Putting the pieces together: collaborative management of archaeological research data on the web

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Castella Maris Baltici X, Suomen keskiajan arkeologian seura - Sälskapet för medeltidsarkeologi i Finland, Volume XVII, Turku, p.209–217 (2012)


Archaeologically relevant research data consists of a broad variety of different kinds of information. The problem with having data in different formats and physically separate locations affects both an effective management and use of the assets. It is difficult to keep track on that what material is where and in what condition, and what is the general status of the preserved data. For the same reason, the material does also tend to be difficult and time consuming to access and use. A fundamental problem with archaeological data archives is how to combine the requirement for an integrity of data resources and the deep contextuality of archaeological data and interpretations. This article discusses a novel approach for the integration of archaeological data using a semantic wiki system that allow integration of formal descriptions and flexible documentation. The other assets of a semantic wikibased approach is relative ease of use, flexibility of editing, describing and structuring data, support for basically all conceivable types of data and the possibility to collaborate and use the resources in distance.

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