Monthly Archives: June 2013

ADS at the THELMA’s

On Thursday the 20th June, ADS attended the 2013 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. The event was attended by the great and good of the Higher Education sector, there to celebrate the leadership, management, financial and business skills of Higher Education teams from across the British isles.

The evening was hosted by the extremely funny Dara O’Briain and much fun was had by all. Although ADS just missed out on the award for most Outstanding Library Team of 2013,  ADS was highly commended on the night by and it was noted that decision was extremely hard to make and very closely contested.

Here are some photos of the evening.


Felix Schäfer from IANUS visits ADS

Over the past two weeks the ADS has been extremely pleased to have hosted Felix Schäfer from IANUS for a training placement as part of the ARIADNE project. IANUS is a project to establish a National Research Data Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History in Germany. One of the reasons for Felix’s visit to ADS is to provide IANUS with a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of a well-established and successful digital repository. Here is what Felix had to say about his time at ADS.


For two weeks I had the wonderful chance to stay and work at King’s Manor in York and look behind the scenes of the Archaeology Data Service. As IANUS is still a relative young project to build up a similar discipline specific  research data centre for the German archaeological and historical community, IANUS is very happy to see other successful institutions and learn from their experiences (and failures). And what better place to go than the ADS and look over the shoulders of the staff members, asking them numerous questions, inspecting their present and future systems, discussing issues about standards and guidelines and even processing some of my own German-type project collections according to the ADS’s workflows and checklists. All this has proven to be very inspiring and informative for me and I hope I can remember most of the insights when I’m back in Germany.

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Digital Romans

This is the first of a two-part blog – the second will be a more detailed overview of the technologies involved in the digital dissemination – on the ADS’s work on what is colloquially known as the Roman Grey Literature project, but more officially as The Roman Rural Settlement of Britain. The project is funded by English Heritage and the Leverhulme Trust and is collaboration between ourselves, University of Reading and Cotswold Archaeology, which aims to produce a new synthesis of the rural landscape through the analysis of developer funded fieldwork. Some may be familiar with an earlier associated project, which has been archived by the ADS doi:10.5284/1000418, if you haven’t already seen it it’s well worth a look.

Funerary pottery
3rd century AD Pakenham colour-coat beaker (left) and 4th century AD Nene Valley colour-coat pentice moulded beaker from excavations at The Babraham Institute, Cambridgeshire. Cambridge Archaeological Unit doi:10.5284/1001160

As with nearly all major research projects, the main outputs for this consist of the usual hard-copy publications including a monograph and various journal articles but in addition to these there will also be a project archive held with the ADS. As we’ve been involved in the project from the beginning the archive will be a great deal more than the usual ‘downloads’ interface. Hopefully by the end of the project (at the time of writing summer 2015) we’ll have in place a well-formed and meticulous archive to allow sophisticated reuse of the data and grey literature sources collected by the team, thus facilitating and encouraging further analyses by the archaeological community.
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