The Conservation Information network (CIN) is the product of international collaboration. It is intended to facilitate the retrieval and exchange of information concerning conservation and restoration of cultural property.
The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN) provides access to over 190,000 bibliographic citations for conservation literature. BCIN includes citations from the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (prior to 1998), technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, books and audiovisual and unpublished materials. The database also includes previously unavailable material from private sources, as well as new information gathered by a worldwide network of contributors. Contributors include Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) (formerly CAL), Getty Conservation Institute (GCI and AATA), International Centre for the Study of the Conservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council of Museums (ICOM) and International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Most of the data in BCIN are recorded in English; however, subject key works are provided in both English and French. Titles remain in the language of the of the original publication with an English translation provided.