Implementing the CIDOC-CRM for the ArchaeoInf project

Geoff Carver of the University of Göttingen reports on work undertaken to implement the CIDOC-CRM for the ArchaeoInf project using the STELLAR data mapping and extraction utility.

This paper, presented at CAA 2012 in Southampton and published this month, describes the process used to prepare data for export from the ArcheoInf Database ( using the STELLAR “data mapping and extraction utility”  (  The basic process was developed by Geof Carver while helping to map DAI's Arachne Database for the Universität Köln.

The paper focuses on an aspect of the creation of metadata for ArchaeoInf, a data repository, a database which combines and integrates primary archaeological data collected and processed during surveys or excavations and originally stored in individual project databases.  The metadata was mapped to the CIDOC-CRM for export in RDF format using the STELLAR “data mapping and extraction utility.” As the “standard” STELLAR templates enable exports in the English Heritage version of the CIDOC-CRM, these were modified for ArchaeoInf (as the data it works with is not from England and does not follow English Heritage documentation standards).

Carver, G. (2012) ArcheoInf, the CIDOC-CRM and STELLAR: Workflow, Bottlenecks, and Where do we Go from Here?, CAA2012 Proceedings of the 40th Conference in Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Southampton, United Kingdom, 26-30 March 2012.  Pre-print available here.

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