A cover from our grad student Georga Burnett's [honours' thesis.](https://www.fedarch.org/studentResearch/GeorgiaBurnett/GEORGIA%20COMPLETE%20FINAL.pdf)





Workshop Presentations

Workshop Proceedings

The contents of our August Workshop are now available in the following document: FAIMS Stocktaking Workshop 2012 Proceedings.  The Final Report: The Deliverable #4 Agreed Standards is also available.

To see the powerpoint slides and audio files of the individual presentations, please scroll below.

Themes and questions we prepared for the Discussion groups:

Keynote: Capacity Building in (Digital) Archaeology

By: Eric Kansa

Twenty-first century archaeology must make data preservation and dissemination a regular partof its workflows. Better data dissemination can promote analytic rigor and transparency, reduceinefficiencies and duplication of effort, and open new research opportunities for larger scale andmultidisciplinary inquiry. At a time of cutting fiscal austerity, such efforts can reduce costs andexpand the equity and effectiveness of archaeological communication. While programs in archaeological data preservation and access continue to attract a great deal of excitement and funding, they face steep challenges. Long-term sustainability is a major concern,as are issues in interoperability, semantics, data longevity, and professional incentives. In order to face these challenges, we need to better understand the emerging social, professional and technical context of digital archaeology. One of the most important features of this context is the Web. The rise of the World Wide Web represents one of the most significant transitions in communications since the printing press or even since the origins of writing. To many researchers, the Web offers great opportunities for expanding the accessibility, scale, diversity,and quality of archaeological communications both for current research and, through data preservation efforts, for future generations. Understanding the Web, and how it interfaces with the changing and more fluid nature of professional life, is a vital first step in securing a vibrant future for the digital past.


Analysis, Processing, and Visualization

Sustainability Strategies

Sensitive Data

Opportunities and Issues of Data Federation

Archaeological Data and Data Standards

Online Repositories

Mobile Applications

Similar projects and useful resources.

Helpful resources we’ve found during our research.

Mobile digital applications used by archaeologists and other researchers during field data collection

  • Cybertracker - Mobile tool for georeferenced field data collection used by archaeologists, ethnographers environmental scientists all around the world.
  • IADB, the Integrated Archaeological Database is not only a server based database used by a number of projects in the UK, but it has also a mobile component that runs on iOS, Kindle touch and Android. You need to contact Michael Rains to get your hands on the prototypes of those.
  • Open Data Kithttp://opendatakit.org/ - ODK is an open-source suite of tools for mobile data collection, whose development was spearheaded by Google.com and the University of Washington, Seattle. Excellent especially in connection with Open Layers and internet connection.
  • Open Layers, is a open source map rendering app.
  • Mobile Data Studio is another application commonly used by archaeologists to create electronic forms and mobile device applications they need.
  • TapForms is a SQLite based mobile information manager tool for iPhone and iOS systems.
  • eForms - E-Form is an electronic version of a paper form, which can be distributed online and has a programming layer and can validate and automate data input. eForms are used by universities for administrative purposes (data collection, reporting), but also by archaeological projects for field data collection. Download  the 1.4.3 release here. If you don’t want to do your own, there are business solutions to mobile data capture from firms such as Mi-Co, who offer offline capable mobile solutions for iOs, Windows or Android.

Other big and interesting digital archaeology projects online

  • EU Heritage Portal Website
  • Pleiades A community-built historical gazetteer of places in the Old World, springing from the Classical Atlas Project and the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
  • Athenian Agora digital archive
  • Fasti Online - Database of archaeological excavations in Italy, northern Balkans, Ukraine, Malta and Morocco since 2000. 
  • MEGA-Jordan, Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan also known as JADIS, Jordan Archaeological Data Information System. Jordanian national purpose-built geographic information system (GIS) to inventory and manage archaeology sites. 
  • Papyri.info - Infrastructure that links and enables search and information retrieval from various papyrological resources. 
  • Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) - Electronic fully indexed collection of research materials for cultural anthropology 
  • The Paleoindian Database of the Americas is a database of Paleoindian materials from the Americas, crowd-sourcing effort directed by David G. Andersen. 
  • Mukurtu Network is a culturally sensitive repository platform.