biab provides information about articles and books on the archaeology and historic environment of Britain and Ireland, updated throughout the year with over 1,500 new references per annum with support from all the major national bodies from UK and Ireland.
biab is the latest in a long line of bibliographic services for British and Irish archaeology provided by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). biab maintain the entire archive of these services - over 100,000 references to publication from 1940 onwards. To that dataset we have added records from earlier bibliographies, containing records from as far back as 1695AD, to create a database of over 200,000 references which is updated with new information throughout the year.
Data Cleansing Project (2013- )
Most of our work to continually improve and enhance biab takes place been behind the scenes. The project manager along with a team of freelance abstractors are undertaking a major project to clean all existing journal and monograph series to remove historical errors, ensure consistency and to link them up to full-text documents where these exist. As part of this work we also aim to consolidate the list of over 30,000 person records to remove duplicates and provide a comprehensive record of authors from across the historic environment sector. All of this work is being undertaken in anticipation of biab transferring to the Archaeology Data Service in 2016 where this important dataset will be linked into other digital resources. Using Linked Data publishing we aim to create web services and widgets using biab data to provide consistency in how we record historic environment sources, ensuring that this long-standing bibliographic resource continues to support research and discovery of the historic environment of Britain and Ireland in the future.