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Archaeological exchange protocol

In the Netherlands, the protocol SIKB0102 is used for the digital exchange of archaeological data and used to describe and deposit the documentation. Data on finds is entered using a standardised description set and submitted to various depots, including DANS. The metadata is submitted via the packaging slip as an XML-document. Users do not have to fill in the Dublin Core-forms anymore, instead they are requested to upload the packaging slip at the start of the depositing procedure. All Dublin Core-metadata will be automatically extracted from the packaging slip and entered in the appropriate fields. Additionally, the packaging slip will be uploaded and added to the file content of the dataset. The packaging slip XML will also include a part of the expanded file list.
The universal format has the following advantages:

  • Harmonisation of the requirements when depositing data;
  • One-time data entry and uniform data deposits;
  • Allowing for the development of digital linking of research information (eg between the Archis archaeological project and finds registration system and the EASY data archive);
  • The exchange protocol allows for permanent storage of archaeological data;
  • Saving time and costs through an automated and efficient depositing process.

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