Enrico DE BENEDICTIS
(Università del Salento, Italy)

Abstract: The present proposal is focused on the tool named Tifide. The aims of this tool are: give a complete bibliographical support to every kind of archaeological research, give a complete and accurate view about the archaeological landscape that will be useful to set up research addresses, create a platform that allow to concentrate, standardize and wide data corpus, otherwise scattered, not uniform and of difficult acquiring, and make it easily available to the study and research community through the WWW. Further aims are: allows the users to interact with the system administrators\creators  and also amongst them, create a community that could contribute to the improvement of the tool and its growth , facilitate and stimulate the connections between the users, create a platform where will be possible discuss about the issues related to the archaeological matters. The tool is composed by three main elements: a GIS environment, a DATABASE  and a web environment. The GIS environment  will be based on a corpus that includes topographic maps (1:25000 scale at least), historical atlases maps, land register charts, nautical charts (if the interested area are coastal lands), satellite images and – if they are available- also historical charts, geological charts and  related vector data like the hydrographical profile of the interested area. The database will contain all the data about the archaeological landscape of the selected area, these include: bibliographical data, geographic data and archaeological and historical data. At last, there is the Web environment that includes a web site that will host a make available to the users the content both of GIS and the database. This portal will include also series of tools that allow to satisfy the previous described aims: a forum, a series of content draft with a “wiki” system. This tool will be extremely effective in micro-scale contexts like the city excavation since it allow to recover excavation data from the past that, if not reinterpret can’t be useful, and at the same time allow to give an extremely precise physical context to the data corpus. Finally, another remarkable tool feature is that it could allow to planning a wise and rational archaeological interventions in way to enhance and protect the archaeological heritage that belong to the city and its population.

Keywords: web tool, GIS, city archaeology