A STAR is born: some emerging Semantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources

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Following work on data modelling of the varied archaeological systems at English Heritage’s Centre for Archaeology (CfA), a Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) has been produced using extensions of the higher level CIDOC-CRM ontology. Some initial results of the modelling, using the CIDOC-CRM, were presented at CAA2004 in Prato (Cripps and May 2004 CAA forthcoming). Since then work has progressed on refining the modelling and the graphical diagram of the CfA’s archaeological processes to create a number of further extensions of the CIDOC-CRM to explicitly reflect the greater details (granularity) of CfA’s archaeological information domain. This paper presents the latest archaeological ontological modelling at English Heritage, and discusses some of the methods used to ‘implement’ the modelling by mapping the ontological model to specific data fields in the CfA’s legacy systems, existing databases and planned future systems. This latest EH modelling and mapping work has been conducted in collaboration with Glamorgan University’s Faculty of Advanced Technology, under the remit of the AHRC funded STAR project (Semantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources), and includes the development of the archaeological CIDOC-CRM extensions in RDF format, along with the investigation of the emerging SKOS W3C standard for development of online semantic terminology and knowledge organisation tools and has most recently resulted in a prototype CRM “semantic” browser.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn the Road to Reconstructing the Past
Subtitle of host publicationComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA). Proceedings of the 36th International Conference. Budapest, April 2-6, 2008
EditorsErzsébet Jerem, Ferenc Redő, Vajk Szeverényi
Place of PublicationBudapest
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789639911307
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2008
Event Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2008) - Location unknown - please update
Duration: 2 Apr 20082 Apr 2008


Conference Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2008)


  • ontology
  • cidoc crm
  • crm-eh
  • rdf
  • semantic web
  • star


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