[Crm-sig] [Fwd: CIDOC CRM and CLAROS]

martin martin at ics.forth.gr
Thu Nov 12 16:17:23 EET 2009


Dear All,

This may find your interest:

David Shotton wrote:
 >.... I am sending you a link to a /draft
> /of the presentation that Graham Klyne, who did all the CIDOC CRM work 
> on CLAROS, will give at the forthcoming private workshop on CIDOC CRM 
> organized by the German TOPOI research project in Berlin at the end of 
> this month:
> 
> http://imageweb.zoo.ox.ac.uk/pub/2009/drafts/Draft-CIDOC-CRM-Berlin.pdf
> 
> It perhaps goes into more detail than you require at this stage, but 
> makes several points of relevance. 
> Suffice it to say that data integration of the sort you are 
> contemplating needs solutions to three distinct problems:
> 
>    1. Syntactic differences between data sources, since data are stored
>       in incompatible formats within different DBMSs.  This is solved by
>       converting all data to RDF.
>    2. Semantic differences between data sources (One person’s “author”
>       is another person’s “creator”).  This can be solved by mapping to
>       a common data schema or ontology.
>    3. The co-reference problem, namely that the same entity – for
>       example a particular painter – is known by different names in
>       different databases (e.g. "Rembrandt", "Rembrandt Harmenszoon van
>       Rijn", or "Rembrandt van Rijn").  Perhaps the hardest  problem,
>       this has to be solved by creating a co-reference service to
>       disambiguate synonyms.
> 
> 
> Had it not been for CIDOC CRM, CLAROS data integration could not have 
> been achieved in the brief time that Graham was funded to work on it.  
> Using CIDOC CRM, that initial data modelling period lasted about two 
> months, after which the decision was made to implement it and add 
> further refinements incrementally as required.  Starting from scratch 
> without CIDOC CRM, it is hard to say how long that process would have 
> taken, but certainly considerably longer, and resulting in an artefact 
> lacking the extensibility and rigorous logical foundation that CIDOC CRM 
> has as a result of 20 years of careful development by Martin Doerr and 
> his colleagues.
> 
> There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that CIDOC CRM is the only game 
> in town when it comes to good data modelling for cultural heritage 
> data.  Other people in the UK who are using it, and who you may wish to 
> consult, are:
> 
>     Keith May, English Heritage, Centre for Archaeology, Portsmouth, and
>     Douglas Tudhope and Ceri Binding, Hypermedia Research Unit,
>     University of Glamorgan 
>     (http://hypermedia.research.glam.ac.uk/kos/CRM/ and
>     http://hypermedia.research.glam.ac.uk/kos/STAR),
> 
> and
> 
>     Leif Isaksen, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University
>     of Southampton, who organised this meeting:
>     http://www.interface09.org.uk/, and who writes in his abstract for
>     the TOPOI meeting that  Graham kindly lent me:
> 
>         The CIDOC CRM is the most sophisticated, best documents and
>         well-known ontology in the Cultural Heritage domain.  So much
>         so, that it is frequently referred to as a 'miracle cure' and
>         'the only show in town'.
> 
>   I do not know these groups, but they are presenting at the 
> same TOPOI workshop.
 >
 > See also my SEMUSE presentation on CLAROS:
 > http://imageweb.zoo.ox.ac.uk/pub/2009/publications/Shotton_CLAROS_Semuse-CIDOC_Workshop_ISWC2009.pdf
> 
> I hope this helps,
> 
> David
> 

> Dr David Shotton                                                      
>  david.shotton at zoo.ox.ac.uk <mailto:mailto:david.shotton at zoo.ox.ac.uk>
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  Dr. Martin Doerr              |  Vox:+30(2810)391625        |
  Principle Researcher          |  Fax:+30(2810)391638        |
                                |  Email: martin at ics.forth.gr |
                                                              |
                Center for Cultural Informatics               |
                Information Systems Laboratory                |
                 Institute of Computer Science                |
    Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)   |
                                                              |
  Vassilika Vouton,P.O.Box1385,GR71110 Heraklion,Crete,Greece |
                                                              |
          Web-site: http://www.ics.forth.gr/isl               |
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