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­nsw Researchers Push Open Source, Android For Archeology

By Computerworld Australia

April 17, 2013

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University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers are preparing to launch the Federated Archeological Information Management System Project, which aims to develop a new generation of archeological tools that can work with modern Android-based mobile devices and promote the production of compatible datasets from different projects.

A major barrier for the project has been the different workflows and terminology used by archeologists. "If you go out and you run an archeological project and use an Access database, when the time comes to put that into a repository, somebody...has to spend a lot of time doing manual ontology mapping," says UNSW's Shawn Ross.

To solve this problem, the researchers made sure the database used by the app can be customized to suit the terminology and workflow used by different archeologists.

To customize the app for individual projects or teams, XML documents can be fed into the system that governs the database, the user interface, and the logic for the interface. The app enables the recording of text, location, imagery, and audio data on Android devices, and synchronizes the data with other nearby users.

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