Figure 1: Types of information produced by archaeological fieldwork, and where they end up in the current system. While Swedish National Heritage Board maintains the Archaeological Sites and Monuments Register and an Open Archive of archaeological reports, presently these two are not interconnected. Digital field documentation has not been consistently collected from the contractors up until now.
Figure 2: The Cultural Environment Register, Kulturmiljöregistret (KMR), is being developed by the DAP programme. While information may be stored in different databases "beneath the surface" the posts will be interconnected through links. A system is also being developed to receive some information machine-to-machine from the County Administrative Boards.
Figure 3: The Fieldwork Register part of KMR is now under development. This is one of the models made by the graphic designers. These are used first to test if the product will be user friendly and meet our requirements, and only then for the programmers to build from.
Figure 4: Persistent Identifiers (PID) for important units will be created in the Cultural Environment Register. PID will make sure that these units will not lose their connection with each other, and that they can be traced regardless of where they end up in the future. Users will rarely see the PID itself, as it is connected to a name (number, title) that is more legible for humans. The database content will be made available through open access API (Swedish Open Cultural Heritage, SOCH), that can be used by anyone to develop new applications.
Figure 5: Our vision of the digital archaeological process. The information produced through surveys and excavations is not meant to be simply stored in an archive or a collection. We preserve it in order for it to be actively used by archaeologists, researchers, heritage managers and the public in order to create syntheses, new knowledge and a better understanding for how to proceed the next time. The DAP programme will hopefully make this process easier and more effective for everyone.
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