The Archaeological Information System of the Czech Republic (AIS CR) is a tool designed to integrate digital resources on Czech archaeology. Its main aim is to apply the information system of the Archaeological Map of the Czech Republic (AMCR) in practice, to enhance it and to link it to other data sources. The processing of databases for the territories of Moravia and Czech Silesia and their unification with already available databases from the territory of Bohemia plays a key part.
The AIS CR is included in the Roadmap of Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic and financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The project is managed by the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Brno, in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague. The main tasks of the AIS CR infrastructure are:
⦿ gradual unification of the information systems on archaeological excavations, finds and sites on the territory of the CR and making them available through web interfaces and API services in view of effective data sharing;
⦿ expansion of the data sources and completion of the authority records on archaeological fieldwork and sites;
⦿ to build a new digital archive of archaeological fieldwork records;
⦿ standardization and rising the interoperability of archaeological data, which will allow for cooperation on the international level;
⦿ to support the integration of the system into the scientific practice of the Czech archaeological community;
⦿ cultivation of the national and cultural identity by making available of information on archaeological heritage in the CR.
Research team in Brno (IAB):
Mgr. Olga Lečbychová (project manager), Mgr. Zdenka Kosarová (deputy project manager), Bc. Klára Matulová (administrator), Veronika Řihánková, DiS. (main archivist), Ing. Lenka Zahradníková (main archivist), Mgr. Irena Ženožičková (research assistant), Mgr. Jiří Pejchal (research assistant), Mgr. Michal Hlavica (data manager)
Research team in Prague (IAP):
PhDr. Martin Kuna, CSc., DSc. (coordinator), Mgr. David Novák (infrastructure manager), Ing. Dana Křivánková (database specialist), Mgr. Ondřej Švejcar, Ph.D. (archaeologist), Mgr. Tomáš Krofta (research assistant), PhDr. Ivana Boháčová, Ph.D. (coordinator of the MADP), Mgr. Jan Hasil, Ph.D. (database manager of the MADP)
The objective of the AIS-2 project is to develop the domain-specific backbone infrastructure for Czech archaeology - AIS CR. The AIS-2 project is concerned with further developing this system, ensuring its long-term sustainability and improving the quality of the datasets and their usefulness for future research.
The project AIS-2 (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_013/0001439) is funded by the European Union.
⦿ Technical development of the infrastructure (key activity: completion, construction and upgrade of the infrastructure)
⦿ Development of the information content of the infrastructure (key activity: expanding the ais cr databases)
⦿ Support of the infrastructure synergy and scientific research (key activity: research activities based on the ais infrastructure)
The AIS CR creates, operates and develops following applications and databases:
Digital archive is a web application used for browsing digtal documents stored in the AMCR. Its interface is fully connected to the AMCR and makes available all the archived documents including supplementary description and spatial data. Digital archive includes English thesauri.
The database created after the flood of 2002. It allows access to digital copies of documents stored in the Archive of the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague. Currently a new version is being prepared, which will be fully integrated in the Archaeological Map of the CR.
The library provides literature on archaeology and related disciplines. The collection contains basic Central and Western European scholarly publications. The library catalogue and a vast bibliographic database on Czech, Moravian and Silesian archaeology are using the ALEPH system.
The library collection focuses on the needs of the research conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Brno. Currently more than 44,000 books are contained. Since 1999 the records have been kept in the ALEPH system. Entries on older titles are now being revised as part of the AIS CR project.