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(archaic) To convert into, or make, good.

Origin: Latin, bonus good + -fy: compare French bonifier.

Bonify, 'converts', and 'makes good'.

Groningen University's Zooarchaeological collections is a world-leading resource which is now accessible beyond the physical boundaries of the university environment, enabling zooarchaeologists and material specialists to reconsider how they access and interact with material collections.

Discover How

Nobles, G. R., Cakirlar, C., and Svetachov, P. (2019) Bonify 1.0: evaluating virtual reference collections in teaching and research. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 11, 5705–5716 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-00898-1

A Simple Question

a Technological Solution


With in excess of half a million bones in the reference collection there is a high demand and limited accessibility.


The creation of a virtual access portal provides an additional access point to the unique collections.


Students, researchers, and the general public have these collections in the palm of their hand.

Our Story

reference collections for everyone


How can this collection be made available on to every institute, every researcher, every one regardless of the time of day, location and level of specialism?

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The solution requires an innovative perspective. Technology enables the 3D scanning of objects but the cost of 3D printing the collection would raise more than a few eyebrows, let alone the logistics of transporting them to the field. How then do you put a collection which is stored over a series of floors into the pockets of every interested party around the world while maintaining accessibility?

Augmented Reality

The purpose of the Bonify project is simple, to make zooarchaeological reference materials accessible to a global audience of researchers, students and individuals. Currently the Groningen Institute of Archaeology's world class zooarchaeological reference collection is mostly concealed; while openly accessible it can only be accessed under expert supervision, during opening times, and in one geographical location. This limits the accessibility and reduced the impact such a resource should have on the discipline. This is the problem researchers at the Institute of Archaeology are trying to overcome.

Meet Our Team

The specialists in the field


Canan Cakirlar



Pjotr Svetachov

Data Scientist


Gary Nobles

Digital Archaeologist

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Our Goals

We aim to use digital technologies to provide access to collections which otherwise would remain out of the hands of those who are at the forefront of science. We create digital tools to promote better science through the use of reliable resources.

Our Vision

While this portal is aimed primarily towards material specialists we also want to promote the reference collections to a wider public, the abilty to remix resources beyond their initial purpose, in this way faciliating broader innovation and collaborations.