Important dates Workshops, Tutorials, Panels Proposal Deadline Papers, Posters, Demos Deadline Extended Author Notification Camera Ready Conference

Practical Experiences with CIDOC CRM and its Extensions (CRMEX)

September 26, 2013, Valetta, Malta
Workshop webpage:

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 addresses important topics and is quite relevant to the topics of TPDL, given the following:

  • Libraries are opening more and more towards Linked Open Data and semantic technologies
  • Library holdings are often considered one part of CH, to be combined and complemented with data from other CH institutions (consider Europeana and similar national aggregation efforts). CRM is a foundational ontology that can provide a unifying ground for all CH domains
  • FRBRoo is a popular CRM extension with direct application in the library domain


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 is 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

  • The peer review process will be organized at EasyChair. 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 Position Papers for the collaborative session (not refereed, up to 3 pages).

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: Jul 27, 2013
  • Paper acceptance notification: Aug 27, 2013
  • Camera-ready version of accepted papers: September 20, 2013
  • Presentations for accepted papers: September 24, 2013
  • Position Papers (non-refereed): September 24, 2013
  • Papers publication at CEUR-WS: September 24, 2013
  • Workshop date: September 26, 2013
  • Final proceedings publication: October 5, 2013 (including presentations and common position paper)

Organizers and Contacts

  • Vladimir Alexiev, Ontotext, Bulgaria ( Workshop Chair
  • Vladimir Ivanov, Kazan Federal University, Russia ( Review Chair
  • Franco Niccolucci, University of Florence, Prato, Italy. Publication Chair
  • Christian-Emil Ore, University of Oslo, Norway. Authors Liaison
  • Guenther Goerz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Publicity Chair

Platinum sponsor

Government of Malta - Ministry for Finance

Golden sponsor

Malta Tourism Authority Visit Malta

Springer LNCS
JCDL 2013, Indiana, USA
ICADL 2013, Bangalore, India
MTSR 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece
SIGIR 2014, Gold Coast, Australia
ELPUB 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece

COST logo

Organized by the University of Malta in partnership with COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Location/Delegate Info Papers/Posters/Demos Committees
Registration Tutorials Sponsors
Accommodation Workshops Contact
Excursions Doctoral Consortium  
  Keynote Speakers  
  Satellite Events  
TPDL conference series