Digital Data & Archaeology

Management, Preservation and Publishing of Digital Data for Archaeologists


University of Leicester Main Campus
7 & 8 September 2017
£225/£275* (£95 for students)

What's it about?

Through a series of presentations, practical sessions, and group discussions, this course will explore the importance of digital preservation for the long term safety of archaeological data and provide practical guidance on how to prepare, curate, deposit and access digital data. We will also provide guidance on data publishing online and introduce Linked Open Data for archaeology.

Who's it for?

Digital Archives

The course is aimed primarily at archaeology data creators and data curators operating in national agency and local authority heritage environments. However this course will also be of benefit to professionals working in commercial, independent and research environments and to community groups utilising and creating archaeological data.  It will be of particular interest to those who maintain large data sets and need to efficiently manage, effectively preserve, and provide access to, their data for the future.

Course aims and objectives


To improve your knowledge and understanding of digital preservation and available archaeological digital resources, while also improving your data management skills.


  1. To introduce the importance of digital preservation for the long term safety of archaeological data.
  2. To provide practical guidance on how to prepare and curate digital data.
  3. To provide practical guidance on how to deposit data and record events with the ADS using ADS-easy and OASIS tools.
  4. To provide case study examples of online resources available for archaeological investigation.
  5. To introduce open data and to provide guidance on data publishing for archaeology.
  6. To introduce the use of linked data in archaeology.

Why should I attend?

Digital material can be extremely fragile and ephemeral. With the volume of information that exists in digital form increasing rapidly, there is a growing awareness of the importance of digital preservation and effective data management. In particular archaeological information in digital form is often the only record of archaeological work which cannot subsequently be repeated, and therefore of particular importance in the development of the archaeological record.  As a result digital accessibility and preservation is now a major concern for all institutions that deal with data. Research Councils are increasingly demanding that digital data be archived in a suitable repository and policy frameworks require that archaeological organizations and practitioners must institute good practices to ensure the long-term preservation of and access to digital data.

This workshop will provide data creators and curators with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to carry out digital preservation and good data management. Access to digital data is also extremely important. If data is not accessible or findable it cannot be reused to contribute to future research. This course will also provide attendees with key information on publishing data online, using linked data and the availability of online data resources for archaeologists.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be expected to:

  1. Have a working understanding of digital preservation techniques.
  2. Have an appreciation of the importance of digital preservation and good data management practices.
  3. Understand the principles of best practice in data management and curation and have a working knowledge of the Guides to Good Practice.
  4. Understand the application of digital preservation and data management for their own work.
  5. Be able to deposit data and record events using OASIS and ADS-easy.
  6. Know the extent of online resources for archaeologists.
  7. Understand open data and how to publish data in archaeology.
  8. Understand Linked Open Data for archaeology.

National Occupational Standards

This course provides skills and knowledge in support of the following National Occupational Standards

AE2 Develop procedures for the use of information resources
AE5 Disseminate, deposit and archive data on the material remains and intangible heritage of past communities.


We are delighted to be able to offer the first 8 places on the course at our Early Bird Discount price of £275 including an evening meal with the group and bed & breakfast accommodation at our College Court Conference Centre on the night of the 7 September. Once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

We have a limited number of places available for registered students at the special price of only £95 (including lunches, refreshments and course materials, not including accommodation and evening meal). For further information and to book email

Further Information

This course will take place in one of the computer rooms on the main university campus and as such we will provide you with a temporary log in to the University's IT Network. Should you wish to bring your own laptop to work on you are more than welcome.

  • An overview of the 2016 course can be downloaded here.
  • If you have any further questions please contact Pete Alfano on or call 0116 223 1987.

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