Edmund Lee (Knowledge Transfer Manager at English Heritage) announced on the Antiquist list that the Arches project has been accepted onto the Google Summer of Code 2014. This is great news and a great opportunity for students to get involved with this trailblazing Getty Conservation Institute / World Monuments Fund project through the mega event that is the Summer of Code – a double whammy! Continue reading
The good folks from the Spatial Humanities Project based at Lancaster University are running a free one day seminar in November. This is only part of their outreach activities which also feature an informative YouTube channel and other learning resources. Continue reading
I will be teaching at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education next May. The one day course is being directed by Andrew Lowerre (English Heritage) and features contributions from Michael Charno (Archaeology Data Service), myself (Wessex Archaeology), Abby Hunt (Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales), Stuart Jeffrey (Archaeology Data Service), Sarah Poppy (Suffolk County Council) and Ken Welsh (Oxford Archaeology).
GIS is now widely used in historic environment research and management. Beyond regular users of GIS, however, there is often limited understanding of what GIS is and how it works, what it can and cannot do, and the advantages and costs of using GIS. This course seeks to provide an overview of current usage, pitfalls and potential benefits of utilising GIS.
The course is designed for historic environment professionals, principally those involved in research, fieldwork and the planning process and who are aware of GIS, but who have little or no practical experience with its use.
Please see the course webpage for contact details and booking.
It is indeed interesting that this post on Doug’s Archaeology regarding jobs in archaeology, specifically management jobs in archaeology, mentions GIS. GIS skills/qualifications in archaeology is a particular area of interest of mine.
In the UK, GIS is used for many tasks from resource management (eg Historic Environment Records) to undertaking Desk Based Assessments (DBAs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). As such, a requirement for GIS appears more and more often on job adverts in the public and commercial sectors, at least for jobs that involve ‘doing’ rather than ‘managing’. True, management jobs typically do not mention GIS unless they are considered ‘technical’ posts. This often means archaeology managers are responsible for staff who use GIS yet may not understand or appreciate what their staff are doing. Continue reading