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Slide Classification System for the Organization and Automatic Indexing of Interdisciplinary Collections of Slides and Pictures

"Almost all disciplines make extensive use of the resources provided by slide libraries and picture collections. Growing demands for pictorial material have stimulated a concern for making slide and picture collections more useful and more usable by better physical arrangement and more thorough indexing. The system provides a classification scheme for the organization of general collections of slides and pictures with a broad subject coverage as opposed to the more typical slide classification system which deals with a single subject field.


"Iconclass is a subject-specific classification system. It is a hierarchically ordered collection of definitions of objects, people, events and abstract ideas that serve as the subject of an image. Art historians, researchers and curators use it to describe, classify and examine the subject of images represented in various media such as paintings, drawings and photographs. Numerous institutions across the world use Iconclass to describe and classify their collections in a standardized manner.

Australian Pictorial Thesaurus

"The Australian Pictorial Thesaurus (APT) is a hierarchical thesaurus of over 15,000 Australian subject terms for the indexing of images and other original material collections. The APT uses contemporary Australian words and phrases to describe objects, people, places, activities and concepts [depicted in an image]. The range and depth of APT terms facilitate the precise indexing of images and collections. The APT arranges terms hierarchically. This means that terms are organised within a table of linked terms.