Founder and Principal Consultant at Archaeogeomancy
Postgraduate Research Student at University of Glamorgan
Member of Archaeological Computing Research Group, University of Southampton
Member of Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH)
Contributor to FISH-Technical group
Member of CIDOC Archaeological Sites Working Group (CIDOC ASWG)
Member of Avebury Archaeological and Historical Research Group (AAHRG)
Moderator of Antiquist
Archaeogeomancy are pleased to be entering the third month of offering a range of digital heritage and geomatics services.
Focussing on consultancy and building on over a decade of experience and expertise, services now available are aimed at highly specialist digital heritage and archaeological geomatics requirements, skills which even the largest and best resourced of heritage and environmental service providers may not retain in house. Continue reading →
The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland invite you to join them at a workshop to explore the preservation of 3d laser scan data.
Current best practice guidance for the long term preservation of 3D laser scan data, in particular the required metadata is found to be onerous by data creators. This workshop will bring together leading practitioners from the archaeological community, alongside leading data archivists and software suppliers in the UK and Ireland to work towards agreeing a new metadata standard to facilitate preservation.
This event will allow for communication between archivists, creators and purveyors of software and hardware for laser scanning, as well as equipment manufacturers. The aim is to ensure that the export of metadata is much simpler and more convenient for users. Continue reading →
This interdisciplinary conference is to be held later this year in Germany. With a broad range of subjects to be included, this promises to make a very useful contribution to the discourse relating to archaeological geomatics and related subject areas.
Into the second month of the PhD now and things are starting to coalesce and take shape. A framework for development, testing and deployment of proposed demonstrators is emerging and I’m making good headway demystifying the world of geosemantics (at least, it’s becoming clearer in my head!).
So, as well as continuing with the literature review, I’m knitting together a whole bunch of tools:
The BRITARCH mailing list has long been a place where one could ask a question and some friendly, helpful person would either know the answer or know someone who does or just offer some friendly advice or tips from their own experience. Ideas could be kicked around, there was a whole load of people willing to help and get involved in things. The community was diverse, including folks from all walks of life and this was one of its strengths. The list is described thus:
For the circulation of information, queries and general discussion of issues relating to archaeology in the United Kingdom. This list will be used by the Council for British Archaeology information service to announce relevant items of news or information.
Archaeology as a profession is a tough place to work, with pay and conditions well below standard. The feeling that archaeologists do their job as a vocation and are not interested in the money is, in some ways, a sound point; I don’t know any archaeologists who entered the profession to make a fortune but I know plenty, myself included, who anticipated things like career progression, pay rises and earning enough to live on, perhaps even settle down, buy a house and start a family.
The IfA recently made an interesting decision to scrap the requirement for registered organisations to meet specified minimum salaries. At the time, I thought this was a horrendous decision being driven by commercial units in an attempt to cut costs further and stay in business. The IfA have now announced their follow up to this, which will take the form of an open meeting with contributions from IfA Council, FAME and Prospect. So here is a chance to get involved in the process through an open meeting to be held after the conference. Continue reading →