Implementing the European Open Data Policy in Archaeology

US researchers launch PEPAdb (Prehistoric Europe’s Personal Adornment database), an online and accessible tool with data on personal adornment items in recent prehistory.

After decades of data collection, the US Quantitative Archaeology and Archaeological Science research group has carried out the configuration and deployment of a website with data on personal adornment in recent Prehistory on an intercontinental scale: PEPAdb. This open data initiative, which makes thousands of records available to users in an online database, is in line with the practices of the Open Science movement as well as the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles.

Through the PEPAdb project it is intended to comply with the Directive (EU) 2019/1024 of the European Parliament and of the Council on open data and reuse of information from the public sector. Additionally, this tool makes it possible for public and private agents to make decisions based on the information, thanks to the availability of open scientific data (Open Research Data).

The results of this research have been published in the article Unlocking archaeological data online via the PEPAdb , published in the journal Antiquity , in which the functionalities of this Open Access tool are detailed.

In short, this initiative puts into practice a series of fundamental principles of the Open Data philosophy that are mandatory for publicly funded projects.