Kiiskinen and Turmo – Arches Platform for Archaeology: Challenges and Possibilities

Arches Platform for Archaeology: Challenges and Possibilities. Archaeological documentation from the Gouriza excavation site (Finnish Institute at Athens)

During 2018–2020 the Finnish Academic Institutes abroad (Athens, Rome, Middle-East, Japan) have been running a joint project on open research data, funded mostly by the Ministry of Education in Finland. The main aim was to develop a set of policies and best practices for digital research management in these institutes. The institutes are small organizations, and an extensive set of abstract policies would have been of little use. A set of documented experiments with real data from the institutes was deemed to be useful for gaining understanding on the practical issues of digital research data management in all its stages. Since archaeological projects are quite prominent in the research of some of these institutes, three out of four pilot projects concentrated on archaeological research data.

The purpose of the pilot project of the Finnish Institute at Athens was to investigate the preservation and publication of archaeological research data in a form that would preserve the internal complexity of archaeological excavation documentation. The aim was to publish the archaeological documentation from the Gouriza excavation site in Thesprotia, in the valley of Kokytos river. The material in the pilot project consisted of digital photography and drawings as well as a publication using this documentation.

The dataset that was made available for the Gouriza project has been imported to the Arches system and is available for registered users. Data is described using the CIDOC-CRM ontology and some related, compatible, discipline-specific ontologies.

Dr Harri Kiiskinen (University of Turku)
Tommi Turmo (University of Helsinki/The Thesprotia Expidition)