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E-depot Dutch archaeology (EDNA)

The e-depot for Dutch Archaeology (EDNA) was established by DANS and the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) to archive digital research data of Dutch archaeologists in a sustainable manner and make them available. The data then remain accessible and usable in the long-term. Since 2007, archaeologists in the Netherlands are formally obligated to deposit their data via DANS, according to the Quality Standard for Dutch Archaeology (KNA). The data are stored in EASY, the online archiving system of DANS, and are used mainly by archaeologists, policy makers, companies and people interested in culture.

Archaeological collection

EDNA contains data of archaeological research (GIS data, field drawings, data tables, photographs) and the final reports on this research. This concerns research in the broadest sense: from field survey to excavation, from specialist research to dissertation. The archived reports and datasets can be found in EASY per archaeological organization or per specific project (for example the Betuweroute and Maaswerken), and are accessible for other scientists. More than 80% of the archaeological data in EASY is publicly accessible.

International collaboration

By participating in European portals such as Europeana and ARIADNE, DANS provides better visibility for the archaeological data in EASY.

Contact: Hella Hollander (project leader Archaeology) and Valentijn Gilissen (data manager).

Read more about depositing data or go to EASY directly