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Version 4.1 April 2021

Guideline quick links

Navigate to a section of the guidelines using the links below:

  1. Guidelines
  2. Preparing Datasets
  3. Interfaces
  4. Downloads and metadata
  1. Interfaces: Layout
  2. Interfaces: Standard template
  3. Interfaces: Custom Interfaces

Interfaces for Dissemination of Archives


When depositing with the ADS, there are two main types of interface option available: our standard or a custom interface. These different interfaces allow the depositor to have more flexibility with how their data is disseminated. As shown below, all archives have the same initial layout: name at the top, followed by creators and year of creation. They have a sidebar that includes the page navigation, licence and copyright information, primary contact, and resource identifiers (including doi).


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The introduction text and images (as well as the optional overview page) are all specified by the depositor. When not specified, these are filled in at the discretion of the archivist.


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The metadata page lists information relating to the archive as whole including:

  • Location (both visually through a map and text)
  • Grid references
  • Linked subject terms to thesori
  • Period
  • Project dates
  • Identifiers (OASIS ID, Site code, etc)
  • Related information
  • Data types available

Within this page, users can find an interactive map which shows the extent of the site as well as linked thesauri terms which elaborate on what is in the collection.

Usage statistics

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Usage statistics include visits to the archive, file downloads, page views within the archive, and cumulative totals. These totals are shown on graphs and can be exported or printed.

Standard template

The downloads are organised by specific datatypes. Two examples include:

  • Cotswold Archaeology (2019) Land at Oak Lane, Bredon, Worcestershire. Excavation [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]
  • Wessex Archaeology (2019) Old Sarum Trunk Main Replacement, Wiltshire: Archaeological excavation [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]

Custom interfaces

For larger archives, a custom interface is included but a custom interface can be created for any archive. What we would create depends on the archive and what the depositor requests. Below are some examples of custom archives:

Martyn Allen, Nathan Blick, Tom Brindle, Tim Evans, Michael Fulford, Neil Holbrook, Lisa Lodwick, Julian D Richards, Alex Smith (2018) The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: an online resource [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]

Museum of London Archaeology (2019) The Prittlewell princely burial: excavations at Priory Crescent, Southend-on-Sea, Essex 2003 [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]

ArchAIDE consortium (2019) ARCHAIDE Portal for Publications and Outputs [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]

Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) (2020) Dendrochronology Database [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]