The CIDOC Intangible Cultural Heritage Working Group (CIDOC ICH WG) was set up in Dresden, Germany during the annual conference of CIDOC 2014. The CIDOC ICH WG had its first meeting on 8 September 2014 and the second meeting on 9 September. Meetings on both the days were attended by 15-20 people.
It was decided in the two meetings that the CIDOC ICH WG will be a platform for sharing experiences and developing methods related to the Documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The working group will build upon the convention, definition, domains and framework provided by the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003. Keeping in view the ICOM definition of museums, 2007 where the word intangible has been added, it will explore ways of documenting and linking museum objects and ICH.
The Working Group will limit its scope of work to the broad area of documentation of the ICH and its related fields. It is concerned with the issues of documentation and access of information in the field of ICH.
The working Group will work towards generating:
It will start by studying and comparing existing guidelines and formats for documentation of ICH and for linking ICH and museum objects from various countries, regions and museums.
In its approach and in every step of the documentation and communication process it will firmly acknowledge and respect the involvement of knowledge bearers and their communities.
The CIDOC ICH WG works towards greater documentation, easy retrieval, access and communication of ICH.
Manvi Seth, Chair