The Novum Inventorium Sepulchrale was, originally, a fully functioning database of Kentish Anglo-Saxon graves and grave goods, with a searchable interface showcasing images and descriptive metadata.
After this project went offline in 2018, all that remained was a single project webpage with two spreadsheets, one containing a list of graves and the other containing the objects found within them. With the support of the projects Principal Investigator, Professor Helena Hamerow (School of Archaeology), the Sustainable Digital Scholarship service team was able to bring this project back to life.
Thanks to the Sustainable Digital Scholarship team, a valuable, web-based archaeological resource that had fallen off-line years ago is again being used. The team were hugely helpful and efficient - a real pleasure to work with. I had given up hope of seeing this resource brought back to life and am delighted with the outcome.
In addition to bringing this project back online again, we had the opportunity to take a very hands-on and curatorial approach to cleaning the project’s metadata (c. 4,800 records and c. 6,000 images) before ingestion into the SDS Figshare repository. The addition of mandated Figshare fields to allow DOI creation for each record is an excellent improvement on the original database and necessary process for ingest. We were also able to rationalise some of the metadata fields by the omission, merging or adding of new fields; the hope is that the quality of metadata attached to the collection has improved by undergoing this process.