Canadian Heritage Information Network

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Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)
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Agency overview
TypeSpecial Operating Agency
HeadquartersGatineau, Quebec
Parent departmentDepartment of Canadian Heritage

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) is a Government of Canada-supported organization that provides a networked interface to Canada's heritage.[1] CHIN is a Special Operating Agency within the Official Languages, Heritage and Regions sector of the Department of Canadian Heritage. It offers valuable collections management resources to the Canadian museum community and online public access to millions of collections records. CHIN assists Canadian museums in documenting, managing, and sharing information about their collections, which in turn ensures that this information is accessible.

CHIN has three core areas of activity:[citation needed]

  1. create and maintain an online point of entry to Canadian collections;
  2. carry out research and development on collections documentation tools and standards;
  3. provide guidance and training to cultural institutions on managing collections information.

CHIN is based in Gatineau (formerly known as Hull until 2002), in Quebec. In French, CHIN is known as the Réseau canadien d'information sur le patrimoine (RCIP). It provides bilingual information for all its resources.

CHIN was the first national organization to participate in the Virtual Library museums pages (VLmp) online museums directory, later supported by ICOM.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)". Connecting to Collections Care. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. ^ Bowen, Jonathan P. (2010). "A Brief History of Early Museums Online". The Rutherford Journal. 3.

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