Is The Art Genome a thesaurus?
Yes, because like a thesaurus, The Art Genome includes only generic terms.No, for two reasons. First, The Art Genome provides definitions of its terms; and second, thesauri group words together based on similarity of meaning to help the user retrieve the specific term they need for a particular context while The Art Genome is not focused on retrieving similar terms but on browsing and making connections between artworks. Stepping back now from this series of questions and comparisons, which show how The Art Genome is related to many preceding classification systems but is not identifical to any of them, the next question is, so what? Put simply, this project allowed us to understand the limits and capacities of the genome. Or put another way, it provided those of us working on The Art Genome with a well of historical inspiration and locations for advice.