PARTNERSHIPS

Long-term preservation to enable the discovery and re-use of data is now a recognised and desired outcome for project funders including Research Councils, the Heritage Lottery Fund, National Heritage Agencies‚Äč and Local Government. A full list of current agremeents and partnerships is provided below.

As part of this commitment to working with the wider heritage sector, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is a member of the Bedern Group, an alliance of the key agencies concerned with the preservation of the intellectual record of the historic environment of the UK, convened under the auspices of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

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As part of our commitment to Digital Preservation good practice, the ADS are an Associate Member of the DPC.

The ADS also play an active role in the Archaeological Archives Forum (AAF).


Mandated + Recommended Archive Status

The ADS is currently a mandated archive for the following national organisations and funding councils:

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Natural Environment Research Council

The ADS are the mandated data centre for NERC funded archaeological science data. The ADS are committed to providing archive services for relevant projects, including ensuring information is provided to the NERC Data Catalogue Service.

Advice for NERC Grant Holders or Applicants


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Marine Environmental Data and Information Network

The ADS is one of MEDIN's accredited Data Archive Centres (DACs), as member of the federated Historic Environment DAC in partnerhsip with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW). A key objective of MEDIN is to establish an operational network of linked marine data archive centres (DACs) to provide secure long-term storage for marine data.


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Scientific Data

The ADS is one of Nature's recommended respositories for long-term preservation of datasets accompanying publicaitons in its peer-reviewed, open-access journal Scientific Data.


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Historic England

The ADS have a long-standing partnerhsip with Historic England (HE), to archive and disseminate the digital outputs of HE funded projects.


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Arts and Humanities Research Council

The ADS is an approved digital repository for AHRC-funded projects.

Advice for AHRC Grant Holders or Applicants


The ADS also acts as the recomended Trusted Digital Respository for digital data generated from projects undertaken within the historic environment, on behalf of the following Local Authorities and Museums


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Birmingham City Council + Birmingham Museum Trust

The ADS is a recomended repository for Birmigham Museum Trust. Current guidance from Birmingham Museums Trust states that digital archives should be transferred to a Trusted Digital Repository to ensure preservation and accessibility. Deposition with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is strongly recommended. This can currently be achieved either through the transfer of files to ADS (including the use of ADS-easy), or through the OASIS record for small sites with only digital images. All born digital material MUST be archived digitally.


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Cambridgeshire County Council

ADS is a recomended repository for Cambridgeshire County Council. Current guidance from Cambridgeshire County Council states that projects with a digital archive element are expected to deposit this with a publically accessible repository with CoreTrustSeal status such as the Archaeology Data Service.



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City of York Council

The ADS is the mandatory archive for Archaeological building recording undertaken within the City of York.



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Derbyshire County Council

The ADS is the mandated repository for Derbyshire County Council. Their Standards state that digital data archives should be deposited with the Archaeology Data Service



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Devon County Council + Devon Museums

The ADS is the recommended repository for digital archaeological archive as part of the Standards for undertaking archaeological work in the county. Current guidance from Devon County Council states that a "Digital archive must be deposited with a Trusted Digital Repository and thus made publicly accessible, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (2018). It is understood that the only suitable repository for digital archaeological archives is the Archaeology Data Service (ADS)."



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Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council

The ADS is a recomended repository for Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council. Guidance from Durham County Council states that if receiving museums do not have Trusted Repository status then all born digital aspects of the archive should be archived with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).



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Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester City Council and Gloucester Museums Group

The Countywide Standard for the Creation, Compilation and Transfer of Archaeological Archives in Gloucestershire states that Digital Archives should be transferred to a Trusted Digital Repository to ensure preservation and accessibility. The Museums in Gloucestershire recommend deposition with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) and from issue of this document all briefs issued by Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council will include a condition requiring digital Archives to be deposited with the ADS or through the OASIS system as appropriate, in line with this document.



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Great North Museum: Hancock

The ADS is a recemended repository for the Great North Museum. Guidance states that the museum does not accept digital archives for deposition. For digital archives, the project archaeologist should contact the Archaeology Data Service to consider deposition and calculate costs that would be incurred by the ADS.



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Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service

Current Guidance from Hampshire County Council that Digital Archives should tbe transferred to a Trusted Digital Repository to ensure preservation and accessibility. Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service recommend deposition with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).



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Hertfordshire Museums Association

Current Guidance here states that Digital Archives should tbe transferred to a Trusted Digital Repository to ensure preservation and accessibility. The Museums in Hertfordshire recommend deposition with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).



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Lincolnshire County Council

The ADS is a mandated repositoiry for Lincolnshire County Council archaeological archives. Current guidence states that all digital media submitted to the Heritage Service must also be submitted to ADS.



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Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Museum Service

The ADS the mandated repository for Oxfordshire Museum Service. Guidence states that from April 2020 Oxfordshire Museums Service will require all units to deposit digital files with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).



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The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The ADS is a recomended repository for the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Guidence states that the Depositor will transfer the primary digital archive for the project to a trusted digital repository such as the Archaeology Data Service(ADS).



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Southampton City Council

The current Standards for the Creation, Compilation and Transfer of Archaeological Archives issued by Southampton City Council states that "The digital archive will be transferred for curation by the Archaeology Data Service (ADS)".



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South West Heritage Trust

The ADS is a recomended digital repository for the South West Heritage Trust. The Trusts Historic Environment Service Archaeological Handbook states that digital archive material must be deposited with a suitable Trusted Digital Repository that specialises in archaeological archives. Currently only the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) meets these criteria.



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Museums Worcestershire

Museums Worcestershire is working in partnership with Archaeology Data Service (ADS). All briefs for archaeological work issued by Worcestershire County Council or Worcester City Council will include a condition requiring digital archives to be deposited with ADS.



Other Partnerships

The ADS also works with the following organisations, providing guidance for funding applications and project-based Digital Preservation where required.

British Academy

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Heritage Lottery Fund

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Council for British Archaeology

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Society of Antiquaries of London

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The ADS also have Memoranda of Understanding with a number of organisations. A full list is maintained on the ADS MoU page.