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The Conceptual Reference Wiki for Cultural Heritage Information is a project idea and intended to serve the community of professionals in archives, libraries and museums as a node for cultural heritage standards.

The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model is the international standard (ISO 21127:2006) for the controlled exchange of cultural heritage information. Although covering the universe of cultural heritage concepts and providing the formal ontology for archives, libraries and museums, implementations and utilizations of this model are still considered rare. While the CIDOC CRM is the result of the efforts of the specialized CIDOC working group, it seems to be difficult for other members of the professional community of museum specialists to share the highly abstract essence of a conceptual reference model. The largest wiki project “Wikipedia” demonstrates the capability of a wiki to deal with both the complex and abstract features of an ontology as well as multiple pieces of data and information. Therefore the combination of the model and a wiki should provide new qualities of accessibility and connectivity to the CIDOC CRM.

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