Documentation is essential to all aspects of a museums activities. Collections without adequate documentation are not true "museum" collections.
CIDOC, ICOM's International Committee for Documentation, provides the museum community with advice on good practice and developments in museum documentation.
CIDOC is one of the 30 International committees of ICOM. It is CIDOC rather than ICDOC because the committee was at its inception guided by mostly Francophones (French speakers) who named it the Comité International pour la Documentation. As the world has become more Anglophone (English speaking) the lingua franca of the committee has become English, and the de facto name of the committee has become the International Committee for Documentation.
The statutes of the committee are currently under revision both to bring them in line with ICOM's institutional structure and to produce compatible versions in French, Spanish and English.
The old statutes are provided here for historical reference only : CIDOC Statutes Old