[crm-sig] Report about the Harmonization of FRBR and CIDOC CRM

martin martin at ics.forth.gr
Fri Dec 19 11:50:09 EET 2003

Dear All,

Delegates from the CIDOC CRM SIG and the IFLA Working Group on the FRBR/CRM
dialogue (affiliated to the FRBR Review Group of IFLA) have come together in
Paris, Nov. 12-14, in order to discuss the Harmonization of the CIDOC CRM with
the FRBR model from IFLA, with the aim to contribute to the solution of the
problem of semantic interoperability between the documentation structures used
for library and museum information, such that:

* all equivalent information can be retrieved under the same notions and
* all directly and indirectly related information can be retrieved regardless of
     its distribution over individual data sources;
* knowledge encoded for a specific application can be repurposed for other
* recall and precision in systems employed by both communities is improved;
* both communities can learn from each other's concepts for their mutual

   for the benefit of the scientific and scholarly communities and the general

In this first meeting, a common understanding of the FRANAR, FRBR and CIDOC CRM
modelling approach, their benefits and potential was achieved.

Particularities of conceptualizations currently characteristic for museums and
for libraries were discussed. It was agreed that traditional museum documentation
and library documentation are distinct in form and focus. But it was also agreed
that the tasks of libraries and museums overlap to some amount, and that in the
future each of both communities will even more engage in activities traditionally
characteristic for the other.

In particular, the meeting discussed notions of work, manifestation, collective
items, subject relationship, documentation of manuscripts and persons acting
under roles, in a general context and seen from the CRM and FRBR/FRANAR framework.
Some methodological issues of information modelling were discussed, with respect
to ontological considerations, applications and their complexity and the effect
for the end user.

The practical value of a common model and its possible form was discussed.
Without coming to a final conclusion, it was acknowledged the the value of a common
model is the common understanding of the concepts and phenomena relevant to the
functions and documentation practice of both communities, so that information
systems can be designed

* that allow for seamless exchange between libraries and museums information,
* and that are more fit for specific user requirements than the current ones.

A practical collaboration plan to realize a common model was discussed.
(More detailed report to follow).

The next meeting, open to interested members of both communities, is envisaged
for March 22-25, in Crete.

So far, no dedicated funding could be raised for this activity, therefore all
interested parties are kindly asked to look for any funding source possible.

With best wishes,



  Dr. Martin Doerr              |  Vox:+30(2810)391625        |
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