Mapping metal findings – MEDEA

Every day people find metal objects with or without the help of a metal detector. However, once you have found an item, it can be difficult to figure out what is exactly you have found. The vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen en Archeologie acknowledged this problem, and, together with other parties, came up with MEDEA.

MEDEA is an initiative of the vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen en Archeologie, iMinds- SMIT, and PACKED vzw, which is supported by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Herculesstichting. With MEDEA you are able to add your findings to the database and discover what you have actually found! For each item added to the database, quite specific data are required. Moreover, before the item is made public in the database, several professionals will have to validate the item. Once the item is validated, everyone across the world will be able to see what you have found.

The platform on which MEDEA runs is developed by We Connect Data. One of the main reasons We Connect Data took on this project, is because of the project’s nature. Connecting people across the world via open data is a core activity at We Connect Data, making MEDEA a perfect fit. With MEDEA a lot of different actors are easily linked with one another, which before had to be manually done. The data management of all the ancient items found in Belgium (or perhaps in the world) is now a much easier task!

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