Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe

ARIADNE (FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1) aimed to integrate the existing archaeological research data infrastructures so that researchers can use the various distributed datasets and new and powerful technologies as an integral component of the archaeological research methodology. There is now a large availability of archaeological digital datasets that altogether span different periods, domains and regions; more are continuously created as a result of the increasing use of IT. They are the accumulated outcome of the research of individuals, teams and institutions, but form a vast and fragmented corpus so that their potential is constrained by difficult access and non-homogenous perspectives.

To achieve this result, the project used a number of integrating technologies building on common features of the currently available datasets, and on integrating actions which built a vibrant community of use. This integrating activity enabled trans-national access of researchers to data centres, tools and guidance, and the creation of new Web-based services based on common interfaces to data repositories, availability of reference datasets and usage of innovative technologies. It stimulated new research avenues in the field of archaeology, relying on the comparison, re-use and integration into current research of the outcomes of past and on-going field and laboratory activity. Such data are scattered among diverse collections, datasets, inaccessible and unpublished fieldwork reports “grey literature”, and in publications, the latter still being the main source of knowledge sharing.

Twenty four partners from all over Europe participated in the project, which has a total budget 8,464,556.00 Euros and is coordinated by PIN SOC.CONS. A R.L. – SERVIZI DIDATTICI E SCIENTIFICI PER L UNIVERSITA DI FIRENZE. DCU was leading the Work Package WP3, which was respobsible for:

  • a metadata registry for archaeological resources,
  • the design and implementation of long term preservation services, and
  • the implementation of the interoperability framework of the ARIADNE infrastructure

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