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Pushing the cutting edge of the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database

The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD; is
a research infrastructure with a high-priority for Umeå University. SEAD
is a database and research tool for environmental archaeology that
allows the storage, extraction, and analysis of data and that is part of
an international network of research infrastructure for archaeology and
Quaternary palaeoecology. At present, SEAD provides access to a large
but limited range of datasets from the Environmental Archaeology Lab in
Umeå, through generic user interfaces aimed at users with specialist
knowledge. The range of users, and the system’s research power, could be
considerably be enhanced if a broader range of data were more easily
accessible. Similarly, the usefulness of the data to other areas of
society would be improved if stakeholders were more actively involved.
Therefore, the overall aim of the VISEAD project is to expand the usage
of the SEAD database by:

1. Facilitating the ingestion and management of new data types
(dendrochronology and wood analysis; compound specific stable isotopes;
lipids; biomolecular data; ceramic geochemistry) critical to the
advancement of archaeology and interdisciplinary heritage management.
2. Providing online access to the archives of Sweden s archaeological
science laboratories as virtual constituent databases in SEAD.
3. Implementing new mechanisms for the federation and linking of SEAD
with other national and international infrastructure.
4. Investigating and developing tools to enable new user groups (County
Administrative Boards and consultants) to utilise SEAD in investigation
and management tasks, including climate change risk assessment