[crm-sig] application info

Christian-Emil Ore c.e.s.ore at muspro.uio.no
Mon Nov 18 15:34:04 EET 2002

Dear all

In Rethymno the program was tight and there was no time for me to give a 
presentation of what we are doing for the museums and collection 
departments at the Norwegian University Museums.  We have two power point 
presentations describing a project we are doing for the archaeological 
museums especially in Bergen and Trondheim and a more general presentation 
of the user applications respectively. The latter is a translation of a 
demonstration-presentation of our software given a language technology 
conference for Norwegian language. The first part is general and also 
museum oriented. The second part is oriented towards corpus linguistics and 
lexicography and may be not of general interest.

Archaeology: http://www.dok.hf.uio.no/nedlasting/foredrag/topark.ppt (2.5 
General http://www.dok.hf.uio.no/nedlasting/foredrag/com_appl.ppt (1.6 

The work described in the first presentation is in fact mappings from three 
different document collection types into CRM-like model(s). The model is 
inspired by the work of Lene Roll and her colleagues at Nationalmuseet in 
Copenhagen back in 1993. These exercises show that it is possible to 
extract quite a lot of information from old documents by doing mechanical 
XML/SGML markup. However, if one wishes to populate a more complete CRM 
model, one has to perform an extensive interpretation of the content of the 
documents. This is extremely expensive for the quanta we are dealing with 
and beyond our funding.

In a full CRM-model the tagged full text catalogues should be strings 
connected to documents documenting the events. In our discussion in 
Rethymno Martin argued that if a database is CRM compliant, no structured 
information should be "left" in the free text fields. We have extracted as 
much as possible of the information from the texts, but still we wish to 
keep the text with the markup as an integrated part of the database.

As the second presentation illustrates, we have an object oriented layer or 
model on top of the relational structure. The object oriented layer is 
implemented in a separate relational table structure called The Meta 
Database which are interpreted run time by the user application(s). We are 
in the process of adjusting the model in the direction of CRM. In the Arena 
project (http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/arena) we did not succeed in convincing our 
partners that CRM should be the basis, thus we will make a run time mapping 
from our model to the  simpler data exchange interface.

I hope some of this may be of some interest.

Best wishes

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