DAPHNE (Data in Archaeology, Prehistory and History on the Net) is a portal providing a single entry point to free subject-oriented bibliographic databases.
Subjects : Prehistory, Protohistory, Archaeology (from early human evidences to the industrial era), Sciences of Antiquity (all aspects : religion, politics, society, philosophy, economics, art, daily life, etc.) and History until the year 1000 on all continents.
Data Types : Bibliographic records covering international literature and resulting from the indexing and analysis of various types of documents (journal articles, books, conference proceedings, exhibits, theses, journals, electronic resources, etc). Records include keywords and abstracts (depending on the analysis specificity).
Special Features : The main idea behind this portal is to provide relevant answers to targeted queries through the use of precise and up to date indexing languages.
This pooling of resources takes two forms :
Terminological convergence (indexing term matching) and
- Data convergence according to the MODS international format for DAPHNE
However, the three databases continue to exist on their own and can be searched separately.
DAPHNE guaranties that the data are available at no charge. Therefore, non CNRS users can have free access to part of the FRANCIS database.
Future prospects : To strengthen mutualization through:
Combining of the partners’ efforts while streamlining the work done within CNRS.
- Ensuring better apportionment of document coverage in Archaeology and Antiquity
- Ensuring a European opening to the service thus implemented to broaden coverage with a high quality level.
Partners : Six CNRS units (Mixed-service, mixed-research, federated-research and service units) are currently involved in the DAPHNE project :
Maison René-Ginouvès Archéologie et Ethnologie (MAE), Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée ( MOM) and Centre d’études Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Age ( CEPAM) that together steer the FRANTIQ programme,
Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique ( INIST) that produces the FRANCIS database, and
Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme - Alsace – ( MISHA-UMS 2552) and UMR 7044 Etudes des Civilisations de l’Antiquité that produce and distribute the Bulletin Analytique d’Histoire Romaine (BAHR).
Institutional Framework : Action Concertée Incitative (ACI – 2004-2007) of the Maisons des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) network. Project Steering : Maison René-Ginouvès – Archéologie et Ethnologie ; DAPHNE Project Manager : B. Lequeux; DAPHNE Portal Project Manager : B. Sampité.