Archaeology Data Service (ADS)

  • Julian D. RichardsEmail author
Living reference work entry

Basic Information

Archaeology Data Service

Department of Archaeology,

The King’s Manor,

University of York,

York YO1 7EP, UK



The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) was established on October 1, 1996, with the mission to preserve, catalog, and describe digital data generated in the course of archaeological research and to facilitate its reuse (Richards and Moore 2015; Richards 2017). These activities are mutually supportive as unless digital data are actively curated, they will not be available to future scholars and unless researchers are going to reuse the data, there is little point in expending effort attempting to preserve them. Preservation is therefore inseparable from dissemination and publication (Fig. 1).
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  1. Aloia, N., C. Binding, S. Cuy, M. Doerr, B. Fanini, A. Felicetti, J. Fihn, D. Gavrilis, G. Geser, H. Hollander, C. Meghini, F. Niccolucci, F. Nurra, C. Papatheodorou, J. Richards, P. Ronzino, R. Scopigno, M. Theodoridou, D. Tudhope, A. Vlachidis, and H. Wright. 2017. Enabling European archaeological research: The ARIADNE E-Infrastructure. Internet Archaeology 43.
  2. Beagrie, N., and J. Houghton. 2013. The value and impact of the archaeology data service. A study and methods for enhancing sustainability.
  3. Burnard, L., and H. Short. 1994. An arts and humanities data service. Report of a feasibility study commissioned by the Information Systems Sub-Committee of the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher Education Funding Councils.Google Scholar
  4. Richards, J.D. 2017. Twenty years preserving data: A view from the UK. Advances in Archaeological Practice: 5(3):1–11.
  5. Richards, J.D., and R. Moore. 2015. Here today, gone tomorrow: Open access, open data and digital preservation. In Open source archaeology: Ethics and practice, ed. A.T. Wilson and B. Edwards, 30–43. Berlin: De Gruyter Open.Google Scholar
  6. Richards, J.D., A.F. Austin, and C. Hardman. 2010. Covering the costs of digital curation. Heritage Management 3: 255–263.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Archaeology Data Service/Digital Antiquity. 2017. Guides to good practice. Available at:
  2. Galeazzi, F., M. Callieri, M. Dellepiane, M. Charno, J.D. Richards, and R. Scopigno. 2016. Web-based visualization for 3D data in archaeology: The ADS 3D viewer. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 1–11. Scholar
  3. Richards, J.D. 2015. Ahead of the curve: Adventures in e-publishing in Internet Archaeology. Archäologische Informationen 38: 63–71.Google Scholar
  4. Richards, J.D., S. Jeffrey, W. Waller, F. Ciravegna, S. Chapman, and Z. Zhang. 2011. The archaeology data service and the archaeotools project: Faceted classification and natural language processing. In Archaeology 2.0 and beyond: New tools for collaboration and communication, ed. S. Witcher-Kansa, E.C. Kansa, and E. Watrall, 31–56. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Paul Mullins
    • 1
  • John Schofield
    • 2
  1. 1.Anthropology DepartmentIndiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK