Following a STAR? Shedding more light on Semantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources

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The Semantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources (STAR) project has been investigating the use of a number of emerging semantic web technologies for developing interoperability between existing data from archaeological projects in legacy systems and new project data entered in new systems, along with other data sets from previously unrelated archaeological recording systems. Initial work began at English Heritage based on the CIDOC CRM ontology for cultural heritage and the creation of archaeological domain specific extensions to the CIDOC CRM ontology for the modeling of more specific archaeological information recorded during the evaluation, excavation and post-excavation processes. The CRM modeling work has now been mapped to a number of
different data sets from various derivations beginning with some from English Heritage projects, but in addition including data from other organizations in a number of different data structures and distinct formats. Work has also been carried out to incorporate domain thesauri into the project’s ontological framework and the development of tools. The conceptual modeling and mappings have then been used to generate RDF triple statements using a semi-automated process, and a purpose-built data-extraction tool with the
resulting RDF statements held in a triple store. The archaeological extensions (referred to as CRM-EH) have been made available in RDF format from the STAR web site. This paper will set out some of the most recent findings from the STAR project, including presentation of the latest web service interfaces. It will also look at some of the main pros and cons encountered in the project work to date and try to assess the degree of interoperability provided between the different data sets and some of the cost-benefits associated with mapping the various datasets using the Conceptual Reference Models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking History Interactive. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 37th International Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States of America, March 22-26
EditorsBernard Frischer, Jane Webb Crawford, David Koller
Place of PublicationOxford
Publisher British Archaeological Reports
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781407305561
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event CAA2009 - Location unknown - please update
Duration: 22 Mar 200922 Mar 2009

Publication series

NameBAR International Series S2079
PublisherBritish Archaeological Reports


Conference CAA2009


  • semantic interoperability
  • ontology
  • conceptual reference modeling
  • CRM-EH
  • SKOS


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