Creating eResearch tools for archaeologists: The Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems project

07th November 2013

Shawn Ross, Adela Sobotkova, Brian Ballsun-Stanton and Penny Crook

In this article, the Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems (FAIMS) project presents its stocktaking activities and software development towards the creation of a comprehensive digital infrastructure for archaeologists. A National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR)-funded initiative, the FAIMS project aims to develop tools to facilitate the creation, sharing, reuse and dissemination of high-quality digital datasets for research and cultural heritage management. FAIMS has engaged in an extensive stocktaking and liaison programme with archaeologists and related professionals, the results of which have shaped the development plans. Project development is focusing on highly customisable mobile applications for data collection, a web application for data
processing, and an online repository for archiving and disseminating data, with provisions for creating semantically and technically compatible datasets embedded throughout. Data exchange using standard formats and approaches ensures that components work well together, and that new, externally developed tools can be added later. Our goal is
to create a digital system that respects the current workflow of archaeological practice, improves the availability of compatible archaeological data, and delivers features that
archaeologists want to use.

Figure caption: The frequency of media used by archaeologists for primary data collection (published in Australian Archaeology 77:113).

Creating eResearch tools for archaeologists: The Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems project
Dec 2013
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