The Archaeology Data Service, partner in LoCloud

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) at the Department of Archaeology - University of York, UK supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resource.

Within LoCloud ADS plays a major role in the requirements phase (WP1) as well as in European, international and national dissemination work in the UK (WP6).

ADS is very pleased to be part of the LoCloud project. As a partner in CARARE, one of the immediate predecessors to LoCloud, we gained experience with the process of getting our metadata ready for ingest into Europeana using the metadata mapping tool (MINT) and the metadata aggregator (MoRe); the essential tools for aligning our metadata to the CARARE schema, and making it ready to publish to Europeana. Through this work we were able to make over 40,000 of our metadata records discoverable within Europeana, including our entire Grey
Literature Library, which consists of thousands of unpublished archaeological fieldwork reports, the England’s Rock Art archive; an online database which contains information and images for over 1500 rock art panels from across Northumberland and County Durham, the Virtual Amarna archive; a group of 3D PDFs derived from objects found at the site of Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, and theArchaeology Image Bank collection; an online resource for searching and sharing archaeological images donated by users or drawn from ADS collections. As such, we have worked with differing types of metadata, and are looking forward to using our experience to help small to medium sized Heritage organisations make their content discoverable through Europeana via LoCloud too.

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One of the 3D PDFs from The Virtual Amarna Project, made discoverable within Europeana through the CARARE project.

In addition to providing more content to Europeana through existing partnerships, ADS is also the aggregator for the UK, and is already identifying potential organisations that may benefit from participation in LoCloud. As such, while LoCloud is a European project, we hope that it will also help us strengthen our partnerships within the UK. From our own archives, ADS plans to provide an update to the reports from the Grey Literature Library already made discoverable within Europeana through the CARARE project, as the collection has already grown by a further 3,000 reports! We also plan to provide the resource discovery metadata for all of our existing archives, and more comprehensive metadata for a variety of other resources.

In addition to providing more content to Europeana through existing partnerships, ADS is also the aggregator for the UK, and is already identifying potential organisations that may benefit from participation in LoCloud. As such, while LoCloud is a European project, we hope that it will also help us strengthen our partnerships within the UK. From our own archives, ADS plans to provide an update to the reports from the Grey Literature Library already made discoverable within Europeana through the CARARE project, as the collection has already grown by a further 3,000 reports! We also plan to provide the resource discovery metadata for all of our existing archives, and more comprehensive metadata for a variety of other resources.

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One of the images from the England’s Rock Art project, made discoverable within Europeana through the CARARE project

 In September, we are looking forward to hosting many of the content providing partners from across Europe in York for one of the three technical workshops (the other two will be held in Madrid and Copenhagen). The technical workshops will introduce the partners to issues of source content and metadata, the various types of intermediary metadata schemas which may be used (of which the CARARE schema is one), services for geographic, vocabulary and metadata enrichment, and an introduction to the MINT and MoRe tools. ADS staff are looking forward to seeing the updates to MINT and MoRe made since the completion of CARARE as part of LoCloud, and making more content discoverable within Europeana!

 

Dr. Holly Wright
European Projects Manager, Archaeology Data Service