Murtha Baca holds a PhD in Art History and Italian language and literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Head of the Getty Standards and Vocabulary Programs and oversees the creation of digital resources relating to the collections of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Baca has published extensively on data standards and controlled vocabularies for indexing and accessing cultural heritage information, especially with a view to providing end-user access to images and related data on line. In 2002 she edited Introduction to Art Image Access: Issues, Tools, Standards Strategies (Los Angeles: Getty Publications), and she is a member of the Visual Resources Association editorial team that has written Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. Baca has taught many workshops and seminars on metadata, visual resources cataloging, and thesaurus construction at museums, universities, and other organizations in North and South America and in Europe.