Archaeology Data Service (ADS)

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Director: 
Julian Richards
Host institution: 
University of York
About the centre:

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is part of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. The ADS supports research, learning and teaching with 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.

Services provided: 
Archiving, Advice, Research. The ADS holds the digital outputs of many hundreds of archaeological excavations or other research activities including some very well known sites such as Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo. Also archived are the on-line journal Internet Archaeology's content and numerous of journal series and reports from learned societies and organisations such the Council for British Archaeology. The ADS is also the largest single source of archived grey literature in the UK, with around 5000 examples available in its Library of Unpublished Fieldwork.The ADS offer advice to data creators on procedures and formats, including advice on the writing of Technical Appendices for AHRC applications. The ADS is at the forefront of developing national and trans-national resource discovery, data aggregation and data dissemination technologies in archaeology. The ADS has extensive expertise in the fields of digital curation, heterogeneous data set mapping (including geospatial data) and digital data standard development and application in the arts and humanities sector. The ADS is an open access digital archive for archaeological research outputs. The ADS carries out research, most of which focuses on resource discovery, cross-searching and interoperability with other relevant archives in the UK, Europe and the United States of America.
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