Data Services for Transnational Archaeology (DASTA)

Principal investigator: Eljas Oksanen
Level: External project (International)

Data Services for Transnational Archaeology (DASTA)

The pilot project Data Services for Transnational Archaeology (DASTA) will create a proof-of-concept data service and portal to access archaeological heritage data with built-in tooling for Digital Humanities data analysis and visualisations. The system will be a model for disseminating cultural heritage ‘big data’ within an international context. It will lay the groundwork for future collaboration and secure international and interdisciplinary networks between Finnish and European partners, and develop solutions to challenges in use of complex existing cultural heritage data resources.

The model demonstrator will be based on the FindSampo3 framework for semantic portal/Linked Open Data in archaeological heritage, originally developed for the Finnish Heritage Agency’s (Museovirasto) dataset of ca. 5,000 metal-detected finds made by members of the public. This framework was developed in the joint research project SuALT of the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, and Finnish Heritage Agency in 2017-2021, funded by the Academy of Finland.

In DASTA the research data will be the Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales at the British Museum (PAS) dataset of over 1.5 million archaeological finds collected over 20 years, one of the largest (if not the largest) archaeological object databases in Europe. This research is a continuation of the new collaborations established between the British Museum and University of Helsinki as a result of the SuALT project.

Other Researchers: Eero Hyvönen, Heikki Rantala, Esko Ikkala, Mikko Koho, Jouni Tuominen

Referee: Michael Lewis (PAS, BM)

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