will deal with issues concerning heritage inventories, documenting cultural landscapes, risk preparedness and emergency recording.
  • Digitizing heritage places: this track will focus on techniques for capturing (or mapping) detailed physical characteristics of historic structures (e.g. Airborne and terrestrial 3D scanning – Photogrammetry, Mobile sensors – UAV – Sensor and data fusion).
  • Managing, valourizing and disseminating heritage information: this track will deal with the use of advanced information systems, such as building information modelling (BIM), coupling life cycle assessment with BIM, real-time simulation, geographic information system (GIS) and augmented reality applications.
  • Monitoring, simulation and resilience: this track will deal with issues of building simulation to assess the impact of design, rehabilitation and retrofit options using computer-assisted approaches. Also dealing with preparedness, conflict and post conflict, Prevention, maintenance and monitoring policies, Non-destructive diagnosis tools and treatment for assessing heritage monuments and places, Building sciences sensors for energy simulation, and structural diagnostics and risk assessment.
  • Assisted fabrication of artifacts for posterity and conservation: this track will deal with the digitization and fabrication of artifacts from heritage places for the purpose of conservation(e.g.. 3D printing – assisted fabrication – reconstruction)
  • Rehabilitating heritage places: this track will focus on approaches to building condition assessments (building envelope, materials deterioration and structural integrity), designing monitoring strategies and the implementation of effective rehabilitation mitigation strategies for conservation. As well as, Marine heritage and Cultural heritage of war.
  • Special Sessions: this track will focus on emerging topics, such as Digitizing World Heritage Sites, Teaching and learning, and Intangible Cultural Heritage. As well as, International cooperation and large projects for heritage documentation and conservation.

For more information:



TermNet: International Terminology Summer School (Cologne July 2017)

The International Terminology Summer School (TSS) is the leading and largest international summer school for terminology professionals with about 80 participants from some 40 countries and almost every continent. TSS offers a one-week, practice-oriented training course covering a comprehensive overview of the methods and principles of terminology management. The course is taught by some of the most renowned and prominent terminology experts in the world. Participation in TSS qualifies to obtain the ECQA Certificate for Terminology Managers.

Date: 10 to 14 July 2017

Location: TH Köln (former Cologne University of Applied Sciences), Cologne, Germany


Understanding terminology management

  • What is terminology?
  • Why terminology management?
  • How terminology work is embedded in my organisation and work environment?

Terminology management skills

  • Data Modelling: Data Categories for Terminology Management
  • Terminology Tools – Terminology Management, Extraction and Control
  • Terminology Exchange
  • Creating a Terminology Database
  • Exploring TBX

Terminology strategies for business processes

  • How to present the business case for terminology
  • Terminology Policies and Terminology Planning
  • How to calculate and argue costs & return on investments for terminology
  • Legal translation and Terminology

Standards and legal issues for terminology work 

  • Copyright Issues for Terminology Management
  • Standards for Terminology Work: Principles, Definitions and Relations

For more information: 

 TermNet - International network for terminology

Arches (open source heritage management software): Project Update

The Getty Conservation Institute (USA) has entered into collaborative agreements with Historic England and the City of Lincoln Council (England) to implement the Arches software platform, which will categorize, map, and describe the rich cultural heritage of Greater London and the City of Lincoln. The partnership provides a new way for the three organizations to work together to promote the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of these cities and their histories.

For more information, see the Getty Conservation Institute’s press release from November 16, 2016:

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Next FISH-HEIRNET meeting (Edinburgh, 29 Nov 2016)

This year’s autumn FISH-HEIRNET meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th November (1pm to 4.15pm), at the Historic Environment Scotland office in Edinburgh.

Address: Conference Room, John Sinclair House, Historic Environment Scotland, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh, EH8 9NX

The afternoon session is open, however there are limited numbers so if you would like to attend please register through Eventbrite.

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