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It’s exciting to see how during the past few years the VRA community has become more collaborative and standardized.  Initiatives such as CCO, CONA, and the new cataloging wiki are all part of a process that has been evolving since before I became aware of these issues, but just in my short experience with visual resource management there have been many new developments. 

The larger cultural resource management community is paying attention.  Just recently the Getty Foundation awarded the Visual Resource Association Foundation a grant of $26,400 to use towards “Implementing CCO:  Standards and Best Practices.”  The idea of this project is to develop an international standard that will provide training and guidelines for combining with existing standards.

This obviously signals a greater interest in cross-institutional standards, and the support, means, and interest to implement them.