The ARIADNE Research Infrastructure AISBL (ARIADNE RI) was founded on 28th November 2022. It is not-for-profit association, established according to Belgian law, but capable of operating at an international level. Its primary aim is to continue the work of ARIADNEplus (2018-22) and the previous ARIADNE Integrating Activity (2012-16). By the end of 2022 these projects had established a Linked Open Data triple store, also searchable via an Open Access data catalogue (the ARIADNE portal), and providing access to over 3.5m rich data resources. These encompass the archaeology and heritage of 4 continents and over 40 countries, and range from the archaeology of the earliest hominids to the present day.
The founding membership of the ARIADNE RI comprises over 25 members and associate members from the ARIADNEplus consortium. Our statutes confirm that the purpose of the ARIADNE RI is to:
a. Promote, support and develop the use of digital techniques applied to the arts, humanities, cultural heritage and in particular to archaeology;
b. Contribute to the development of software tools to operate on digital data in these sectors;
c. Promote and encourage the creation of open archives with the data produced in these fields by research and management;
d. Maintain and develop management tools allowing the integration of digital data archives in these sectors;
e. Continue to manage the integration of the archaeological data archives developed in the ARIADNE and ARIADNEplus projects, expanding and updating the digital catalogue already available online and the associated digital infrastructure;
f. Support this program with the necessary communication tools.
The ARIADNE RI will therefore work to ensure that the ARIADNE portal is maintained, enabling the update of existing datasets, and the addition of new members and new data sets. Based upon its broad membership it is able to represent the largest international grouping of archaeological data repositories, national heritage bodies, museums, scientific research organisations and universities. It also brings together archaeologists and information scientists in a collaboration that enables them to apply for international research funding as a single legal entity.