The CIDOC CRM is a compact top-level (conceptual) ontology that is appropriate for cultural heritage, historic discourse, archaeology. It supports generic description of cultural artifacts, people, places, sites, related events (e.g. creation, acquisition, finding, curation, conservation), cultural periods. It is standardized as ISO 21127:2006, but undergoes continuing development.
CRM is at the heart of the ResearchSpace project (http://www.researchspace.org/), a web-based collaborative system for art research, based on LOD and CRM. ResearchSpace is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, run by the British Museum, software development by Ontotext. The relevance of CRM to CH research discourse is described by Martin Doerr here: http://www.researchspace.org/researchspace-concepts/technological-choices-of-the-researchspace-project. A recent blog by Dominic Oldman and Martin Doerr compares CRM to other aggregation ontologies: http://www.oldman.me.uk/blog/costsofculturalheritage/
Ontotext helped the British Museum to develop its mapping to CIDOC CRM, and Best Practice guidelines that other museums can use. Ontotext has gained strong experience with CRM and is active on the CRM Special Interest Group (CRM SIG). We promote CRM extensions and corrections that facilitate real interoperability and federation between collections of different institutions.
Two relevant papers by Vladimir Alexiev: http://www.ontotext.com/publications/2012#CRM-FR-search and http://www.ontotext.com/publications/2012#CRM-Properties. A brief presentation about Ontotext and ResearchSpace: http://www.slideshare.net/valexiev1/research-space-vre-based-on-cidoc-crm.
More info about Ontotext’s CH projects: http://lodlam.net/members/vladimiralexiev/profile, http://www.ontotext.com/Libraries_and_Archives
Ontotext organizes the workshop Practical Experiences with CIDOC CRM and its Extensions (CRMEX 2013, http://www.ontotext.com/CRMEX) in conjunction with the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2013) conference on 26 September 2013 in Malta.
This session can start with an intro to CIDOC CRM, followed by discussion of its relevance for CH projects.