[crm-sig] CIDOC CRM Meeting

martin martin at ics.forth.gr
Wed Oct 12 19:45:34 EEST 2005

Dear All,

The next CRM SIG Meeting will take place in Nuremberg,
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Germany.

Local Organizer: Siegfried Krause

Date: November 14-18.

The meeting comprises the following events:
      CRM Tutorial Monday morning Nov.14,
      CRM Workshop Nov.14-15
      FRBR-CRM harmonization meeting Nov.16-18

Workshop focus:

Semantic interoperability and factual linking:
With the CIDOC CRM, we have demostrated how core ontologies can be employed
to integrate information in heterogeneous schemata in cultural heritage
and beyond, by query mediation, data transformation or data merging.
The merging may be physical or virtual by suitable linking across

In the past, we have discussed the problem of mapping different schemata
to the CRM. This is still an open issue, but as time proceeds, more
solutions are proposed. We would like to draw our attention to the next
problem: Even if there is a perfect transformation of all data into one
(virtual) global schema, information is still not merged. The different
information assets usually refer to the same real world items in very
different ways. This problem is often referred to as "data cleaning" or
"duplicate removal". A series of case-specific ad-hoc heuristics have been
proposed and employed for bibliographic references, thesaurus merging and
others. It is regarded as a local problem of an intermediate processing
step to the "ideal" data set. It appears however, that the assessment of
identity of two references is a fundamental epistemological problem, be
it about persons, places, objects, periods, events or common concepts. Once the
identity is recognized, the two references give rise to a "factual link"
between two documents.

We would like to INVITE contributions, about theoretical considerations,
experience reports, upcoming projects and collaborations to the following

Semantic interoperability and factual linking.
Identity of events, periods and concepts.
Transition between factual and categorical information.
Progress in schema mapping tools.

Provisional agenda:
Mo: 9:30-12:30 CIDOC CRM Tutorial
      14:00-17:00 Presentations & Discussions
Di: 9:30-13:00 Presentation and Discussions
      14:30-17:00 Progress report ISO process
                  Progress report of FRBR-CRM harmonization
                  Discussion of CRM extensions
                  Educational materials

Dedicated discussions will take place about:
       A) Factual linking, CRM Core and Dublin Core
       B) MetaCRM: systematic generation of categorical links from the CRM
       C) Event identity: substance, part-whole relationships of events and
                          view-dependent aggregation of events.


The FRBR-CRM harmonization meeting of the FRBR Review Group, CRM SIG,
and DELOS NoE will take place from Nov. 16-18.

On the agenda is the finalization of a first comprehensive draft of
the core ontology comprising the FRBR and CRM concepts, as a basis for
wider discussion in both communities. Participants are kindly asked
to be well prepared with the work achieved so far. Internal documents
are available on request from me or Patrick LeBoeuf.


PLEASE announce us your participation AS SOON AS possible, specifying
the events you wish to attend, and the kind of presentation you would
like to make. Proposals for further discussion topics welcome.



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