Object Location and Movement

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Introduction

The current location of an object is determined by the most recent time that it was moved. In an environment where every activity was recorded, it would not be necessary to record the location as this could be calculated for any given point in time based on the activities which resulted in the object being moved. Such an information environment is important for some sectors (such as couriers and shipping companies) that specialize in object tracking, however is not something which most cultural heritage information systems track to this degree of granularity.

There are several scenarios in which it is, however, useful to track the movement of an object, in the same way as tracking custody or ownership. These include:

If the institution is subdivided into departments, these moves may also coincide with the transfer of custody between departments. For example, if the paintings department and the conservation department are separate entities, then not only is the painting moved from the gallery to the conservation studio, it might also have its custody transferred to the conservation department.

Moving an Object

The model for moving an object is very similar to that of an Acquisition, Transfer of Custody or Payment. There is an activity, which can be carried_out_by an actor and all of the other basic activity features, that moved the object between two locations, from the place given in moved_from and to the place given in moved_to.

{
  "@context": "https://linked.art/ns/v1/linked-art.json", 
  "id": "https://linked.art/example/activity/39", 
  "type": "Activity", 
  "_label": "Exhibiting a Painting", 
  "classified_as": [
    {
      "id": "http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300055863", 
      "type": "Type", 
      "_label": "Provenance Activity"
    }
  ], 
  "part": [
    {
      "type": "Move", 
      "moved": [
        {
          "type": "HumanMadeObject", 
          "_label": "Example Painting", 
          "classified_as": [
            {
              "id": "http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300033618", 
              "type": "Type", 
              "_label": "Painting", 
              "classified_as": [
                {
                  "id": "http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300435443", 
                  "type": "Type", 
                  "_label": "Type of Work"
                }
              ]
            }
          ]
        }
      ], 
      "moved_from": {
        "type": "Place", 
        "_label": "Storage Venue", 
        "classified_as": [
          {
            "id": "http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300150151", 
            "type": "Type", 
            "_label": "Storage (place)"
          }
        ]
      }, 
      "moved_to": {
        "type": "Place", 
        "_label": "Gallery", 
        "classified_as": [
          {
            "id": "http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300240057", 
            "type": "Type", 
            "_label": "Gallery (place)"
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ], 
  "motivated_by": [
    {
      "type": "Activity", 
      "classified_as": [
        {
          "id": "http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300054766", 
          "type": "Type", 
          "_label": "Exhibiting"
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}
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