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Angry Young Man: 30 Years Later. Still ANGRY?

At CAA87 in Leicester I spoke about a flexible excavation recording methodology and the software environment to support it. It was flexible in the field but well documented and pretty explicit as to what everything meant. Mike Rains continued the development of this architectural outline to produce the Integrated Archaeological Data Base (IADB) that we know today. Now 30 years later I am known for my endless droning about the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) (ISO21127) and the benefits it brings. The CRMarchaeo and CRMBA (Archaeological Buildings) extensions are nearing completion so what am I still angry about? 1.       Data meaning is still not explicit and certainly not explicit enough to be machine processable! 2.       The universal confusion of format with reusability (think XML, RDF(S) and LOD) 3.       No recognition of the tension between novelty and reuse 4.       Data honesty is still considered risky and scary and time/resource consuming. Face it your data is NEVER going to be perfect. 5.       The waste of talent. So many early career female scholars are being put off by the disciplines behaviour. Conferences like ours need to make it easier to attend for...

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Geospatial Analysis in Archaeology using Open Tools

Advanced Archaeological Training Christian NEUWIRTH(UNIGIS Distance Learning in Geoinformatics, Austria) Keywords: Geospatial analysis and simulation, open tools, QGIS, GAMA, LIDAR Description: The systematic analysis of geodata opens great opportunities for archaeologists who are interested in quantitative hypothesis testing and analytics. In this training session, we will give an overview of geo-computational concepts and their application in the field of archaeology. In order to deepen the practical understanding of participants, we will introduce methods such as high-resolution LIDAR data manipulation, spatial analysis and spatial simulation in a guided hands-on session. Participants have the opportunity to get to know these methods by performing geospatial operations to investigate three different use cases: Querying the spatial distribution of charcoal hearths in the Blue Mountain region, Pennsylvania Examining the potential irrigation function of a canal-shaped landform in Upper Austria Visibility analysis of Fortress Hohensalzburg In order to investigate these hypotheses, we will reconstruct the pre-modern terrain model, run least-cost path analyses and simulate water flow through a historic irrigation canal. Different free and open tools such as QGIS and GAMA are used to perform the respective tasks. The training session covers comparably simple geospatial operations (e.g. database querying and pre-processing) as well as the more advanced topics of spatial simulation. Accordingly, the proposed event equally addresses geospatial newbies and more experienced participants. Number of participants: No specific limitation on the number of participants (except for limitations imposed by the available physical...

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Publications CHNT 25, 2020

For papers: long paper (4-10 pages, up to 10 illustrations, deadline for submission: January 31, 2021) – peer reviewed short paper (=long abstract) – not peer reviewed no publication For round table contributions: short paper (=long abstract) – not peer reviewed no publication For posters: short paper (=long abstract) + poster – not peer reviewed no publicationWinner of the poster award – Long...

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