CDWA stands for Categories for the Description of Works of Art ,
a metadata schema designed by of the Art Information Task Force (AITF), to "describe the content of art databases by articulating
a conceptual framework for describing and accessing information about objects and images."
It was released in February 1996 and its last version dates back to September 2000.
This Metadata schema is very extensive and developed for use by art specialists.
There are 26 main categories, and each category has its own set of subcategories. All the categories are fit into two groups:
It was formulated with needs of academic researchers and represents the minimum information required to completely describe a
particular work of art or museum
- "Object, Architecture, or Group" as the information intrinsic to the work
- "Authorities/Vocabulary Control" as the information extrinsic to the work.