CLAROS began in 2000 as CLassical Art Research Online Research Services with Europe’s leading research centres for the art of ancient Greece and Rome. Since 1979 these centres, in the universities of Oxford, Cologne, and Paris, have been creating scholarly databases about the art of classical antiquity. Well studied, highly classified, and appreciated by a global community, they have provided an ideal foundation.
By 2010 CLAROS more than 20 million records had been made ‘interoperable’ using CIDOC-CRM, a programme designed at the behest of UNESCO for ICOM. In 2011 it was ready to move from the research institutes to museums and from classical art to the art of the world.