[open-archaeology] Making excavation data available to the public

Benjamin Ducke benjamin.ducke at oxfordarch.co.uk
Mon Jul 19 17:32:21 UTC 2010

Hi Peggy,

As far as the web pages go, there seems to be no indication that 
Nabonidus is open source. 

The other two have demo projects to show you what they look like.
Judging from those, IAD is your classical excavation database
and will probably not appeal to a general audience.

ARK seems like the more generic approach.

What does your data look like? Are you planning to publish
site locations and landscape data or detailed site plans and
finds data? Or both?



----- Original Message -----
> Hello everyone,
> I am a newbie here so I hope this is the correct forum to ask my
> question.
> The National Trust for Scotland would like to make our excavation data
> available to the public, beginning with a small, forthcoming project,
> and I am looking into various open source options. All our data will,
> of course, hopefully, go into the NMR but we would like a fast-track
> solution to show the public what we are doing, as they pay for us :-)
> Our IT department is quite small and therefore we would prefer a
> solution that does not require much configuration or "nursing". I have
> been looking at three options, ARK (http://ark.lparchaeology.com/),
> IAD (http://www.iadb.org.uk) and Nabonidus http://www.nabonidus.org/.
> The last option is a hosted web front-end which bypasses the need to
> install software on a web server and seems fine for what we hope to
> achieve. Does anyone have experience of using these, and are they
> really the correct tool to communicate with our audience (who will
> also be professional archaeologists as well as interested members of
> the public).
> Many thanks, and best wishes
> Peigi (Peggy)
> Peigi MacKillop
> Archaeology Volunteer
> The National Trust for Scotland
> 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4ET
> pmackillop at nts.org.uk
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