CIDOC-CRM class E21

What is a "Person" & how to use it

The class "Person" comprises real persons who live, lived or are assumed to have lived.

Note: Legendary figures and figures from mythodology do not belong to the class "Person". Please contact us in case you wish to use such figures.

The class "Person" is a Persistent Item, which is characterized/described by Temporal Entities such as "birth" (that took place at a specific moment in time).

Add a Person

Two fields are mandatory to add a Person :

  • his naming (person appelation in language)

  • and a short definition that allows other users (and even you) to identify him/her quickly.

FAIR: To facilitate the re-use of data, a definition is mandatory. Be simple and factual. If you can, add a temporal and/or a geographical situation, a rank or a function, in order to inform other users.

Learn by example: The Duke Amédée VIII of Savoy

Give a Name and a Definition to your Person

The first step is to give your Person a name (or person appellation in language). Remember that a naming could be linked to a language (french, english, latin,...), a time-span and a type.

Add a short definition that helps to identify the person (including a rank, position, location or similar).

You can enter the complete name or you can split his first name and his last name and add them separately, defining a "type" for each naming in the Controlled Vocabulary Setting. The way you call and define the types of "appelation in language" of your person it's up to you.

In our case, "Amédée" is a first name, "de Savoie" is a last name. He was call the "Pacific" as surname, but he also carry an official or professional appelation as "Amédée VIII de Savoie" or "Félix V" as pope:


You can activate profiles in order to make use of other classes of interest. The following profiles might be interesting to use in connection with the life and career of persons:

Hint: Find here the complete list of available profiles.

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