Chairs: Edeltraud ASPÖCK | Guntram GESER, Austria

 Archaeological documentation work is becoming increasingly collaborative, distributed and data-intensive. In this context, data workflows, standard metadata, open access repositories and novel methods of semantic data integration (e.g. Linked Data) have a key role to play in ensuring effective management of documentation. The session invites researchers, documentation and data repository managers to present and discuss current standards and viable further improvement in the sharing of research results among and between collaborating research groups.

The background to the session is the emergence of national and European infrastructures and services for research data of many disciplines beyond the initial focus on some natural sciences. Archaeological research involves knowledge and methods from domains of the natural sciences and humanities, building on data from excavations, field surveys, laboratory and other analysis of the different types of archaeological evidence. Therefore, the development of repositories, infrastructure and services for archaeology poses particular challenges.

Contributions to the session are expected from documentation standardization, repository and infrastructure projects, including the recently started European project “Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe” (ARIADNE).

Suggested presentations and papers may address any related topics including, but not limited to, the state of the art and novel approaches in documentation metadata, repository management, data aggregation, sharing and open access, and interoperability of digital infrastructure resources and services.

 Brief information about the ARIADNE project:

Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe (ARIADNE), EU FP7-Infrastructures, 02/2013-01/2017, 24 partners from 16 countries.

ARIADNE is a project funded by the European Commission under the Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, contract no. FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1-313193.