Advanced Archaeological Training:

Searching, finding and using findings and their documentation with geospatial catalogues

Organiser: Markus JOBST, Austria and ICA Commission on Map Production and GeoInformation Management, Austria

Archaeological work comes along with digital excavation maps, measurements, findings, documentation, interpretation and similar location based documentation. Publications and pictures of our CH data are a main result of our work and sometimes are widely used by others. The reason is that these artefacts have to be published and therefore become accessible to others. Some of these topics will be needed in GIS systems for further analysis and work. For this reason we have to share all the contents by publishing their metadata and making the sources available, if we like to do so. And even if collaboration is not our aim, these Web-based systems allow us to efficiently manage and – if done right – sustainably save our constantly growing datasets and documentation. Initiatives like the ARCHES project or Arachne from DAI (German Archaeological Institute) show us the importance, usage and requirements of doing so.
This hands-on workshop on Archaeological Geospatial Infrastructures leads through the basic paradigm of these modern mapping and management technologies. Simple examples in a well prepared software framework (totally based on open source components) explain the basic methods of the Web, Service-Oriented Mapping and its services, Metadata management, publishing of content and the creation of Spatial Data Infrastructures.

The aim is to provide an easy access to Spatial Data Infrastructures and Documentation Management toolset for Cultural Heritage topics – using different metadata catalogues – and to understand their impact for management issues as well as world-wide initiatives for infrastructure harmonisation (like INSPIRE or the UN-SDI).

This workshop is held by the ICA [the International Cartographic Association, [] Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management [].