SweDigArch – SveDigArk

Swedish National Infrastructure for Digital Archaeology

23rd September 2021:
The SweDigArch/SveDigArk grant application has been approved by the Swedish Research Council!

SweDigArch will construct and run the Swedish National Infrastructure for Digital Archaeology, catalysing a new generation of data driven research on human-environment interactions. It will facilitate the production of aggregated and harmonised datasets previously unmatched in scope, fulfilling demands for cutting-edge integrative, interdisciplinary research on long-term socio environmental dynamics. It will enable new approaches for digital methods, reinvent archaeological research agendas and ensure Swedish archaeology is part of the data science revolution.

SweDigArch will be implemented through six modules: M1 will lead and coordinate the infrastructure; M2 will develop data aggregation functions and access through online interfaces and APIs according to FAIR principles; M3 will cover data from archaeological excavations and provide digitization pipelines; M4 will ensure the availability and integration of interdisciplinary analysis data from archaeological science; M5 will cater for cutting edge and future archaeological data, including photogrammetry, laser scanning, spectroscopy, imaging, molecular, synchrotron and neutron methods; M6 will ensure impact and societal value through communication, user support and outreach activities and stakeholder interaction.

The main userbase will be researchers undertaking complex analyses of past environments and demographics, contributing to the understanding of long-term human-environmental dynamics and sustainable development. The secondary userbase will be archaeologists creating or seeking integrated datasets from excavations, prospection and landscape surveys and other sampling situations accommodating the full range of archaeological, palaeoecological and eventually heritage science data. SweDigArch aims to become a standard tool for users of all archaeological data, especially researchers, but also heritage managers, developers and planners.