Implementation, limitations, suggestions

(Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany)

Keywords: digital reconstruction, documentation, CIDOC CRM

Digital reconstruction is becoming ever more common in archaeology, architecture and other disciplines. Lost, but also present structures are being visualized to enhance the understanding of artifacts and point out historical and constructional relationships of the objects under consideration. Furthermore, the process of reconstruction leads to an aggregation of knowledge, becoming a substantial part of historical research. To preserve this knowledge, a proper documentation of the reconstruction projects is essential, but barely applied.
DokuVis is a system that aims to facilitate the documentation and development processes in such a way that the input of data becomes simple and intuitive. It is considered to be both a collaboration platform and a research environment, complying with guidelines and metadata standards, such as the London Charter principles and the CIDOC CRM.
The CIDOC CRM, however, has its limitations, when it comes to digital objects, uncertainty, and hypotheses. While there are already extensions for other fields, digital reconstructions as part of cultural heritage still lack of a common accepted standard for metadata.
As part of a broader discussion, this contribution will present the current implementation of CIDOC CRM in DokuVis and outline those situations, where the core CIDOC CRM lacks of suitable classes and properties and where an extension for this specific scope of cultural heritage might be essential.