First CARARE Dataset Uploaded into Europeana

Rökstenen Rune Stone

Rökstenen Rune Stone - Foto: Bengt A Lundberg - 1986-08-01

The first CARARE dataset was successfully published by Europeana on Monday the 6th February from the Swedish National Heritage Board (SwNHB). The publication follows two years’ work on data preparation, the creation of a CARARE metadata schema tailored towards archaeological content and establishing the technology for a complete harvesting, aggregation and ingestion service.

The dataset comes from the national monuments inventory for Sweden which contains records for 812,972 archaeological monuments and sites. The complete dataset has been uploaded and covers objects such as rune stones, tombs, dwellings to archaeological sites. The records that appear in Europeana are in text format and contain information about each monument with a link to the original content held in the SwNHB databases. Clicking on this link takes the user to a SwNHB website page with a map showing the location of the monument, text information, a scan of the original documentation and (in some cases) additional images of the monument.

The inclusion of archaeological data in Europeana brought unique challenges to the CARARE project and subsequent creation of the CARARE schema such as the inclusion of geographic data (which incidentally is also compliant with the INSPIRE Directive) and the concept of time periods (as opposed to dates). Furthermore, CARARE and Europeana have been working in close co-operation for the introduction of the first 3D content later this year. This consists of 3D PDFs created from a range of models owned by CARARE content providers such as pottery, statues, tombs and even complete sites such as Pompeii.

The Swedish National Heritage Board is one of 21 content providers who will contribute over 2 million items to Europeana. More datasets will be uploaded in the next few weeks.

Some examples to view (scroll down left hand side for additional images etc.):
1) Torsburgen (Thurs Castle), Gotland– the largest hillfort in Sweden

Europeana URL:

2) Rökstenen – famous Rune stone


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