[Crm-sig] CRMSci

martin martin at ics.forth.gr
Thu Mar 27 21:18:33 EET 2014

Dear All,

Following the decision in the last CRM SIG meeting, we have put up a 
draft version of
CRM Sci on the cidoc-crm Website:

CRMSci, the "Scientific Observation Model" is a formal ontology intended 
to be used as a global schema for integrating metadata about scientific 
observation, measurements and processed data in descriptive and 
empirical sciences such as biodiversity, geology, geography, 
archaeology, cultural heritage conservation and others in research IT 
environments and  research data libraries. Its primary purpose is 
facilitating the management, integration, mediation, interchange and 
access to research data by description of semantic relationships, in 
particular causal ones. It is not primarily a model to process the data 
themselves in order to produce new research results, even though its 
representations offer themselves to be used for some kind of 
processing.It uses and extends the CIDOC CRM (ISO21127) as a general 
ontology of human activity, things and events happening in spacetime.

The model has so far been validated in several national and 
international projects by implementing it in slightly different versions 
together with application-specific extensions and by mapping to and from 
related standards. The document describes a consolidated version from 
this experience, with the aim to present it for review and further 
adoption by CIDOC. The model is not "finished", some parts such as the 
subclasses of inference making are not fully developed in terms of 
properties, and all constructs and scope notes are open to further 
elaboration, commenting and revision.

It is a base for another CRM extension for archaeology, "CRMArcheo", 
also under revision by CRM-SIG and the Archeological Documentation 
Working Group of CIDOC.

Please send your comments and feel free to distribute the model to 

Best wishes,



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