Digital Heritage Services – service directory

This page outlines all the various products and services Archaeogeomancy can support focussing on:

  • Systems Development; specification, design, implementation, support
  • Teaching and Training
  • Reporting and Technical Writing
  • Outreach and community involvement
  • Cartography and map production
  • Consultancy and advice on strategy, protocols and policy
  • Metric and Photographic survey and recording
  • Web, desktop, mobile and cloud based GIS infrastructure

From training and advice through to the development of custom applications for creating, managing and outputting (spatial) data using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and/or free-open-source-software (FOSS) platforms such as

  • Database Management Systems (DBMS) including MS Access, SQL Server, Oracle, MySql
  • GIS platforms including ArcGIS, MapInfo, Grass, gvSig.
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Web development, web mapping and Content Management Systems (CMS) including WordPress, html, xml, css, (geo)rss, etc, OpenSpace, OpenLayers
  • Image processing¬†including PhotoPaint, PhotoShop, IrfanView, Gimp, Erdas Imagine
  • Vector drawing tools including AutoCAD, CorelDraw
  • Specialist geomatics software; including Airborne/Terrestrial Laser Scan (ALS/TLS) software (Pointools, Kubit PointCloud, Cyclone), surface/mesh tools (meshlab, Geomagic)

Heritage Management Systems

Effective Archaeological Information Systems for the management, monitoring and periodic reporting  of heritage assets can be built around GIS; desktop, mobile, web and cloud based. Such systems are very useful for the management of a wide variety of heritage sites including World Heritage Sites, archaeological sites, tourist attractions and all kinds of local, regional and national inventories such as Historic Environment Records (HERs), Urban Archaeological Databases (UADs), Local Lists and records maintained by local history and archaeology groups.

Archaeogeomancy can provide a range of consultancy and development services in addition to audits and enhancements of existing systems.

Assessment Systems

Heritage assessments can involve handling considerable amounts of information. This is best handled digitally using an appropriate data management strategy. For large scale assessments such as Environmental Impact Assessments, this is essential.

  • Desk Based Assessment
  • Heritage Statements
  • Local Development Frameworks
  • Local Plans; Community Plans
  • Environmental Statements
  • Environmental Impact Assessments

Archaeogeomancy can support assessments through the development of bespoke data management strategies and/or design and implementation of GIS based assessment systems for efficient data management, cartography and reporting.

Publication, Technical Writing, Cartography and Reporting

Archaeogeomancy can provide bespoke solutions for producing a range of reports, documents and cartographic outputs in an efficient manner.

We can also develop or contribute technical components for MoRPHE compliant Project Design/Outlines, Research Council funding applications and Heritage Lottery Fund applications.

With experience of writing for and presenting in a range of media channels including popular magazines, academic conferences, scientific journals, public forums, websites and online publications and archaeological ‘grey’ literature, we can convey often very technical subject matter to a range of audiences including non-specialist, non-technical audiences.

The production of publication quality cartography can also be undertaken using a range of freely available Open Data or using data procured for your project from one of the many mapping and spatial data providers serving the market.

Teaching & Training

Specialising in teaching and training of GIS and database based techniques, processes and workflows using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and free-open-source-software (FOSS), programmes and/or one off courses can be delivered and tailored to your specific needs.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis

The power of GIS can be directed at a range of GIS scenarios including:

Integration

Digitise and bring together disparate (spatial) datasets to form the basis for robust characterisations, assessments and other forms of investigation and exploratory data analysis

Intra-site analysis

Moving from fieldwork to assessment, analysis and reporting using map-based interfaces to investigate spatial patterns, correlations and associations.

Archaeogeomancy can advise on site recording strategies with a view to digital post-ex procedures, by far the most efficient means of assessing, analysing, publishing and archiving archaeological sites.

Landscape studies

Working with rich spatial datasets such as modern and historic maps, Digital Surface and Terrain Models, remote sensing data (including multi- and hyperspectral imaging and LiDAR), combined with GIS based investigative techniques to better understand landscape formation processes and spatial patterning of archaeological remains at the landscape scale. Such approaches are ideally suited to wide area landscape assessments and development corridors.

Visual Impact Assessments

A core part of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and sometimes used to support Heritage Statements, a robust methodology for such work can guide and underpin major developments and facilitate planning processes. Outputs can include models such as Zones of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV), Zones of Visual Influence (ZVI), landscape visual sensitivity models, viewshed and visual envelope calculations for heritage assets.

In such cases, it is crucial to produce robust, repeatable scientific analysis. Having worked on the development of approaches for major flagship projects, including the Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project (SEIP), we can accomplish this where few other heritage service providers can.

Protocols and project specifications

From digitising and data capture right through heritage processes to digital archive deposition, access and re-use, effective protocols for the creation, use and management of digital data are essential.

Digitisation

Creating spatial data from any source material requires careful consideration. We can advise on data types (raster and/or vector), data structures, relevant standards and best practice.

Management

Effective management of spatial data is crucial to efficiency and getting the most out of resources. If an information system gets in the way of users, it is not fit for purpose. It is not uncommon for heritage management systems to have grown up over time, with the original developers no longer available and the current users and system administrators not fully understanding the user interface or underlying structure.

Archaeogeomancy can advise on existing systems and procurement of new systems. We can also use reverse engineering processes to retro-fit new components, produce revised documentation and deliver training.

Archiving, dissemination and re-use

Digital archiving is so much more than just dumping a bunch of media (CDs, DVDs, etc) on a shelf somewhere. INcreasingly, spatial data resources are made available as live, interactive, web-based ‘archives’ and if this is done well, this can really facilitate access to and re-use of resources.

Archaeogeomancy can provide advice and support in this process. In collaboration with partners, we can deliver standards compliant, web based spatial resources for all manner of projects.

Metric & Photographic Survey

With experience of a wide range of survey and recording techniques, including numerous case study contributions to the latest English Heritage guidelines (written for Wessex Archaeology), Archaeogeomancy can advise on specifications for survey works and the most suitable techniques for any project.

  • Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)
  • Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) and LiDAR
  • Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion (SfM)
  • Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
  • Rectified photography
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography
  • Panoramic photography
  • Aerial photography and remote sensing using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

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