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You Can Dig the Same Hole Twice: The Development of a Metadata Scheme for Archaeological Archives

Date & Local Time: 2017-04-18 4:00:00 PM
Location: Michigan State University | REAL Classroom (Main Library: 3 West)
Website: http://bookings.lib.msu.edu/event/3238164

Speaker: Jon Frey, Associate Professor, Classical Studies Art History & Visual Culture

The “digital revolution” in archaeology has brought with it a number of exciting opportunities. From GPS to laser scanners and sophisticated databases, archaeologists can now utilize with relative ease a number of new data collection tools that promise to speed and simplify our research. A somewhat less glamorous but equally important advantage of the digital age concerns our ability to scan and share large quantities of paper-based legacy documents kept in archaeological archives around the world. This presentation reviews some of the challenges faced by a team of researchers here at MSU as they develop a new metadata scheme to as part of the digitization of an excavation archive at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia in Greece.

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