Who we are
Over many years, CIDOC and
the CIDOC Documentation Standards Working Group (DSWG) have engaged
in the creation of a general data model for museums, with a particular
focus on information interchange. Until 1994 the product of these
activities had been the CIDOC Relational Data Model. In the interim
meeting in March 1996 in Crete, the DSWG decided to engage in an
object-oriented approach in order to benefit from its expressive
power and extensibility for dealing with the necessary diversity
and complexity of data structures in the domain. This effort resulted
in 1999 in the first complete edition of the "CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model" (CRM), a product
of the intensive voluntary work of a variety of contributors. In
order to exploit fully the potential of the CRM as a means of enabling
information interchange and integration in the museum community
and beyond, CIDOC decided in London 1999 to submit the CRM to ISO for standardization.
ISO, in contrast to CIDOC, has the procedures and authority to
create and declare well-defined, valid editions of international
recommendations. (The CIDOC CRM has been accepted as working draft by ISO/TC46/SC4 in September 2000. Since 9/12/2006 it is official standard ISO 21127:2006.
In practice, this means that CIDOC will make use of the services of ISO
and collaborate with the respective ISO committees to bring the CRM to the suitable
final form and to ensure the widest possible agreement with the broader international
community. It is thereby understood that CIDOC will offer the lead in the collaboration
with the ISO committees by inviting and bringing together interested stakeholder,s
of all kinds and from different areas, into an effective working group. This
group should engage in all appropriate actions to bring the objectives of the
CRM forward - foster application, dissemination and ensure that the final form
of the CRM represents the needs of all interest groups.
The work is not thought to end with the completion of the standardization
process. The CRM is an extensible model and there will be a continuous need to
elaborate new areas, as well as keep the model in line with the inevitable changes
and progress of conceptualization for information integration. In addition, there
will be a lot of application issues, including the development of tools, guides
for best practice etc., which will benefit from a central forum for harmonization.
In consideration of this, CIDOC decided in Ottawa, August 2000 to
initiate the CRM Special Interest Group. Martin Doerr has been nominated as first
chair of this group. It is a working group under the patronage of CIDOC that
is not restricted to CIDOC members and is empowered to seek funding to carry
out and promote its objectives. Its scope, status and proposed operation is
explained in the following pages.
Since June 2001, the work of the Special Interest Group has been supported
by the Fifth Framework of the European Commission's IST programme in the context
of the CHIOS project .
Martin Doerr, Chair, Heraklion
Tel: +30(81)39 16 25
Address: Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology,
Institute of Computer Science,
N. Plastira 100,
Vassilika Vouton, GR-700 13 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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