Martijn van Leusen and Sara Champion
The EAHW Project
Partnership in EAHW proposal to European Community
Formation of Archaeological Web for Italy
Birmingham, 30 January 1996
This letter is to inform you about the current state of our proposals to create a European
Archaeological Heritage Web using EC funding, and to encourage the establishment of an
archaeological web service for Italy, in which many of you have expressed great interest.
The EAHW Project
After considerable delay due in part to the sluggish working of the EC administrative
machine, we have now started the application process by expressing an interest in the
SOCRATES programme for education and training of professional archaeologists and by
targeting the upcoming RAPHAEL programme for the core EAHW project. Both these
programmes are open to partnerships, and we are providing a Web page at
that contains details of the kind of partner we are looking for, plus an expression of interest
form which you can download, fill in and return to us. This page will be updated as new
information comes in.
During recent visits to Rome and Siena one of us (van Leusen) found great enthusiasm for
the idea of creating an archaeological Web service covering Italy. This would not just be a
passive directory of available resources, but would bring together all major players in the
archaeological community of Italy, along the lines of ArchWEB-NL in the Netherlands
- until you have decided what to call it, we will therefore refer to it as ArchWEB-IT.
Interest in maintaining an archaeological web server was expressed in Rome by Mr. Palladio from
CEAPRELDA srl, Naples (email@example.com) and in Siena by Prof. Francovich and his team at the University of Siena (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Add to this the offers of assistance on the IT side that were expressed to
us earlier in 1995 by
Mr Bassini of CINECA, a consortium of 13 Universities (email@example.com)
and Mr Meloni of CILEA, a consortium of 7 Universities in Lombardy (firstname.lastname@example.org), and
it seems clear that Italian archaeologists now have sufficient, and sufficiently diverse, interest
in the idea to make the establishment of ArchWEB-IT possible.
We think that
a fully functional Archaeological Web Service for Italy, in addition to bringing
together a cross-section of the archaeological community, might also attempt
to offer the range of services currently envisaged for the EAHW (see
the EAHW services overview for a listing).
Of all these proposed services, however, the Archaeological Resource Guide is
the one that can be implemented most quickly, and which can profit from
the fact that we now have one year's experience running ARGE.
The following checklist may be
helpful in setting up a similar guide for Italian archaeological resources:
We hope that you will find these ideas helpful in your future discussions regarding
both the formation of ArchWEB-IT and the possibility of a partnership in the EAHW
proposals. Each of you brings valuable expertise in one or more areas of archaeology;
we know that your combined talents will result in the development of an
indispensable Web service for Italian professional and public users.
- installation and maintenance of a Web server connected to the high speed European networks;
- collaboration between archaeologists and librarians to devise classification and indexing
schemes for archaeological resources (this is an extremely difficult problem);
- design of multilingual Web pages (layout, icons, etc.) and backward-compatible HTML
(look at http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/mail for help with this; there is also an advanced
HTML discussion list at email@example.com);
- design of directory structure to contain Web pages;
- implementation of automated indexing software (CGI programs) that query a database of
archaeological resources and produce fully formatted HTML pages;
- implementation of mechanisms to periodically check the validity of the linked URLs.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional comments and
questions. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,
Martijn van Leusen