Vera Moitinho De Almeida and Julian Richards in front of the ADS offices.
Dr Vera Moitinho De Almeida and Prof Julian Richards in front of the Archaeology Data Service offices in York, UK, saying goodbye before COVID lockdown.

There can be no doubt that the first two years of STSM participation in SEADDA did not go as planned, but there was still much to celebrate, and much to look forward two at we head into the second half of the Action.

In the first year, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) at the University of York, UK was able to welcome Dr Paulo Lussu from Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy for his STSM project titled Durable online dissemination of large 3D datasets from museological collections.

Paolo Lussu reflects on his time at ADS

ADS also welcomed Dr Vera Moitinho de Almeida from INESCC, Portugal. Dr Moitinho de Almeida’s STSM pursued research with the ADS to better understand the lifecycle for a variety of archaeological data types.

Two STSMs were also possible during the first year with host Incipit CSIC, Spain.

These included Ms. Leticia Tobalina Pulido from Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France undertook the project Data subjectivity and vagueness in the study of settlement patterns. From archaeological reports to GIS and Ms Maria Elena Castiello from University of Bern, Switzerland who undertook Increasing reusability and interoperability of archaeological data. Working on data infrastructure, uncertainty and vagueness in predictive modelling.

Incipit CSIC, Spain was also able to safely host Ms Claire Padovani during Year 2 of SEADDA, while most countries had strict travel restrictions in place. Ms Padovani was able to make progress on her KilnDataBase Project.

Claire Padovani reflects on her time at Incipit CSIC.

In the case of Dr Lussu, Dr Moitinho de Almeida and Ms Tobalina Pulido, the STSMs had to be cut short as the UK and Spain went into lockdown, and plans to continue later in SEADDA had to be set aside.  This was very unfortunate, but the STSMs were still largely successful and resulted in ongoing collaboration with the hosts, albeit virtually.

We are looking forward to Year 3 of SEADDA, and being able to advertise the call for new STSMs very soon. Watch this space!


SEADDA STSMs: Past and Future