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Research infrastructure
Title [sv]
VISEAD: Vidareutveckling av den miljöarkeologiska databasen (SEAD) för tvärvetenskapliga studier av globala utmaningar med nya forskningsområden och användargrupper
Title [en]
VISEAD: Pushing the cutting edge of the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database SEAD: new research areas and users for interdisciplinary studies of global challenges
Abstract [sv]
VISEAD syftar till att addera funktioner till den etablerade plattformen SEAD (Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database) för att ge stöd till analysmetoder som ligger i framkanten av den arkeologiska forskningen. Projektet syftar också till att öka användningen av tvärvetenskapliga arkeologiska forskningsdata vid förvaltningsmyndigheter och konsulter samt i andra infrastruktur. Utveckling kommer att ske genom samarbete mellan fyra arkeologiska forskningslaboratorier, ett professionellt systemutvecklingsteam och Länsstyrelsen Västerbotten. Personal inom projektet kommer att utföra systemanalyser och mata in nya data i form av resultat från dendrokronologi och vedanalys, keramisk geokemi och analys av ämnesspecifika stabila isotoper och lipider. Genom att lägga till dessa datatyper i SEAD:s befintliga katalog av data på bl.a. insekter, växter, pollen och markkemi skapas en världsunik databasplattform. VISEAD kommer att utgöra en resurs för ett brett spektrum av forskningsämnen från arkeologi och geologi till hälsa, naturvård och kulturarvs-studier. Det kommer att vara möjligt att bedriva tvärvetenskapliga studier kring globala utmaningar ur ett långtidsperspektiv i en aldrig tidigare skådad omfattning. Systemet kommer också att kunna användas för att bl.a. underlätta länsstyrelsens riskanalys kring klimatförändringar och påverkan på kulturarvet. All data kommer att kvalitetssäkras och finnas tillgängligt genom online Open Access.
Abstract [en]
VISEAD aims to build on the established Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD) platform by adding support for cutting edge methods in archaeological science. The project also aims to facilitate the use of multidisciplinary archaeological research data by regional government, consultants and with other infrastructure. It will do this in a collaborative venture uniting four archaeological research laboratories with a professional development team and stakeholders, including Västerbotten County Administrative Board (LST) and consultants. Project staff will undertake the systematic analysis and entry of new data types, including dendrochronology and wood analyses, compound specific stable isotopes, lipids and ceramic geochemistry. A globally unique platform will be created by adding these data to SEAD?s current catalogue including insects, plants, pollen, soil chemistry and more. VISEAD will be a resource for a broad spectrum of research fields from archaeology and geology to health, conservation and heritage studies. It will enable the interdisciplinary study of long-term aspects of global challenges at an unprecedented scale and complexity. The system will also help heritage management organizations engage in advanced projects, including the analysis of the risks posed to cultural heritage by climate change. All data will be quality assured and made available through online Open Access.
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Opitz, R., Strawhacker, C., Buckland, P. I., Cothren, J., Dawson, T., Dugmore, A., . . . Thompson, P. (2021). A Lockpick's Guide to dataARC: Designing Infrastructures and Building Communities to Enable Transdisciplinary Research. Internet Archaeology, 56
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2021 (English)In: Internet Archaeology, E-ISSN 1363-5387, Vol. 56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) community initiated dataARC to develop digital research infrastructures to support their work on long-term human-ecodynamics in the North Atlantic. These infrastructures were designed to address the challenges of sharing research data, the connections between those data and high-level interpretations, and the interpretations themselves. In parallel, they were also designed to support the reuse of diverse data that underpin transdisciplinary synthesis research and to contextualise materials disseminated widely to the public more firmly in their evidence base. This article outlines the research infrastructure produced by the project and reflects on its design and development. We outline the core motivations for dataARC's work and introduce the tools, platforms and (meta)data products developed. We then undertake a critical review of the project's workflow. This review focuses on our understanding of the needs of stakeholder groups, the principles that guided the design of the infrastructure, and the extent to which these principles are successfully promoted in the current implementation. Drawing on this assessment, we consider how the infrastructure, in whole or in part, might be reused by other transdisciplinary research communities. Finally, we highlight key socio-technical gaps that may emerge as structural barriers to transdisciplinary, engaged, and open research if left unaddressed.

Keywords
archaeology, information infrastructure, research practice, transdisciplinarity, ontologies, digital design
National Category
History and Archaeology Information Systems, Social aspects Languages and Literature Information Systems Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Archaeology; library and information science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-188912 (URN)10.11141/ia.56.15 (DOI)
Projects
DataARC (National Science Foundation, awards SMA 1519660 and 1637076)
Note

The dataARC Project was funded by the US National Science Foundation, awards SMA 1519660 and 1637076.

Available from: 2021-10-26 Created: 2021-10-26 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorHammarlund, Dan
Co-InvestigatorBuckland, Phil
Principal InvestigatorBuckland, Phil
Co-InvestigatorLidén, Kerstin
Co-InvestigatorGelfgren, Stefan
Co-InvestigatorLindahl, Anders
Coordinating organisation
Umeå University
Funder
Period
2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31
National Category
ArchaeologyGeosciences, MultidisciplinaryOther Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:536Project, id: IN15-0231:1_RJ