Practical Experiences with CIDOC CRM and its Extensions (CRMEX)

A workshop affiliated with the 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2013)
26th September 2013 in Valetta, Malta.

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Background and Objectives

The CIDOC CRM (international standard ISO 21127:2006) is a conceptual model and ontology with a fundamental role in many data integration efforts in the Digital Libraries and Cultural Heritage (CH) domain. It has spawned various CRM-compliant extensions, such as:
  • Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBRoo) for works and bibliographic data
  • CRM Digitization (CRMdig) for digitization and provenance
  • CRM for English Heritage (CRMEH) for archaeology
  • British Museum Ontology (BMO) for museum objects
  • Sharing Ancient Wisdoms (SAWS) for medieval gnomologia (collections of wise sayings) 
  • PRESSoo, a FRBRoo extension for serial publications
A number of data models, while not CRM-compliant, have been influenced by the CRM, e.g. the Europeana Data Model - EDM. At the same time, some people claim that the examples of practical working systems using CRM are few and far between. There are various difficulties facing wider CRM adoption and interoperation:
  • Because CRM allows many different ways of representing the same situation, CRM adopters in various CH areas need mapping guidelines and best practices to increase the chance of interoperation.
  • While RDF is the most viable CRM representation, there are various low-level RDF issues that are not standardized. Since RDF representation implies a certain implementation bias and still undergoes changes of good practice, CRM-SIG has been expecting good practices to emerge from people applying CRM in order to make recommendations 
The goal of this workshop is to describe and showcase systems using CRM at their core, exchange experience about the practical use of CRM, describe difficulties for the practical application of CRM, and share approaches for overcoming such difficulties.
The ultimate objective of this workshop is to encourage the wider practical adoption of CRM


The workshop invites papers that cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:
  • Software systems and similar developments using CRM
  • CRM repositories that aggregate large amounts of CRM RDF data
  • CRM-compliant extension ontologies and domain specializations. Principles for extending CRM
  • Best practices for representing specific situations from specific CH domains in CRM
  • Best practices, guidelines and detailed mappings from various metadata formats and various CH domains to CRM
  • Joint use of CRM and other popular ontologies. Principles for selecting constructs from different ontologies.
  • Querying, searching and faceted browsing of CRM repositories
  • Display, editing, annotation and cross-linking of CRM data
  • Reasoning with CRM data
  • Encountered mistakes in representing CRM data. CRM learning curve and didactic considerations
  • Shortcomings of CRM, recommendations for CRM evolution. Collaboration on CRM evolution, merging RDF standardization approaches, recommendations for collaborative approaches.
  • Performance and volumetric information about CRM-based systems
  • Evaluations of CRM adoption, usability of CRM-based systems, usage of specific CRM constructs

Workshop Format

The workshop will be a full day:
  • Up to 10 papers, presented in 25 minutes each plus 5 minutes for discussion. We expect a presentation to be submitted for each paper, and an author to present in person.
  • Up to 8 system demos and posters
  • A collaborative session of 1 hour, to draft common position paper and recommendations

Submission Instructions

  • Send an email about your intention to submit to Vladimir Alexiev and Vladimir Ivanov
  • Submit your paper through EasyChair: Papers should be limited to 10 pages
  • Each paper will be reviewed by three reviewers, assigned by random choice. 
  • Workshop proceedings will be published freely at CEUR WS. The authors are advised to use the LNCS format. 
  • Accepted papers are expected to be submitted in camera-ready form a week before the workshop, so the proceedings can be ready for the workshop. 
  • We expect authors to prepare and submit a presentation a day before the workshop. These presentations will also be included in the proceedings.
  • We also solicit non-refereed Position Papers for the collaborative session (up to 3 pages) and Posters/Demos

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 18 Aug 2013 (was 27 Jul 2013, extended by 3 weeks) 
  • Paper acceptance notification: 3 Sep 2013 (was  27 Aug 2013)
  • Camera-ready version of accepted papers: 22 Sep 2013
  • Presentations for accepted papers due: 24 Sep 2013
  • Position Papers, Demos, Posters (non-refereed): 24 Sep 2013
  • Papers publication at CEUR-WS: 24 Sep 2013
  • Workshop date: 26 Sep 2013
  • Final proceedings publication: 5 Oct 2013 (including presentations and common position paper)

Organizing Committee

  • Vladimir Alexiev, Ontotext, Bulgaria ( Workshop Chair
  • Vladimir Ivanov, Kazan Federal University, Russia ( Review Chair
  • Maurice Grinberg, New Bulgarian University. Publication Chair
  • Christian-Emil Ore, University of Oslo, Norway. Authors Liaison
  • Guenther Goerz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Publicity Chair

Program Committee

  • Ceri Binding, Hypermedia Research Unit, Hypermedia Research Unit; Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science; University of South Wales
  • Christian-Emil Ore, Unit for Digital Documentation, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Costis Dallas, Associate Professor, Director of Museum Studies, University of Toronto
  • Eero Hyvönen, Professor and Research Director, Semantic Computing Research Group, Department of Media Technology, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
  • Franco Niccolucci, Director, VAST-LAB, PIN, University of Florence, Prato, Italy (former: Professor at the Faculty of Architecture)
  • Kai Eckert, Postdoctoral Researcher,  Research Group Data and Web Science, University of Mannheim
  • Martin Doerr, Research Director, Center for Cultural Informatics, Information Systems Laboratory, Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece
  • Michele Pasin, Information architect, Nature Publishing Group (formerly research associate, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College)
  • Øyvind Eide, Senior Analyst, Unit for Digital Documentation, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Patrick Le Boeuf, Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Rainer Simon, senior researcher, Digital Memory Engineering research group, Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Stefan Gradmann, Professor at Faculty of Arts, Director of the University Library, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Trond Aalberg, Associate Professor, Data and Information Management group, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Vladimir Alexiev, Lead, Data and Ontology Management group, Ontotext Corp, Bulgaria
  • Vladimir Ivanov, Senior research assistant, Computational Linguistics Laboratory, Kazan Federal University, Russia. Cultural Heritage Digitization Center of Tatarstan


26 Sep 2013 in Valetta, Malta. See registration information. Online proceedings are expected on 23 Sep.

Tentative program:

9:00-9:30 A Mapping of CIDOC CRM Events to German Wordnet for Event Detection in Texts
Martin Scholz
9:30-10:00 Mapping ICCD archaeological data to CIDOC-CRM: the RA Schema
Achille Felicetti, Tiziana Scarselli, M. L. Mancinelli and Franco Niccolucci
10:00-10:30 Reasoning based on property propagation on CIDOC-CRM and CRMdig based repositories
Katerina Tzompanaki, Martin Doerr, Maria Theodoridou and Irini Fundulaki
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Representation of Archival User Needs using CIDOC CRM
Steffen Hennicke
11:30-12:00 Quality management of 3D cultural heritage replicas with CIDOC-CRM
Nicola Amico, Paola Ronzino, Achille Felicetti and Franco Niccolucci
12:00-12:20 Simple visualization of structures of interrelated concepts in the FRBRoo ontology (demo)
Krzysztof Sielski and Marcin Werla
12:30-14:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00-14:30 European standards for the documentation of historic buildings and their relationship with CIDOC-CRM
Paola Ronzino, Nicola Amico, Achille Felicetti and Franco Niccolucci
14:30-15:00 Pattern based mapping and extraction via the CRM(-EH)
Douglas Tudhope, Ceri Binding and Keith May
15:00-15:30 Large-scale Reasoning with a Complex Cultural Heritage Ontology (CIDOC CRM)
Vladimir Alexiev, Dimitar Manov, Jana Parvanova and Svetoslav Petrov
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:15-17:30 Open Discussion (collaborative session). Position papers are welcome!

CRMEX Position Paper: mapping patterns for CIDOC CRMDouglas Tudhope, Ceri Binding


Cite as:

Vladimir Alexiev, Vladimir Ivanov, Maurice Grinberg (editors), Workshop Practical Experiences with CIDOC CRM and its Extensions (CRMEX 2013), 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2013), 26 Sep 2013, Valetta, Malta. CEUR WS Vol 1117, online at and