Towards a Spatial Data Infrastructure for Archaeology

A day conference, funded through the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Thursday 12th December 2019 at The Engine Shed, Stirling

Every year archaeologists create a wealth of data through fieldwork and research.  This data represents a unique record of our past. Despite the geographic character of much of that record we consistently fail to realise its potential. Site plans and detailed survey data are routinely locked into the pages of PDF reports. As a result plans fossilised in print cannot easily be reused alongside other datasets to improve our understanding of the past.

The day conference explores current initiatives to harmonise data from archaeological project work

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10:00 – 10:30        Registration and Coffee

10:30 – 10:40     Welcome and Introduction

10:40 – 11:10 Keynote. Unlocking the potential: the role of Scottish Government in realising the value of spatial data. –  Shona Nicol  (former Head of Geographic Information Science & Analysis Team, Directorate for Digital, Scottish Government)

Record systems – Chaired by Alex Adamson

11:10 – 11:30 Why we need a Spatial Data Infrastructure for archaeology  – Peter McKeague (Historic Environment Scotland)

11:30-11:50 Building the archaeological archive in a digital-born society: the Flemish experience – Koen Van Daele (Flanders Heritage Agency, Belgium)

11:50 – 12:10 Process, not product. Experiences from developing a digital interface for archaeological data sharing between public and private sector in Sweden – Åsa Larsson  (Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden)

12:10 – 12:30 Using Spatial Data in Germany: Federal Problems, Attempts to Overcome Them, and Benefit from Remote Sensing Data  – Axel Posluschny (Keltenwelt am Glauberg, Germany)

12:30-12:40 Questions

12:40 – 13:30   Lunch

Fieldwork in practice – Chaired by Peter McKeague

13:30-13:50  A historical overview of the types of archaeological mapping data collected by RCAHMS and HES – Georgina Brown (Historic Environment Scotland)

13:50 – 14:10 Why we need to harmonise our excavation data – Anne Moreau (INRAP, France)

14:10 – 14:30 Rapid Archaeological Mapping Project: working with Airborne Laser Scanning data –  Lukasz Banaszek (Historic Environment Scotland)

14:30 – 14:50  Monitoring change in Scotland’s Landscape, Coastline and Monuments over time through Digital Documentation at Historic Environment Scotland  – James Hepher (Historic Environment Scotland)

14:50-15:00 break

Putting an infrastructure together  – chaired by Alex Adamson

15:00 -15:20 Developing a Road Map for a SDI for the Historic Environment – Anthony Corns (Discovery Programme, Ireland)

15:20- 15:40 Establishing best practice through International collaboration – Tim Evans and Holly Wright (Archaeology Data Service, University of York)

15:40- 15:50 Discussion

15:50 – 16:10 Next steps (Closing remarks) – Peter McKeague

16:30 Close

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