ADS / Archaeology Data Service

Archaeology Data Service

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is situated in the Department of Archaeology, at the University of York in the UK. The core objective of the ADS is to support research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology. The ADS promotes good practice in the use of digital data in archaeology, it provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies. It has been awarded the Data Seal of Approval since 2010.

The ADS has been involved in a number of European-funded research and development projects since 2001. These have included a co-ordinating role in ARENA (Archaeological Records of Europe Networked Access) to develop a cross-search European portal, completed in 2004, and subsequently taken forward as ARENA2 within the ESFRI DARIAH infrastructure project. The ADS was also a partner in the Culture 2007 programme ACE (Archaeology in Contemporary Europe) project, and was the UK archaeology aggregator for Europeana within the CARARE project.

Our role within NEARCH is centred primarily within the theme ’Archaeology in the Community: informing and involving people’ and ’Archaeology and Knowledge: teaching and sharing information’. ADS is also currently a partner in the LoCloud Europeana project, funded via the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Programme, and is sharing the scientific coordination and leading the workpackage on Transnational Access for the FP7 Research Infrastructures funded ARIADNE project.


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