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    News 2023-07-13

    Making Data on Microscopic Archaeological Plant Remains More FAIR in EOSC-Life

    Learn how EOSC-Life is supporting exciting advances in the field of scientific archeology!

    Emma Karoune at our project partner Historic England) recently described the work their research group is doing with support from EOSC-Life to create a global open phytoliths community and improve data sharing.

    Why phytoliths?

    When living plant cells uptake groundwater, inorganic silica is deposited in these cells. These extremely robust remains called phytoliths provide archeological evidence long after the living plant is gone.

    What data do phytoliths provide?

    These archeological data are a rich resource for researchers, but they need to be carefully preserved for future research and effectively documented and archived to be truly useful.

    How is this project supporting FAIR principles?

    The ‘FAIR Phytoliths Project’ is a collaboration led by Historic England and University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) with the involvement of members from the Spanish National Research Council and Texas A&M University. In this case study on how data management, publishing, and archiving can be improved in the field of scientific archaeology, the project partners are striving to increase the use of the ‘FAIR’ data principles in phytolith research.

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