Parts of the discussion method below are taken from DC Data Model Working
CRM Issues Discussion Process
The following discussion list is slightly modified
from that of Dublin Core. I have added a column "Identifier".
All mails to the discussion list should be sent to "crm-sig",
with subject = Re:<"Identifier">, nothing else. E.g: "subject:
Re:BIRTHPLACE" (or click on the respective identifier). This
will cause a natural order in the mail list archive. We shall
try to maintain the summaries of background, proposal and
outcome on this page up-to-date. The latest stage of discussion
and individual contributions will all be kept on the mailing
list archive. The purpose of this discussion list is not only
to reach agreement, but also to acquire an understanding of
problems associated with comprehension and application of
the CRM and its associated documentation. The input gathered
here will be a base to improve all parts of the documentation
of the CRM.
Our process for reaching agreement is:
- Issues are added to the list.
- People comment on the issues and
sometimes it turns out that the wording of an issue is unclear
and needs fixing before there is a common understanding
of what the issue means.
- The issues are assigned to working
groups that will make decisions about them.
- Proposals are put forward. The
issue either leads to a proposal for a change in the CRM,
or the conclusion is, that the issue is already covered
by the CRM as is. The issue may also be regarded as out
of scope of the CRM. In that case, a possible extension
to the CRM may be proposed anyhow
- People comment on the proposals
and sometimes it turns out that the wording of a proposal
is unclear and needs fixing before there is a common understanding
of what the proposal means.
- We discuss the pros and cons of
the various proposals relating to a given issue. If we succeed
on the mailing list then that's fine, if not, it becomes
a meeting subject.
- Disagreements are resolved through
Each of the four CIDOC CRM working groups oversees a different activity:
Working Group 1: editorial changes
Working Group 2: application guidlines
Working Group 3: changes in the CIDOC CRM model
Working Group 4: additional documentation and didactic material
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