NWA Archaeology counts

26 October 2020

National Science Agenda: towards future-proof archaeological research

Intelligent, multilingual search engine for new data discoveries

An important ambition of the Future directions in Dutch archaeological research program is to increase and improve the knowledge and use of innovative and/or conventional archaeological methods and techniques. There are tens of thousands of documents on archaeological research, but it is difficult to find specific information in this vast amount of texts. A group of archaeologists and computer scientists will use Artificial Intelligence to develop a smart multilingual search engine that makes it possible to make new discoveries in this data.

Leiden University is the main applicant in charge of this project called “Excavating Archaeological Literature; Enabling scientific discovery by applying multilingual text mining to archaeological documents” which can take place with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. As a partner, DANS will contribute to this by offering the data in a structured manner and, as a trusted repository, ensuring the durable archiving of newly formed data. The partners involved are Archol BV, Leiden University Libraries, KB, Agency for Immovable Heritage, Belgium OE, RCE, Municipality of Hoorn, Archeology Data Service, UK, Sidestone Press, Bamberg University, Association of Volunteers in Archaeology.

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For more information about this project, please contact  (Head Data archive DANS). 

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