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    Current Archaeology conference 2010 Current Archaeology conference 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • Recording public discovery: a democratic approach? dpett@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
    • Recording:
one
chance
  Our
staff
generally
have
one
 chance
to
record
  Dissemination
online
is
swift,
 cheap,
easy
  There
is
no
other
archaeological
 database
of
this
size
  It
is
underused
for
research
at
 present
  The
data
it
contains
can
tell
a
 thousand
stories
of
our
shared
 heritage

    • Objects by year 449,359 objects online @ 23:20 26/2/10 – 400K in 7 years!
    • Research in progress   23 PhDs - 3 based at UCL   6 AHRC projects - 1 at UCL   36 Masters   18 Undergraduates   12 internal   24 personal research   You could join these researchers - ask me afterwards
    • All PAS records mapped using GIS
    • How many virtual visitors? Year Unique Visitors Number of visits Pages viewed Pages per visit 2004 84,174 289,595 4,847,892 16 2005 152,711 555,289 9,639,621 18 2006  247,103 720,369 15,469,127 21 Changed data collation to Google Analytics 2007 111,338 239,293 2,365,172 10 2008 196,113 326,408 5,384,746 15 Steady
increase
year
by
year;
there
are
an
estimated
8‐10,000
detectorists
so
 we
reach
a
minimum
of
100
times
as
many
people
per
annum
with
no
 discernable
interest
in
collecting
or
discovering
artefacts
as
those
that
do.

    • Have
we
stagnated?
 Frankly
–
no.

    • PAS ICT Development   Original database commissioned in 1998 – MS Access   6 Local installations for pilot FLOs   Data collated once per annum and uploaded to website in basic format
    • Nationalisation •  2003 – The Scheme gains HLF funding •  Staff goes from 6 recording FLOS to 36 •  Alice Grant consulting produces ICT outline •  OAD commissioned to produce new database after competitive tendering
    • Calamity August 06 – OAD went bust
    • New database built in house
    • Enhanced geo data via flickr shapefiles & Yahoo! geoplanet
    • Mapping
discovery

    • High
resolution
zoom

    • New functions – data sourcing for enhancement   Uses wide range of 3rd party data sources   Extensive data revisions   Linked data
    • Enhanced
bibliography
via
Amazon

    • Images
disseminated
via
flickr

    • Enhanced experience •  Stable, human friendly URLs •  http://www.finds.org.uk/romancoins/personifications/named/ as/Apollo •  Using the gravatar web service to provide user avatars
    • Draw in data from dbpedia for reuse Pull data from our database and the BM collections online to teach numismatics
    • Parliamentary data
    • Guardian news articles about PAS
    • Introduced
archaeological
principles
 Which
allowed
Philippa
Walton
to
do
her
PhD
more
easily…..

    • Rurality of coin distributions? PhD student at the Institute comparing static data from PAS, HERs and coin hoard reports to produce a synthesised map to update Richard Reece’s study of Roman coin finds. This will change our knowledge of Roman Britain to a ruralised landscape.
    • Scheduled
monument
intersections
 We
can
now
double
check
grid
references,
inform
finders
that
they
might
be
 detecting
in
the
wrong
place
etc.

    • Coming
soon
 Crowdsourced
finds
data
–
the
public
can
record
their
own
discoveries

    • What
about
Staffordshire?

    • Staffordshire

    • Flickr love
    • Website
featured
on
BBC

    • BBC
frontpage
news
trend

    • New
site
will
launch
very
soon
 Demonstration
in
the
Clore
foyer

    • And
Roger
Bland
OBE
likes
it:
 “Phenomenal!
I've
been
having
a
 play.”
–
21:30
26/2/10

    • The end. Visit our website @ www.finds.org.uk Contact me: dpett@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk