NFDI4Objects brings together a dedicated community to create a user- and demand-oriented, internationally networked research data infrastructure for numerous related disciplines.

NFDI4Objects is aimed at scientists in the field of digitisation methods and technologies with a common scientific tradition as well as dense international networking and immediate data acquisition at a high level of competence. The addressed disciplines not only include different fields of archaeology, but also anthropology, building research, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, archaegenetics, archaeophysics, palaeopathology, archaeometry, conservation and restoration research, ethnoarchaeology, as well as institutions of cultural preservation and provenance research. These specialised disciplines share a common methodological framework with strong interdisciplinary links and processes that generate extensive digital data.

The material heritage of more than 2.6 million years represents the fundamental source of knowledge about the cultural, social and biological development of humankind. Embedded in multifaceted contexts, the objects with their complex biographies are preserved in different ways. Continuously evolving methods and technologies for detection, documentation, recovery, reconstruction and analysis are being developed, which make these legacies accessible for interpretation and experience in ever new ways.

The ANCIENT YEMEN DIGITAL ATLAS maps cultural heritage sites in Yemen. Photos, drawings and other information can be linked to the points. Map: Schoeneberg | Copyright: DAI

Archaeological research is data-intensive. Therefore, universities, heritage agencies and non-university research institutions either have their own storage resources, use state/regional data centres or a combination of both. Our community is characterised by a broad technical discourse on connecting these systems via standard protocols and services, and linking them to other science domains. As many of these implementations are based on key free software technologies and open specifications, there is a high potential for integrating existing but not yet interoperable repositories.



The NFDI4Objects Temporary Working Groups (TWGs) are the driving force behind the consortium’s continuous development of standards and specifications.


Organised by subject groups or research methods, the NFDI consortia pursue the goal of ensuring access to and sustainable use of the research data relevant to them.


The structural bodies of the NFDI4Objects consortium include various operational tasks. All these structures have already proven their operational efficiency.