The Built Works Registry (BWR) is a shared repository of architectural works created in conjunction with Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.
In the past, numerous organizations have attempted to catalog built works, but each have used their own standards. BWR is unique because each work has been assigned an identifier which can be shared across all repositories. By opening BWR to the community, the project aims to create a shared community infrastructure for cataloging the built environment. Future developments will include making BWR part of the linked open data community.