Creating the Cultural Heritage Knowledge Graph

Member of the CultureBrokers Initiative

News, Events & Publications

ResearchSpace Project read more

ResearchSpace Consultancy read more

  • ResearchSpace Workshops: Mapping Culture Semantically CIDOC CRM Mapping workshop for humanities scholars and cultural heritage professionalsKindly Supported by the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University 10th  - 12th August 2015, Yale University, New ...
    Posted 16 Jul 2015, 03:27 by Dominic Oldman
  • Oxford University Digital Humanities Summer School 2015 Dominic Oldman and Barry Norton will be presenting again this year on Contextual Cultural Heritage Open Data and looking in more detail at the British Museum's CIDOC CRM Endpoint ...
    Posted 22 Feb 2015, 12:05 by Dominic Oldman
  • Contextual Semantic Search of Cultural Data Contextual Search resolves issues inherent in existing search systems by providing accessible interfaces with the right level of precision and recall bu retaining the ability to provide a detailed representation ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2014, 04:10 by Dominic Oldman
Showing posts 1 - 3 of 40. View more »

Realizing Lessons of the Last 20 Years: A Manifesto for Data Provisioning & Aggregation Services for the Digital Humanities (A Position Paper)

Open Data Institute

British Museum CIDOC CRM SPARQL Endpoint receives perfect score from Open Data Institute in comparison of Cultural Heritage open datasets.

The ResearchSpace project is developing a collaborative environment for humanities and cultural heritage research using knowledge representation and Semantic Web technologies. The project includes work to;

  • Provide accessible methods for utilising the CIDOC CRM standard and official extensions.

  • Integrate heterogeneous data without losing meaning or perspective

  • Create a Contextual Search System and other collaborative tools

See out project pages for more details (tba) 

Who's Using CIDOC CRM

Some projects are highlighted on this site - click here

Other projects that use CIDOC CRM are posted on the at

Talk to us about contextual search systems

The ResearchSpace Team can offer consultancy for organisations and projects particularly on knowledge representation, Linked Data and Semantic Web techniques as well as a range of other digital research methods like natural language processing. The team are uniquely placed within the British Museum possessing considerable knowledge and experience with access to a wide range of cross  disciplinary expertise.

  • Triple/Quad and Graph databases (as well as traditional relational systems).
  • Semantic Web publication. Specialists in Semantic Search solutions.
  • Semantic (Linked Data) open source software development. 
  • CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model and other established ontologies.
  • Ontology implementation and design.
  • Data mapping and transformation.
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Design and specifications transforming traditional approaches into practical Semantic Web applications.
  • Specialist Project Management.
Contact Sarah Mengler on tel: 0207 323 8809

Read more.

ResearchSpace Contacts

ResearchSpace & the CIDOC CRM read more

Quality Data Representation

Principal Investigator: Dominic Oldman

Project & Development Manager: Dr Barry Norton

Research Assistant and Administrator: Sarah Mengler


tel: 0207 323 8809

Current Technology Partners

The ResearchSpace development uses the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM). This means that data from many different sources can be integrated, but while access to the data is homogeneous, the data itself retains its individual characteristics, original meaning and perspectives. This provides the ideal environment for research and allows analysis at both micro and macro levels. The CRM is an ontology that represents reality and ha
s been empirically designed to support humanist discourse employing event based object orientated event based modelling that can harmonise knowledge and different levels of detail.  The CRM Family now covers:
  • CRM: Conceptual Reference Model.
  • FRBRoo: Bibliographic References.
  • PRESSoo: Periodicals.
  • CRMinf: Argumentation Model.
  • CRMsci: Scientific Observation Model.
  • CRMdig: Digital Provenance Model.
  • CRMgeo: Spatiotemporal Refinement.
Read more.

British Museum (Contectual) Linked Data

Quality Linked data
The British Museum's CIDOC CRM contextual linked data rated the highest quality in a survey of open access cultural heritage information by the Open Data Institute. See

The CIDOC CRM represents the British Museum's data completely and, unlike other standards that fit data into a common and fix set of data fields, all the meaning contained in the Museum's source data is retained. This represents the only way in which museums can represent all their knowledge for meaningful integration, essential for serious research, support highly precise cross organisational data discovery and semantic relationships.


Collaboration on a common aim

The consortium believe that data must be represented with clear meaning and appropriate context which is essential for insightful reuse. It is particularly important that these qualities are maintained within data integrations so that institutional perspectives are preserved, similarities and differences can be correctly analysed and new information added robustly and with scholarly integrity.

While technologies used may be different and change over time, knowledge representation provides a constant foundation for the systems built by consortium members. The knowledge representation system used and developed by the consortium is the CIDOC CRM and its associated extensions together with any other agreed consortium standards.

read more (tba)