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Publication . Article . 2009

From artefact typologies to cultural heritage ontologies: or, an account of the lasting impact of archaeological computing

Dallas, Costis;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2009 Journal: Archeologia e Calcolatori (issn: 1120-6861, Copyright policy )
Publisher: CNR - Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale
Research in theoretical and computer-based archaeology, from the 1950s onwards, established important perspectives for the formal representation and analysis of tangible cultural entities such as complex artefacts, iconographic compositions and archaeological assemblages, and became a precursor for the emergence of knowledge-based tools, methodologies and standards for artefact-centred information systems in contemporary museums. One particular case in point is CLIO, a semantic information system intended for research use, developed by ICS/FORTH and the Benaki Museum in Greece in the early 1990s, which became a foundation for the definition of the Conceptual Reference Model of the International Documentation Committee of ICOM (CIDOC CRM), recently adopted as the ISO standard for cultural information representation. It is argued here that, as the capabilities of computer applications to provide access to complex, multimedia cultural information increase, so does also the validity and importance of earlier research advances in artefact-centred archaeological computing; and, conversely, that the advent of digital infrastructures for material culture disciplines such as archaeology highlights the pertinence, and potential benefits, of further work on archaeological formal analysis and knowledge representation.

History of applications and research projects, Theoretical and methodological problems

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