Authors: Tepavički-Ilić, Milica
Šegan-Radonjić, Marija 
Todorović, Milan
Affiliations: Computer Science 
Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts 
Title: Accessibility And Openness Of Archaeological Heritage Data In Serbia
First page: 257
Last page: 258
Related Publication(s): CAA2023 Abstract Book
Issue Date: 2023
Rank: M34
In the Republic of Serbia there is a several decades long practice of documenting
archaeological heritage in digital environment. At present, there is also an
obligation of institutions responsible for cultural heritage in Serbia to implement
the information system defined by law and to send the data to the state center for
further management and long-term preservation. Further on, since the Government
of Serbia recognized the importance of re-usage of data kept by its public institutions,
it highlighted its strategy for making them publicly available and accessible by issuing
a row of laws and regulations. However, in reality, even with these laws and instead
of the model of full accessibility and open data usage, institutions of protection in
Serbia still choose to apply selective accessibility. Thus, the paper reveals the current
state of the art regarding accessibility of cultural heritage data in Serbia in 2022 and
questions the possibilities of its usage and re-usage.
Two examples of public national repository data re-usage are presented. In the first
example, presuming that the data holder guarantees data reliability and also that it
shared them on the web in an adequate way and in an adequate form, the authors
of this paper tested how a user with a minimum technical knowledge can download
them and use them for an individual project. The paper presents how with the help
of simple tools, three open data sets of national providers were used for creating
digital collections aiming to promote archaeological sites of exceptional importance
situated along the National cycling Danube route, this being part of the European
cycling route „ЕuroVelo 6”.
In the second example, the paper deals with advantages of connecting national data
sets about cultural heritage with international knowledge bases aiming for their re-
usage and preservation. The paper describes the process of integrating data sets
of the Mathematical Institute SANU about more than 150 highly important cultural
monuments in Serbia with the ARIADNEplus Portal. The here mentioned cultural
monuments were initially described within the suggested national metadata format
with the goal to incorporate them more easily during a possible establishing of a
national information system for management and preservation of data about cultural
heritage. The authors further discuss whether this metadata format respected the
basic principles regarding interoperability, modularity, refinement, extensibility,
multilingualism and flexibility, in order to make the metadata easily mapped and
prepared for integration with the ARIADNEplus Portal.

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