[Crm-sig] Argument for an Instrument Class (and its property)

Martin Doerr martin at ics.forth.gr
Wed Sep 1 22:47:25 EEST 2021

Hi George,

I think this is a good idea, of course, we should first look at a more 
specific property, since "instruments" can be very heterogeneous, or we 
concentrate on measurement devices in a narrower sense.



On 8/25/2021 12:53 PM, George Bruseker via Crm-sig wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am working on a conservation science modelling project in which the 
> users document also their machinery. Something that comes up is that 
> they want to document the kind of property or variable that is 
> measured by the machine. This is a property of the machine, what it 
> can do (dunamis).
> We of course already have p103 was intended for
> http://www.cidoc-crm.org/Property/P103-was-intended-for/version-7.1.1 
> <http://www.cidoc-crm.org/Property/P103-was-intended-for/version-7.1.1>
> I already make use of this for the purpose of documenting the general 
> kind of method the machine can be used for.
> But when you run the machine, it tests for certain variables and 
> produces a resulting output which is a digital record of a signal 
> carrying that variable.
> This reminds me of some elements from CRMSci and from CRMdig
> CRMSci has observations that look for property types:
> S4 Observation
> O9 observed property type E55
> http://www.cidoc-crm.org/crmsci/sites/default/files/CRMsci%20v.1.3.pdf 
> <http://www.cidoc-crm.org/crmsci/sites/default/files/CRMsci%20v.1.3.pdf>
> We also have in CRMdig both a class for instruments (digital ones)
> D8 Digital Device
> and we again have a notion of an observation kind of event measuing a 
> kind of thing
> D11 Digital Measurement Event
> L17 measured thing of type E55
> http://www.cidoc-crm.org/crmdig/sites/default/files/CRMdig_v3.2.1.pdf 
> <http://www.cidoc-crm.org/crmdig/sites/default/files/CRMdig_v3.2.1.pdf>
> So, anyhow, putting that all together, I note:
> people document their scientific machines and what they do
> some of the properties pertain to the machine (it may measure only 
> these things)
> there are several references to such a property already in crmsci and 
> dig but placed on the event.
> So I wonder, for discussion, is there an interest in an instrument 
> class (possibly beginning a bridge between sci and dig) which would 
> not just be a leaf node but have its own substantial properties. I 
> suggest a first one might be something like 'measures 
> property/variable of type'.
> This is not yet a proposal for such a thing, just an invitation to 
> discussion for those who are interested on the potential utility of 
> such an addition.
> Best,
> George
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