Andrew Meadows, Karsten Tolle, and David Wigg-Wolf invite participants for
a roundtable on numismatic data standards and exchange, to be held at the
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA)
conference (, Paris, 22-25 April 2014.

Coins survive in vast numbers from many historical periods and cultures,
providing important evidence for a wide variety of social, political and
economic aspects of those cultures. But currently these data are only
potentially available, as differing national traditions have yet to
integrate their substantial datasets on the basis of shared vocabularies,
syntax and structure.

Building on the experience with Linked Data of projects such as,
the European Coin Find Network (ECFN: and Online Coins of the Roman
Empire (OCRE:, the roundtable will provide a
forum for the presentation and discussion of (meta)data standards and
ontologies for data repositories containing information on coins, with a
view to advancing the possibilities of data exchange and facilitating
access to data across a range of repositories. The round table follows on
from the two joint meetings of and ECFN, which concentrated on
ancient, primarily Roman coins, held in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2012; and
Carnuntum, Austria in April 2013, which was attended by 25 participants
from 10 European countries and the USA. The round table is intended to
encourage discussion among a wider community, beyond that of ancient
numismatics, drawing together lessons from a broader range of projects, and
embedding the results in the more general landscape of cultural heritage
data management. Too often in the past numismatists have allowed themselves
to operate in isolation from other related disciplines, including
archaeology, a deficit that this session also aims to address.

Although the core data required to identify and describe coins of almost
all periods are relatively simple (e.g. issuer, mint, date, denomination,
material, weight, size, description of obverse and reverse, etc.), and this
can result in a significant degree of correlation between the structure of
different repositories, linking disparate numismatics repositories presents
a number of problems. Nevertheless, coins provide an ideal test bed for the
implementation of concepts such as Linked Data and the creation of
standardised thesauri, the lessons of which can be profitably applied to
other, more complex fields.


Dr Andrew Meadows
Deputy Director
American Numismatic Society

Dr Karsten Tolle
Goethe University

Dr David Wigg-Wolf
Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts