VISEAD is a new research infrastructure expanding on the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database [SEAD] with new datasets critical to the advancement of archaeology and interdisciplinary heritage management, developing tools to enable new user groups to utilise SEAD and linking it to other national and international infrastructure like the dataArch project. The 3 year project which began in 2016 was funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.
The already established SEAD contains data mainly from the Environmental Archaeology Lab [MAL] and the Bugs Coleopteran Ecology Package [BugsCEP] (see SEAD). VISEAD will expand upon this through a collaborative venture with four of Sweden’s archaeological research laboratories. One of the aims is the digitization and ingestion of the considerable archives of these research labs, including dendrochronology and wood analysis, compound specific stable isotopes, lipids, biomolecular data and ceramic geochemistry data.
SEAD’s data have been used in archaeological investigations and palaeoclimate reconstructions, but they are rarely used in archaeological modelling. By linking research infrastructure with modellers through research networks VISEAD intends to push this new area as a part of its goal of implementing new mechanisms for the federation and linking of SEAD with other national and international infrastructure. This is done via the use of API and GeoJSON which enables VISEAD to share subsets of SEAD data with other databases and infrastructures.
During 2017 the County Administrative Board [LST] of Västerbotten published a report (in print) with a risk assessment of the threat of climate change to cultural heritage locales. This was done in collaboration with VISEAD who will be using this report as a basis to explore and develop tools to enable new user groups to utilise SEAD in the types of investigation and management tasks as displayed in the climate change risk assessment report.
VISEAD is the cornerstone which will supply and broaden the interdisciplinary studies ranging from fields such as Archaeology and Geology to conservation and environmental reconstructions. All data will be quality assured and made available through online Open Access.