Knowledge Graph Implementation of Archival Descriptions Through CIDOC-CRM

  • Inês Koch
  • Nuno FreitasEmail author
  • Cristina Ribeiro
  • Carla Teixeira Lopes
  • João Rocha da Silva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11799)


Archives have well-established description standards, namely the ISAD(G) and ISAAR(CPF) with a hierarchical structure adapted to the nature of archival assets. However, as archives connect to a growing diversity of data, they aim to make their representations more apt to the so-called linked data cloud. The corresponding move from hierarchical, ISAD-conforming descriptions to graph counterparts requires state-of-the-art technologies, data models and vocabularies. Our approach addresses this problem from two perspectives. The first concerns the data model and description vocabularies, as we adopt and build upon the CIDOC-CRM standard. The second is the choice of technologies to support a knowledge graph, including a graph database and an Object Graph Mapping library. The case study is the Portuguese National Archives, Torre do Tombo, and the overall goal is to build a CIDOC-CRM-compliant system for document description and retrieval, to be used by professionals and the public. The early stages described here include the design of the core data model for archival records represented as the ArchOnto ontology and its embodiment in the ArchGraph knowledge graph. The goal of a semantic archival information system will be pursued in the migration of existing records to the richer representation and the development of applications supported on the graph.


Archival description CIDOC-CRM Torre do Tombo National Archives Knowledge graph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INESC-TEC, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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