Setting a Standard for the Exchange of Archaeological Data in the Netherlands

J.W.H.P. Verhagen, M. Wansleeben, C. Sueur

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Abstract

The introduction and growth of a commercial market for archaeology has enormously increased the amount of archaeological fieldwork done in the Netherlands. This is combined with an increasing use of digital techniques to record, store and analyse excavation and survey data. The result has been a proliferation of data formats: the various companies doing archaeological fieldwork all have developed their own databases and GIS/CAD-systems for daily use. Because of this, a national metadata standard for describing archaeological data storage was introduced in 2007. However, this standard does not yet solve the problems of data exchange between archaeological companies, heritage managers and non-archaeological parties. In this paper, we will sketch the potential of exchange standards for three main categories of data: borehole data, the national sites
and monuments records, and finds that are submitted for storage in repositories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn the Road to Reconstructing the Past. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Proceedings of the 36th International Conference, Budapest, April 2-6, 2008
EditorsE. Jerem, F. Redö, V. Szeverényi
Place of PublicationBudapest
PublisherArchaeolingua
Pages152-155
ISBN (Print)9789639911307
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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