Mapping datasets to the CRMsurv model: progress report on the SEMAFORA project

Martijn van Leusen, Tymon C.A. de Haas, George Bruseker, Sjoerd Siebinga

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In the course of 2022, the authors constructed and documented a conceptual reference model for fieldwalking surveys, CRMsurv, according to the CIDOC CRM guidelines, and have begun the construction of a mapping interface to allow data owners, with some training and expert guidance, to map their datasets to this model. Figuring out how to do this has caused some delays in the work, but we now expect to complete the mapping and validation by summer 2023. In this paper we will focus on the steps needed to achieve FAIR data *after* the construction of the conceptual model: how to present mapping options to data owners in a logical manner and sequence, how and where to enforce standardization of terminology and meaning, how to maintain centralized documentation of the mapping system (hint: ARCHES!), and how to seduce data owners to relinquish their data monopolies. We will also look beyond the ending of the funded SEMAFORA project in December 2023, to such questions as how to develop a sustainable business model for data mapping.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 1-Sept-2023
Event29th European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting: Weaving Narratives - Queens University Belfast, Belfast
Duration: 30-Aug-20232-Sept-2023
Conference number: 29


Conference29th European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting
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  • Archaeological field survey, CIDOC CRM extension, Data mapping

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