9. Whatever is ....CIDOC CRM?

CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) is an ontology used by quite a few humanities research projects. The CRM provides a set of definitions and a formalstructure for describing the implicit and explicit concepts and relationships used in cultural heritage documentation.

9.1. Key elements:

  • Actors (people)
  • Conceptual objects
  • Physical things
  • Events
  • Time spans
  • Places

and relationships between them. e.g.

  • participate in
  • refer to
  • have location
  • within

CIDOC CRM is often expressed in the form of RDF (Resource Description Framework) assertions, as this example shows:


<E21.Person xmlns="http://purl.org/NET/crm-owl#" rdf:about="http://clas-lgpn2.classics.ox.ac.uk/id/V1-85238" xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"> <P131.is_identified_by xml:lang="el-grc"> <E82.Actor_Appellation> <rdf:value>Παράμονος</rdf:value> </E82.Actor_Appellation> </P131.is_identified_by> <P98.was_born> <E67.Birth> <P4.has_time-span> <E52.Time-Span> <P79.at_some_time_within> <E61.Time_Primitive> <rdf:value>-0225 to -0175</rdf:value> </E61.Time_Primitive> </P79.at_some_time_within> </E52.Time-Span> </P4.has_time-span> <P7.took_place_at rdf:resource="http://clas-lgpn2.classics.ox.ac.uk/placeid/ LGPN_11270" /> </E67.Birth> </P98.was_born> </E21.Person>

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