Why not CIDOC CRM at this time

One of my current projects, named Concordia, aims to bootstrap a graph of open, linked data for ancient world studies. Our decision to defer use of properties of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) is explained in this memo.

In a nutshell: there's no existing web of CRM-linked data, and implementing the standard gives Concordia no near-term wins. Furthermore, mismatches between the CRM and currently published data mandate a level of effort and expense that cannot be borne at this time. Because the Web is an "open world", CRM details can be added in future, as needed.

Update (2008-12-13): I've received some good feedback concerning non-technical issues that keep museum data shut in and will try to write more about that next week.


Re: Why not CIDOC CRM at this time

Author: Bryan

So, this is the first time I've heard of CIDOC again ... since I found out about it. So, the bottom line is you think it's going nowhere?

Re: Why not CIDOC CRM at this time

Author: Sean

"Going nowhere" is too strong; I'm just saying that a less perfect approach might improve the linked data picture in the near term.