This work explores current IT applications that allow the design and construction of information systems for cultural resources management. The author analysis a range of information systems that have been developed and which seem to indicate that they are often set up by non-specialists with insufficient technical support. The projects that result, irrespective of their success of failure, often call for excessive resources time, manpower, and cost. To address this, the author looks at a wide theoretical framework that allows for the insertion, at a mid-abstraction level, of appropriate structural and functional models relevant to the daily working needs of cultural resources managers. Also proposed is a methodological format capable of supporting theprocesses of information systems design and construction, as well as a number of technological developments of particular help to the IT practitioner.