International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 71–78 | Cite as

CRMba a CRM extension for the documentation of standing buildings

  • Paola Ronzino
  • Franco Niccolucci
  • Achille Felicetti
  • Martin Doerr


Exploring the connections between successive phases and overlapping layers from different ages in an ancient building is paramount for its understanding and study. Archaeologists and cultural heritage experts are always eager to unveil the hidden relations of an archaeological building to reconstruct its history and for its interpretation. This paper presents CRMba, a CIDOC CRM extension developed to facilitate the discovery and the interpretation of archaeological resources through the definition of new concepts required to describe the complexity of historic buildings. The CRMba contributes to solving the datasets interoperability issue by exploiting the use of the CIDOC CRM to overcome data fragmentation, to investigate the semantics of building components, of functional spaces and of the construction phases of historic buildings and complexes, making explicit their physical and topological relations through time and space. The approach used for the development of the CRMba makes the model valid for the documentation of different kinds of buildings, across periods, styles and conservation state.


Ontology Buildings archaeology Semantics CIDOC CRM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola Ronzino
    • 1
  • Franco Niccolucci
    • 1
  • Achille Felicetti
    • 1
  • Martin Doerr
    • 2
  1. 1.PINPratoItaly
  2. 2.ICS FORTHHeraklionGreece

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