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CIMI XML Schema for SPECTRUM Version 1.5

Release of CIMI XML Schema for SPECTRUM and Open Implementers Call for Alpha Test Period

October 15, 2002.

The CIMI Consortium ( is pleased to announce the public release of Version 1.5 of the CIMI XML Schema for SPECTRUM, and the launch of an Open Implementers call to participate an Alpha Test Period.

The CIMI Schema will enable museums to encode rich descriptive information relating to museum objects, including associated information about people, places and events surrounding the history of museum objects, as well as information about their management and use within museums. The CIMI Schema will be useful for migrating data, the sharing of information between applications, and as an interchange format for OAI (Open Archives Initiative at metadata harvesting.

The CIMI Schema is based on the SPECTRUM, the data and collections management standard for museum collections. SPECTRUM was developed by mda ( and has been widely implemented in museums internationally.

The Schema has been tested by CIMI members and data from a variety of museum databases has been successfully encoded. Implementers from across the museum and XML communities are now invited to review and/or use the CIMI Schema in order that it can benefit from real-life use in projects. This Alpha Test Period will encompass the following stages:

  • Stage 1 Freezing the CIMI Schema for use during the Alpha Test Period until June 2003, in order that implementers can make use of a stable product and so that CIMI can gather feedback from its use.

  • Stage 2 After June 2003, CIMI intends to hold at least one Implementers' Forum to evaluate feedback arising from the use of the CIMI Schema during its first release and to address issues of how the community can manage the ongoing extension and refinement of the CIMI Schema in the future.

  • Stage 3 Review of the Schema following the Implementers' Forum and public release of Version 2 of the Schema in November 2003.

The CIMI Schema and its supporting documentation are available for download at:

Further information about the CIMI XML Schema for SPECTRUM and its development is available at:

Questions about the CIMI Schema can be addressed to the CIMI XML Project Manager, Alice Grant at

Alice Grant Consulting Fengate Farm, Fengate Road, West Pinchbeck
Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK PE11 3NE
T: +44(0)1775 640282 F: +44(0)1775 640969 M: 07932-023143

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Consortium for Interchange of Museum Information (CIMI)."

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