DIGILAB – 1, Services on ontologies and data models

Facility type: DIGILAB 

Access provider: Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI), ICS, FORTH

Title: Services on ontologies and data models


The Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI) brings together skills in knowledge representation, ontology engineering, knowledge organisation systems, database technology and web technology with expertise in archaeology, museum documentation and management, sites and monuments management, art conservation, archives and libraries, thesaurus and dictionary management and other cultural disciplines. The activities of the centre unfold in three directions: 1) Targeted research with focus on the formal representation of information structure and scientific discourse in the humanities, supported communication and in the semantic interoperability; 2) Community building for the promotion of standards, complementary skills and know-how in the creation, processing, integration and presentation of cultural information for the benefit of quality, accessibility and exploitation of digital cultural content; and 3) Targeted development of advanced information systems that provide a scientific challenge or a proof -of -concept in real settings. The expertise of CCI  comprises:

  • CIDOC CRM, a core ontology for the semantic integration of heterogeneous data structures.
  • Coherent extensions of CIDOC CRM, by collaboration with key-stakeholders of other communities with an interest in e-science information integration in biodiversity, geology and archaeology (analytical methods, remote sensing data, excavation records).
  • The X3ML Toolkit, a set of small, open source, microservices that follow the SYNERGY Reference Model – for a better practice of data provisioning and aggregation processes – and assist the data provisioning process for information integration.
  • Various access methods over RDF datasets (starting from tools for assistive query building, to keyword search services, e.g. https://demos.isl.ics.forth.gr/elas4rdf/, RDF Visualiser)
  • Terminology Information Systems
  • Monument and museum information systems


The services offered are:

  • Services on ontologies and data models
    • Design & Development of specialised thematic data models and ontologies.
    • Consulting on the usage of CIDOC CRM and related models.
    • Consulting of user groups and broader communities for the exploitation of complex interrelated (complementary) information gathered via micro or macro studies.



Related Publications

  • Doerr, M., Theodoridou, M., Aspöck, E., & Masur, Α. (2015). Mapping archaeological databases to CIDOC-CRM. Presented in the 43rd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology “KEEP THE REVOLUTION GOING” Conference (CAA 2015 SIENA), April 2015, Siena, Italy. (submitted for publication to the CAA2015 proceedings), Siena, Italy.
  • Doerr, M., Bekiari, Ch., Kritsotaki, A., & Hiebel, G.H, Theodoridou, M. (2014). Modelling Scientific Activities: Proposal for a global schema for integrating metadata about scientific observation. CIDOC – International Documentation Committee of ICOM: Content metadata – Administrative metadata – Technical metadata – Legal metadata -Conference 6th-11th Sept. 2014 in Dresden.
  • Niccolucci, F., & Doerr, M. (2013). CIDOC-CRM: the universal glue to connect diverse archaeological datasets. The contributions of 3D-ICONS and ARIADNE. Seventh World Archaeological Congress, The Dead Sea, Jordan, January 13th – 18th 2013.
  • Hiebel, G.H, Doerr, M., & Eide, Ø. (2013). Integration of CIDOC CRM with OGC Standards to model spatial information (Session5, 522). Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2013, Perth-Australia, 25th -28th March 2013.
  • Le Boeuf, P., & Doerr, M. (2007). Linking CIDOC CRM and FRBR. Intelligent Access to Digital Heritage, 18-19 October.

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