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Linking Archaeological Data - enabling semantic infrastructure in the digital archaeology domain

Our research has enabled archaeological professional and commercial organisations to integrate diverse archaeology excavation datasets and significantly develop working practices.

Commercial archaeological datasets are usually created on a per-site basis structured via differing schema and vocabularies. These isolated information silos hinder meaningful cross search and comparison.

As the only record of unrepeatable fieldwork, it is essential that these data are made available for reuse and re-interpretation.

As a result of the research, the Archaeology Data Service, English Heritage, the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales have published as Linked Data important excavation datasets and national vocabularies that can act as hubs in the web of archaeological data.

Transnational data integration

Professor Doug Tudhope and Ceri Binding of the Hypermedia Research Unit won the Best International Impact Award 2018 for their innovative work in transnational data integration.

Ceri and Prof Tudhope collaborated with partners across 11 countries to improve the accessibility and visibility of Europe’s archaeological resources. This award was sponsored by Capital Law.