edcat Cataloguing Scope

The motivation behind edcat is to increase visibility for artists’ publications by creating a source and tool for exploring and engaging with this field.

The spectrum of objects we want to include in this project is mainly focuses on artists’ publications including editions (objects, multiples, graphics, prints, photo editions…) and of cource artists’ books. The secondary focus is on art catalogues, ephemera and monographs and the publications that hover between these categories. 


edcats general use of categories

edcat uses categories to order publications in order to generally classify items that belong into the database and to make it easier to find things. Any item that doesn’t fit into one of the categories should not be added to edcat. (if you think we are missing a category, please submit a request). For that reason, we use a rather small number of categories. Because artists’ publications can be of various forms, combining different features of different categories, an item can belong to multiple categories at the same time. To further classify the general nature of an item, edcat uses subforms. Items can have different subform.

We are aware that categorization is a controversy subject, especially in the arts. In the case of the edcat database, we believe they really help defining the scope.


A list of all categories with their definition and examples:

edcat categories