As the cultural heritage is a unique expression of human achievement; and
As this cultural heritage is continuously at risk; and
As recording is one of the principal ways available to give meaning, understanding, definition
and recognition of the values of the cultural heritage; and
As the responsibility for conserving and maintaining the cultural heritage rests not only with
the owners but also with conservation specialists and the professionals, managers, politicians
and administrators working at all levels of government, and with the public; and
As article 16 of the Charter of Venice requires, it is essential that responsible organisations
and individuals record the nature of the cultural heritage.
The purpose of this document is therefore to set out the principal reasons, responsibilities,
planning measures, contents, management and sharing considerations for the recording of
the cultural heritage.