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Workshop Intrasis
Andalucia I -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:30

Karin Lund, System specialist, Technology Unit, Contract Archaeology Service, Swedish National Heritage Board

Jane Jansen, Information System Manager, Technology Unit, Contract Archaeology Service, Swedish National Heritage Board


Intrasis is a digital documentations system designed by archaeologist at the Swedish National Heritage Board. It is built on the experience from more than 600 digital excavations and cheap cialis uk has up till now been used at approx 4000 excavations. The use of Intrasis is sold as software licenses and soft viagra is today in use in several countries around Europe.

Intrasis is designed to handle and us pharmacy viagra structure archaeological documentation and buy real viagra online without prescription field data. By using Intrasis, all data related to one excavation, or site, becomes easy accessible and how to get cialis possible to combine. This increases the possibilities of interdisciplinary research when data from e.g. osteology or paleo-ecology can be combined with the archaeological information.

During this workshop we will show the basics of Intrasis and canadian viagra how it is used on an archaeological excavation - from field documentation with total station or GPS via registration onto analysis and viagra online pharmacy publication. Everyone with interest in the software could attend and viagra samples the duration will be approx 90 minutes. Limitation of attendees will be according to the room available.

You can read more about Intrasis at http://www.intrasis.com



Laser Scanner systems for Archeological surveys
Andalucia II -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:30

Paloma Mier, Grafinta

This workshop pretends to divulgate information on The State of the Art of the laser scanner technology as far as the software and 5 mg cialis hardware is concerned when solving the usual problems encountered on arqueological surveys.

To this end, we are limiting ourselves to the description of the features offered by a Laser Scanner system, model IMAGER 5006i, manufacturer by Z+F in Germany as well as the software programs JRC Reconstructor and generic cialis next day shipping Cloud Cube.

The problems we will focus on are the following:

  • Logistic and buy viagra pills portability of the equipment, in the concern that field work sites are not always easy to access
  • Need of facing small and buy pfizer viagra online big objects with high accuracy

The IMAGER 5006i laser scanner concentrates its power on the following characteristics:

  1. Very high speed in data acquisition combined with high resolution on the captured files. This feature makes it valid either for surveys of great targets at very far distances or when we are surveying small pieces at close range.
  2. The system is very easy to set up and buying viagra handle. The equipment can be configured  without requiring any external connections. This feature is tremendously appreciated as far as the arqueological field work is concerned. Since the batteries, the data storage unit and cialis canada the file configuration processor are part of the unit, it is not necessary to connect or use any other external complement to perform the data capture. This feature facilitates the work in scenarios which can be uncomfortable, far from urban areas and often of difficult access.
  3. Capacity for data acquisition when working with targets coloured close to black.
  4. Merging of images captured using the complementary camera with the scanner acquired data, in a integral and automatic fashion, for each of the scenes involved.

With regard to the software programs, we will discuss them in the same manner as we will discuss the hardware and we will try to demonstrate the tools which are used to solve the most common problems in handling the data acquired with the laser scanner: large files corresponding the huge clouds of points within the Auto Cad environment; how the final products are obtained, including profiles, cross sections, contours and volumes; all of them directly on DXF format or on some other CAD compatible systems.

Finally we will explain the working procedures and proper tools to be used to obtain the final products mentioned above: profiles, volumes, slopes, DTM, surface comparisons, and how to obtain the different results on DXF files or on files which are compatible with other CAD systems, in concrete we will discuss the following characteristics:

  • Possibility of registering different files without requiring man-made marks, only using natural marks.
  • Work aids to digitize plans, profiles and cross sections in general, starting with the cloud of points; all within the Auto CAD environment.
  • Automatic generation of a wire mesh, over flats or curved surfaces by using average cross lines or cross planes.
  • Integration of different data capture files in only one using a common reference system .
  • Work aids to be used in the generation of a wire mesh.
  • Registration of different survey files when the target has been changed in position or location while the scan files were being taken.
An Introduction to Open Source GIS: GRASS
Andalucia III -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 11:30

Juan Carlos Torres

Grass is the leader open source GIS nowadays. It manage both raster and vector information, 2D and 3D models, and can be used on different operating systems and platforms. features more than 350 functions, including image processing, raster analysis, import and export, and vector and network analysis.

GIS are frequently used for archaeologist as a documentation tool, and also to analyse archaeological data. For this purpose it is necessary to have a powerful GIS system with a complete set of analysis tools.

Open source software is a wonderful choice for this purpose. As anyone can improve the system and add new functionality, open source systems are more dynamic.

One of the main characteristic of Grass GIS is that it can be operated, besides the usual graphical user interface, from the operating system shell. This provides it with a powerful scripting capability.

This workshop aims to introduce in a concise way the main functionality of Grass and its usage paradigms. Special attention will be devoted to the scripting capability. Basic GIS knowledge is required.

Mnemea: Archaeological Data Base System for Museums and Archaeological Services Management.
Andalucia I -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 11:30

José Enrique López Peris, Pablo Sañudo Die, Carlos Verdasco Cebrián, Ernesto Manzanedo Llorente

The aim of this workshop will be the presentation of the Mnemea database system. Mnemea is a computer application based on relational database systems, whose main aim is the management of the archaeological data, both technical and administrative. This application has been developed on the base of the commercial software Filemaker© v10 and according to the main rules of standardization. The application provides friendly use and high capacity.

This software is designed to assist in the management of Archaeological museums, public agencies of heritage management or research teams specialized in archaeological surveying.

Mnemea software has been developed from several inter-related modules, that allows a better efficiency in data entry. Each of which handles different data types:

  • Administrative and spatial site management.

  • Management of fieldwork seasons in each site.

  • Powerful tool for stratigraphic units management.

  • Registration, classification and analysis of archaeological items and samples.

  • Management of archaeological items location and storage.

  • Graphic records (photography and plots).

  • Digital records management.

This computer application provides an high searching capacity and report generation. The software can work locally or remote, in client-server mode, and can hold up an elevated number of system entries, giving it a great networking capacity.

The session will run 60-90 minutes, focused to explain the features and powerful of this computer application and several study cases by the developers, in which the attendees can participate actively. Also, will be presented the use of this database system in the management of a regional museum by the museum director. Attendees do not need prerequisites other than minimal computer ability or minimal experience computer data management. The maximum number of participants will be limited to the size of the venue.


Digital documentation in archaeology
Andalucia II -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 11:30

Stefan Hohmann (kubit, Germany)
Undine Lieberwirth (Free University Berlin - TOPOI)
Lluís Viladrich (solumetrics, Spain)

The documentation during an excavation gets more and more digital and various technologies are used for this process.

For the requirements concerning the digital documentation of excavation our field-tested solutions join different measuring technologies to proved CAD-functionality. The result is an on site digital plan.

We invite you to see the easy use of different measuring technologies in one work flow. You get to know about each separate technique as well as the use of the different techniques in combination.

This workshop contains:

  • Introducing measurement with total station to have an on site plan.
  • Surveying and rectification of photographs for fast documentation
  • Managing finds and objects in CAD
  • Evaluating scanner data in CAD

We would appreciate to see you at our workshop.

The Archaeological Recording Kit (ARK) - an open-source solution to excavation and project recording
Andalucia III -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 14:30
ARK - the Archaeological Recording Kit (ark.lparchaeology.com) - is an opensource, standards compliant, web-delivered system for the creation, storage, manipulation and publication of archaeological data and media.

Or in fewer words, it’s a system you can use to put your archaeological data on the web so that you can work on it and share it.

ARK is currently in use on a large number of different archaeological and non-archaeological projects around the world and has been available for download for a couple of years. Due to the imminent release of v0.7 of the code, we thought that CAA 2010 was a good opportunity to bring together all of the ARK users so that everyone can share experiences, configurations and introduce the user and development community to the new code. This is also a perfect opportunity for potential new users/developers to come and find out more about ARK and how it can be used on your own projects. We will be holding demonstrations of some of the new features, as well as a quick set-up guide for those interested in trying the software out and joining the growing community.
An Introduction to the Free Desktop GIS gvSIG
Andalucia III -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:30

Benjamin Ducke
Oxford Archaeology Digital (oadigital.net)

Target audience:  GIS users (beginners and experts)

Please note: Participants will need to bring their own laptops to run gvSIG on! If you can, please download and install gvSIG OADE 2010 beforehand.

The software can be downloaded here: http://oadigital.net/software/gvsigoade/gvsigoade2010beta

At the time of writing, the latest version was gvSIG OADE 2010 Beta 2. But please make sure to check and get the most recent version before you travel to the CAA!


Open source GIS technology has shown unprecedented dynamics in its recent development. There are spatial databases like PostGIS, number crunching heavy-weights like GRASS GIS, versatile tools such as GDAL/OGR, web map servers and countless other tools and applications that provide solutions for virtually every imaginable GIS task.

A more recent phenomenon has been the emergence of several user-friendly desktop GIS solutions, such as Quantum GIS, OpenJUMP, Kosmo GIS, and, perhaps most remarkably, gvSIG. The latter is a relatively young project, but generously funded by the Valencian "Conselleria d'Infraestrutures i Transport" (http://www.gvsig.gva.es/eng/inicio-gvsig/).

GvSIG has been growing rapidly, attracting a large number of users and developers world-wide. This is perhaps due to the fact that, in its latest release, gvSIG represents the first open source desktop GIS that is quasi up-to-par with commercially licensed products when it comes to interactive data management and analysis.

The software is now well established in Spanish speaking communities around the world but has been struggling for a foothold in other countries, mainly due to incomplete and ambiguous translations of its user interface.

Recently, we at OA Digital (http://oadigital.net), as part of our open source software development activities, have decided to create and maintain a customized and enhanced version of gvSIG, targeted specifically at English speaking users and archaeologists. We provide our own distribution of gvSIG, available for free download at http://www.oadigital.net/software/gvsigoade.

The OA Digital Edition of gvSIG features a much-improved English user interface translation and menu structure, a simpler installation procedure and additional documentation and sample data. It also comes bundled with everything you need to experience the full richness of gvSIG's features in one package. This includes extensions for remote sensing, advanced geoprocessing and network analysis.

GvSIG represents a historic chance to establish a free GIS application, designed by archaeologists for archaeologists, in our discipline. At Oxford Archaeology, this software now serves as a corner stone of a complex GIS production workflow.

We invite you to join this introductory workshop and see for yourself. Participants will get a concise and targeted introduction to gvSIG, its main usage paradigms and potentials plus some hands-on examples of data analysis functions. Basic GIS knowledge is required.

Use of 3D techniques in Cultural Heritage
Andalucia II -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 14:30

Prior to the invention of photography, there was only limited possibility to capture the real world in an objective way, main reason being that all kind of literature and arts, especially paintings and sculptures, contain an intrinsic subjective component. Although photography, and later on digital image processing, have provided complete new possibilities for archiving and documentation tasks, any 2D-technique is inherently characterized by strong limitations to reproduce the 3-dimensional world. However, within the last 10 years, advanced 3-dimensional surface scanners have been developed, now opening the 3rd dimension to digital image processing techniques.

The workshop will concentrate on high definition 3D-surface scanning and related software for data processing, optimized for the requirements of arts and cultural heritage, allowing the 3-dimensional digitization and analysis of art objects and paintings at the highest level of resolution and accuracy.

Focus of attention will be given on the following applications:

  • Digitization of archaeological findings with highest definition
  • Documentation and archiving of archaeological treasures
  • 3D data processing and data analysis

Covering these subjects, the workshop is equally addressed to archaeologists, anthropologists, paleontologists as well as photographers, computer scientists, restaurateurs, conservators.

The workshop will consist of three parts:

  • Part 1 will give an overview about the state of the art of high definition 3D-surface scanners and related applications
  • Part 2 will present the processing steps needed to transform sampled 3D data into good quality 3D models (including processing of both geometry and color data) through a demo of open source tool (MeshLab)
  • Part 3 : round table discussion about using 3D technologies in CH, to be held on friday.

Participants without previous knowledge in the field of 3D-scanning and 3D data processing will be given the opportunity to gain their first experience in scanning archaeological objects. Attendees already familiar or experienced with 3D-scanning can broaden their knowledge in this field by getting in touch with the latest developments.

The respective speeches for the workshop will be given by

  • Dr. Bernd Breuckmann, CEO of Breuckmann GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Roberto Scopigno, Head of Visual Computing Lab, ISTI, Italian National Research Council



The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model as a Tool for Integrating Cultural Information
Andalucia I -Tuesday-
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 14:30

Author: Stephen Stead, Member of the CIDOC CRM-SIG, Paveprime Ltd, UK

This seminar is about the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM), a top-level ontology and ISO standard (ISO21127:2006) for the semantic integration of cultural information. It will explain the scope and objectives of the model. It will detail the construction principles used and the major concepts it defines.

In order to use the model for information integration, multiple data structures have to be mapped to the model, so that data contents can be transformed automatically into a CRM compatible form and be merged. Alternatively, the mappings can be used to transform queries against the CRM into queries against local data structures. The mapping is the critical step, in which the domain expert’s knowledge is needed. IT tools can automatically execute later steps. The mapping process also shows compatibility with the CRM.

The seminar will explain in practical examples and exercises how to map a data structure to the CIDOC CRM.