International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 321–331 | Cite as

Off-the-shelf CRM with Drupal: a case study of documenting decorated papers

  • Athanasios Velios
  • Aurelie Martin


We present a method of setting up a website using the Drupal CMS to publish CRM data. Our setup requires basic technical expertise by researchers who are then able to publish their records in both a human accessible way through HTML and a machine friendly format through RDFa. We begin by examining previous work on Drupal and the CRM and identifying useful patterns. We present the Drupal modules that are required by our setup and we explain why these are sustainable. We continue by giving guidelines for setting up Drupal to serve CRM data easily and we describe a specific installation for our case study which is related to decorated papers alongside our CRM mapping. We finish with highlighting the benefits of our method (i.e. speed and user-friendliness) and we refer to a number of issues which require further work (i.e. automatic validation, UI improvements and the provision for SPARQL endpoints).


Drupal CIDOC-CRM Decorated paper 



We would like to thank Maria Theodoridou and George Bruseker from FORTH for their comments on Drupal and the CRM mapping. We would also like to thank members of the Arbeitskreis Buntpapier: Henk Porck (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Susanne Krause (Hamburger Buntpapier - Buntpapierverlag), Matthias Hageböck (Herzogin Anna Amalie Bibliothek), Julia Rinck (Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek) for their advice with the decorated papers terminology. Special thanks to Nicholas Pickwoad for his continuous support of this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ligatus Research Centre CCW Graduate SchoolUniversity of the Arts LondonLondonUK

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