Academy of Finland
Funding decision
 
Name Thomas, Suzie
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title SuALT: Collaborative Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Finds and Public Engagement through Linked Open Data
Decision No. 310854
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 280 000
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Project description
The Finnish Archaeological Finds Recording Linked Open Database (SuALT) is a multidisciplinary project developing innovative solutions to respond to metal detecting and other non-professional encounters with archaeological material, applying semantic computing to “citizen science”. The growing flow of uncovered archaeological material poses challenges to researchers and collections finds data managers. We must support finders with legislative and also archaeological information. Easy to use tools to report finds and provide structured metadata are needed. Leaving finds cataloguing to curators is increasingly unfeasible given the increase in metal detecting. To make use of new data, cultural heritage managers, researchers and the public need search and analysis tools. Since finds are connected to existing collections, we also address cross-collection data interoperability. The methods and Open Source tools developed are also applicable to other cultural heritage citizen science fields.