The archeoViz Ecosystem for Online Visualisation and Presentation of Archaeological Data

A Decentralised Web Edition Network for Archaeological Data

Since the 1960s, numerous attempts at building up standards and repositories were made in archaeology. All projects tended to collect as much data as possible and several independent databases existed with the same themes. The pitfalls of this centralised approach were addressed in the early 2000s with the development of the semantic web, ontologies, and linked open data technologies.

archeoViz is designed along the same line. Rather than collecting all data in the same place as in the centralised approach, archeoViz users create a particular instance of archeoViz for each dataset to visualise and communicate. These instances can be deployed on the server of their choice (e.g.,, huma-num, or any other institutional or personal server). Nevertheless, archeoViz can be used in four ways.

4 Operating Modes

The following figure presents the four different ways to use archeoViz with your data, from purely local (on the user’s machine), to purely remote, assuming or not data publication on third-party repositories.

The 4 ways to use archeoViz:

  1. Local (green solid line): no internet connection required, the application and the data stay on the user’s computer. An R environment is needed to run the application.
  2. Remote and dynamic (dashed line): an internet connection is needed, the dataset is loaded in the distant archeoViz application and is not saved when the user ends to interact with the app.
  3. Remote and static with data publication on a third party service (black solid line): the best option in the perspectives of open science. The data set is published online and a distant archeoViz instance is “connected” to it.
  4. Remote and static without data publication (blue solid line): the dataset is privately stored on the Shiny server. Users can interact with the application but are not allowed to download the dataset.

Dataflow and Reference

The following figure summarises the relationships between

  • the instances of the archeoViz application
  • the data repositories
  • third-party applications
  • indexing and documentation systems.


The archeoViz instances deployed for particular datasets are references in the archeoViz Portal. Each instance is described with a set of metadata, including:


All the archeoViz instances deployed about specific datasets are

The HAL references propagate to other scholarly documentation systems, including Isidore Google Scholar, Base.

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Sébastien Plutniak (2023, 31 juillet). The archeoViz Ecosystem for Online Visualisation and Presentation of Archaeological Data. archeoViz. Data visualization in archaeology. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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