[crm-sig] Report about the Harmonization of FRBR and CIDOC CRM
james.landrum at ndsu.nodak.edu
Fri Dec 19 22:03:48 EET 2003
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> Dear All,
> Delegates from the CIDOC CRM SIG and the IFLA Working Group on the
> 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
> * recall and precision in systems employed by both communities is
> * both communities can learn from each other's concepts for their mutual
> for the benefit of the scientific and scholarly communities and the
> 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
> 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
> characteristic for the other.
> In particular, the meeting discussed notions of work, manifestation,
> items, subject relationship, documentation of manuscripts and persons
> 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
> 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
> systems can be designed
> * that allow for seamless exchange between libraries and museums
> * 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
> 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
> With best wishes,
>From the desk of James [Jim] E. Landrum III
Archaeology Materials and Database Manager,
Archaeology Technologies Laboratory (ATL),
North Dakota State University (NDSU).
Ph. 701-231-7115 FAX: 701-231-1047
Email: james.landrum at ndsu.nodak.edu
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