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    Expanded name: Cultural Heritage Interchange Ontology Standardization  (IST-2000-29216)
    Start Date: June 2001
    Duration: 24 months


    The CIDOC CRM model has reached a sufficient level of maturity to justify its consideration as a potential international standard. In consequence it has been accepted by ISO/TC46 as published standard ISO 21127:2006 in 12/09/2006. The aim of the thematic network supported by the CHIOS project is to support the ISO normalisation process and ensure that the CRM is appropriately completed and adopted as international standard by:

    • providing an open and balanced mechanism that enables stakeholder participation in the standardisation process
    • ensuring that stakeholders are satisfied that the CRM meets their needs, elaborating proposals for extensions or modifications where necessary
    • ensuring that CRM documentation is clear, consistent and of the quality needed for ISO acceptance
    • participating in the ISO process
    • building wide consensus, encouraging diffusion and acceptance of CRM


    Relationship to relevant standardization initiatives

    The CHIOS consortium forms an integral part of the CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group which, by organizing shared meetings, represents the interests and requirements of the cultural heritage community to the ISO Working Group (ISO/TC46/SC4/WG9). The CIDOC CRM aims to provide a common ontology for the conceptualizations implicit in various data standards and formats in order to enable for the cultural heritage community:

    • data transformation
    • data mediation
    • data merging
    • good practice in the design of data structures design

    The standards and schema that fall within its scope include:

    • Dublin Core
    • MARC
    • ISAD(G) - International Standard Archival Description (General)
    • Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

    Also within its scope are a variety of standards proposals and de facto standards including

    • mda SPECTRUM
    • Council for the Prevention of Art Theft Object ID
    • MPEG7



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    Contact Info

    For further information contact:

    Martin Doerr
    Information Systems Laboratory
    Institute of Computer Science
    Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)

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