The Hungarian National Museum is the oldest museum in Hungary. The museum has the largest and most complete historical collection of the country from the Palaeolithic to the modern era. It was founded by Count Ferenc Széchényi in 1802. In the 19th century the collection comprised the material of today’s most important national museums. The largest archaeological library of the country is also in the Museum, which was recently completed by modern historical, conservation and museological works. The geographical scope of the collection is basically the present-day and historical territory of Hungary. The museum functions as a methodological, information and coordination centre in digitalising finds and documents from other Hungarian museums.

The National Heritage Protection Centre (NHPC), formally known as Field Service for Cultural Heritage, became part of the Hungarian National Museum in 2010. NHPC is responsible for the protection of national cultural heritage, it provides professional services required for the protection of sites of built cultural heritage. It also deals with the research of important monuments such as listed buildings, and their surrounding areas. The Institution carries out tasks which have primary importance in the state-development economy such as preventive archaeological works and rescue excavations. NHCP conducts research-based work of planning and finding buildings and sites of historical and cultural interest. NHCP also carries out interdisciplinary research on archaeological finds.

Duties in the project:

In the ARIADNE programme three main departments of the Institution take part providing the data of their fields: The Topographic Department prepares cultural heritage impact studies, locates previously unknown sites, makes predictive models by using secondary literature, archival material, LIDAR, aerial photography and geophysical survey. The Processing Department by introducing special protocols, define compulsory procedures during excavations and processing. As a result all stages of the documentation of the excavations and primary processing of the finds are standardised within a unified digital system (databases). The Laboratory for Conservation and Applied Research offers services to researchers in the field of ceramic petrography, petrography of stone tools and building materials, palaeoenvironmental study, archaeobotany, phytolith analysis, archaeozoology and human anthropology. The integrated structure of the HNM-NHPC provides abundant amount of structured site and artefact data, grey literature and scientific data that need to be aggregated and made available to researchers and to the wider public both in Hungary and Europe.

NHPC will contribute datasets and will provide information about its datasets as part of the standardization and data sharing activities, it will participate in networking and dissemination activities

NHCP contributes in the following tasks of the programme:

  • Collecting users’ needs and feedback from the user community;
  • To foster the involvement of stakeholders and to enlarge the reference community;
  • Design and implement strategies promoting the innovation dimension;
  • Define the standards used within ARIADNE in order to support interoperability;
  • Define ARIADNE’s data access policies and IPR management;
  • Disseminate project outcomes;
  • Raise awareness in the archaeological community about ARIADNE and its objectives, contributing to the creation of a vibrant community of use;
  • Support infrastructure usage by training users;
  • Provide guidelines for exploiting infrastructure availability within archaeological research activities;
  • Adapt infrastructures provided to ARIADNE for integration;
  • Design and set up the necessary tools (crosswalks, mappings) and resources for interoperability;
  • Set up the internal (APIs) and external (human) interfaces to access the integrated resource.

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