Introduction to Archaeological Data Curation, Description, and Edition, using the archeoViz Application

This document is intended for teachers introducing students in archaeology to basic principles of data curation and web edition. It presents the basics for a class syllabus, using the archeoViz application as a pedagogical resource.

  • Concepts: metadata, data publication, data editorialisation, data alignment, Interoperability.
  • Audience: intermediate, advanced.
  • Material:
    • a computer with an internet connection,
    • a spreadsheet editor.


  • Explore the archeoViz Portal and the archeoViz instances.
    • Examine and interpret the “metadata” section in one of the instances (e.g., the Barger Gulch dataset).
    • Advanced students: download, examine, and comment on the “metadata table” available on the archeoViz Portal page.
  • Examine the archeoViz workflow chart:
    • What difference do you observe in the four options?
    • What does it mean (or should mean) to “publish” data?
    • What is the difference between data publication and data editorialisation?
  • Examine the archeoViz ecosystem chart:
    • What mean the two types of arrows?
    • What are the types of services composing this ecosystem?
    • Analyse the archeoViz ecosystem in terms of centralisation / decentralisation.
    • Explore the website of the reference systems used in this ecosystem: PACTOLS, ORCID, VIAF, Geonames.


  • Explore the Bilzingsleben instance. Describe how the data in this archeoViz instance is linked to the original database. Compare it with the Erb Tanks instance.
  • Read the archeoViz documentation about the use of URL parameters.
  • Use URL parameters to load the Cassenade dataset in an online archeoViz instance.
  • Conversely, data can be transmitted from an archeoViz instance to third-party applications. Using the options in the “Statistics” tab, try to:
    • analyse the refitting data with the archeofrag application;
    • analyse the object types distribution in the stratigraphy of the Poeymaü cave with the Seriograph application.

Data alignment

For Advanced students:

  • In the PACTOLS thesaurus, find the “lithic” and “pottery” concepts and their unique identifier.
  • In SEAHORS, load the Cassenade dataset, and export it to the archeoViz format in a CSV file.
  • Edit the CSV file to recode the “object_type” variable and align it with the PACTOLS concepts.
  • Load the resulting CSV file in archeoViz and check if the link between the objects and the PACTOLS concepts is correct.


  • Kansa, E. C., S. W. Kansa. 2013. “We All Know That a 14 Is a Sheep: Data Publication and Professionalism in Archaeological Communication”. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, 1 (1), p. 88-97. DOI: 10.1353/ema.2013.0007
  • Marwick B. 2017. “Computational Reproducibility in Archaeological Research: Basic Principles and a Case Study of their Implementation”. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 24 (4), p. 1-27. DOI: 10.1007/s10816-015-9272-9

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Sébastien Plutniak (2023, 10 juillet). Introduction to Archaeological Data Curation, Description, and Edition, using the archeoViz Application. archeoViz. Data visualization in archaeology. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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