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BM extensions to CRM

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This is obsolete: see BM Mapping

BM Data

  • 14Gb of XMLs exported from BM's collection system (Merlin). Took several weeks (SSL says it'd have been faster if they knew better)
  • RDF takes between 12 and 24 hours to assert in the current triple store (IntelliDimension)
  • Exported from Merlin, a C/C++ system with a proprietary OO database. BM's Merlin model is based on the SPECTRUM standard for Museum Documentation. The functionality of other museum collection systems is also based on SPECTRUM
  • http://collection.britishmuseum.org/: live links to BM objects
    (was http://bm2.rkbexplorer.com during development)

BMX Description

Developed by Seme4 as part of BM collection data mapping to RDF in the CRM schema.
Extended/corrected by Josh following review by Vlado.
The following documents describe the BM data

D1 Conversion

D1 - BM to ResearchSpace- Conversion Process and Schema.pdf. Ian Millard, Seme4.
"Recommended process for converting data from a Collections Management System in the Cultural Heritage domain into Open Linked Data"

  • demonstrate feasibility for converting the entire Collections data from the British Museum into Linked Data
  • describes the developed ETL tool "makeRDF": based on config files, uses xpath, similar to xslt but simpler
  • describes the technical aspects of data conversion
  • nice intro to CRM

D2 Mapping

D2 - Commentary on the mapping process- from BM to CIDOC-CRM.pdf, Hugh Glaser, SotonU

  • very informative description of the mapping and the thinking behind it, shows the complexity of museum data.
  • description of BMX
  • instructive usage guide for the CRM

Sample object

BM-object-GAA87981.pdf: Shows all triples for a single object, and describes them

BMX ontology

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