The pre-project will plan for the Digitization and Dissemination of the Archaeological Museum Archives of the University Museums in Norway (DDAMA). DDAMA will be a joint initiative of the cultural-historical sections of the Norwegian university museums (T he museum of Cultural History, Oslo; Bergen Museum, Bergen; Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, Trondheim; Tromsø Museum, Tromsø and the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger. The host institution will be the museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, but all the five university museums will participate towards establishing and dissemination of the digital archives.
The topographical archaeological archives contain the primary documentation for the scientific study of Norwegian prehistory. The main objectives of the project will be to (i) digitize the topographic archaeological archives at the university museums in Oslo, Tromsø, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger. (ii) The project will build a grid infrastructure consisting of one common database for all the archives. In this manner, archaeological archival material covering all of Norway will be made more accessible for research, education, public planning, as well as for other uses. The infrastructure developed during the projec t will use internationally recognized formats (Dublin Core, CIDOC CRM or museumdat), as well as standard protocols such as OAI-PMH to ensure the availability of the content of the archives. Thus, it will be possible to search and browse all the museums' t opographic archives, gaining a unique overview of, and access to, the primary sources for Norwegian prehistory, regardless of the archive's physical location.
The preproject will describe the and define the content of the digital topographical archives, a nd give a basis for the full digitalization of the archives.