University of York Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
The Archaeology Data Service (ADS), based within the University of York, is a national archive for archaeological data. Now in its 20th year, the ADS supports research, learning and teaching with freely available, high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology. The ADS promotes good practice in the use of digital data in archaeology, it provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies.
Within the ArchAIDE project, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) leads two workpackages: WP3 Creation of the Application Database and WP10 Archiving and Dissemination. A core component of the new technologies to be developed within ArchAIDE will be the database, which will play the role of the repository for the background knowledge and new knowledge to be produced through use of the projects tools in the field. ADS will work with INERA and other project partners on the design of the database, and the incorporation of multilingual vocabularies. ADS will also oversee the archiving and dissemination of the data produced by the project, following best practice with regard to open data use and re-use, along with dissemination and promotion of the project to the archaeological community. This will include creation of a data management plan to ensure proper handling of the data throughout the project, and undertaking the archiving of the data itself.