[Crm-sig] Siegfried Krause

Martin Doerr martin at ics.forth.gr
Sat Nov 9 23:11:05 EET 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sorrow that I have to inform you about the sudden loss of Dr. Siegfried Krause, IT Referent of the Germanische Nationalmuseum of Nuremberg and longstanding member of CIDOC and CRM-SIG. He passed away this Friday, Nov. 8 2019, in his home in the village Lyttos in Crete, suddenly without previous illness, in the middle of an active life, just two weeks after participating in the last CRM_SIG meeting in Heraklion.

We have Siegfried Krause in high esteem as a personal friend, a good colleague and scholar. He was one of the founding members of the CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group. We value his distinct contributions and his deep understanding of the practical IT requirements of research in the cultural-historical domain.

His work substantially contributed to the quality and increasing application the CIDOC CRM enjoys world-wide. He has translated the CIDOC CRM to German, together with late Karl-Heinz Lampe and me. He has developed, together with the University of Erlangen, one of the most important reference implementations of the CIDOC CRM, the WissKi system, probably the first Knowledge Representation platform that is in practice used for the integrated management of multiple scholarly research projects from the beginning of the research process and continues to be used.

He was the local organizer of the CIDOC Annual Conference 1997, Nuremberg, Germany//and has been chair of the Semantic Research Environments Working Group of CIDOC, which builds on the experience with the WissKi system.
Our team at ICS-FORTH has been enjoying a continued and intensive scientific collaboration with Siegfried's team since the year 2000.

His sudden passing away constitutes a great loss, personally and professionally, an interruption of promising activities, but before all a great hardship for his family.

Siegfried Krause had strong emotional ties to the island of Crete, beginning as young archaeologist, and thus happened to end his life in an environment he loved.

We offer our sincere condolences to his wife and his family,

Martin Doerr

  Dr. Martin Doerr
  Honorary Head of the
  Center for Cultural Informatics
  Information Systems Laboratory
  Institute of Computer Science
  Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
  N.Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton,
  GR70013 Heraklion,Crete,Greece
  Email: martin at ics.forth.gr
  Web-site: http://www.ics.forth.gr/isl

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