The Opening of Swedigarch; the Swedish National Infrastructure for Digital Archaeology

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Humanistiska teatern
  • Lecturer: Key-note speaker: Professor Kristina Edström. Other speakers: Professor Mattias Martinson, Professor Erik Lindberg, Professor Karl-Johan Lindholm, Philip Buckland, Magnus Lundgren, Daniel Löwenborg, Åsa Larsson, Elin Fornander, Nicolò Dell'Unto, Eva Svensson and Christian Isendahl.
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  • Organiser: Swedigarch
  • Contact person: Helena Hulth
  • Phone: +46734697733
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The Swedish National Infrastructure for Digital Archaeology will catalyse a new generation of data intensive interdisciplinary research on long-term human-environmental dynamics, to address present and future challenges in landscape and resource management. Swedigarch will facilitate the production of aggregated and harmonised datasets, previously unmatched in scope.

The Swedish National Infrastructure for Digital Archaeology will fulfill the demands for integrative, interdisciplinary research on long-term socio-environmental dynamics. 

The digital revolution has resulted in extensive archaeological and palaeoecological datasets extending into millions of information points, with millennial coverage, and generated from a considerable array of methods and theoretical frameworks. These data represent the only direct empirical evidence of human activities over long timescales. They are, however, underused due to variable quality, inaccessibility, and poor interoperability.

Shared ontologies and strategies for data homogenisation and integration must be created and implemented covering an enormous variety of metadata. Swedigarch will do this and drive the data science revolution in and beyond archaeology, developing interdisciplinary research directions and applying computational methods. This includes AI/machine learning and complex statistical analyses approaching archaeological and palaeoecological Big Data methods on the long-term human-environmental interface. The infrastructure will also ensure that data from cutting-edge and possible future molecular (aDNA, proteomics), x-ray, synchrotron light, and neutron radiation methods are interoperable in this framework. Swedigarch will enable new approaches for digital methods, reinvent archaeological research agendas, and ensure that Swedish archaeology is part of the data science revolution.

Swedigarch is funded by the Research Council and co-funded by the project partners, the universities of Uppsala, Umeå, Lund, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Karlstad, as well as the National Heritage Board and the National Historical Museums.

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