LIDO allows to publish collection data in multi-source (web) databases independently from the cataloguing software used in the institution. Thus you may publish your data in different portals. By using LIDO, you make available your data in a standardized format. Without further transformation or adaption, it allows the interoperability at data structure level from different sources within a web portal.
LIDO was developed for the needs of different collections such as art, science, technology, and cultural or natural history. Its data modelling is well adapted to expert requirements and allows for sophisticated methods for searching and navigating in the data.
Ask your software provider! We recommend strongly to ask for a demonstration. Check with data describing a broad range of different objects from various parts of the collection if the output meets your expectation.
There is no licence fee for LIDO. There is a one-off effort for mapping your data to LIDO, and, possibly, for adapting your cataloguing software.
Mapping is the expert term for assigning data categories of one data format to the categories of a different format.
No - you select which data will be published. First, you select the range of objects to be included. Then, you assess which information about these objects will be published.
Normally, your data will not need any special preparation. Like before any publication, some editorial changes to contents and form may be preferable, and they require additional effort. You decide to which extent this should be done.
These data will not be published. As a publication format LIDO is not designed to cover the full range of collection documentation.