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    The CIDOC Correlation test project has brought results on both, the theoretical side and the practical side. On the theoretical side a series of data formats were compared with the CIDOC CRM and mapped to the CRM.
    Those were:

    Those mappings led to the extension proposal of the CRM at the Agios Pavlos meeting, which will soon be submitted to the CRM Special Interest Group. The mappings confirmed the validity of the CRM approach, as the Agios Pavlos extensions need not touch any of the basic constructs of the CRM. In its extended form, the CRM provides a virtually complete coverage of museum and archival notions relevant for information exchange. (For more details see the definitions of the scope of the CRM).

     On the practical side, the CRM has been the logical base for the SPECTRUM XML DTD currently under test at CIMI, and the development of the Musinfo project in Geneva, building a web based information system used by Geneva City's museums. It has influenced the ABC Harmony Data Model Version 2 and it is being used in the RLG's Cultural Materials Initiative. Other groups are currently using the CRM as intellectual guide for DTD definition, e.g. at the Germanische Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.

     Further, in the framework of the Harmony + CIMI Collaboration: Interoperability and metadata vocabularies, the extended CRM has been base for data transfer experiments from museum data of 4 organisations to the CRM (National Museum of Denmark, AMOL, RLG, The John Clayton Herbarium). ICS-FORTH is assisting Harmony in this collaboration with respect to the use of the CRM: This work implied the definition a simple data transport DTD for CRM instances and a simple XSL presentation form which renders CRM instances fairly readable, and data between the different data structures.

     Finally, a sample data set from the Science Museum London has been transformed automatically from Microsoft Word format to the CRM.

     Further results of these data transformation tests are being published on this site. From the first experiences, we can conclude, that the CRM is a perfect mechanism to bring museum data into a common, highly analytical form without loss of information, for data transport and data merging.

     We hope, that these tests will encourage the widest possible use of the CRM as a solution for semantic interoperability in the community.

    Martin Doerr
    Chair, CIDOC CRM SIG,
    June 2001

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