Issue 494: Scope note guidelines

Starting Date: 
Working Group: 

The ad-hoc CRM SIG Editorial Team of version 7.0, working on issue  Issue 483: 7.0 preparation - CRMbase review for inconsistencies, asked Martin to formulate some guidelines for scope note writting

April 2020

Current Proposal: 

sent  by Martin to editorial team of CIDOC CRM version 7.0 on 12/5/2020

Dear Steve,

Attached my first draft for scope note writing. I have not touched yet the scope notes for properties. There is much less theory about it. Substance and Identity is discussed by David Wiggins in an excellent book. Unity criteria and identity criteria by Nicola Guarino in several papers. There are the old AAT guidelines for scope note writing, which I used from memory. We could try to find them. Existence criteria are rather things I have discussed with Maria Daskalaki. I think the idea is implicit in Wiggin's book.

I'd suggest Steve to rework if adequate, and all of you to comment.

I'll continue with property scope notes.

sent by Martin to editorial team of CIDOC CRM version 7.0 on 20/5/2020

Dear All,

While I am waiting for Steve's comments about the first part of my guidelines, I attach now the draft completed with property scope notes and an Appendix of annotated examples. I have used this to infer the property scope note rules, in lack of more theory. When I tried to add a list of good practice class scope notes, I found them much less disciplined than our property scope notes. This is not a call for massive rewriting, but we may consider some systematic improvements in the future.

At this stage, I am waiting for your feedback before continuing.