ARIADNE is a research infrastructure funded by the European Commission’s FP7 programme to bring together existing archaeological research data infrastructures.  A range of services and opportunities are offered to archaeologists to enable access to the research infrastructure including online services, training workshops, access visits and summer schools.

Ariadne advertises calls for researchers to apply for physical access to leading research laboratories that focus on:

  • Dataset design and implementation
  • Integration and interoperability of datasets
  • 3D documentation of fieldwork and artefacts.
  • Metadata mapping and interoperability
  • Design of scientific datasets

The calls for proposals offer opportunities for researchers to apply for individual access visits or to participate in summer schools at one of these research centres:

PIN – the Prato branch of the University of Florence is also a research agency operating in many fields.  Since 2001 it has developed significant expertise in the field of archaeological applications and has advised institutions in Italy and abroad on the recovery of legacy data and conversion to updated data formats, inclusion in data portals, and the creation of archaeological datasets.

ISTI-CNR – the NeMIS Lab is part of the institute of the Italian National Research Centre devoted to ICT research and based in Pisa.  NeMIS lab develops technologies for modelling access and handling of information, digital library services and services for information retrieval. ISTI-CNR currently offers services within formal education or education projects and digital library activities within the framework of Europeana related projects.

DCU– the Digital Curation unit of the IMIS Institute of the Athena Research Centre in Athens is active in the field of digital curation.  The Unit has expertise in the design of archaeological datasets and thesauri, conversion of legacy datasets, definition of metadata standards, international metadata standards, metadata mapping and in the use of OWL, SKOS and other standard languages.

CETI– the Cultural and Educational Technology Institute of the Athena Research Centre in Xanthi is a multi-disciplinary research organisation.  Its Archaeometry Department focuses on the application of advance analytical physicochemical methods for the extraction of information from raw materials, archaeological artefacts, works of art, monuments and sites.  The department’s state-of-the-art laboratory covers archaeological dating and authentication, X-ray and radiation applications in cuture, chemical analysis (organic and inorganic) and electron microscopy.  The Cultural Heritage Department has developed significant expertise in the study of ceramics, the scientific documentation of artefacts and interpretation of archaeological data.


Training opportunities are also offered to researchers in the use of the research infrastructure and specific technologies. New training opportunities will be advertised each year, for more information about these please contact us: