The Neoclassica-ontology offers a formalized encoding of domain-expert knowledge in order to make it accessible to complex research questions with the use of a computer. The ontology establishes a controlled vocabulary that takes into consideration the following aspects: It is both research-oriented and multilingual, it reflects the different shape of the represented concepts in different languages in a synthetic approach, it reflects the historical semantics of the concepts and it provides a synthetic framework for describing architectural features of the built environment and of the furnishings contained therein.
Currently the ontology contains hierarchies describing types of artefacts and their components as well as the relationship that will permit to describe the structure of the objects in terms of their parts. At the moment it is chiefly focused on furniture as well as architectural concepts that can be applied to furniture components. Furthermore we adopted specific concepts and relationships from CIDOC-CRM for the documentation of materials, techniques, events, persons, places, periods and conceptual objects. We are extending these concepts for our specific domain requirements.