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Finnish Archaeological Finds Recording Linked Open Database (SuALT)

The Finnish Archaeological Finds Recording Linked Open Database (SuALT) is 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”. 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.

For more details, see SuALT Home Page.

Contact

Prof. Eero Hyvönen, University of Helsinki (HELDIG) and Aalto University


Publications

Submitted papers

Suzie Thomas, Anna Wessman, Esko Ikkala, Jouni Tuominen, Mikko Koho and Eero Hyvönen: (co-)Creating a Sustainable Platform for Finland’s Archaeological Chance Finds: The Story of SuALT. Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice (Ethan Watrall and Lynne Goldstein (eds.)), University Press of Florida, October, 2018. Submitted for review. bib

2019

Anna Wessman, Suzie Thomas, Ville Rohiola, Mikko Koho, Esko Ikkala, Jouni Tuominen, Eero Hyvönen, Jutta Kuitunen, Helinä Parviainen, and Marianna Niukkanen: Citizen Science in Archaeology: Developing a Collaborative Web Service for Archaeological Finds in Finland. Transforming Heritage Practice in the 21st Century: Contributions from Community Archaeology (John Jameson and Sergiu Musteață (eds.)), pp. 337-352, Springer, July, 2019. bib link
Anna Wessman, Suzie Thomas, Ville Rohiola, Jutta Kuitunen, Esko Ikkala, Jouni Tuominen, Mikko Koho and Eero Hyvönen: A Citizen Science Approach to Archaeology: Finnish Archaeological Finds Recording Linked Open Database (SuALT). DHN 2019 Digital Humanities in Nordic Countries. Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 4th Conference, pp. 469-478, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol-2364, Copenhagen, Denmark, March, 2019. bib pdf link

2018

Suzie Thomas, Anna Wessman, Jouni Tuominen, Mikko Koho, Esko Ikkala, Eero Hyvönen, Ville Rohiola and Ulla Salmela: SuALT: Collaborative Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Finds and Public Engagement through Linked Open Data. Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 3rd Conference (DHN 2018), Book of Abstracts, Helsinki, Finland, March, 2018. bib pdf link
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