Carver_G_CIDOC-CRM_and_STELLAR

Geoff Carver, "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

The following reports on work undertaken to implement the CIDOC-CRM for the ArchaeoInf project. ArchaeoInf (www.archeoinf.de) is intended to act as 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. Although creating ArchaeoInf presented a number of difficulties (many related to terminology), the following focuses on an aspect of the creation of metadata mapped to the CIDOC-CRM for export in RDF format using the STELLAR “data mapping and extraction utility.” The “standard” STELLAR templates enable exports into the English Heritage version of the CIDOC-CRM, but since ArchaeoInf is not concerned with databases or projects using English Heritage documentation standards, modified versions of the “user defined” templates were used instead. This paper describes the process of mapping existing databases into the CIDOC-CRM and then creating STELLAR templates for exporting the results of SQL queries into an XML/RDF format.

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