The ARIADNE project offers training to researchers on the use of research infrastructures and specific technologies. As part of this programme, the project sponsored workshops on Data Management Planning for Archaeologists at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology and the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The workshop aimed to introduce archaeological researchers to strategies for effective data management, data sharing and interoperability, alongside an introduction to some of the new services being made available to researchers through the ARIADNE project.


The use of computers in archaeological fieldwork and research has become routine.  Large volumes of data are being created and may become the only record of precious heritage assets.  Yet data is as fragile as the sites we excavate. This presentation provides an overview of some of the risks and introduces strategies for protecting digital data.



Digital data has a lifecycle.  Projects begin with research design, planning methods, choosing equipment, and recording.  Many projects are long running, the information captured from the start affects how usable the data is later and how easy it is to archive.  Once archived data can be made available for re-use and so the cycle continues.


Data Management Planning

Written at the start of a project, data management plans help to make sure that data is well organised and documented.  They help to clarify what data was produced by whom, and make it easier to introduce new team members to the work already completed.


Archiving and Repositories

Depositing data in an archive helps to ensure its preservation and to provide access, and brings professional recognition.  What happens to data behind the scenes once it is deposited?  This presentation gives an overview of the archiving process and how project archives can be published.


Data Sharing

Surveys indicate that across all disciplines few researchers are currently making data openly available. Archaeology data can involve many different actors, layered rights and various access agreements.  The perceived lack of academic reward for data sharing, and concerns about misuse or misinterpretation of data can limit sharing. Yet the obstacles can be overcome and benefits gained from sharing data under open access licences in re-usable formats.  This presentation looks at strategies for licencing and attribution of research data.



Metadata sits at the heart of interoperability.  Following standards and using ontologies, thesauri and controlled vocabularies helps data to become interoperable.  Technologies that use Linked Data (preferably Linked Open Data) enable data to be organised in a way that reveals new knowledge and understanding.  Interoperable data can be brought together and searched in portals such as the one being developed by ARIADNE.


Ariadne Services

This presentation provides an introduction to the ARIADNE portal, Visual Media and Landscape services.

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