Research project

ARIADNE - Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe (ISTI) (DIT.AD005.009)

Thematic area

Engineering, ICT and technologies for energy and transportation

Project area

e-Infrastructure (DIT.AD005)

Structure responsible for the research project

Institute of information science and technologies "Alessandro Faedo" (ISTI)

Project manager

Phone number: +39 050 621 2929


ARIADNE is a proposal to bring together and integrate the existing archaeological research data infrastructures so that researchers can use the various distributed datasets and new and powerful technologies as an integral component of the archaeological research methodology. There is now a large availability of archaeological digital datasets that altogether span different periods, domains and regions; more are continuously created as a result of the increasing use of IT. They are the accumulated outcome of the research of individuals, teams and institutions, but form a vast and fragmented corpus and their potential is constrained by difficult access and nonhomogenous perspectives.
This integrating activity will enable trans-national access of researchers to data centres, tools and guidance, and the creation of new Webbased services based on common interfaces to data repositories, availability of reference datasets and usage of innovative technologies. It will stimulate new research avenues in the field of archaeology, relying on the comparison, re-use and integration into current research of the outcomes of past and on-going field and laboratory activity.


- Community building
The human resource is a substantial component of a Research Infrastructure. The project will create a wide community of use fostering the creation, sharing, use and re-use of digital data. Networking activities such as training and dissemination actions will foster Infrastructure usage, according to a well-planned growth strategy. The community of researchers who will benefit from ARIADNE also includes European archaeologists whose research is outside Europe.

- Overcome fragmentation and provide interoperability
Various technologies will support this objective. There are common research frameworks underpinning the datasets: these consist of the digital records of typical archaeological activities, from excavation to systematic documentation of finds and scientific analyses supporting interpretation.

- Reaching critical mass

- Providing unified and homogeneous interfaces
The project will set up a one-stop access point to archaeological datasets, enriched with a set of powerful innovative tools enabling, for example, the visualization and analysis of 2D and 3D documentation, or the creation of mash-ups built on the Infrastructure content and services.

Start date of activity



Archaeological datasets, visual data, interactive visualization

Last update: 03/06/2023