The growing dependence on digital data within traditional research environments, and increasingly within the commercial sector of archaeological practice, has seen an associated increase in awareness about the sustainable long-term preservation of these datasets. Additionally, the downturn in the economy has seen an increase in the demand for datasets for reuse within the profession as a whole, thereby encouraging new depositors.
The ADS has a mandate from numerous bodies to provide digital repository services for digital archaeological outputs from the commercial and research communities. With over fifteen years of experience in ingesting archaeological digital datasets in order to preserve them and facilitate their reuse, the ADS is ideally positioned to develop a new system which will allow the user to deposit archives with the ADS online. The system aims to rationalize and partially automate the ingestion process, while helping to capture the associated metadata. We believe that the creation of these systems will benefit researchers, within both traditional research environments and the commercial sector, allowing them to deposit data within the digital archive more easily.