Digital Libraries 2014


The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC CRM) is a conceptual model and ontology with a fundamental role in many data integration efforts in the Cultural Heritage (CH) and Digital Libraries domain. The CIDOC CRM is intended to promote a shared understanding of cultural heritage information by providing a common and extensible semantic framework that any cultural heritage information can be mapped to. As an international standard (ISO 21127:2006), the reference models serves as an authoritative common language for domain experts and implementers formulating requirements for information systems and is a guide for good practice of conceptual modeling. It provides the "semantic glue" needed to mediate, merge and integrate different sources of cultural heritage information, such as that published by museums, libraries and archives.

Worldwide there is a large and growing community involved in CRM-related development and research and the purpose of this workshop is to be a forum for presenting and discussing on-going development and novel research, sharing knowledge and best practice, as well as inspire new research, development, and cooperation. An important goal of the 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 model has spawned various CRM-compliant models, adaptations and extensions, such as:

  • FRBRoo - a formal ontology for bibliographic information based on the Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records
  • 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 other models, while not CRM-compliant, have been influenced by the CRM, such as the Europeana Data Model - EDM.

The overall objective of the workshop is to facilitate and stimulate discussions, development and research related to CIDOC CRM applications and extension.


The workshop invites papers that cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Modeling, ontology development, mapping

  • CRM-compliant extension ontologies and domain specializations.
  • Principles for extending CRM
  • Best practices for representing specific domains and use-cases
  • Best practices, guidelines and detailed mappings from various metadata formats
  • Joint use of CRM and other popular ontologies.
  • Principles for selecting constructs from different ontologies
  • Metadata formats based on CRM and its extension
  • RDF schemas and vocabularies

Application development, software, data collections

  • Software systems and similar developments using CRM
  • Repositories and data collection that aggregate large amounts of CRM RDF data
  • Querying, searching and faceted browsing of CRM repositories
  • Display, editing, annotation and cross-linking of CRM data
  • Reasoning with CRM data
  • Development of test collections, best practice examples, reuse and open data

Usability, evaluation, best practice

  • Adopting CRM, learning curve and didactic considerations
  • Shortcomings, recommendations for CRM evolution
  • Collaboration on CRM evolution, merging RDF standardization approaches, recommendations for collaborative approaches
  • Performance and volumetric information about CRM-based applications and systems
  • Evaluations of CRM adoption, usability of CRM-based systems, usage of specific CRM constructs

Format of the workshop

The workshop will be organized as a full day event including coffee breaks and lunch. The program will consist of 1 invited talk in the morning session and up to 10-12 papers and demos. Short papers can accompany demonstrations. Additionally we invite for position papers for presenting research and project ideas and plans in a short afternoon session.

An international Program Committee will review the submissions before the workshop chairs make the final selection of contributions following the traditional peer-review process. Each approved contribution will have app. 30 minutes during the workshop. Each presented paper or demo will be assigned to experts in advance to initiate and facilitate in-depth discussions and/or invite for more general discussions based on the topic presented.


We invite for contributions to the workshop of different categories: full papers (12 p), short papers (6 p), demoes accompanied by short papers (4 p), positions papers (4 p).


  • Submission of extended abstracts or full version of the contribution: 1 August
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 August
  • Registration deadline for authors: 11 August
  • Submission deadline for final version: 1 September
  • Workshop: 12 September

Venue and registration

The CRMEX 2014 workshop is organized as part of the DL 2014 Conference in London:


Workshop chairs

  • Trond Aalberg, NTNU, Norway,
  • Vladimir Alexiev, OntoText Corp., Bulgaria,

Program Committee

  • Vladimir Alexiev, Ontotext Corp, Bulagaria
  • Ceri Binding, University of Glamorgan, UK
  • Costis Dallas, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Martin Doerr, ICS-FORTH, Greece
  • Kai Eckert, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Øyvind Eide, University of Passau, Germany
  • Günther Görz, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
  • Antoine Isaac, Europeana / VU UNiversity Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Vladimir Ivanov, Kazan Federal University, Russia
  • Dominic Oldman, British Museum, UK
  • Christian-Emil Ore, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University, Greece
  • Michalis Sfakakis, Ionian University, Greece
  • Rainer Simon, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Stephen Stead, Paveprime Ltd and member of the CRM-SIG, UK
  • Maria Theodoridou, ICS-FORTH, Greece
  • Maja Zumer, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Trond Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Please contact the workshop organizers if you have questions.