This workshop was organised by Edeltraud Aspöck (OeAW), Guntram Geser (SRFG) and Julian Richards (UoY-ADS) at CHNT 2022, Vienna on Friday 11th November. It followed on from the Keynote speech given by Julian on the topic of “Joined Up Thinking: The challenges of large scale data integration” which reflected on the situation from 30 years ago and how ARIADNE has contributed to the original vision of joining up data repositories across Europe. The workshop consisted of 12 papers given by ARIADNEplus partners who each described their experiences and learning from contributing their data to the Catalogue.

Session Abstract

Heritage actors have long been committed to digital transformation as a privileged mean for the long-term dissemination, conservation and valorisation of cultural heritage. Digitisation is also a key medium in shaping a more inclusive and sustainable society, especially in times marked by profound changes and crisis. The exponential amount and much varied nature of data produced in the context of archaeological interventions require the implementation of digital tools suitable to international scientific standards and procedures.

ARIADNEplus ( is a project funded by the European Commission to provide a digital infrastructure for archaeological datasets which enables sharing, discovery, and research across national and regional borders. The ARIADNEplus consortium comprises 41 partners from European and international national heritage authorities, archaeological research institutions and associations, data repository providers and technology partners. The project supports a more sustainable archaeological practice by promoting investment into long-term strategies for archaeological data preservation for the next generations with the help of technological solutions. The ARIADNEplus catalogue includes currently around 2 million records, comprising multiple archaeological data types and subdomains.

The session invites papers to reflect on the development and application of standards during the archaeological data life cycle, with a focus on questions of interoperability and sustainability. What are the challenges during the several processing steps in a project from data creation to usage, long-term data storage and re-use? How do data record standards and vocabularies enhance access to datasets and what was the experience of ARIADNEplus data-providing partners and associated partners when aggregating their data in the project? How is it possible to use aggregated archaeological data for research across multiple providers and subdomains, and hence valorise individual datasets? In what ways do initiatives such as ARIADNE contribute to protect, research and valorise Cultural Heritage? Does the infrastructure lead to an increased sustainability of archaeological research practices? Which changes would be necessary to move closer to achieve these aims?

Keynote Speech: Joined Up Thinking: The challenges of large scale data integration, Julian Richards, Department of Archaeology, University of York.

Preservation of cultural heritage data: challenges and opportunities during the life cycle of archaeological data

0. Introduction to the workshop. Edeltraud Aspöck (OeAW), Guntram Geser (SRFG), Julian Richards (UoY-ADS).
1. ARIADNE infrastructure: Benefits and requirements of data providers – Guntram Geser, SRFG (Austria)
2. Toward standardised vocabularies for Norwegian archaeology – Espen Uleberg, Mieko Matsumoto, Alexis Pantos, Letizia Bonelli  (Norway)
3. The ARIADNE Mortuary Data Application Profile – Edeltraud Aspöck, Achille Felicetti, Maria Theodoridou (Austria, Italy, Greece). Abstract.
4. Integrating data on early medieval graves: Mapping the THANADOS database to the ARIADNE infrastructure with the ARIADNEplus Mortuary Data Application Profile – Edeltraud Aspöck, Stefan Eichert, Richards Nina (Austria). Abstract.


5. Following the Thread: Integrating SORAN’s Dataset Into ARIADNEplus – Yuichi Takata, Peter Yanase (Japan)
6. The Aggregation of ROAD Data in the ARIADNE Pipeline: Pitfalls and Successes – Andrew W. Kandel, Zara Kanaeva, Miriam N. Haidle (Germany). Abstact.


7. Aggregating coin find data to the ARIADNE+ portal. Challenges of a specialist domain – David Wigg-Wolf, Anna-Lisa Pfeiffer, Karsten Tolle (Germany)
8. Cypriot archaeology in the ARIADNE Portal: the aggregation of the Cypriot Medieval Coins and the Cypriot inscriptions’ collections – Valentina Vassallo (Cyprus)
9. Prehistoric Mining Data for ARIADNE – Gerald Hiebel, Brigit Danthine, Manuel Scherer-Windisch (Austria)


10. Joining It All Up: New research questions combining site and artefact data in ARIADNE – Julian Richards (UK)
11. Preserving Heritage Through Publishing Archives – Elizabeth Fentress, Stéphanie Satre, Agnès Tricoche (UK)
12. ARIADNEplus project: the Ottoman heritage in Dobruja, Romania – Radu-Alexandru Dragoman, Tiberiu Vasilescu, Iulian Bîrzescu (Romania)