Scope of the
CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group
CRM Special Interest Group" is abbreviated as "CRM SIG" and
referred in the following as "the Group".
Following decisions of the CIDOC Board and further elaborations of the Data
Standards Working Group (DSWG), the scope of the Group has been proposed as
new Group will have wide representation from national institutions
and international organizations beyond CIDOC members who have
an interest in the CIDOC CRM and its objectives. The primary
objectives of the CIDOC CRM are that it is thought primarily
a tool for the museum community, which intellectually originates
in the museum community, but enables an effective communication
with the libraries and archives world. As such it should
contain the necessary concepts to communicate, but is not
required to cover these areas.
the data interchange of documentation. This does not pose
any restrictions on the broader extensibility of the CIDOC
CRM and its application to wider information integration
Group is particularly interested in attracting representatives
from organizations that are knowledgeable in methodological
aspects of documentation and documentation formats in cultural
heritage, museums of all subject areas, archives or libraries.
It is also keen to attract participation from organizations
that are active in the field of heterogeneous electronic data
exchange and metadata harmonization in these domains, as well
as organizations with an interest in electronic information
provision or brokerage to a wider public or in electronic information
exchange across different kinds of institutions. It is further
regarded as beneficial to attract such representatives from
as broad a range of geographical and cultural areas as possible.
The Group is willing at any point to consider applications
for membership from any organization declaring an interest
in the project.
Group has been formed to complete and promote the CIDOC CRM
as an ISO standard as a solution for the semantic interoperability
of museum information with other related information systems.
Its work has two equally important aspects: the development
of the CIDOC CRM in the form of discussing, testing, and proposing
changes and additions; and the work on the promotion, education,
and communication of the model in the community and to appropriate
technology providers. Members should attempt to participate
regularly in the meetings and to offer active support wherever
possible. The meetings of this Group coincide with ISO Working Group meetings where possible
and the Group advises the ISO Working Group on the additions
and changes that the museum community suggests by first obtaining
consensus from the Group.
facilitate the operation of the Group, the CIDOC Board will
support submissions for funding by appropriate bodies. So far, partial funding from the European
Commission has been achieved under the 5th Framework
of the IST Programme. Unfortunately, in the current political
landscape it is unrealistic to find funding for the whole Group,
so suitable parts of the Group are encouraged to engage actively
in raising funds from appropriate bodies.
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and proposed Operation of the CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group
CIDOC Board mandated the creation of this Group as a special
interest group reporting to the CIDOC Board.
chair of this Group has the same observer status in the CIDOC
Board as the current Working Group Chairs.
CIDOC Documentation Standards Working Group continues to be
an observer of this Group in the sense that it is kept informed
by this Group of its activities.
organizations should nominate a permanent delegate for this
Group, preferably a person aware of the technical issues rather
than a political representative.
is recognized that some organizations may not have the resources
to participate very actively in this Group, even though they
may have a very strong interest in this matter. This may cause
problems in fulfilment of a regular program of work with strict
time schedules and deliverables. As the Group does not wish
to exclude such members, it kindly ask all members to choose
from the beginning between an "observer" role and
an "active" participant status. (Members may elect
to change their status at any time).
- "Active" members
are expected to be able to send their delegate regularly to
the meetings, actively to contribute to the discussions and
to support the necessary creation of documents or dissemination
and promotion actions by some human, financial or other resources.
They also vote for consensus cases.
- "Observer" members
may participate in the meetings, are kept informed about the
meeting results and take part in the electronic discussions.
the first meeting, further details of the operation of this
Group have been decided. Those details involved the methods
of consensus building, decision taking, handling changes of
membership, distribution of activities and responsibilities.
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