Archaeology is romantic for some, monotonous for others. It is always the case that the preservation of information from excavations is of the utmost importance. With the advent of better technologies, how the accumulated data are collected and stored is changing in an extraordinary way. Over the last few years the Federated Archaeological Information Management System (FAIMS) Project has developed a system that makes data more easily saved and accessible. FAIMS is an eResearch Tools project funded by the Australian Government. The goal of the project is to create a comprehensive and applicable information system for archaeology. From apps on mobile devices to new tools for data processing and analysis the entire project is geared toward facilitating archaeological research to be saved and exchanged in a meaningful way. Today we get to talk about how archaeology may be revolutionized through digitization.
Dr Adela Sobotkova (Center) completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Art and Archaeology) in January 2012. Dr Sobotkova supervises the Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project (TRAP), in Bulgaria. She has been in charge of the data management system for this project, especially the mobile data collection. She used the surface survey data from this project as the basis for her dissertation on the evolution of settlement patterns and polity in Ancient Thrace. Her interests include the history and archaeology of the Black Sea region during late prehistory and Roman periods, archaeological surface survey, theories of state formation, integration of different categories of data and the application of GIS and remote sensing to archaeology.
Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton (Right) is a Philosopher, Information Technologist, and Game Theorist exploring the Philosophy of Data. He has a PhD in Philosophy from The University of New South Wales in addition to a MS & BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has developed a new methodology (The Social Data Flow Network) to explore how individuals in the field understand the nature of data. Currently, his research is exploring the social construction of technology, focusing on the user-driven change of technological tools, in addition to his research of data warehouse ETL strategies for disparate data sets. Beyond philosophy, Brian has experience in haptic research, specifically the use of gesture control of human computer interfaces and an abiding interest in robotics as seen in his flying robotic cable-array manta-ray. His interests include the academic study of Role-Playing games, the exploration of how science fiction literature transforms reality, and the social consequences of a technological world outpacing society’s cultural assimilation of its consequences. Brian is the FAIMS Data Architect and overseeing the development of all software designed for the project. He designed the data schema for the mobile application and splits his time working at the offices of Intersect, the developers of the mobile app.
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