Digital curation of archaeological knowledge

The Digital Curation Unit-IMIS, Athena Research Centre (DCU) is organizing this summer school on the Digital curation of archaeological knowledge in collaboration with the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto and the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business.  The school will be held in Athens, Greece, 12 to 17 June 2016.

The objective is to enable researchers and professionals in the knowledge domains of archaeology, information and archival science, museums and cultural heritage management to engage with current approaches to the digital curation of archaeological knowledge, ranging from methods to represent, contextualize and curate archaeological resources and data to new approaches to archaeological interpretation and dissemination, mediated by digital infrastructures.  It will offer ca. 25 postgraduate, postdoctoral and experienced researchers a moderated format to share, discuss and elaborate innovative research practices and methods related to representing, curating and reusing diverse existing data and knowledge for the benefit of archaeological research, management and communication.

For more information about the school see the website:

The first call for applications for 2016 is open!  You should complete your application and return it to ARIADNE by Monday 16th May.  

Provisional programme

The 2016 Athens summer school consists of two modules: a training workshop on Digital approaches to archaeological knowledge curation (from Sunday, 12 to Thursday, 16 June) and an expert forum on The future of  archaeological knowledge curation (from Thursday 16 to Friday 17 June). 

Sunday, 12 June

19:00 – 21:30 Birds-of-a-feather dinner

Module 1 – Training workshop: Digital approaches to archaeological knowledge curation

Monday, 13 June

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:00 – 13:00 Digital curation of archaeological knowledge: key concepts, issues and approaches

14:30 – 17:30 Individual projects: understanding and developing a digital approach to legacy research data curation

Tuesday, 14 June

9:00 – 12:00 Metadata, semantic modeling and linking of legacy archaeological data

14:00 – 17:30 Individual projects: data modeling of legacy data and resources for research and scholarly communication

Wednesday, 15 June

9:00 – 12:00 Digital archaeological archives: curating legacy data and resources for aggregation and reuse

14:00 – 17:30 Individual projects: mapping and documenting legacy data and resources for deposition in an archaeological archive

Thursday, 16 June

9:00 – 12:00 Integrating scientific data and services with archaeological assets and knowledge

This session concludes the training workshop, which constitutes the first module of the 2016 summer school.

Module 2 – Expert forum: The future of archaeological knowledge curation 2021-2026 

The expert forum is the second module of the summer school. It builds on the lessons learned from the training workshop, and aims to develop digital curation thinking for medium-term planning for future digital archaeological research, information management and communication based on legacy data and resources, drawing from the expertise and digital project experience of participants. 

Thursday, 16 June

13:45-15.30 The present and future of digital archaeological archives

16:00-17:30 Curating pervasive, born digital and scientific data and models

Friday, 17 June

9:00-10.45 Curating legacy archaeological data, collections and knowledge for research and communication

11:15-13:00 Incorporating ethnographic, literary and historical sources in archaeological digital archives

14:30-16:45 Open discussion: meeting the grand challenge of archaeological digital curation (2021-2026)

16:45-17.00 Summer school director’s final remarks

For more information about the programme

How to apply

The 2016 Athens summer school consists of two modules: a training workshop (from Sunday, 12 to Thursday, 16 June) and and expert forum (from Thursday, 16 to Friday, 17 June).  Applicants are required to indicate, in their application form, if they wish to attend the first module, the second module, or both. Places are limited, so early application is advised.

Researchers should complete the application form and return it to ARIADNE by email by the call deadline. Information about the application process and a link to the application form is available here: How to apply

Additional information is available for prospective applicants for the Athens summer school about the experience expected, and the information anticipated in the application form: