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The cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute that was begun in 2004 is starting to become more relevant in all DAI activities. The introduction into the digitalization of historic glass negatives has taken place with help of funding by the DFG. The University of Cologne also participates in the DFG-funded processing of the Basilica Aemilia by the exemplary creation of a webbased platform on the research of the ancient structure. The digitalized version of the corpus of ancient sarcophagi is another prominent project. Excavation projects of the German Archaeological Institute are another main focus. These excavations are systematically recorded with geographic information systems (GIS) if these are conducted in a modern fashion. In order to not have these new innovations diverge entirely and because GIS-systems also contain objectadministrations as a component, there is an important port for data transfer. The excavation’s object data can not only be connected with each other but also with Arachne objects and thus be standardized for query procedures for research. Also, administrative procedures for numerous connected units can be done.

By this an unprecedented portfolio of digital data complexes is formed, whose structure and development  is realized by the DAI in cooperation with the research archive for ancient sculpture, the HKI (Prof. Dr. M. Thaller), Prof. Dr. U. Lang and the ZAIK. Before the aim of an entirely integrated data world (integrated through CIDOC-CRM-ports) can be achieved, the DAI objectdata-ecosystem is supposed to be backed up, so that objects can be moved from entirely heterogeneous local and central data administrations without loss of information, in order to ensure further work on the data locally and supra-regionally and also offline. The need for further adjustment is supposed to be keep to a minimum and done by transfer algorithms. The development of the DAI-objectdata-ecosystem is funded by the University of Cologne and the Headquarters of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Förtsch, Florian Willems, M.A.