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|FindSampo – Archaeological Finds on the Semantic Web|
FindSampo – Archaeological Finds on the Semantic Web is system that aims to foster collecting, sharing, publishing, and studying archaeological finds discovered by the public. The framework includes a mobile find reporting system, a semantic portal for researchers, the public, and collection managers to use, and a Linked Open Data service for creating custom data analyses and for application developers.
The growing flow of uncovered archaeological material poses challenges to researchers and collections finds data managers. We must support finders with legislative and also archaeological information. Easy to use tools to report finds and provide structured metadata are needed. Leaving finds cataloguing to curators is increasingly unfeasible given the increase in metal detecting. To make use of new data, cultural heritage managers, researchers and the public need search and analysis tools. Since finds are connected to existing collections, we also address cross-collection data interoperability. The methods and Open Source tools developed are also applicable to other cultural heritage citizen science fields.
Figure: Landing page of the FindSampo portal demonstrator.
The key product of the project is a demonstrator, FindSampo, a semantic portal and Linked Open Data service based on the "Sampo" model and a member of the Sampo series of systems for Digital Humanities research and application. In addition a demonstratator FindSampo Reporter was developed, a mobile system for reporting finds easily immediately on the spot of the find.
An overview of the FindSampo system as a whole can be found in the publication (Hyvönen et el., 2021) below.
The FindSampo concept and system was developed as part of project "Finnish Archaeological Finds Recording Linked Open Database (SuALT)", a multidisciplinary project developing innovative solutions to respond to metal detecting and other non-professional encounters with archaeological material, applying semantic computing to “citizen science”. For more details about the SuALT project, see the SuALT homepage.
Thanks for collaborations to our colleagues at the University of Helsinki and Finnish Heritage Agency, the two other consortium partners in our project in addition to Aalto University. Our research is funded by the Academy of Finland.
- Prof. Eero Hyvönen (PI), Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG)
- MSc Esko Ikkala, Aalto University
- MSc Heikki Rantala, Aalto University
- Dr. Mikko Koho, Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG)
- Dr. Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki (HELDIG) and Aalto University
- Babatunde Anafi, Aalto University