Newsletter about the ARIADNE research infrastructure
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Pelagios colloquium: "Linked Pasts"
Holly Wright, ADS and Doug Tudhope, UoG, will present ARIADNE at Session 3 “Towards an Infrastructure” on Day 2 (21st July, Kings College, London). Read more ...

ARIADNE is organizing the workshop "Extending, Mapping and Focusing the CRM", which will run within the framework of the TPDL 2015 Conference ( 17 September, 2015). Read more ...

See the Events page for further archaeological conferences, workshops and seminars.


The ARIADNE Visual Media Service
This automatic service developed by CNR, Pisa is capable of transforming any media file uploaded by ARIADNE Archives Managers into a format that will allow easy and efficient access and remote visualization on the web. Three types of visual media are supported:
  • high-resolution images,
  • RTI (Reflection Transformation Images, i.e. dynamically re-lightable images),
  • high-resolution 3D models.
Read more ...

To use this service, go to:


ARIADNE goes international

Professor Franco Niccolucci travelled to the US and Mexico in December to present the project at two prestigious conferences and discuss collaboration with colleagues across the Atlantic. 

Read more about the Fostering Transatlantic Dialogue Conference (Washington, US) and the INAH event in Mexico.

Ariadne is funded by the European Commission’s
7th Framework Programme

Newsletter Issue 5

ARIADNE infrastructure making good progress by Year 2

ARIADNE completed its second year at the end of January
and the first project technical review was held on the 4th February where the project comfortably passed the requirements. ARIADNE was praised for its good cohesion within the project and for D2.1 (Results and analysis of the Stakeholder survey) which was very well received by the archaeological community, as well as its technical developments which include the Visual Media Server (an innovative tool), the Special Interest Groups and Trans-national training. During the next two years, the dissemination activities will be intensified to engage a larger audience, the scientific papers output will be increased and planning for the long term sustainability of the project will be a priority.

Two Joint Technical Meetings were held in Leiden (February) and Athens (March) where the ARIADNE Catalogue Data Model (ACDM) which is the data model underlying the
catalogue for describing archaeological digital resources,
notably datasets, collections and services, but also metadata
and vocabularies, was a key topic. This was revised to meet the user requirements arising from the last survey. Other notable results were the definition of the ARIADNE namespace, creation of an XSD schema for updating information in the registry about partner’s archives and selection of vocabularies to simplify the creation and retrieval of resource descriptions in the catalogue. The search interface will be based upon subject, (geographical) space and time.

The Visual Media Service was launched in January and provides support for the easy publication and presentation on the web of complex media assets through a simple Web interface. Finally, the project held a general assembly meeting for all the partners involved and a Steering Committee meeting in Siena during CAA 2015 where the project was also presented.


ARIADNE hosted a very successful workshop at CAA 2015 in Siena on 2nd April entitled ”Supporting researchers in the use and reuse of archaeological data”. Following an open call for papers, a selection of related topics were presented by both ARIADNE partners and external speakers to an audience of around 80 people. Read more ...

Trans-national Training Opportunities

The second 2015 call for applications for ARIADNE Transnational training is open from 16th March 2015 to 15th June 2015. Researchers are invited to apply to participate in Summer Schools hosted by Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche and the Athena Research Centre (Athens) and also for individual training visits hosted by PIN (Prato) and the Athena Research Centre (Xanthi). Individual work forms an important part of both the summer schools and individual visits, which provide opportunities to develop case studies or research projects proposed by participants under expert supervision. Sponsorship is available up to 1,000 euros per participant (to cover the cost of travel and accommodation) plus a tuition fee waiver. The topics covered are:

Individual training:

  • Mapping existing datasets to CIDOC-CRM (PIN)
  • Scientific datasets (Athena RC).
Researchers may spend 3-5 days at the training venue for mutually agreed dates.

Summer schools:

  • 2D/3D documentation for archaeology (ISTI-CNR),
  • Design of archaeological datasets (ISTI-CNR)
  • Emerging digital practices in archaeological research (Athena RC).
The summer schools are held over a period of 5 days (Monday - Friday) around the end of June and start of July.
For further information and to apply, see:
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