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ARIADNE: A research infrastructure for archaeology

Meghini, Carlo; Tudhope, Douglas; Binding, Ceri; Scopigno, Roberto; Vlachidis, Andreas; Richards, Julian; Wright, Holly; Geser, Guntram; Cuy, Sebastian; Fihn, Johan; Fanini, Bruno; Niccolucci, Franco; Hollander, Hella; Felicetti, Achille; Ronzino, Paola; Nurra, Federico; Papatheodorou, Christos; Gavrilis, Dimitris; Theodoridou, Maria; Doerr, Martin


Carlo Meghini

Franco Niccolucci

Achille Felicetti

Paola Ronzino

Federico Nurra

Christos Papatheodorou

Dimitris Gavrilis

Maria Theodoridou

Martin Doerr

Douglas Tudhope

Ceri Binding

Roberto Scopigno

Julian Richards

Holly Wright

Guntram Geser

Sebastian Cuy

Johan Fihn

Bruno Fanini

Hella Hollander


Research e-infrastructures, digital archives and data services have become important pillars of scientific enterprise that in recent decades has become ever more collaborative, distributed and data-intensive. The archaeological research community has been an early adopter of digital tools for data acquisition, organisation, analysis and presentation of research results of individual projects. However, the provision of e-infrastructure and services for data sharing, discovery, access and (re-)use have lagged behind. This situation is being addressed by ARIADNE, the Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe. This EU-funded network has developed an e-infrastructure that enables data providers to register and provide access to their resources (datasets, collections) through the ARIADNE data portal, facilitating discovery, access and other services across the integrated resources. This paper describes the current landscape of data repositories and services for archaeologists in Europe, and the issues that make interoperability between them difficult to realise. The results of the ARIADNE surveys on users' expectations and requirements are also presented. The main section of the paper describes the architecture of the e-infrastructure, core services (data registration, discovery and access) and various other extant or experimental services. The on-going evaluation of the data integration and services is also discussed. Finally, the paper summarises lessons learned, and outlines the prospects for the wider engagement of the archaeological research community in the sharing of data through ARIADNE.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Journal Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage
Print ISSN 1556-4673
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 1-27
Institution Citation Meghini, C., Niccolucci, F., Felicetti, A., Ronzino, P., Nurra, F., Papatheodorou, C., …Hollander, H. (2017). ARIADNE: A research infrastructure for archaeology. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 10(3), 1-27.
Keywords archaeology, cultural heritage, e-infrastructure, computer graphics, data standards, SKOS, CIDOC-CRM
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Additional Information Additional Information : © ACM, 2017. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, {10, 3, (2017)}


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