Archaeological Information System
of the Czech Republic

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. AIS CR follows the FAIR principles and introduces new digital services for the archaeological community and the general public.

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Our services

The AIS CR creates, operates and develops following applications, services and databases available online:

Digital Archive of the AMCR

Digital Archive is a web application used for browsing data stored in the AMCR. It is fully connected to the AMCR and makes available all the information collected and stored via AMCR and its individual modules. It offers English interface and vocabularies.

Archaeological Atlas of the CR

The Archaeological Atlas presents archaeological monuments in the landscape in a popular way to the general public. It is an accompanying service of the related printed publications, expanding their contents in a virtual environment. It offers full content in English.

Prague-Archaeological (MADP)

A web portal with the task to provide access to archaeological sources on the Capital City of Prague for professionals and the public. The website enables to visit the underground of Prague and to follow in the footsteps of Prague’s history.

THANADOS (MEDCEM)

The service deals with the collection and presentation of medieval cemeteries. All information can be explored via a digital catalogue and within an interactive map. Cartographic visualisations as well as charts and plots are created dynamically based on real research data.

Archaeological Map of the CR (AMCR)

The AMCR unites the archaeological information systems in the CR and offers tools to register fieldwork projects, collect information on fieldwork and their results, serves as digital repository and provides data for the AMCR Digital Archive and API.

AMCR-PAS

The Portal of Amateur Collaborators and Register of Individual Finds is an AMCR module aimed at managing information about individual finds collected during a surface surveys or sampling. It forms the framework for effective cooperation between professional public and amateur collaborators.

Map of Archaeological Organisations

In the Czech Republic there are more than 100 organisations licensed to carry out archaeological fieldwork under the State Heritage Protection Act. This application provides an overview of these organisations, including the territorial jurisdictions.

Archaeology Online

A gateway presenting digital information sources related to the study of the past of Czech landscape and archaeology. Its aim is to open paths to data often difficult to access, provides orientation in existing infrastructures, record-keeping systems, tools and web portals.

Thesaurus of Archaeological Terminology (TEATER)

TEATER makes archaeological terminology available via an web interface, with emphasis on library applications. It consists of standard subject terms, supplemented by additional terms and descriptions.

3D Library

AMCR 3D Library serves as a space for the systematic recording of archaeologically relevant three-dimensional models and textures. Its aim is not to store individual models, but to allow for their uniform expert description and to ensure their searchability in the AMCR Digital Archive environment.

Public API

The API offers a Data Provider service that provides metadata records from the AMCR database using the OpenArchives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). OAI-PMH implementation supports representation in native AMCR XML, CIDOC-CRM and Dublin Core.




About the AIS CR infrastructure

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;
⦿ development and curation of digital archive of archaeological fieldwork records;
⦿ standardization and rising the interoperability of archaeological data, which will allow for cooperation on the international level;
⦿ supporting 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.

Main responsible in Brno (IAB): Mgr. Olga Lečbychová | Main responsible in Prague (IAP): Mgr. David Novák, Ph.D.


Archaeological Information System – Second Generation (AIS-2)

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.

Research programmes and project activities of the AIS-2

⦿ 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)



License and data re-use

Data available in the AIS CR is published in accordance with the Open Access policy and with the consent of copyright holders. Data usage is subject (unless explicitly stated otherwise) to a CC-BY-NC 4.0 (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International). The data can therefore only be used with citation of the author/provider and for non-commercial use only. This provision does not restrict the use of AIS CR by virtue of other contractual arrangements or by virtue of a legal title.

Because the tools managed by AIS CR provide data predominantly in Open Access, it is not possible to monitor the use of the data provided or what outputs are generated by it. However, as we are legally obliged to report this information, we would ask you as an AIS CR user to cooperate in reporting the scientific outputs that were generated using AIS CR data or tools.

Every AIS CR user is therefore obliged to:

⦿ always indicate in the usual way in specific outputs that the AIS CR infrastructure has been used to produce them, referring to the data or tool used;
⦿ when entering output information into the Results Information Register - RIV (e.g. at Czech Academy of Sciences sites via the ASEP database), select the proper link of the result to the AIS CR infrastructure in the field of LRI (Large Research Infrastructures) from the offered project code list of large research infrastructures;
⦿ kindly let us know via this questionnaire (https://www.aiscr.cz/vystupy) that the output has been published.




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