The global rock art database: developing a rock art reference model for the RADB system using the CIDOC CRM and Australian heritage examples

R. A. Haubt*

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The Rock Art Database (RADB) is a virtual organisation that aims to build a global rock art community. It brings together rock art enthusiasts and professionals from around the world in one centralized location through the deployed publicly available RADB Management System. This online platform allows users to share, manage and discuss rock art information and offers a new look at rock art data through the use of new technologies in rich media formats. Full access to the growing platform is currently only available for a selected group of users but it already links over 200 rock art projects around the globe.

This paper forms a part of the larger Rock Art Database (RADB) project. It discusses the design stage of the RADB System and the development of a conceptual RADB Reference Model (RARM) that is used to inform the design of the Rock Art Database Management System. It examines the success and failure of international and national systems and uses the Australian heritage sector and Australian rock art as a test model to develop a method for the RADB System design. The system aims to help improve rock art management by introducing the CIDOC CRM in conjunction with a rock art specific domain model. It seeks to improve data compatibility and data sharing to help with the integration of a variety of resources to create the global Rock Art Database Management System.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational CIPA Symposium (25th : 2015): Filling the gaps - towards a globalization era - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sep 2015
Conference number: 25th

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  • rock art
  • heritage management
  • data centralization
  • ontology
  • domain model


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