Towards the Development of a Metadata Model for a Digital Cultural Heritage Collection with Focus on Provenance Information

Susanne Al-Eryani, Stefanie Rühle


This project report describes the first steps of the
development of a metadata model for the contextualization of heterogeneous
objects from different cultural heritage collections with focus on provenance
information. The project started with the assumption that aims and objectives of
researchers working with cultural heritage collections differ from discipline to
discipline. Accordingly, use cases and requirements for the description of
objects are heterogeneous. To provide a model that would be usable not only
within but also across academic disciplines the project needed to know where
these requirements differ and where they match. Therefore the first part of the
project was focused on the investigation of use cases and requirements. On the
base of the common requirements a generic model will be built that allows the
merging of data from a variety of disciplines using different metadata
standards. The model’s structure will be a combination of prevalent metadata
standards mapped to each other. Another peculiarity of the model will be the
modular design of micro -ontologies, sets of domain-specific class structures
that are, nevertheless, available on a meta-level in terms of substructures.
Applying the DCMI dumb-down principle these subproperties and subclasses will be
assigned to a who-what-where-when model, a base structure for the description of
objects.The project divided the work process of the project into seven steps. As
the project is still work in progress, only four steps will be explained in
detail in this report. The three remaining steps will be presented in an