Between 1995 and 1999, a series of outreach workshops held by the International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA) has identified critical gaps in the fields of heritage Recording, Documentation and Information Management between those who provide information for conservation and those who use it.
In response, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and CIPA together created the RecorDIM (for Heritage Recording, Documentation and Information Management) Initiative partnership. The purpose of the initiative is to bring information users and providers together to identify the nature of the gaps between them, to develop strategies to close the gaps and to recommend a framework for action to be coordinated by the RecorDIM Initiative over the coming five years.
It has also been described as:
A 5-year window of opportunity for conservation specialists at large, to address concerns and needs relating to the activities of Recording, Documentation and Information Management (RecorDIM) (see list of needs that resulted from the RecorDIM Roundtable-1 meeting, which are provided in pages 9-11 of the report entitled "Bridging the gap between the Information User and Provider" (46pp., PDF format, 404K) on the Getty Conservation Institute's website.
It should be mentioned that RecorDIM is not an organization, but a 5-year initiative providing a platform for all that are interested in bringing conservation practices to an other level of standards.